From the Somerset County Park Commission:
The Somerset County Park Foundation is providing an opportunity to create a lasting memory in one of the many properties that comprise the Somerset County park system while supporting the valuable programs funded by the Somerset County Park Foundation and offered by the Somerset County Park Commission.
The Park Foundation is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization created for the purpose of preserving, supporting, and promoting Somerset County Park Commission programs, facilities, and open space through advocacy and fundraising. The Park Commission is an entity which was established in 1956 by voter referendum and is funded, in part, by the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders utilizing taxpayer dollars.
Holiday gifts of a Commemorative Brick at the entrance to TD Bank Ballpark or a Tribute Bench or Legacy Tree in a designated county park provide an enduring tribute to family or friends.
Commemorative bricks will be placed at the grand main entry plaza at TD Bank Ballpark, providing an opportunity to convey a personal message or remembrance to hundreds of thousands of event attendees throughout the year. Bricks are available at $100 each and will be engraved with a maximum of three (3) lines of twenty (20) characters including spaces and punctuation.
A tax-deductible donation of $2,500.00 will earn the placement of a bench or tree a designated county park of choice with a plaque memorializing the contribution. The Park Foundation will maintain a listing of all plantings and benches with information including the donor and the person being honored or memorialized. Tribute Benches are available in three styles conforming to the type of park in which the bench is to be placed.
Living Legacy Trees provide individuals and organizations with the opportunity to honor people and commemorate special events by planting trees in Somerset County parks. Through communication between Park Commission Horticulture staff and the contributor, an approved species will be chosen based on the desired planting site. Alternatively, a donor may choose an already established tree to be designated as a Tribute Tree. A commemorative plaque engraved according to the donor’s specifications will be placed at the base of the tree.
The popularity of the program has created new opportunities for locations to place benches including East County Park in Warren Township, Skillman Park in Montgomery Township, and Mountain View Park in Hillsborough Township.
The timing and specific location of placement of benches, trees, and bricks in designated parks will be at the discretion of Parks staff. A certificate will be provided for holiday gift giving.
Information is available at www.somersetcountyparks.org. For information call the Park Foundation at 908-722-1200, ext. 5237.