Good question! That's a lot of money we are talking about! $5,000 is for the bench, $200 is for a commemorative plaque. We are raising a total of $6,000 to cover fees (Kickstarter, Amazon, NECN).
But still, why $5,000 for a bench? Since Two Plum Park is part of the City Parks system of Portland, OR anything that is installed needs to meet their requirements for safety and accesibility; and be installed by them. The bench will have a poured concrete pad, which is the largest part of that expense. Future maintenance is also included in the cost, so we are paying money now to make sure the bench can be repaired when needed.