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Community Environmental Initiatives

Commemorative Park Bench & Tree Program

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we continue to experience some delays in this program, resulting in longer than normal timelines to those listed on this website and in the agreements attached.

Honour an individual or group by donating a bench or tree to your local park. Donations to the Commemorative Park Bench and Tree Program allow for substantial improvements to our parks and inspire community pride and a sense of place.  

As per the City of Hamilton’s Donation Policy (PDF 28 KB), the City will solicit and receive donations of funds, services and goods that enable it to reduce the cost of approved projects and programs; enhance existing services that do not increase operating costs; and finance desired projects and services that are not funded from the tax levy or other municipal sources.  As such, the Commemorative Park Bench and Tree Program is operated at full cost recovery and therefore, donations listed on this website are subject to change without notice in order to reflect true costs.

Refer to the Park Bench, Park Tree and or Plaque Donation Agreements for details regarding donation lifecycle, ownership, maintenance, vandalism, theft and graffiti.

Donate a Commemorative Park Bench

Follow the 3 steps below to donate a bench to one of Hamilton’s eligible City Parks (some City Parks are not eligible for donations through the program) with the option of adding a personalized commemorative plaque.

Commemorative Park Bench Donation Details

Park bench

TYPE 1 - Standard Concrete Bench $1,100 each
Includes bench with poured concrete legs, sustainable plastic slats ($1,100) *personalized plaque as picture requires additional donation.  Donation inclusive of all applicable taxes and fees.

Park bench

TYPE 2 - Classic Riverside Bench $3,065 each
Includes bench with cast iron legs no arms, sustainable plastic slats installed on concrete base *colour may vary, personalized plaque as picture requires additional donation. Donation inclusive of all applicable taxes and fees.

Park bench

TYPE 3 - Classic Riverside A Bench $3,215 each
Includes bench with cast iron arms and legs, sustainable plastic slats installed on concrete pad *colour may vary, personalized plaque as picture requires additional donation. Donation inclusive of all applicable taxes and fees.

Bench plaque

Add On – Personalized Commemorative Bench Plaque $500 each
5 centimetres x 20 centimetres cast metal plaque, engraved into top bench slat, personalized with up-to 4 lines of text and up to 37 characters/spaces per line.  Each bench can host up to two personalized plaques.  Bench plaque donation must accompany a bench donation.  Donation inclusive of all applicable taxes and fees.

To determine a *preferred park for your bench donation please review our Eligible City Parks and complete your Bench Donation Agreement as follows:

  • List your top 3 parks in order of preference or,
  • If applicable, choose an existing bench without a plaque within an eligible park, include a photo or description along with your agreement paperwork for the same type of bench and we’ll replace the existing bench with a new bench that includes your personalized plaque engraved.

*Our Parks are designed to include bench placement in specific locations therefore final bench location will be at the discretion of City staff.

Complete the Commemorative Bench Donation Agreement  (PDF, 300 KB) and Plaque Donation Agreement  (PDF, 240 KB) (if applicable) paperwork and submit along with your full donation.

We are unable to accommodate rush requests. For completed bench donation agreements and full donations received by: 

  • April 30, expect installation to occur by December 31 of the same calendar year;
  • August 30, expect installation to occur by April 30 of the following calendar year.

City of Hamilton staff will contact you via email to confirm receipt of donation and to request sign-off on your plaque proof before proceeding with ordering and installation.

Donate a Commemorative Park Tree

City of Hamilton is committed to offering a selection of native tree species for your donation.  Donating a native tree helps to increase the biodiversity across our city and makes our urban forest more resilient to climate change and disease.  Your donation also contributes to the City’s goal to increase the urban forest canopy to 30%.  Follow the 3 steps below to donate a tree to one of Hamilton's eligible City Parks (some City Parks are not eligible for donations through the program) with the option of adding a personalized commemorative plaque.

Commemorative tree

Commemorative Tree $870 each
Includes 50-70 mm caliper native tree from the ‘Species List’ ($870) suited to the park location.  Tree health will be supported with mulch and a water bag (during the year planted, and following two years). *personalized plaque requires additional donation. Donation inclusive of all applicable taxes and fees.

Commemorative plaque

Add On – Personalized Commemorative Tree Plaque $635 each
15 cm x 20 cm cast metal plaque, stake mounted and set in a buried concrete footing, personalized with up to 6 lines of text with up to 21 characters/spaces per line. Tree plaque donation must accompany a tree donation. Donation inclusive of all applicable taxes and fees.

To determine a preferred park for your tree donation, please review the Eligible City Parks  section and provide your top 3 choices of eligible Parks in order of preference, along with your species selection from the Commemorative Park Tree Species Pick List. A suitable tree location will be determined by City of Hamilton staff to accommodate the species selected.

Commemorative Park Tree Species Pick List

Common / Scientific Name Mature Size Special Attributes

American Hophornbeam
Ostrya virginiana

Small

Fall Color: Yellow
Wildlife: Birds & mammals

American Yellowwood
Cladrastis kentukea

Medium Flower: Showy/fragrant white (spring)

Black Gum
Nyssa sylvatica

Large

Fall Color: Scarlet red
Wildlife: Birds & mammals

Blue Beech
Carpinus caroliniana

Small

Fall Color: Yellow to orange-red
Wildlife: Birds & mammals

Common Hackberry
Celtis occidentalis

Medium

Fall Color: Yellow
Bark: Attractive/interesting
Wildlife: Birds

Cucumbertree
Magnolia acuminata

Large

Flower: Fragrant yellow (summer)
Wildlife: Songbirds

Downy Serviceberry
Amelanchier arborea

Small

Flower: White (spring)
Fruit: Red/purple berry (summer)
Wildlife: Birds & mammals
Fall Color: Red

Eastern Redbud
Cercis canadensis

Small

Flower: Purplish-pink (spring)

Flowering Dogwood
Cornus florida

Small

Flower: Showy/fragrant white (spring)
Fall Color: Red/purple
Wildlife: Birds, pollinators & mammals

Northern Catalpa
Catalpa speciosa

Large

Flower: Showy/fragrant white (spring)
Wildlife: Pollinators

Ohio Buckeye
Aesculus glabra

Medium

Flower: Yellow (spring)
Wildlife: Pollinators & Butterflies

Sassafras
Sassafras albidum

Medium Fall Color: Yellow to orange/red

Sycamore
Platanus occidentalis

Large

Bark: Attractive/interesting
Wildlife: Pollinators & birds

Tuliptree
Liriodendron tulipifera

Large

Size: One of the largest trees in North America
Flower: Orange-yellow (late spring)
Wildlife: Birds, pollinators & mammals

White Oak
Quercus alba

Large

Lifespan: Very long-lived (300+ years)
Fall Color: Red
Wildlife: Birds & mammals

Complete the Commemorative Tree Agreement  (PDF, 266 KB) and Plaque Agreement  (PDF, 240 KB) (if applicable) paperwork and submit along with your full donation.

We are unable to accommodate rush requests. For completed Tree Donation Agreements and full donations received by: 

  • February 28, expect installation to occur by September 30 of the same calendar year;
  • September 30, expect installation to occur by June 30 of the following calendar year.

City of Hamilton staff will contact you via email to confirm receipt of donation and to request sign-off on your plaque proof before proceeding with ordering and installation.

Donate a Peace Memorial Park Plaque

Follow the 2 steps below to donate a Peace Memorial Plaque to be installed on either the North Wall or South Wall at Peace Memorial Park:

Veterans Plaque

Veteran Plaque $500 each
15 cm x 10 cm cast metal plaque with poppy on top left corner, installed on the South Wall at Peace Memorial Park and personalized with up to 4 lines of text with up to 25 characters/spaces per line.

General Public Memorial plaque

General Public Plaque $500 each
15 cm x 10 cm cast metal plaque, installed on the North Wall at Peace Memorial Park and personalized with up to 4 lines of text with up to 25 characters/spaces per line.

Complete the Commemorative Plaque Donation Agreement (PDF, 240 KB) paperwork and submit along with your full donation.

We are unable to accommodate rush requests.  For completed Peace Memorial Park Plaque agreements and full donations received between:

  • January 1 - July 1, expect installation to occur by October 31 of the same calendar year;
  • July 2 – December 31, expect installation to occur between May and October of the following calendar year.

City of Hamilton staff will contact you via email to confirm receipt of donation and to request sign-off on your plaque proof before proceeding with ordering and installation.

Eligible City Parks

City of Hamilton operates over 400 Parks with most being eligible to receive a bench or tree donation.  Visit City of Hamilton Parks Listing, or our interactive Parks Finder Map for a complete listing of all City Parks. Prior to making your preferred park selection on your Park Bench or Park Tree Donation Agreement, please  review the Ineligible City Parks list below to ensure your preferred park(s) is not listed.

Please note that the following properties are ineligible for a donation at this time through the City of Hamilton Commemorative Park Bench and Tree Program.  This list is subject to change.

  • any City of Hamilton Owned Property not managed by Parks and Cemeteries (such as Business Improvement Areas, Roadways and sidewalks);
  • any City of Hamilton Open Space;
  • any City of Hamilton Cemetery;
  • any Designated Heritage Site;
  • any properties managed but not owned by City of Hamilton Parks and Cemeteries (such as Churchill Park Aviary);
  • any properties not owned and managed by the City of Hamilton (such as lands owned/managed by Royal Botanical Gardens*, Hamilton Conservation Authority (i.e. Confederation Beach Park), Hamilton Wentworth School Board or others);
  • any Parks listed below for reasons such as capacity for donation has been met, park is undergoing planning or re-development or reasons stated above.

Ineligible City Parks

Park Name Location
Battlefield Park 77 King Street West
Bayfront Park (like for like bench swap only, no trees) 200 Harbour Front Drive
Chedoke Twin Pad Arena (Park) 91 Chedmac Drive
City Hall 71 Main Street West
Chedoke Golf Course 563 Aberdeen Avenue
Confederation Park 80 Van Wagner's Beach Road
Corporal Nathan Cirillo Leash Free Area 799 Golf Links Road
Dieppe Veterans' Memorial Park 1033 Beach Boulevard
Dundas Driving Park 1 (no benches) 71 Cross Street
Dundurn Park 600 York Boulevard
Fieldcote Memorial Park 64 Sulphur Springs Road
Gage Park – Rose Garden (like for like bench swap only, no trees) 1000 Main Street East
Glen Manor - The Veevers Home 22 Veevers Drive
Gore Park 1 Hughson Street South
Hamilton Amateur Athletic Association (during renovations only) 250 Carleton Street West
Hamilton Beach Recreation Trail (Beach Strip) Confederation Park Area Trail
Hamilton Harbour Waterfront Trail (like for like bench swap only, no trees) Bayfront Park Area Trail
Johnson Tew Park (no trees) 71 Tews Lane, Greensville
King’s Forest Golf Course 100 Greenhill Avenue
Macassa Bay Walkway (like for like bench swap only, no trees) 102 Harbour Front Drive
Mountain Drive Park (during renovation only) 935 Concession Street
Museum of Steam & Technology 900 Woodward Avenue
Pier 4 Park (like for like bench swap only, no trees) 64 Leander Drive
Sam Lawrence Park (during renovation only) 255 & 371 Concession Street
Sherwood Vale Lot 50 Robinhood Drive, Dundas
Turner Park 344 Rymal Road East
Village Green 291 Lodor Street, Ancaster
Waterdown Memorial Park 226 Main Street North, Waterdown
Westfield Heritage Centre 1049 Kirkwall Road
Whitehern 41 Jackson Street West
William Connell Park 1086 West 5th Street

Contact us

Phone 905-546 -2424 ext 7734
Email [email protected]