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Mecklenburg County
Park and Recreation
5841 Brookshire Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28216

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Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m - 5 p.m.

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Park Planning
980-314-1000

Memorial Trees, Benches and Bricks Program

 

Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation's Horticulture Team is proud to facilitate the Department's Memorials Program.  To date, over 250 memorials have been installed to commemorate loved ones or meaningfull events.  Interested parties can make a gift in honor of a loved one, organization or event by dedicating a tree, bench or brick in a park, greenway or nature preserve.  Your gift represents a lasting tribute for years to come.

 

MEMORIAL TREES

The cost of a tree is $250 and includes a 4x6" engraved brick (3 lines maximum text with 15 spaces per line) which is embedded in a concrete monument which holds it in place for viewing.  Trees are guaranteed for one year from planting date and the Department will replace it one time if it dies during the first year after planting.  The planting period is from November 1st thru February 28th each year but tree orders may be placed at any time during the year.   The size of trees planted will be approximately 2" in caliper and will be 8-12' in height depending upon species.  Trees are an important resource offering habitat, oxygen and beauty to our environment! 

The following list(s) identifies those trees that are recommended (depending upon availability) :

Small/Flowering

  • Redbud  (Cercis canadensis) – the natural species form OR varieties 'Rising Sun' or 'Ruby Falls'
  • Black Gum/Tupelo  (Nyssa sylvatica)  'Autumn Cascade'
  • Chinese Fringe Tree (Chionanthus retusus)
  • White FringeTree (Chionanthus virginicus)
  • Saucer Magnolia (Magnolia x soulangeana)
  • Sweetbay Magnolia (Magnolia virginiana)  'Australis'
  • Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) **
  • Bottlebush Buckeye (Aesculus parviflora) **
  • Chinese Pistache (Pistacia chinensis)
  • Japanese Snowbell (Styrax japonica)
  • Flowering Apricot (Prunus mume)
  • Bigleaf Magnolia (Magnolia macrophyllum) **
  • Red Maple  (Acer rubrum)  'October Glory'
  • American Hornbeam/Musclewood (Carpinus caroliniana – the natural species form OR the recommended upright varieties 'Firespire', 'Native Flame' or 'Palisade' **

 

Evergreen

  • Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica) **
  • Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana)
  • Arborvitae/White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis)
  • Yaupon Holly (Ilex vomitoria)
  • Weeping Yaupon Holly (Ilex vomitoria)  'Pendula'
  • Deodar Cedar (Cedrus deodara)
  • American Holly (Ilex opaca)
  • Arizona Cypress (Cupressus arizonica var. glabra)  'Carolina Sapphire'

 

Canopy/Shade

  • Live Oak (Quercus virginiana)
  • White Oak  (Quercus alba)
  • Southern Sugar Maple (Acer barbatum)
  • Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides)
  • Gingko (Gingko biloba)
  • American Elm (Ulmus americana)  'Liberty', 'Valley Forge'
  • Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum)
  • American Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis)
  • Blackgum/Tupelo  (Nyssa sylvatica)  'Wildfire', 'Red Rage', 'Green Gables'

 

**for shade or possibly part sun

 

 

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NOTE:  Freedom. Romare Bearden and First Ward Parks (as well as some Uptown sections of Little Sugar Creek Greenway) are unavailable for new trees at this time.  If a particular tree species is desired and is not on the recommended list special approval must be secured.  An additional cost may also be incurred.  No orders for any tree will be processed until payment is received.

To purchase a tree or for assistance please contact:  Blaine Gregory  at 704.576.9069 or by email at charles.gregory@mecklenburgcountync.gov

 


MEMORIAL BENCHES

Memorial benches can be placed in practically any park setting and are a valued recreational amenity to any park site.  The cost of a memorial bench is $450 which includes a plaque and installation.  Our standard park bench is made of treated wooden 2x4's on a powder coated metal frame with an armrest on both sides.  A 4x6" metal plaque is included (3 lines maximum text with 15 spaces per line).  Spaces, commas, etc...count as characters.  If boards become rotten or bowed the Department will replace them at no cost for the life of the bench.  Benches are not stained or painted.

NOTE:   Freedom, Romare Bearden and First Ward Parks along with some Uptown sections of Little Sugar Creek Greenway are unavailable for new benches at this time.  No orders for any bench will be processed until payment is received.

 To purchase a bench or for assistance please contact:  Blaine Gregory  at 704.576.9069 or by email at charles.gregory@mecklenburgcountync.gov

 

 

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MEMORIAL BRICKS

Memorial bricks can be purchased for $75 each but can only be placed at the following park sites:

-Fourth Ward Park (Uptown Charlotte)

-Little Sugar Creek Greenway (Brandywine Road and Westfield Avenue) Plaza

-Colonel Francis Beatty Park - Lynn Ellen Odom Memorial Wedding Garden

-Our Children's Memorial Garden (Frazier Park).  This garden is specifically dedicated to lost and loved children.  Payment for these bricks is handled separately from Park and Recreation and through the Our Children's Memorial Walkway Foundation.  To purchase a brick at this location or for more information  please contact ocmw.treasurer.jeff@gmail.com

Memorial bricks can be either 4x6" or 6x8" in size (3 lines maximum text with 15 spaces per line).  Spaces, commas, etc...count as characters.  They are inserted as feature bricks into existing walkways and hardscapes including plazas and fountain areas. 

To purchase a general park brick or for assistance please contact:  Blaine Gregory at 704.576.9069 or by email at charles.gregory@mecklenburgcountync.gov.  No order will be processed until payment is received.

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Address

Office Location:

Mecklenburg County
Park and Recreation
5841 Brookshire Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28216

MAP

Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m - 5 p.m.

Contact

Park Planning
980-314-1000