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Park bench with Coal Harbour in the background, and a picnic table on the grass under some trees

Dedicate a park bench or picnic table

Celebrate a special occasion or honour someone and enhance Vancouver’s urban parks.

A donation of $5,000 will fund a personalized dedication on a park bench or picnic table for ten years.  Donations can be made online.

Selecting a site

  • Existing sites are available in most parks.
  • Contact Fundraising and Development to select an available site.

Timing and duration

  • Funding in full is required.
  • Dedication wording must be received within 30 days of funding.
  • Dedication installs take 8 to10 months.
  • The Park Board cannot guarantee the installation date.
  • Dedications expire 10 years from the date of installation.
  • Dedications can be renewed at the rate in place at time of renewal.
  • The Park Board will contact you before the dedication expires.
  • Please ensure you advise the Park Board of changes to your contact information.
  • If we are unable to contact you, or you choose not to renew, the site will be made available for others to dedicate.

Dedication plaque

  • A single plaque allows for up to 3 lines of text and 40 characters per line (spaces and punctuation count as a character). 
  • Advertising or promotion is not allowed.
  • The plaque can be changed for a fee of $500 (non-tax deductible).

Crowdfunding a dedication

  • A tribute page can be set up for crowdfunding a dedication which must be fully funded within 3 months.
  • Additional donations will be designated to support park conservation initiatives undertaken by the Park Board.  

Conditions

  • The City of Vancouver does not allow spreading of ashes in public spaces.
  • Dedicated park amenities, including dedication plaques are property of the Park Board.
  • In compliance with the City of Vancouver's Greenest City Action Plan, dedicated park amenities, including dedication plaques, are recycled.
  • The Park Board retains the right to use land adjacent to dedicated park amenities as it deems appropriate. The Park Board will inform you of any changes that require relocation and offer an alternate site.
  • Park maintenance, park upgrades or special events in parks, including filming, may require temporary removal of dedications.
  • Donations are non-refundable.

Contact Fundraising and Development

Mailing address
Vancouver Park Board
2099 Beach Ave
Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4

Phone: 604-257-8513

donations@vancouver.ca

Ways to donate

There are several ways to make your donation.

Example of giving

Mr. Frank Sanie, who was a long-time resident of Vancouver, dedicated a park bench to celebrate and promote the sport of croquet.

Learn more about his generous gift.

Leave a legacy

Endowments

Establish an endowment that creates an ongoing source of funding for your favourite park or recreation activity.

Thank you for your gift

2016 donors

We are pleased to acknowledge contributions of $1,000 or more made to the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation in 2016.

Recognizing our donors

The City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Park Board wish to thank all of the people and organizations who donate to us.

Learn more