Park Benches

What is a bench?

A bench is a piece of furniture, on which several people may sit at the same time. Benches are typically made of wood, but may also be made of metal, stone, or synthetic materials. Many benches have arm and back rests; some have no backrest and can be sat on from either side. In American public areas, benches are often donated by persons or associations, which may then be indicated on it, e.g. by a small plaque.

Park Benches Wiki

What is a park bench?

Park benches serve as seating places within public parks.

What are park benches made of?

Benches should be constructed of durable materials that are resistant to weather, vandalism, and rusting. Benches can be made of concrete, recycled plastic, thermoplastic, and fiberglass, but the most comfortable and durable material is wood.


Typically found in state parks along walking trails, wooden benches are considered a high maintenance material because they need to be regularly treated with an insect repellent or coated with polyurethane to maximize the life of the material.


Concrete benches are often installed in facilities that are not expected to change or transition (including state parks). Concrete is also very durable and can withstand any harsh weather or climate, making it appropriate for any park facility.


Available in a variety of styles and colors, recycled plastic benches are considered low maintenance and appropriate for any park environment. This includes any ocean side park facilities that are typically corrosive due to frequent salt buildup.


Thermoplastic is an environmentally friendly coating for metal benches. Thermoplastic benches are very commonplace, located in facilities ranging from schools, parks, recreational spaces and office buildings. The material itself is graffiti resistant and easily repairable, as opposed to other metal coatings and, with a thorough coat, will help a metal bench withstand a variety of climates. This metal is often seen in both trail-side and casual park settings.

Where are park benches placed?

Park benches serve as seating places within public parks, and are commonly placed:
-near a playground to allow guardians to rest and monitor their children
-in or around a grouping of trees to provide protection from the sun and strong winds
-in areas where disabled patrons are likely to sit

In addition, park benches should be set back at least 24 inches from any pedestrian walkway (trails, paved lanes, dirt paths) to allow space for people.