The Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation Department has opportunities available to memorialize your loved ones in the City's park system.
Memorial trees are a great way to honor a loved one and also be friendly to the environment. Memorial trees must be purchased through the City and can be done so at any time throughout the year. However, the trees will only be planted in the spring and fall of each calendar year in conjunction with the City’s tree planting contract. As the purchaser of a memorial tree, you may choose from a variety of different tree species at the time of purchase. After installation, purchasers will be notified of the exact location of their specific memorial tree so that everyone wishing to remember their loved ones can visit it. Due to maintenance issues, a memorial plaque is not included with a memorial tree or permitted after installation. The total cost of a memorial tree is $315, which includes the purchase and installation of a tree, and a 1-year warranty.
Memorial benches are another way to memorialize a loved one and also enhance the aesthetics of the City’s park system. Memorial benches must be purchased through the City and can be done so at any time throughout the year. Weather permitting, the installation of the benches can only be completed from April-October and will be completed at the earliest possible date from the department’s receipt of the bench. After installation, the purchaser will be notified of the exact location of the bench so that everyone wishing to remember their loved ones can visit it. Although there is only one type of bench and a standard color to choose from, each memorial bench will include a 4” x 6” brushed stainless plaque that can be engraved with a short memorial message. The Parks and Recreation Director or designee must approve memorial messages. Please contact us by phone or email for current pricing, which includes the bench, three replacement plaques, delivery, plaque engraving and installation.