21 Church Street, Vernon, NJ 07462
Vernon Township accepts donations to memorialize a departed family member or friend, or to commemorate a special occasion. Standard donations include the planting of a tree, a picnic table, installation of a bench and/or bike rack at any of our Township Parks. Alternate types of donations are also welcome. Please contact the Department of Community Affairs to discuss your specific request.
Anyone can sponsor this unique dedication which provides a lasting remembrance that can be enjoyed by all park visitors. Park donations give back to the community in ways no other gift can.
The placement of tree or bench donations within the park is determined in collaboration with the township. Donors will be given several locations from which to choose. For trees, the available options may be influenced by the species selected.
Donations can be proposed year round, however please note that installation/planting takes place only from April through October. A ceremony or gathering at the time of a tree planting or bench unveiling is welcome, but it must be arranged in advanced with the Department of Community Affairs.
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Donors provide the tree, the township provides the plaque and labor to install both. Examples of trees that have been found to grow well in the park include thundercloud plum, Douglas fir, Cleveland pear, weeping cherry and Kwanzan cherry. A general size guideline is anything that will grow 20 to 30 feet tall and 15 to 20 feet wide.
Picnic tables are either 6 or 8 feet and ADA accessible. Made of recycled plastic. Color is cedar and black. The plaque is made of brass and can hold three lines of up to 40 characters per line.
Park-it bike racks are a great addition to our pump track.
For more information, please contact the Vernon Township Department of Recreation and Community Development at 973.764.4055, ext. 2261.