Tree and Bench Dedication

The City of Vaughan’s Tree and Bench Dedication program provides an opportunity for residents to beautify their neighbourhood and pay tribute to a person or occasion by purchasing a park bench or tree plaque. Residents can donate a bench or plaque to celebrate occasions such as:

  • Milestones
  • Anniversaries
  • Birthdays
  • Celebration of life

How to Apply

To apply for one or both of these programs, please complete the corresponding application form below and submit it to the Parks, Forestry and Horticulture Operations department at


Bench with plaque


Frequently Asked Questions




Applications are accepted year-round. However, installation is seasonal.


You can apply by emailing a completed application form to or by mail to:


Parks, Forestry and Horticulture Operations

Joint Operatons Centre

2800 Rutherford Rd., Vaughan, ON, L4K 2N9



Payment can be made by credit card over the phone or by cheque made payable to the City of Vaughan.


2023 Fees

  Processing Fee Cost
Tree with Plaque $67 plus HST $899 plus HST
Bench with Plaque $67 plus HST $3,177 plus HST



Since dedications are a service provided by the City, donation receipts are not provided.



Trees and benches can be installed in any public park or open space in the city. Please view the list of parks in your area (PDF). Locations will be reviewed for safety and operational feasibility. Every effort will be made to accommodate your choice of location; however, changes may be made at the supervisor’s discretion.


Tree planting or bench installation dates cannot be specified due to weather, grower supply, contractor schedules and park construction. The applicant will be notified by phone or email once installation is complete.


Trees are only guaranteed for one year after planting. After this time, they are not replaced. Benches purchased through the City’s program are permanent. 


Parks, Forestry and Horticulture staff are responsible for the maintenance of the trees and benches in the same manner as other City assets. 


Dedication tree planting is restricted to City parks. View the list of City parks (PDF).

Tree Species


Commemorative trees will be deciduous. The choice of tree species, planting sites, and bench sites are subject to City approval. Of note, coniferous trees are generally not recommended. View the City’s list of approved trees for planting (PDF). 


As well, by participating in a tree or bench dedication, you have the opportunity to be a Green Guardian of your city. Green Guardians is the City of Vaughan’s new environmental sustainability program, where citizens are encouraged to get involved with events and activities that promote environmental stewardship and keep Vaughan safe, clean and beautiful.

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