In order to ensure the Benchmark program can continue on a cost recovery basis, changes to pricing and a 10-year contract are required for all former and new program participants.
The Benchmark program offers individuals and groups the opportunity to honor loved ones or celebrate special events by installing a new bench or refurbishing an existing bench.
The program is being updated to standardize commemorative programs across the City. As the program grows in popularity, the 10-year contract enables future donors to have an opportunity to display their loved one’s plaque in an area that may be near or at capacity.
Previous Benchmark donors will need to contact the Benchmark Coordinator in order to renew their bench. See specific timelines below:
|Year of Installation||Year of Expiration|
No. If you submitted an application prior to the program change, you will not be affected by the price increase and the Coordinator will honour the previously posted prices for those requests.
Each request is unique and installation times may vary. Requests for new benches will require more time to process to allow for proper parkland change processes and public consultation when necessary.
Applications received before June 30 of each year will be completed by the end of the same calendar year. Any applications received after June 30 may not be installed until the next year. Installations occur between May and October of each year and benches are installed in the order the requests are received.
Donors may request an area for a new bench to be installed. The City then consults with planners and operations staff to find a suitable location within your requested area. If the location is near residential neighbourhoods, public consultation will be conducted and must receive 66 % approval to proceed.
Some parks and green spaces that contain a high number of commemorative benches will not be eligible for additional commemorative benches to be installed.
The parks/green spaces that are not eligible for additional commemorative benches include:
- Ada Boulevard
- Alex Decoteau Park
- Beaumaris Lake
- Buena Vista / Sir Wilfred Laurier Park
- Callingwood Park
- Capilano Crescent
- Churchill Square and Downtown Core
- Constable Ezio Faraone Park
- Dawson Park
- Emily Murphy Park
- Gallagher Park
- Glengarry Park
- Grads Park
- Grant Notley Park
- Hawrelak Park
- Kinnaird Park
- Light Horse Park
- MacKinnon Ravine
- Muttart Conservatory Grounds
- Oleskiw River Valley Park
- Paul Kane Park
- Queen Elizabeth Park
- Rundle Park
- Strathearn Crescent
- Victoria Promenade
- Wellington Crescent
- Whyte Avenue
- Wilbert McIntyre Park
- Valleyview Drive
Benches may only be installed on City parkland. Some parks are already at capacity for development. To explore bench location options with a Benchmark Coordinator, email firstname.lastname@example.org.