Ways to give back to Parks & Recreation

Iowa City Parks and Recreation Foundation

The Iowa City Parks and Recreation Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit affiliate organization of the Johnson County Community Foundation. The purpose of the Iowa City Parks & Recreation Endowment and Charitable Giving Funds is to serve the community by enhancing the quality of life for Iowa City area residents and visitors through the independent development, enhancement, and support for parks, recreation programs, facilities, and trails.

One of the best ways to support the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department is by growing our endowment fund. Endowment gifts are invested permanently and can provide security for the future of Parks and Recreation facilities and programs for generations to come. Plus, you as a donor will receive maximum tax benefits while giving to a cause you care about.

The Endow Iowa Tax Credit offers a 25 percent Iowa Tax Credit in addition to normal federal deductions for certain charitable gifts.

Help us enhance the quality of life for all Iowa City Residents, donate now through the Community Foundation of Johnson County.

Have other ideas about how you'd like to support the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department? 
We'd love to hear from you. Contact the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department at 319-356-5110.

Want to dedicate a bench or tree in honor of a loved one?
Visit our memorial program page at www.icgov.org/memorialprogram


Memorial Tree Program

Planting a tree in a City park or other City-owned land is a beautiful way to honor a loved one and also provides a gift to the whole community. Trees are planted on City-owned land for all to enjoy. Forestry staff will plant the tree on City-owned grounds in the spring or fall, and you will receive a certificate suitable for framing. It’s a gift that can last through several lifetimes, a gift that keeps on giving.

The gift of a memorial tree is appropriate for many occasions.

  • In memory of someone who has passed away
  • In honor of a dedicated service member
  • To celebrate a birthday, graduation, wedding, retirement, or other occasions

Fill out the Memorial Tree Program application. 

Memorial tree donation check should be made out to the City of Iowa City and can be mailed to Attn: Tammy Neumann 220 S. Gilbert St. Iowa City, IA 52240. 


Memorial Bench Program

The Memorial Bench Program is currently suspended. At this time we are unable to accept requests for the Memorial Bench Program. The Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department formerly had a Memorial Bench Program, which is similar to the Memorial Tree Program. It allowed individuals to honor loved ones by providing a bench in their name that benefited the Iowa City community. 

For more information about the Memorial Tree or Bench Program, contact Tammy Neumann at 319-356-5100.