There is a boulevard adjacent to every residential property in Moose Jaw. The City has three types of boulevards: green space located between the street and the sidewalk, green space located between the sidewalk or curb and the property line, and the green space located in the centre medians of major streets and roads. These boulevards create a more pleasant urban environment. Boulevard widths vary from less than a foot to 28 feet from the curb. If you are unsure of your boulevard measurement, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department.
Landscaping and Caring for Boulevards
No construction, cultivation or alteration of a boulevard area may be done without permission from the Parks and Recreation Department. All fences and landscaping, other than planting grass, on boulevards must be approved by the Parks and Recreation Department. All fences and hedges must conform to the Boulevard Bylaw 5610 , particularly Section 4 and the sightline restrictions outlined in Appendix 1 for fences, hedges and other landscaping placed near street corners, alleys, or driveways. The application to landscape a city boulevard, including building fences, can be downloaded here. If you would like to plant a tree on the boulevard, you may request to do so at your own expense using the application to landscape a city boulevard or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a tree be supplied to you by the City. Please note that we cannot guarantee availability of trees.
Homeowners are responsible for the general care and maintenance of the abutting boulevard under Section 3 of the Boulevard Bylaw 5610. This includes cutting grass and keeping free from weeds, litter and other undesirable objects. It does not apply to trees more than 5 years old. Any trees on the boulevard are public trees and are owned and maintained by the City.
The City of Moose Jaw is fortunate to have many treed boulevards. The presence of these trees greatly enhances the community landscape through environmental, economic, and health and wellbeing benefits. The City has made a large investment in our urban forest and the Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for its care and maintenance.
Crews can be seen pruning trees to improve their health and safety, particularly in the fall and winter. In addition to this ongoing maintenance program, assistance from the general public plays a major role in providing up to date information on the health of our urban forest. Information regarding dead, damaged or diseased trees can be given to the Parks and Recreation Department by calling (306) 694-4447 or by e-mail.
Homeowners who prune city owned trees are in violation of The Boulevard Bylaw 5610, subsection 3.(3), which states, “No owner or occupant may prune or remove any public tree.” Violators of this bylaw may be punished by fines of up to $10,000. It is also illegal to prune any elm trees during the provincial elm pruning ban, which is in effect from April 1 to August 31 each year.