Parkways are the strips of land in front of our residences, located between the curb and the sidewalk. They maybe called by another name in other areas. The City owns the land and plant street trees on them, but the homeowners are responsible for maintaining them. The homeowners are also liable for any accidents or mishaps anyone might have while walking on the parkway to access their vehicles, etc., especially if non-permitted materials have been used!
Our city has a document called "Residential Parkway Landscaping Guidelines" and I downloaded a copy from the city's website, today. According to the Guidelines, one is supposed to get a permit before doing any landscaping, unless one qualifies for an exemption as a homeowner planting drought resistant turf or drought resistant turf substitutes (and there is a list of which plants qualify) or edible plants! That last item was added after a law suit was filed and the city permitted the planting of edible landscaping in the parkway. Landscaping with non-living material such as paving stones, pebbles, bark mulch, etc., require a permit. Permit fees vary, starting at $450 for very basic landscaping and going up to $2,000 for more complicated work, depending on what is involved.
Traditionally, parkways are supposed to be planted with grass, with or without a city planted street tree. On my block, only one neighbor has maintained the grass with regular watering:
|Green, Grassy Parkway|
|Parkway with Dead Grass|
Others have cemented over theirs:
|Cemented Over Parkway|
At least one has grown a hedge of succulents:
|Succulents in Parkway|
At least one neighbor recently landscaped her parkway:
In the next block, there is one parkway that has artificial turf! It did look nice and green, especially from a distance! Another has cemented over the parkway with an inlaid design of a flower pot and three flowers set in bricks! People are creative!
According to an article I read on-line, though, the City is bemoaning the resulting "patchwork" of parkways that have sprung up due to the drought and incentives to replace grass with drought tolerant landscaping. The original idea was to provide long vistas of green belts along suburban streets, suggestive of parkland and country estates.
I also did an on-line search for pictures of parkway landscaping and found much which I liked. I will spend a little more time contemplating what I want to do. In the meantime, I'll find another spot in the garden for the uprooted succulents.
Do you have a parkway in front of your residence? If so, what do you have growing there?