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Personal Commemorations

The City of Takoma Park invites individuals, families, friends, or others to honor or commemorate an individual. The City provides two options:

  • Installation of a Plaque on an Existing Bench
  • Installation  of a Plaque in Front of an Existing Tree in a City Park

There are several benches and trees throughout the City of Takoma Park that are eligible for designation as personal memorials by individuals or community organizations to display commemorative plaques. The application fee for this service is $300 per application. The application fee includes:

  • Installation
  • Maintenance
  • Administration
  • Certificate
  • Website Record*

*Record of the plaque text, location of the bench, and a photo will be maintained by the City on the City website. 

Application to Request and Install a Commemorative Plaque

Please visit the link below to fill out the online application.

Once the application is approved, a City staff member will contact you to confirm location information, plaque language, and any other details. The application and installation fee is $300*. The fee is due upon location approval.

The fee can be paid in person at the Finance Department  (located on the 3rd floor of the Community Center) by check , cash, or credit card (credit card fee applies), or by mail. Checks  should be made out to the City of Takoma Park  and mailed to the City of Takoma Park c/o Finance Department, 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912.

*Application and installation fee does not include the cost of the plaque. The cost of the plaque is paid directly to the vendor by the applicant. 

Installation of a Plaque on an Existing Bench and/or in front of a Tree

Once the location has been approved and the application fee has been paid, you will be able to place your plaque order directly with the vendor.

When you have received your plaque and stake (if applicable), please bring it to the Public Works Department for installation. The plaque will be installed within 30 days, weather permitting.

Commemorative Plaques have a lifetime replacement guarantee through the vendor. If a bench should become broken or vandalized please notify the Public Works Department (301-891-7633) and it will be repaired/replaced or the plaque can be relocated.

Public Works Department
31 Oswego Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912
Hours: Mon. – Fri. 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

A record of the plaque text, location of the bench, and a photo will be maintained by the City and posted on the City website. The applicant will receive a certificate.

Questions?

Please contact the City Clerk’s Office:

Irma Nalvarte, Assistant City Clerk at 301-891-7214 or irman@takomaparkmd.gov