Living Tributes

Palatine Park District offers several options through Palatine Park Foundation for Living Tributes. Palatine Park Foundation is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit corporation and all donations received through the Foundation are fully tax deductible as a charitable contribution. A Living Tribute can be purchased to honor the memory of a loved one or to commemorate one of life’s special events. There are several options available for Living Tributes:

  • Adopt an existing tree
  • Purchase a new tree to be planted
  • Purchase a bench to be placed in a park
  • Commemorate your tribute with a plaque


Palatine Park District maintains over 5,000 trees throughout the Parks, along the Palatine Trail and at Palatine Hills Golf Course. Many of these are specimen quality trees and are available for adoption as a Living Tribute.  There is no cost to adopt a tree.

If you wish to purchase a new tree to be planted, the Park District maintains a list of species to choose from. These are divided into three categories:

  1. Large deciduous shade trees
  2. Smaller ornamental trees
  3. Special trees (acquisition and cultural restraints)

A new tree can be planted for the cost of the tree, generally from $175-$750, and a $200 planting fee. The Park District will plant trees that are 2-2.5” in caliper or 6-9’ in height for clump forms.


There are several manufacturers that provide quality benches for a Living Tribute.  At this time the Park District will accept benches from: DuMor Site Furnishings, Wabash Valley, Ultra Site Park Furnishings, or Patterson-Williams Site Furnishings. Benches must be 4 or 6 feet in length, of metal construction, must be able to be bolted in place, and may have an optional commemorative plaque placed in the bench back or in the concrete pad under the bench. The cost of a bench varies by style but typically is between $1,700 – $3,500 plus the cost of shipping. Installation cost will vary depending on concrete needs.


The Park District uses a 4” by 8” acid etched zinc plaque with a dark brown leatherette background and a polished gold border. Etched plaques allow more flexibility on font size and style, embellishments, and the quantity of wording on the plaque.  A proof of the plaque will be sent for review and approval prior to production. Once a plaque is delivered the Park District will place it in a concrete marker for installation by a tree or within the concrete pad for a bench. Plaques are $275 and may include embellishments, if desired at no additional fee.

Current Tributes

YearTribute ToTypePark/Location
2016Marilyn PedersenBench with PlaqueClayson House
2014Arnold RustenRiver BirchBirchwood pool
2014Peter & Reba ChaplinskyPresidential Gold GinkgoWillowwood Park
2013Del Mar Family Aaron, Konnor, Aaron Jr & IsabellaSwamp White OakCommunity Park
2013Mildred DyszelHoneylocustDoug Lindberg Park
2013Chuck CarlinoMaplePeregrine Park
2011Brant JepsonSugar MapleHawthorne Park
2011Mary HarroldRed Maple cultivarDutch Schultz Rec Area
2010Fran GreenServiceberry TreeCommunity Center
2010Diana NapolitanoMapleMargreth Riemer Reservoir
2010Bob KnapsteinSwamp White OakOak Park
2009Bradley W. HowettJapanese LilacCommunity Center
2009Shannon Devereaux HaneBench with plaqueCommunity Park
2009Edmund & Barbara MeyerNorway MapleWillowwood Park
2008Kristen LarsenCrab AppleCommunity Center
2008James J. CabayBench with plaqueCottonwood Park
2008Nelda Rose DanzRiver BirchMallard Park
2008Chris "Shorty" StrozewskiRed OakSparrow Park
2008Geri BrinkmanChicago Blues' Black LocustWally Degner Park
2007Fred & BunnyWheelchair Accessible areas (concrete)Fred Hall Amphitheater
2007DON UPDYKEMapleMaple Park
2007Tom DowlingYellowwood TreeOsage Park
2007Nick & Rose GburLindenPeregrine Park
2006Jenny NeidlingerCrimson King MapleBirchwood Playground
2006Frank GravinIndian Summer MapleCedar Park
2006Charlie John NovakBench with plaqueHummingbird Park
2006Bill & Kay JanneyTulip TreeOst Field
2006Bernie "Grumpy" DaltonRed HorsechestnutDutch Schultz Rec Area
2006Ricki ReznickBald CypressRobin Park
2006Victor FasanoIndian Summer MapleWillowwood Park
2005Waldon O. DegnerBench with plaqueFred Hall Amphitheater
2004John G. O'ConnellBradford PearBirchwood South
2004Richard K. WeltyIndian Summer MapleCommunity Center
2004Doug LindbergBronze Plaque in Granite BoulderDoug Lindberg Park
2004Grace M. HansonTulip TreeFamily Aquatic Center
2004Helen S. HillMaple TreeFamily Aquatic Center
2004Donald Winston DanzRiver BirchMallard Park
2004James B. JacksonOak TreeDutch Schultz Rec Area
2003Gene & LaVirra LehmanRose GardenClayson House
2003Alan EckIndian Summer MapleOst Field
2002Muriel GiancasproSwamp Burr OakMaple Park
2002Sister Rosita MariaPlaque by PlaygroundOst Field
2001Dedictaion / commisionersPlaque by Ballfield SignTom T. Hamilton
2001Carl Ehrhardt6" Norwegian MapleHummingbird Park
2001Reseda Garden ClubBenchMargreth Riemer Reservoir
2001no plaque for this treeRed OakMulberry Park
2001Lora Eve D' AgostinoOakMulberry Park
2001Dedication (commisioners)Plaque in gardenTowne Square
2000Carolyn BurkettPlaque in garden areaCutting Hall
2000Bert HillGreen Mountain MapleFamily Aquatic Center
2000Harry S. HansonElm TreeFamily Aquatic Center
1998Arline CroninCrab AppleCedar Park
1998Jeff KallmanMaple TreeCottonwood Park
1998Roger LevineAutumn Purple AshWhippoorwill Park
1998DR. StarkBronze PlaqueTown Square
1998Boldt MedtronicsBronze PlaqueTown Square
1998Paddock PublicationsBronze PlaqueTown Square
1998Brouning TerrisBronze PlaqueTown Square
1998Rotary clubGranite corner plaqueTown Square
1998JayceesGranite corner plaqueTown Square
1998Weber StevensGranite corner plaqueTown Square
1998Northrup GrummanGranite corner plaqueTown Square
1998Legion Memorial3 Granite monuments at FlagpoleTown Square
1997Donald M. ArntzenPlaque in the east gardenBirchwood Rec. Center
1997Frank & Anna KopeckyPrinceton Sentry GinkgoClayson House
1997Frank SmithLindenLocust Park
1997Steven John VickAesculus flavaPalatine Hills Park
1996William & Essie StuddardSugar MapleHawthorne Park
1996Florence & Joe MurrayProfusion Crab ApplePeregrine Park
1995Maggie RogersCrimson King MapleBirchwood Pool
1994Ralph & Helga HeimsothCrimson King MapleOst Field
1993Michael C. CastroBradford PearAshwood Park

Please Note: Living Tributes can be purchased at any time of the year. Installation may be delayed due to weather, staff commitments or other restrictions such as tree availability or production time for benches.

Specific information for Living Tributes is available by contacting Palatine Park District staff at 847.496.6246.