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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's legacy

Ten-year dedication: $4,000

Your donation will fund a dedication on a park bench or picnic table for ten years.

Create a dedication

Contact Fundraising and Development

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

Phone: 604-257-8513

donations@vancouver.ca

Renew or extend a current dedication

Please contact Fundraising and Development (see the contact on this page).

Additional details

Dedication pricing

  • Dedications are tax deductible. A tax receipt will be issued for your donation less $500 (non-tax deductible) which represents the recognition value of the plaque.
  • Group funding is available. A fund can be set up for a 2-year period to collect donations.

Plaque

  • All dedications include a single bronze plaque for inscription (maximum of 3 lines of text and 40 characters/spaces/punctuation per line).
  • The plaque can be changed at any time for $500 (non-tax deductible).
  • The plaque remains at all times the property of the Parks Board.
  • In compliance with the City of Vancouver's Greenest City Action Plan, we recycle bench materials whenever possible.

Installation

  • Installation takes approximately 4 to 6 months once funding, site, and plaque wording is finalized.
  • Installation of a plaque change takes on average 4 months.

Site availability

  • Sites are available in most parks; there is no waiting list. Contact Fundraising and Development to ask about availability.

Conditions

  • Funding in full is required before a park amenity is installed.
  • For 10-year dedications, the term begins when the park amenity is installed. At the end of the 10-year term, we will contact you with options to renew the dedication. If you choose not to renew or we are unable to contact you, we will make the site available for others to dedicate.
  • You will be notified once the dedication has been installed.
  • The Park Board cannot guarantee installation dates.
  • It is your responsibility to advise the Park Board of changes to your contact information. Please ensure your contact information is current so that we can keep you informed.
  • The City of Vancouver does not allow spreading ashes in public spaces.
  • Donations for items such as dedicated park benches do not constitute ownership of the bench, plaque, the land upon which it is situated, or the surrounding lands. The Park Board retains the right to use land adjacent to these donated items as it deems appropriate. We will inform you of any changes that requre a significant relocation of the dedicated bench, and offer an alternate site if changes are made to the surrounding area.
  • Park maintenance/alterations and special events such as filming may require temporary removal of dedications.

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

Siwash Rock Stanley Park

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