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Commemorative Program

The City’s Commemorative Program enables residents and visitors to permanently pay tribute to a significant person or occasion within public lands with the approval of Parks Planning and Development staff by three methods:

  • Commemorative Bench
  • Commemorative Plaque and Tree in Sunnidale Park
  • Parkland Native Tree

People may donate in memory of a loved one, to celebrate a marriage or birth, to honour a retiree, as a gift for a graduate student or birthday, or anniversary or any other special occasion.

Commemorative Benches

Residents may donate a Heritage Style Bench with an inscribed bronze plaque to be placed within a park in Barrie in consultation with staff.

  1. The donor’s requested inscription and bench location preference is subject to the approval of Parks Planning and Development staff.
  2. The donation is tax deductible as per the Income Tax Act, subparagraph 110 (1, 2, 1v) and income tax receipts will be issued upon request.
  3. The total cost per bench donation is $1,600.00, payable to the City of Barrie upon approval of the location and plaque proof.
  4. The total cost includes the bench and plaque, 10 year maintenance and administration. Theft or vandalism of the plaque is not covered by the maintenance responsibilities of the City.
  5. Bench installations will be scheduled based on the volume of donations and the workload of Operations staff.
  6. The donation in no way constitutes ownership of the bench, and the City reserves the right to relocate the bench if circumstances warrant this action.
  7. The program will be reviewed from time to time which may result in revisions to the policy in future years. The prices quoted are not guaranteed beyond March 2017.

Sunnidale Park Tree and Plaque

Residents and visitors may purchase an inscribed plaque to be placed on one of two Doorway Sculptures at the Tranquility Garden in the Arboretum with a commemorative tree to be placed within Sunnidale Park at a location to be determined by Parks and Forestry Operations staff.  Donors can request a preferred location and staff will do their best to accommodate but the final location will be based on the species selected and available planting space.

Sunnidale Park Tree Species Selection List

  • Acer x freemanii ‘Bailston’ – Matador Maple
  • Acer truncatum x platanoides ‘Warrenred’ – Pacific Sunset Maple
  • Acer rubrum ‘Frank Jr’ - Redpointe Maple  
  • Acer miyabei ‘ Morton’ – State Street Maple
  • Acer saccharum ‘Barrett Cole’ – Appollo Maple
  • Carya cordiformis - Bitternut Hickory
  • Cornus mas – Cornelian Cherry Dogwood
  • Eucommia Hardy - Rubber Tree
  • Heptocodium micronoides - Seven-Son Tree
  • Gymnocladus dioica ‘Expresso-JFS’ – Expresso Kentucky Coffee Tree
  • Fagus sylvatica - European Beech
  • Maackia amurensis - Amur Maackia Tree
  • Malus ‘Centzam’ – Centurion Crabapple
  • Malus ‘Purple Wave’ – Purple Wave Crabapple
  • Plantanus occidentialis - American Sycamore
  • Platanus x acerifolia ‘Morton Circle’  - Exclamation Plane Tree
  • Populas grandidentiata - Large-toothed Aspen
  • Populus tremuloides - Trembling Aspen
  • Sorbus americana - American Mountain Ash
  • Tilia americana - Basswood
  • Abies balsamea - Balsam Fir
  • Abies concolor - White Fir
  • Abies fraseri - Fraser Fir
  • Larix laricia - Tamarack
  • Picea mariana - Black Spruce
  • Pinus sylvestris - Scots Pine
  • Pinus ponderosa - Ponderosa Pine
  • Tsuga Canadensis - Eastern Hemlock
  1. The total cost per tree donation is $500.00, payable to the City of Barrie upon submission of the application form. The donation is tax deductible as per the Income Tax Act, sub-paragraph 110 (1, 2, 1v) and income tax receipts will be issued upon request. The program will be reviewed from time to time which may result in revisions to the policy in future years. Tree installation will be scheduled once per year during fall planting contract.
  2. The donation in no way constitutes ownership of the tree and the Engineering Department reserved the right to relocate the tree if redevelopment warrants this action.
  3. To preserve the public park setting, additional tags, artifacts, plant material or any other commemorative personal items are not permitted in the area where the tree is planted.
  4. Please be aware that scattering ashes outside of a registered cemetery is prohibited under the Provincial Cemeteries Act.

Parkland Native Trees

Residents may purchase a native tree to be planted in a neighbourhood park, provided Parks & Forestry approves of the minimum size, species and specific location. No plaque is permitted, due to concerns relating to vandalism, mowing maintenance and durability.

Parkland Native Tree Species Selection List

  • Acer rubrum - Red Maple
  • Acer saccharinum - Silver Maple
  • Acer saccharum - Sugar Maple
  • Amelanchier canadensis - Serviceberry Standard
  • Celtis occidentalis - Common Hackberry
  • Quercus alba - White Oak
  • Quercus rubra - Red Oak
  • Ulmus x ‘Pioneer' - Pioneer Elm
  • Larix laricina - Larch
  • Picea glauca - White Spruce
  • Pinus strobus - White Pine
  • Thuja occidentalis - Eastern White Cedar
  1. The total cost per tree donation is $350.00, payable to the City of Barrie upon submission of the application form.
  2. The donation is tax deductible as per the Income Tax Act, sub-paragraph 110 (1, 2, 1v) and income tax receipts will be issued upon request.
  3. Tree installation will be scheduled once per year during fall planting contract.
  4. The donation in no way constitutes ownership of the tree and the Engineering Department reserved the right to relocate the tree if redevelopment warrants this action. 
  5.  To preserve the public park setting, additional tags, artifacts, plant material or any other commemorative personal items are not permitted in the area where the tree is planted.
  6. Please be aware that scattering ashes outside of a registered cemetery is prohibited under the Provincial Cemeteries Act.
  7. The program will be reviewed from time to time which may result in revisions to the policy in future years. The prices quoted are not guaranteed.
 

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