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Commemorative Programs

Residents and friends of the City of Pickering now have the opportunity to commemorate individuals through the donation of a public tree or bench in one of the City's parks or open spaces.

Involvement in the Commemorative Tree or Bench Program helps to promote the beautification of our public spaces, and provides a unique opportunity to commemorate our community's residents.

Request a Commemorative Program

Prices

  • Commemorative Tree and Plaque: $600
  • Commemorative Bench and Plaque: $1,200

Please make cheques payable to the City of Pickering.

Commemorative Tree Program

The purpose of this program is to allow members of the public the opportunity to create a lasting memorial. The contribution of a tree to our public lands adds to the beauty of these places and contribute to the community's overall uniqueness.

Species & Location

Although there are many locations throughout the City of Pickering that are available for tree planting, not every location is appropriate. In some cases sports activities, underground utilities or other interests may conflict. The City will make all efforts to designate the location most desired by the contributor. Most hardy and disease resistant species can be incorporated into our public spaces. Staff will review a list of suitable species with the contributor and select the tree most suitable to the dedication.

Commemorative Tree

Installed tree sizes are approximately 2.5" (60mm) caliper deciduous trees or 6' (1.8m) tall coniferous trees.

Commemorative Plaques

The City of Pickering will provide a commemorative plaque for mounting at the base of the tree with wording provided by the contributor.

Planting

Installation of trees is completed by City staff in either the spring or the fall to ensure the optimal chances for survival. If the contributor desires a memorial service or event of any kind, please contact the Customer Care Centre.

Maintenance

The maintenance of installed Commemorative Trees shall be part of the City's standard maintenance procedure, and shall come with a two-year warranty. Beyond the two-year warranty, replacement of trees shall be at the discretion of the City.

Commemorative Bench Program

The purpose of this program is to allow members of the public the opportunity to create a lasting memorial. As well as providing a comfortable resting place, the contribution of a bench installed on our public lands adds to the beauty and uniqueness of our community.

Bench Design & Location

A customized Commemorative Bench has been developed by the City of Pickering that includes a designated mounting plate for Commemorative Plaques. There are many locations throughout the City's parks and open spaces that are suitable for bench installations. Our staff work courteously with contributors to find the most desired and suitable location.

Commemorative Plaques

The City of Pickering will provide an attractive plaque for mounting in the centre of the bench with wording provided by the contributor.

Installation

Installation of Commemorative Benches is completed by City staff, between April 1 and November 15, upon delivery of the bench. After a contributor has placed an order for a Commemorative Bench, the typical time for manufacturing and delivery of 8 to 12 weeks. If the contributor desires a memorial service, or an event of any kind, please contact the Customer Care Centre.

Maintenance

Once installed, Commemorative Benches will be maintained by the City in the same manner as all City benches.