Commemorative Park Bench & Tree Program

Program information

The commemorative tree program is currently on hold. Check back regularly for updates.


Honour an individual or group by purchasing a park bench or tree for your local park. Donations of cash or gifts in kind to the Parks program allow for substantial improvements to our parks, and inspire community pride and a sense of place.  

Benches and trees are the property of the City of Hamilton once purchased. They will be maintained at the discretion of staff in accordance with lifecycle analysis of the item. 

Plaques for park benches measure 5 cm by 20 cm (2 inches by 8 inches). The size of the plaque cannot exceed these measurements.

Wording for the plaques:

  • Must be no more than 60 characters or three to four lines of text.
  • Must be respectful and tasteful. 
  • Must be approved by the City of Hamilton.

The City may limit the number of plaques dedicated to an individual or group.
Plaque orders take about eight to 10 weeks before they are ready for installation. Installation times may vary based on bench style, availability and weather conditions.

Bench locations

You can request a commemorative bench in eligible parks within the City.

  • We cannot place commemorative benches on lands under the ownership or jurisdiction of the Hamilton Conservation Authority, the Royal Botanical Gardens or the School Board.
  • We cannot place benches on any streetscape locations or in any of the Business Improvement Areas in the City of Hamilton.

Cost

Bench Style Bench Image Cost

Standard concrete bench with plaque

  • sustainable plastic
  • no arms
  • concrete legs
$1,500

Standard “Classic Riverside” bench with plaque

  • sustainable plastic
  • no arms 
$2,000

Ornamental “Classic Riverside A” bench with plaque

  • sustainable plastic
  • arms
$2,500

Vandalism, graffiti, theft and weathering

The following are guidelines around vandalism, graffiti, theft and weathering for commemorative benches:

  • If your plaque is vandalized or stolen, the City will pay for one replacement plaque. Additional replacements are the donor’s responsibility.
  • We do not refurbish benches on a regular schedule. The bench remains in place for the lifecycle of the bench, up to 10 years. The bench is removed when it becomes unsafe or unusable. When the bench is removed we attempt to return the plaque to the original donor. 

Plaques for tree donations measure 15 cm by 20 cm (6 inches by 8 inches).

Wording for the plaques:

  • Must be no more than 10 lines of text.
  • Must be respectful and tasteful. 
  • Must be approved by the City of Hamilton.

The City of Hamilton may limit the number of plaques dedicated to an individual or group.
Plaque orders take about eight to10 weeks before they are ready for installation. Installation times may vary based on bench style, availability and weather conditions. 

Tree locations

You can purchase a commemorative tree for eligible parks within the City of Hamilton.

  • We cannot place trees on lands under the ownership or jurisdiction of the Hamilton Conservation Authority, the Royal Botanical Gardens or the School Board.
  • We cannot place trees on any streetscape locations or in any of the Business Improvement Areas in the City of Hamilton.

Cost

The cost for a commemorative tree is as follows:

  • Tree donation without plaque - $500
  • Tree donation with plaque - $1,000

Vandalism, graffiti, theft and weathering

The following are guidelines around vandalism, graffiti, theft and weathering for commemorative trees:

  • If your plaque is vandalized or stolen, the City will pay for one replacement plaque. Additional replacements are the donor’s responsibility.
  • If the tree dies it we remove it.  When the tree is removed we attempt to return the plaque to the original donor.

Here are the steps to take to donate a park bench or tree:

  1. Fill out the:
    Commemorative Bench Order Form (PDF, 394 KB)
    Commemorative Tree Order Form (PDF, 129 KB)
     
  2. Submit the application form by mail or in person along with your payment. Pricing for each item is found below.

    By mail:
    City of Hamilton
    Commemorative Bench & Tree Program
    Parks and Cemeteries
    Public Works Department 
    71 Main Street West 
    Hamilton, Ontario L8P 4Y5

The following parks and trails are some of the locations that are not eligible for bench or tree donations.

Park Name Location
Battlefield Park 77 King Street West
Bayfront Park 200 Harbour Front Drive
Beverly Community Park 680 Highway 8
Brian Timmins Stadium 75 Balsam Avenue North
Chedoke Twin Pad Arena (Park) 91 Chedmac Drive
City Hall 71 Main Street West
Confederation Park 80 Van Wagner's Beach Road
Courtcliffe Community Park 159 Carlisle Road
Dieppe Veterans' Memorial Park 1033 Beach Boulevard
Dundas Driving Park 1 71 Cross Street
Dundurn Park 600 York Boulevard
Fieldcote Memorial Park 64 Sulphur Springs Road
Gage Park 1000 Main Street East
Glanbrook Sports Complex 4300 Binbrook Road
Glen Manor - The Veevers Home 22 Veevers Drive
Gore Park 1 Hughson Street South
Heritage Green Sports Park 355 First Road West
Tim Hortons Field 64 Melrose Avenue North
Joe Sams Leisure Park 752 Centre Road
Macassa Bay Walkway 102 Harbour Front Drive
Mohawk Sports Park 700 Mountain Brow Boulevard
Museum of Steam & Technology 900 Woodward Avenue
Olympic Sports Park 1 70 Olympic Drive
Pier 4 Park 64 Leander Drive
Robert E. Wade Ancaster Community Park 385 Jerseyville Road West
Sam Lawrence Park 255 & 371 Concession Street
Turner Park 344 Rymal Road East
Valley Park 970 Paramount Drive
Westfield Heritage Centre 1049 Kirkwall Road
Whitehern 41 Jackson Street West
William Connell Park 1086 West 5th Street
Hamilton Harbour Waterfront Trail Bayfront Park Area Trail
Hamilton Beach Recreation Trail (Beach Strip) Confederation Park Area Trail