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Memorial Giving Policy
The City of Chanhassen supports the needs and principles of allowing memorials in parks and green space areas, but is also mindful that these facilities have many uses and are enjoyed by a wide range of people. Therefore, the City desires to manage and regulate memorials for the mutual benefit of all. It is the intention that the Memorial Giving Policy only covers the broad sense of memorials and is not meant to be exhaustive. Memorial proposals outside the scope of this policy may still be considered.

General
  1. Applications for memorials and to scatter ashes in park and green space areas are available at City Hall or by clicking on the links at the end of this section. The Parks & Recreation Director (appointed officer) shall be responsible for the consideration of applications.
  2. Applications will be accepted from next of kin or an executor of estate.
  3. All memorials are to be paid for by the applicant on or before installation.
  4. Memorials will be positioned to maximize the benefit to an area. The City will attempt to accommodate the wishes of the applicant at all times.
  5. The number of memorials shall not detract from the prime recreational purposes of an area. The City may limit the number of memorials in a particular area.
  6. The City accepts no liability for damage to any memorials from vandals, third parties or while carrying out maintenance activities unless specifically noted.
  7. The City reserves the right to remove any memorials that have been damaged and, is in the view of the appointed officer, beyond repair.
  8. Applications for memorials to pets or to scatter the ashes of pets shall not be accepted.

Application for Memorial
Application to Scatter Cremated Remains

Memorial Tree and Plaque

  1. The memorial tree program plants a 1½ caliper inch balled and burlapped maple, oak, ash or linden tree in the donator’s park of choice with recognition of the memorial on a permanent plaque displayed at City Hall.
  2. The donor can choose the general vicinity of the planting location within a park; the exact placement of the tree is dependent upon existing site conditions and shall be determined by the appointed officer.
  3. The name displayed on the memorial plaque shall be the individual’s full proper name. Nicknames, where appropriate, may be included at the donor’s request.
  4. No additional mementos, e.g. vases, statues, etc., shall be permitted at the location of the tree.
  5. The cost of a memorial tree is $500. The health of the tree is guaranteed for 5 years.

    Memorial Bench

    1. A memorial bench may be dedicated in the donator’s park of choice.
    2. The donor can choose the general placement within a park; the exact location of the bench is dependent upon existing site conditions and shall be determined by the appointed officer.
    3. Benches will be constructed from a concrete material and be of a high quality design. The bench will be secured in a concrete pad by the City and/or its contractor.
    4. A brass plaque with the inscription “in memory of” the name of the person, recognition of public office (if appropriate), and dates of birth and death will be affixed to the bench. In the event that the plaque is damaged, defaced, and/or removed, the City will replace it for the useful life of the bench.
    5. No additional mementos, e.g. vases, statues, etc. shall be permitted at the location of the bench.
    6. The cost of a memorial bench is $1000. A bench is guaranteed for a minimum of 10 years.

    View a description and photo of the bench to be installed.

    Ashes
    1. Ashes shall only be scattered in locations agreed to in advance by the Parks & Recreation Director, at a predetermined time, day and date in consultation with the next of kin or executor of the estate.
    2. No additional mementos, e.g. vases, statues, etc. shall be permitted at the location where the ashes are scattered.

    Other Memorials
    1. Other memorial donations, e.g. picnic shelter, playground, etc., will be considered on an individual basis.
    2. Recognition of such memorials will be made at an appropriate level in consultation with the next of kin or executor of estate.

    For more information, contact Todd Hoffman, Parks & Recreation Director at (952) 227-1129.