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Commemorative Program

The City’s Commemorative Program allows residents and visitors to pay tribute to a person or occasion within public lands.

People may donate a commemorative bench, a commemorative tree and stone in Sunnidale Park, and/or a parkland native tree in memory of a loved one, to celebrate a marriage or birth, to honour a retiree, as a gift for a graduating student or birthday, to recognize an anniversary, or any other special occasion. 

Applications for 2021 are now closed; please revisit this page in 2022 if you have a tribute request for a City bench, tree or stone. 

Commemorative Benches

Residents can donate a Heritage Style Bench with an inscribed bronze plaque to be placed within a park.

  • All location requests are subject to approval. If a desired location already has a bench that has not been donated, City staff may explore replacing it. 
  • The total cost per bench donation is approximately $1,600, payable to the City of Barrie upon approval of the location and plaque proof. (Note: certain locations are subject to higher donation costs, all costs will be shared after your application is received).  
  • 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. 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.
  • Bench installations will be scheduled based on the volume of donations and the workload of Operations staff.
  • 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.
  • The program will be reviewed from time to time which may result in revisions to the policy in future years. 

Commemorative Tree and Stone in Sunnidale Park

Commemorative stones are made of granite with a flamed top surface. They are grey and 4" thick by 6" deep by 12" long.
Stone inscription applications will be accepted up to August 15 annually. This will allow enough time for stone production and installment. Any applications that are received after August 15 will not be installed until the following fall season. 

  • The total cost per tree donation is $500, 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 donation in no way constitutes ownership of the tree and City staff reserve the right to relocate the tree if redevelopment warrants this action.
  • 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.
  • Please be aware that scattering ashes outside of a registered cemetery is prohibited under the Provincial Cemeteries Act.
  • The program will be reviewed from time to time which may result in revisions to the policy in future years.

Parkland Native Trees

Residents can purchase a native tree to be planted in a neighbourhood park, provided the City's Parks Services department approves of the minimum size, species and specific location. No plaque is permitted, due to concerns relating to vandalism, mowing maintenance and durability.

  • The total cost per tree donation is $350, 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.
  • Tree installation will be scheduled once per year during fall planting contract.
  • The donation in no way constitutes ownership of the tree and City staff reserve the right to relocate the tree if redevelopment warrants this action.
  • 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.
  • The program will be reviewed from time to time which may result in revisions to the policy in future years. 

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