Commemorative Bale Program

Pay tribute to a special person or occasion by purchasing a commemorative bale to be prominently featured in the High Park Children’s Teaching Kitchen. Bales will be included as part of a miniature kitchen model displayed on a kitchen wall. Each bale will be engraved with either a name or message from the donor. The roof and foundation will also be available for commemorative messages.

The Children’s Teaching Kitchen will be built in 2011 and will be a special place for children, youth and community members to gather together and learn about healthy food, nutrition, organic gardening and nature. It will stand as a unique, energy efficient building that serves as an educational venue around healthy eating and healthy environments.


Please click here for the procedure for anyone wishing to purchase a commemorative bale.

The cost of a commemorative bale is $1,000/bale. The cost of the roof is $5,000 for each of the two roof sections and the cost of the foundation is $10,000. There is also an option for commemoration on the “truth window” – a glass window in the wall displaying the straw bale beneath. For information on the truth window, contact Robin Salt at 416-338-5055 or

The commemorative bale wall will be featured inside the Teaching Kitchen, in years to come, as long as the structure is in use.

The High Park Teaching Kitchen will be built in place of the picnic shelter adjacent to the Children’s Garden in High Park. Placement of the commemorative kitchen model will depend on the final design and layout of the kitchen interior. Installation will occur following completion of kitchen construction, slated for October 2011. Exact installation dates cannot be provided at present.

Tax Deductible
The donation is tax deductible. The due date for a tax deductible receipt for the current year is December 1st.

Please complete The Commemorative Bale Program Request Form(PDF – 66KB) and Donor’s Declaration Form(PDF – 42KB). Include these along with a cheque or money order payable to ‘Treasurer, City of Toronto’ and submit to the address indicated on the form. Note that the Donor’s Declaration Form must be co-signed by City of Toronto designated staff.

Written confirmation will follow after installation is completed. For further information on this program please contact Robin Salt at (416) 338-5055 or email

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