The Jean Cook Tree Memorial Fund

The memorial is dedicated to the memory of those who have passed, created for those who will enjoy this space for years to come.

The Jean Cook Tree Memorial was established to honor and memorialize loved ones, while also adding to the beauty of one of the Southern Indiana’s most desirable recreation destinations. Those that wish to contribute to the memorial are invited to purchase a tree which will be planted along the 2.68 mile trail that links Burdette Park to the University of Southern Indiana.

Plaques are available for purchase through the West Side Tri-State Trophies. Plaques will be placed by Burdette Park personnel, but are not required to donate. The Jean Cook Tree Memorial will serve as a lasting memory, which can be enjoyed by everyone who passes under its branches.

Jean Cook died October 9, 2005, three days after she was shot on Evansville’s Northside. To this day, the case remains unsolved. Shortly after Jean’s death, her daughter, Bobbi Jo Cook began searching for a way to create a lasting memorial for her mother. With the help of local media and park personnel, Bobbi Jo Cook went before the Vanderburgh County Commissioners to seek permission to establish the memorial at Burdette Park. Once approved, it was decided that tree memorial would line the path of the USI-Burdette Park Trail. This trail connects Burdette Park with the University of Southern Indiana. Unfortunately, several trees were removed during the construction of the trail, and a portion of the path stretches through a non-wooded area. The memorial not only provides an opportunity for families to create a lasting tribute to their loved ones, it also populates the trail with a variety of tree species.

If donors would like, they can purchase their own tree and present it to the park for planting or select a tree from the Burdette Park preferred tree list. Plots for placing the trees are located along the trail.

If you are looking to remember a lost loved one…

Call the Burdette Park Main Office at 812-435-5602 or email [email protected] to reserve your spot today!

Checks should be made payable to Burdette Park (5301 Nurrenbern Rd. Evansville, IN 47712).

A minimum donation of $100.00 USD is required.