Searching for an unusual gift for someone special, a one-of-a-kind way to recognize a friend, or a unique way to memorialize a loved one? Consider adopting a park bench!

The Center City District’s ‘Adopt-a-Bench’ program provides the unique opportunity for recognition in one of two signature parks – John F. Collins Park, and the Rail Park. Donors are acknowledged by a bronze plaque on the selected bench, engraved with a personalized inscription. Funds from donations help endow the maintenance of these parks.

John F. Collins Park is a small quiet oasis in the heart of Center City’s business and retail district. It was designed by the late John F. Collins and renovated by the Center City District in 2011. The park’s gentle fountain, wood benches, native landscaping and lighting create a retreat-like atmosphere for workers, residents, and visitors seeking a peaceful setting amid a bustling downtown. Handsome curved benches are still available for adoption near the Chestnut Street entrance of John F. Collins Park.

Benches are also available for adoption at the Rail Park, our city’s newest elevated public park, now nearing the end of construction, with a planned opening in mid-June 2018. The Rail Park benches on the south end of the park feature panoramic views of Center City’s skyline. Donors receive a plaque on the selected bench, engraved with a personalized inscription and is maintained for ten years. Thousands of visitors spend time in our beautiful Center City parks. Your donation will help endow the maintenance of our benches and landscape.

Interested in adopting a bench? Bench availability is limited, so don’t miss out on this unique opportunity. To adopt a bench, contact Katie Andrews at 215.440.5529 or email or download the Adopt-A-Bench Form today!

To adopt a bench, please contact:
Katie Andrews
Director of Development
Center City District Foundation

Interested in adopting a bench?
Download the Adopt-A-Bench Form today!

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Viaduct Rail Park Bench (Flat)

Available for a donation of $5,000

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John F. Collins Park Bench (Curved)

Available for a donation of $2,500