A photo of a commemorative tree

Honour loved ones or celebrate special occasions through a commemorative plaque and pedestal displayed near trees in the City’s parks and open spaces.

Applications for the 2021 Commemorative Tree Program are now closed. Please revisit this page in March 2022 to submit an application for tree planting.

About the Program

The Commemorative Tree program is a City initiative that offers citizens an opportunity to commemorate an individual or event through the installation of a park tree - a lasting legacy to be enjoyed by future generations. 

Through the Commemorative Tree program, the City offers a variety of trees for planting in spring (May-June) and fall (September-October) throughout public green spaces. Please review the Ornamental Tree Species Selection and Native Tree Species Selection for a full list of available tree options. Your donation of $1,800 includes a selected tree, inscribed bronze plaque, granite pedestal, and tree maintenance.

Throughout the process, you will work with an Urban Forester to facilitate the details of your donation, as well as complete an on-site visit to ensure that the selected tree is appropriate for the chosen location. Please note that the following locations are currently not available for Commemorative Tree plantings:

  • Beaumaris Lake
  • Constable Ezio Faraone Park
  • Coronation Park
  • Emily Murphy Park
  • Empire Park
  • Glengarry Park
  • Hawrelak Park
  • ᐄᓃᐤ (ÎNÎW) River Lot 11∞ Indigenous Art Park
  • Kenilworth Park
  • Louise McKinney Park
  • Malcolm Tweddle Park
  • Muttart Grounds
  • Parkallen Community Park
  • Queen Elizabeth Park
  • Rideau Park
  • Steinhauer and Ermineskin Park
  • Terrace Heights Parks (Capilano Skatepark)

New pedestals and plaques will be displayed for a 10-year time period beginning from the date of installation. Prior to the end of this Commemoration Period, the Donor can submit a Renewal Application to request that the City continue to display the plaque under the Commemorative Tree Program for an additional fee and period of time. Please see Commemorative Tree Program Guidelines for a comprehensive outline of the program.

 For more information on the Commemorative Tree program, please review the Frequently Asked Questions.

Donor Application Process

Before You Apply
  • Research program details on the Commemorative Tree website
  • Consider locations within City of Edmonton parks
    • Commemorative Trees are considered for planting in public green spaces
    • City and district-level parks will be considered
  • Contact the program coordinator by phoning 311 or by using the online inquiry form
    • The program coordinator will respond and discuss availability and suitability
    • The program coordinator will send you the application form if you want to proceed
  • Complete and submit the application form online
  • If you need assistance completing the application form, please contact the program coordinator
  • The coordinator will schedule a site meeting with you if the park location is acceptable, and will discuss your three preferred locations within the park
    • New tree installations will require circulation and approval
    • Circulations with stakeholders may take up to six weeks
    • Once feedback is received from the circulation with stakeholders and approval is given, the program coordinator will move forward with the next steps and arrange for an underground utility check
  • At the same time, the program coordinator will work with you to develop a proof for your commemorative plaque
  • The program coordinator will send a confirmation email with the approved location, plaque proof and invoice
    • Please respond to the confirmation email and pay the invoice within 30 days of receipt
    • Once your payment has been received, the program coordinator will schedule the installation and order the plaque; plaque production takes 4-6 weeks
  • Installations take place in spring (May-June) and fall (September-October)
  • Once the installation is complete, the program coordinator will email you an update with a photo of the completed installation
  • Your 10-year Commemorative Period will begin upon installation

General Inquiries

FOIP Statement

Your name and contact information is collected under authority of Section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act and is protected in accordance with the Act's privacy provisions. This information is used by the City of Edmonton to distribute information to you. If you have questions about the collection or use of this information, contact the Commemorative Trees Program Coordinator by phoning 311 or by email to citytrees@edmonton.ca.