Seniors & Aging

Cement your legacy: Donate to bench, brick, park or playground

Memorial benches are popular in Bellingham — so popular, in fact, that people who want to donate money for one may have to wait awhile.
Memorial benches are popular in Bellingham — so popular, in fact, that people who want to donate money for one may have to wait awhile. The Bellingham Herald

You don’t need big bucks to commemorate someone or support a local project that you love.

Park benches, inscribed bricks, and support for community improvements are some of the ways people can leave a visible, lasting legacy, either in their own name or the name of a friend or family member who has died. Some options:

Bellingham parks

Park benches and other honorary memorial items can be donated to the city, although you may need to be patient. Once you submit your contact information, you are placed on a waiting list, based on the item to be donated and the date you contacted the park operations office, 1400 Woburn St., 360-778-7100. Once you are contacted by the office, you can pay to donate an item, or wait for another opportunity.

Cost: Prices can change; here are ballpark figures: $7,500 for a standard park bench, $85 for a bronze plaque, $90 for a tree dedication plaque.

Park donations also can be made through Whatcom Parks and Recreation Foundation and Whatcom Community Foundation.

Park playground in Blaine

The city of Blaine and the Blaine-Birch Bay Park and Recreation District 2 are building a waterfront playground in Blaine’s Marine Park.

Cost: Donation levels range from $250 to $10,000. Donations will be recognized with the donor’s name engraved on a bronze plaque in the shape of a sea creature and mounted to the Pacific Northwest Sea Life Wall.

Details: 360-543-9979, or go to ci.blaine.wa.us and search for Marine Park Playground Project.

Park playground in Ferndale

Donations are being accepted for equipment for Star Park, a kid-designed, community-built park in Ferndale’s larger Pioneer Park.

Cost: Playground pieces range from $850 to $25,000.

Details: Riley Sweeney, city’s public information officer, 360-685-2353.

Judson statue in Lynden

Fundraising is ongoing for a life-size bronze statue of Holden and Phoebe Goodell Judson, pioneer founders of Lynden. The statue of the couple - she was known as the “mother of Lynden” and he was Lynden’s first mayor - will be placed in a prominent location in the city.

Cost: Named bricks to be placed around the statue are available for $100.

Details: Whatcom Community Foundation, 360-671-6463.

Walkway bricks at WWU

Proceeds from memorial bricks support Western Washington University students and alumni through scholarships and programming. Popular inscriptions include “Name and class year,” “In memory of ...,” “In honor of ...,” “We love you ...,” and “Thank you ....”

Cost: $100.

Details: go to wwu.edu and search for campus bricks or call Western Alumni Association, 360-650-3353.

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