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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

Celebrating a special occasion or honouring someone with a dedicated park bench supports the enhancement of city parks.

A donation of $5,500 will fund a personalized dedication for ten years.

Selecting a site

  • Existing sites are available in most parks.
  • A site must be selected and confirmed before your donation is made by contacting Fundraising and Development at donations@vancouver.ca or (604) 257-8513

In memory / honour fund

  • A tribute fund can be set up to crowdfund a dedication, and must be fully funded within 3 months.
  • Additional donations will be designated to support park conservation initiatives undertaken by the Park Board.

Timing and duration

  • Funding in full is required.
  • Plaque wording must be received within 30 days of funding.
  • Installations take approximately 8 to 10 months.
  • The Park Board cannot guarantee the installation date.
  • Dedications expire 10 years from the date of installation and can be renewed at the rate in place at the time of renewal. If we are unable to contact you, the site will be made available for others to dedicate. Plaques can be requested at the time of renewal for a fee of $500 (non-tax deductible).

Plaque

  • Only one plaque is allowed.
  • Plaques allow 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.
  • Plaques can be changed for a fee of $750 (non-tax deductible).

Conditions

  • Donations are non-refundable.
  • The City of Vancouver does not allow spreading of ashes in public spaces.
  • Dedicated park amenities, including plaques, remain the property of the Park Board.
  • Altering dedicated park amenities or its surroundings is not allowed. This includes etching, painting, staining, varnishing, decorating, or attaching items to the dedicated park amenity. Dedicated park amenities that have been altered will be removed. Replacement and repair costs will be billed to the individual or organization responsible for the alteration.
  • 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.
  • Park maintenance, park upgrades or special events in parks, including filming, may require temporary removal of dedicated park amenities.
  • Prices are subject to change and may be adjusted annually as required.

Contact Fundraising and Development

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

Phone: 604-257-8513

donations
@vancouver.ca

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

2018 donors

We are pleased to acknowledge contributions of $1,000 or more made to the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation in 2018.

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