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Memorial Policy
Memorial Policy
Families and town organizations frequently wish to donate a tree, a bench, or some other form of memorial commemorating a person or event. Such gifts are very welcome. The guidelines for accepting memorial gifts are as follows:
1.     Memorials should be distributed throughout town except where a strong association with a particular location exists. Memorial gifts will be recorded in the Town of Wellesley Memorial Ledger on display in the Town Hall foyer.
2.     So that the town's parks do not take on the appearance of cemeteries, memorial plaques may no longer be used except in exceptional circumstances and with the written con-sent of the Natural Resources Commission.
3..    Monuments or ornaments in honor of living persons cannot be accepted. Trees may be accepted and the donor or honoree listed in the Town of Wellesley Memorial Ledger.
Benches may be accepted with a small plaque identifying the donor.
4..   Naming of parks, conservation lands or natural features after citizens who have con-tributed in an exceptional way to the town, state or country may be considered by the Natural Resources Commission provided there exists a strong association between the location and the individual.
5.     For gifts to Hunnewell (Town Hall) Park, see that section of this handbook.
6.     Town Bylaw Article 46.3 provides that the Design Review Board shall review the design, placement and artistic appropriateness of any structure, work of art, ornament or decoration to be placed on any public way, on town lands, or on or in town build-ings. This requirement is binding on town departments as well as on private donors. The Natural Resources Commission will not approve such gifts without a recommen-dation from the Design Review Board.
Plans and designs for structures or ornaments on town park or conservation land must be approved by vote of the Commission and the plans signed by a majority of the members prior to construction or installation. Any alteration of a signed plan must be approved and signed by a majority of the Commission members.

Wellesley Town Hall  525 Washington St., Wellesley, MA 02482
Phone: (781) 431-1019
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