Park Donations

Sharing Program Guide

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The City of Kirkland’s Sharing Program (also known as the Donation Program) is a wonderful way to:

  • commemorate a loved one,
  • celebrate an event,
  • provide for someone else in need,
  • or simply as a way to give back to the community.

The information on this webpage covers bench and table donations only.

Thank you for your generosity and for considering the City of Kirkland parks for your donation!

How much does it cost and what does my donation cover?

  • Bench prices range from $1,600 to $3,500. Picnic table prices range from $1,750 to $3,700. See Table and Bench Pricing.
  • Your donation includes:
  • The purchase of a new bench/table or the refurbishment of an existing bench/table. The price of a new bench/table or a refurbished bench/table is the same.
  • One personalized 2" x 7" bronze plaque
  • Installation
  • Fifteen years of routine maintenance and repairs of bench/table. 

Donated benches and tables are property of the City of Kirkland. The Parks and Community Services Department retains the right to remove, relocate and shall other wise have sole control over item.  If relocating and within the fifteen year period, staff will attempt to contact the donor to select the new location, but park staff will make the final decision.

Where can you donate a bench or table? (Confirm item availability)

  • The City of Kirkland has more than fifty beautiful parks and open spaces to chose from. A complete list of all Kirkland parks is available at the Online Parks Guide.
  • Bench and table styles are predetermined and specific for each park. Please refer to the Bench and Table Pricing if you have a budget you’d like to work with.
  • Many popular Kirkland park locations have received community gifts for decades. Due to the generosity of donors, the following parks have reached their limit of benches and tables and are therefore unavailable to receive additional bench or table donations.
    • Doris Cooper Houghton Beach
    • David Brink Park
    • Heritage Park
    • Juanita Bay
    • Lake Ave West Park
    • Marina Park
    • Marsh Park
    • Settler’s Landing
    • Street End Park
    • Waverly Beach
  • Once you’ve determined your park(s) of interest, contact Program Coordinator, Nicci Osborn at 425-587-3342 or at nosborn@kirklandwa.gov with a list of up to three parks with your initial availability inquiry. Personal site visits to your parks of interest are strongly recommended.

Bronze plaque and its design

  • One bronze plaque, 2” in height by 7” in length, is included in the price of a donation for a bench or table.
  • The plaque will be mounted on the backrest of the bench or in the middle of the table.
  • Plaques are furnished by the City, with the content proposed by the donor.
  • Plaques can contain up to five lines of text, however three or less lines are recommended for easier reading.
  • Plaque font style is SMALL CAPS and TIMES NEW ROMAN.
  • A standard line border surrounding the plaque is included in the design.
  • Plaque content is encouraged to be positive and is subject to review and approval by City staff.
  • Only one 2" x 7" bronze plaque is allowed on each bench or table.
  • Donor can provide plaque content at the time of submitting donation form by filling the appropriate section on the form.
  • Spelling and content accuracy are the responsibility of the donor.
  • The plaque process includes opportunity for proof reading by the donor. 
  • Upon request by the original donor, an existing plaque can be removed (by the City) and a new replacement plaque can be purchased by the donor through the City (and installed by the City). The cost of a new plaque would be at the current cost of a plaque. 

Is the donation tax-deductible?

The City of Kirkland is a municipal organization. Donations may be tax-deductible. Contact the IRS or a tax adviser for confirmation.

I've confirmed item availability, what are the next steps?

  • Complete and submit Sharing Program Form
  • Mail or drop off donation payment.
  • The donation process formally begins once the Form and the entire donation amount is received.
  • Bench/table locations are not held without receipt of completed Form and full payment.
  • Checks are accepted. Cash and credit cards are not accepted at this time.
    • Checks can be made payable to the City of Kirkland and be attached to the Sharing Program Donation form.

Timeline and Duration

  • The entire donation process (from the receipt of the donation to notification of its installation) can take approximately three to six months.
  • Upon the completion of the donated item, the donor is notified, and a receipt is sent by mail.  
  • Initial installation or refurbishment, routine maintenance and park placement of the bench or table is guaranteed for a fifteen period.
  • After the fifteen year period, existence and/or maintenance is not guaranteed and the disposition of the gift is at the sole discretion of the City of Kirkland. The bench or table will not be resold and the plaque will not be removed by the City (unless requested by the donor).

Recognizing our Donors

The City of Kirkland and our Park Board wish to thank all of the people and organizations who donate to us. A list of completed donations is sent to the Park Board on a monthly basis. A list of the previous year’s donors is also compiled and published yearly.