Sam Smith Park has been losing a number of benches over the past few years due to wear and tear and sometimes vandalism. The Parks Department's budget is tight and the replacement of those benches and the addition of, hopefully, more will take time.
Maybe this is something that you or someone you know might consider ........
The City's Commemorative Tree and Bench Program invites the public to pay
tribute to a person, group or occasion by purchasing a park bench or
tree for installation in a public park. Fees are considered to be donations and are tax deductible.
Click here for a link to the programme.
Any person wishing to donate a tree or bench in a City park must
complete a CT&B Program Request form from Parks, Forestry, &
Recreation. For spring planting the application deadline is April 1. For
fall planting the application deadline is September 1.
The CT&B Program covers its costs with an application fee of
$738.00 for a commemorative tree and an application fee of $2,530.00 for
a commemorative bench. The existing bench application fee of $1,753.00 will be charged when a commemorative plaque is added to an existing bench.
Plaques will be provided for both commemorative trees and benches at
no additional cost and will be provided after installation is completed.
Commemorative trees will be hardwoods (50-millimeter caliper) and conifers (250-centimeter height) with few exceptions.
Commemorative Trees will be replaced by the City, at no charge to the
applicant, within five years of the original planting date or a
subsequent replanting date if required. Commemorative benches and
associated plaques will be maintained by the City for a maximum of 10
years and 2 years respectively, at no cost to the applicant. Bench
repair/replacement after 10 years will be at the City's discretion.
Plaque repair/replacement after 2 years will be charged to the
The approved location of a planting site or bench installation
depends on proposed future development within a park, the location of
underground utilities, and other site restrictions. Some parks may
already be at capacity and therefore a tree or bench may not be made
available for such a park. Tree planting or bench installation dates
cannot be specified due to weather, grower supply, parks construction and special events situations.
Choice of tree species, planting sites, and bench installation sites
are subject to City approval. If a planting location and/or tree species
or bench location cannot be mutually agreed upon, the application fee
will be refunded.
The donation is tax deductible. Due date for a tax deductible receipt for the current year is December 1st.
Please complete the Commemorative Tree and Bench Program Request Form,
submit along with a cheque or money order payable to 'Treasurer, City of
Toronto' and submit to the address indicated on the form.
Written confirmation will follow after installation is completed. For
further information on this program please contact Ruby Goulart at
(416) 395-6028 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.