In-Park Recognition

Friends of the Wissahickon, in partnership with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, is pleased to offer the In-Park Recognition Program to honor or remember friends and family. Your donation helps to conserve the Wissahickon Valley Park and provides a meaningful amenity for all who visit the park.

Benches are now available for installation.

Additionally, we are excited to start a project a decade in the making: The Valley Green Run Restoration and Pedestrian Bridge Project. This two-part project is a critical piece of providing safer pedestrian access to one of the Parks most popular entrances, the Valley Green Area, and creating a stable, non-erosive stream channel that will improve the water quality of the Wissahickon Creek. By supporting this project, you will not only ensure the construction of this essential piece of infrastructure but will build our future capacity for large-scale capital investments like this project, that increase accessibility and restore and protect native habitats.

Opportunities for recognition:

  • $1,000 – Habitat support. Single tree planting or habitat box will be placed in the Wissahickon Valley Park. Price includes a plaque that will be placed at the Warming Shed next to the Valley Green inn, all labor and materials.
  • $5,000 – Bench with recognition plaque. A bench in the Wissahickon Valley Park in honor or memory of a loved one. Price includes labor and materials. No more than 10 benches will be available within a calendar year.
  • $5,000 – Picnic Table with recognition plaque. A picnic table in the Wissahickon Valley Park in a designated picnic area. Price includes labor and materials.
  • Kiosks with recognition plaque. Kiosks are available for recognition though price depends on size of kiosk. Please fill out form to be contacted by a staff member.
  • Valley Green Bridge – Engraved stone pavers in the new trailhead plaza
  • Valley Green Bridge – Laser-cut metal planks spanning the new bridge’s length
  • Valley Green Bridge – Interpretive kiosks with welcome signage
  • Valley Green Bridge – Stone benches

Guidelines:

  • Habitat boxes, trees, benches, and picnic tables are installed by Friends of the Wissahickon but are the property of the landowner, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation.
  • The location of habitat boxes, trees, benches, and picnic tables and inscriptions of plaques must be approved by Friends of the Wissahickon. The approved location of a box, tree, bench or table depends on proposed future development within the Wissahickon Valley Park, the location of underground utilities, and other site restrictions.
  • All costs are included in the purchase price.
  • Friends of the Wissahickon reserves the right to remove or relocate all in-park structures if it is determined that removal is in the best interest of the Wissahickon Valley Park.
  • Friends of the Wissahickon will make every reasonable effort to steward dedicated boxes, benches, and tables during the 10 year dedication period.
  • At the conclusion of the 10 year dedication period and at the discretion of FOW or Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, FOW or PPR may make repairs to all in-park structures but shall not be required to replace or repair.
  • All donations are tax-deductible.

Time Periods and Renewals

Habitat boxes, benches, and picnic tables are dedicated for a ten-year period and dedications may be renewed. Each additional period of ten years recognizes an additional qualifying donation. After the initial bench dedication time period has ended, those who have dedicated an in-park structure in the past have the right of first refusal to renew the dedication. After the ten year period has ended, reasonable amount of effort will be made to contact those who have dedicated the box, bench, or picnic table, and at the discretion of FOW or Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, FOW or PPR may make repairs to all in-park structures but shall not be required to replace or repair.

 

For larger in-park recognition opportunities, contact Maeve Pollack at pollack@fow.org.