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Memorial Park Bench Trends


Amherst Park Bench Engraving

Buying a memorial park bench is a meaningful way to honor a family member or cherished friend who has passed away or even one who has performed a great accomplishment. At the same time, purchasing a memorial park bench is also a great way to help revitalize communities since public spaces, like parks and zoos, often offer individuals an opportunity to provide financial support by purchasing a park bench with customized engravings.

Those interested in dedicating a bench to the memory of a loved one, however, do not necessarily have to go through a third party. Benches can be placed in yards, or, by requesting permission from a city manager, many towns would happily accept a comfortable, attractive new bench at landscaped intersections, playgrounds, outside of libraries and other locations.

Trends in Memorial Park Benches

Memorial park benches with custom signage have come a long way from the slatted wood park benches of the past. Today, benches come in contemporary, modern and classic styles; a variety of colors; recycled materials and unique designs. Custom plaques can be ordered in different shapes with engravings featuring logos and brief messages. Wording can even be engraved directly into many types of benches.


There are dozens of park bench styles to choose from. Because the selection can be overwhelming, it usually helps to match the bench’s style to the location. For example, if a bench is going to be installed in a playground, a good option is a playful Riverview Bench with powder coated frames and steel pipe fabrication with a sturdy seat with rounded rails, which can handle years of wear and tear. Benches like these come in hardwood, recycled plastic and a variety of fun colors, like blue with red or green with natural wood.

A recycled plastic park bench is another attractive option for parks and playgrounds. They’re constructed with 100 percent recycled plastic planks and are available in combinations of ten different colors.

For a more formal setting such as an attractive town square, the classic and ornate Gibralter Park Bench with cast iron frames would be an appealing addition. The Amherst Park Bench is a contemporary twist; the steel bench comes with a variety of unique backrest designs.

Custom Signage

While the typical memorial park bench has a discreet bronze plaque with an honorific message, today, custom plaques and engravings for memorial park benches are as varied as the benches themselves. Cast metal round or rectangular plaques have a lightly textured background with raised lettering. These styles come in a metal or bronze finish.

Surface mounted laminated acrylic plaques can be recessed into a wood or plastic bench or mounted on wood, plastic or steel surfaces. Most companies offer basic color combinations but usually encourage customers to ask about special-ordering unique color combinations.

Benefits of a Memorial Park Bench

One of the biggest benefits of purchasing a memorial park bench is that it honors a loved one in a fun or attractive public space. But a new park bench also adds value to a community and encourages people to utilize public spaces, making towns friendlier and more appealing.


I like the idea of a bench as a memorial to someone special. Our town has a park with a large number of benches that have been donated by people and groups. But personally I think it has gotten out of hand. The city seems to accept all donated benches (how can they say "no"?). But there are all different kinds and styles of benches. And when a bench is donated then the parks people have to find somewhere to shoe horn it in. The park is getting crowded with benches in odd locations. Isn't there some way to control this? Wouldn't it be better if a park specified a certain kind of bench for each donation so there was some coordinated look to the park? I'm just curious - how do parks departments accept the donations but control the appearance of their parks?
Posted @ Wednesday, April 03, 2013 3:04 PM by Rob
Purchased a memorial bench from Pilot Rock a year ago. Was able to place it in our city park just down the hill from our parents home. Working with Pilot Rock to order was a very pleasant experience.They were so helpful. The bench looks great & should last for many years to come
Posted @ Wednesday, April 17, 2013 9:34 AM by Dave
My family purchased a memorial bench from RJ Thoams for my cousin. Ours has the engraving on it. We placed it in a brand new park and camping area where he lived. It sparked a string of benches being purchased by others as a memorial in the same way. They all look the same and just look great. People enjoy them a lot. Being the same they bring unity to the entire park.
Posted @ Friday, April 19, 2013 4:52 PM by Rhonda
One of my classmates passed away when we were very young, and a bench with a plaque in her honor was later put in the town park. During our senior year of high school, several of the girls in my class went to the park to take some outdoor pictures together. We took a picture with her memorial bench and gave it to her family. For a moment it felt slightly odd to take a picture with a bench, but I think we all realized that this was a truly special way that we could honor her memory. Her memorial bench gave us something tangible to remember her by.
Posted @ Thursday, May 16, 2013 10:28 AM by Demi
I loved you article. Most off us have some story of their about benches that is memorable forever.
Posted @ Tuesday, April 29, 2014 5:20 AM by Memorialbenchesuk
Its a really nice blog. I can understand the feeling and its a nice way to express your love towards him who he has done.
Posted @ Saturday, July 05, 2014 7:15 AM by MemorialBenchesUK
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