Adopt a Bench
Are you looking for a creative way to celebrate a special occasion or acknowledge a loved one?
The City of Miami Beach has established an Adopt-A-Bench Program, providing individuals or entities the ability to commemorate or honor family, friends, or special events by adopting a new or an existing bench in one of our beautiful City parks.
What is the Adopt-A-Bench Program?
The Adopt-A-Bench Program provides individuals or entities the ability to commemorate or honor family, friends, or special events by adopting a new or an existing bench in a City park. Donors may elect to adopt an existing park bench or propose the addition of a new bench within a City park.
What is the fee to Adopt-A-Bench?
The adoption fee is $20,000, to be paid in full by the donor within thirty (30) days of application approval.
What is included in the adoption fee?
The fee covers new bench installation and maintenance, or the maintenance of an existing bench (whichever is applicable), including the purchase, inscription and installation of a commemorative plaque.
Can I design my own bench / plaque?
Donors may not design their own bench /plaque, or have an external vendor supply a bench / plaque. Please refer to the application for a list of existing bench options. Bench and plaque options (design, color, material, inscription, etc.) shall be strictly limited to those pre-determined by the Parks and Recreations Department.
Which parks participate in the program?
• Allison Park
• Altos Del Mar Park
• Beach View Park
• Belle Isle Park
• Brittany Bay Park
• Collins Park
• Crespi Park
• Fairway Park
• Fisher Park
• Flamingo Park
• Hibiscus Island Park
• Indian Beach Park
• La Gorce Park
• Lummus Park
• Marjory Stoneman Douglas Park
• Maurice Gibb Memorial Park
• Miami Beach Golf Club
• Muss Park
• Normandy Isle Park
• Normandy Shores Golf Club
• Normandy Shores Park
• North Shore Bandshell Park
• North Shore Open Space Park
• North Shore Park & Youth Center
• Palm Island Park
• Parkview Park
• Beach Garden
• Pinetree Park
• Poinciana Park
• Polo Park
• Scott Rakow Youth Center
• South Pointe Park
• Stillwater Park
• Sunset Isle II Park
• Sunset Island IV Park
• Tatum Park
• Washington Park
• Washington Park Annex
What do the plaques look like?
Plaques are made of stainless steel and have a brushed aluminum finish. The dedication is etched in black lettering. The overall piece is 3" h x 10" w.
How long will the plaque remain affixed to the bench?
The plaque will remain affixed to the bench for a minimum of ten years. After ten years, the bench will be made available for re-adoption, provided that the Adopt-A-Bench Program is in existence. Prior to expiration of the ten year period, the original donor may contact the City of Miami Beach Parks and Recreation Department to re-adopt the bench.
Where will the proceeds from the Adopt-A-Bench program go?
Your adoption fee will be used to finance City park beautification efforts. This includes playground and other athletic field renovations, basketball court renovations, addition of drinking fountains, funding for new parks and more.
How long will it take to get my application approved?
All applications will need to be vetted by the Neighborhood and Community Affairs Committee. This process may take up to 90 days.
Is the adoption fee tax deductible?
Yes. Donations to the City of Miami Beach through the Adopt-A-Bench Program are defined as charitable contributions and are deductible as provided by federal law. Donors are responsible for consulting with a tax professional.
Who can I contract for more information?
Please direct all inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.