Public green space refers to City-owned open land used for recreation, preserving natural spaces, or for growing grass, trees, and shrubs. This includes parks, trails, sports fields, and open spaces for floodways and community shelterbelts.
Residents of properties backing directly onto public green space are responsible for the general maintenance of 1 m (3 ft) of space behind their property or fence line. The City does not mow this area to prevent accidental damage to private property. Homeowner responsibilities include mowing the grass and keeping the area free from weeds, litter, hazards, and other objects. This does not allow for gardens along the edge of the greenspace.
Residents may not prune any trees or shrubs growing in public parks green space, even if they are within 1 m of the property line. If a public tree needs attention, please submit a request to the Parks and Recreation Department.
Residents should also familiarize themselves with the City’s bylaws, many of which can be found online at moosejaw.ca/bylaws. Under the Miscellaneous Bylaw, sections 21 and 27, residents may not store anything or do anything to injure or damage any living thing in a public space. This includes driving private vehicles and equipment in public green spaces as it causes damage to the turf and pathways.
Residents may not plant or store anything outside of their property without written permission from the Parks and Recreation Department. More information on planting in public green spaces can be found here.
Plantings in Public Green Space
If you would like to plant trees or shrubs in a park or green space, you must first obtain written permission from the Parks and Recreation Department. Plantings may be carried out by individuals or organizations. Once installed, the planting becomes the property of the City of Moose Jaw. Details and the application form can be found here.
The City is responsible for the care and maintenance of all public parks and greenspaces, such as trail areas. This includes mowing the grass, emptying garbage bins, weed and pest control as needed, and pruning trees and shrubs. If a park or greenspace needs attention, let us know by clicking “Report an Issue” in the menu at the top of this page or the City of Moose Jaw app.