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The Commemorative Tree Program provides citizens an opportunity to honour loved ones or celebrate special occasions through a commemorative plaque and pedestal displayed near trees in the City’s parks and open spaces.

All charitable donations received from individuals are used by the City of Edmonton (the “City”) for the purpose of enhancing and beautifying parkland and public spaces for the benefit of all Edmontonians.

Commemorative Trees Program Guidelines

These guidelines provide the details on the Commemorative Tree Program.

Tree Species Selection

The Commemorative Tree Program is limited to only certain types of trees.

Program Administration
  • The City has the sole and absolute discretion whether to approve or deny any application and renewal application.
  • The City at all times remains the exclusive owner of all trees, plaques, and pedestals associated with the Commemorative Tree Program. 
  • The City will only accept charitable donations to the Commemorative Tree Program which are tax-deductible under Canada Revenue Agency legislation and guidelines.
  • Tax receipts will be issued by the City to the donor(s) in the following calendar year in which the donation is received, typically in late February and prior to April.
  • The Commemorative Tree Program is strictly limited to honouring individuals and non-commercial special occasions. The Commemorative Tree Program cannot be used to further any commercial interest.
  • Location is subject to availability and final approval by the City.
  • Tree species for dedication vary by location and are subject to change.
  • The City may, in its sole discretion, temporarily or permanently relocate the tree, pedestal and plaque for reasons such as safety, maintenance, construction or park redevelopment. The City will use reasonable efforts to notify the donor of changes.
Donor Contact Information
  • The City will only communicate and engage with the named donor in the application form through the application process and during the 10-year commemoration period of the dedication except as provided for below.
  • The named donor in the application form is responsible to provide updated contact information for themselves and for the alternate contact in a timely manner to the City at all times through the application process, the commemoration period and any renewal period approved by the City.
  • Notwithstanding that 2 or more persons may contribute charitable donations toward a plaque and commemoration, the City will exclusively engage with the named donor in the application form for any and all matters, issues, discretionary decisions, notices, or any other details relating to the plaque, commemoration and renewals.
  • In the event we cannot reach the donor at any time during the commemoration period, the City will contact the alternate contact listed by the donor.
Application Process and Installation
  • Contact the program coordinator for the available options and locations. View the list of common tree species available for commemoration.
  • Complete the online application form.
  • The program coordinator will review the application form and work with the donor to arrange a site visit and finalize all details.
  • Once details are finalized and application is approved, the program coordinator will send a confirmation email to the donor along with the plaque proof and an invoice.
  • The donor must respond to the City’s confirmation email within 30 days if they want to proceed with the approved location and plaque proof provided by the City.
  • Full payment of the charitable donation is required within 30 days from the date of the invoice. The City will not commence any work until the invoice is paid in full.
  • If the donor does not respond in 30 days from the date of the confirmation email, the City may in its sole discretion release the location to other potential donors and may deem the application abandoned. 
  • If an application is received prior to March 31, the commemorative tree will be installed in the spring (May-June). If an application is received prior to July 31, the commemorative tree will be installed in the fall (September-October). The City may not be able to install the commemorative tree after approval of an application due to constraints including, but not limited to, workforce capacity and inclement weather.
  • The program coordinator will notify the donor once installation is completed.
Commemoration Period
  • New pedestals and plaques will be displayed for a 10-year time period, the commemoration period, beginning from the date of installation. The City will remove the pedestal and plaque and it will no longer be displayed with the tree at the end of the commemoration period.
  • Prior to the end of 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 period of time. An additional charitable donation in accordance with the Commemorative Tree Program policies and guidelines will be required. The time frame for any renewal period will be specified in the Commemorative Tree Program policies and guidelines in effect at the time of the renewal application. 
  • It is the responsibility of the donor to submit a request for renewal to the City prior to the end of the commemoration period. In its sole discretion, the City may consider and accept the request for renewal from a person other than the donor or alternate contact.
Donation Options
  • The City will only offer new trees for commemoration. There is a list of common tree species that can be planted under this program.
  • The minimum donation specified in the Application Form has been determined based on various factors including the cost of maintenance, replacement, and installation of the tree, pedestal and plaque.
  • Minimum donation amounts are reviewed on an annual basis and are subject to change.
Payment Options
  • The donation can be made via cash, cheque, money order, debit or credit card. Once the City and donor have finalized all details of the plaque and dedication, an invoice will be sent to the donor with payment information. 
  • The City will refund the payment if the Donor cancels their application on or before 14 days after the day on which their payment was received by the City.  
Plaque
  • The plaque size, character limit and font are standard. Some aspects can be personalized.  
  • The plaque design and content must adhere to the City’s visual identity standards. The City has the sole and absolute discretion to approve the wording and formatting of the plaque. 
  • Website addresses or any other means of identifying Internet content cannot be included in the plaque inscription.
  • For commemorative trees, the plaque will be mounted on a pedestal that is installed in the ground in front of the tree. Only 1 plaque and pedestal is allowed per tree.
  • If a donor chooses not to renew their commemoration, they may request the plaque as a gift from the City. Care is used to remove the plaque, but minor damages may occur during this process. The plaque will be held for a period of one year from the end of the commemoration period, after which point it will be recycled.
Maintenance
  • The City will care for and maintain the plaque, amenity, and surrounding areas in accordance with the applicable policies in force from time to time for maintenance of City-owned lands and assets.
  • Commemorative trees will be watered for the first 5 years to ensure establishment following which they will be pruned in regular cycles, depending on the tree species.
  • Within the commemoration period, a commemorative plaque that is damaged or stolen will be replaced by the City at no cost to the donor. Donors can report such incidents to the City through 311.
  • Within the commemoration period, if a commemorative tree is damaged or vandalized, reasonable efforts will be made to refurbish the item in a timely manner, at no cost to the donor. Donors can report such incidents to the City through 311.
  • If a commemorative tree dies within the commemoration period, the tree will be replaced at no cost to the donor.

For More Information

Commemorative Tree Program Coordinator

Telephone

In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

Email citytrees@edmonton.ca

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