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Charles Gabus Memorial Tree Park and Gardens


Charles Gabus Memorial Tree Program Donor Form (PDF)

Charles Gabus Memorial Tree Program Donor Options (PDF)


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The Charles Gabus Memorial Tree Park and Gardens is located in Walker Johnston Park on 3/4 acre east of the creek, south of the library and adjacent to the current bike trail.

Quiet Place of Beauty

The Memorial Tree Park and Gardens is a quiet, contemplative place in the midst of a busy urban park. It is a place of beauty, with a variety of trees, flowers and shrubs where one can relax and perhaps think about the many individuals, businesses and community groups who have helped make Urbandale the fine city it is today. The park also features a fountain, benches, an event plaza, and picnic tables for community use.

Donation & Memorial Program

To help sustain the Charles Gabus Memorial Tree Park and Gardens, a special donation and memorial tree program has been created by Urbandale Friends of the Parks.

We hope Urbandale businesses and residents will consider this opportunity either in their own names, in honor or memory of family members or other special loved ones in their lives.

Large Contributions

Your donation will help create a legacy that will be passed on for generations. There are special recognition categories for larger donors:
  • Oak: $10,000 and up
  • Maple: $5,000 - $9,999
  • White Pine: $2,500 - $4,999
  • Spruce: $2,000 - $2,499
  • Cedar: $1000 - $1,999
The names of large donors will be recognized on the entrance sign to the park, with their names being listed under a sketch of one of the trees listed above.

Small Contributions

Smaller contributions will be accepted and recognized with the donor name and / or message engraved on the following:
  • Small brick paver - $100
  • Larger brick paver - $250
  • Brass plaque on limestone bench - $500
  • 2/3 of limestone bench - $1,000
  • All of limestone bench - $1,500
  • Granite stone with tree - $1,000

Memorial Notebook

All donors are invited to include a page about their honoree in a memorial notebook, which is displayed at the Urbandale Library. Your contribution is tax deductible. No goods or services will be provided in return for your gift. For more information, please see the Donor Form (PDF) and Donor Options (PDF) flyers.


  1. Charles Gabus Memorial Tree Park and Gardens Shelter

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