Boulevards are the strip of public land between a private property line and the street or sidewalk.
Property owners are responsible for maintenance of the boulevard bordering their property
As in most municipalities, maintenance of the boulevard between your property and the street or sidewalk in Colwood is the responsibility of the property owner. This includes keeping grass trimmed and clear of litter and waste. We're grateful to all the homeowners, businesses and school property owners who help keep Colwood looking great.
Please contact the City before considering any modifications to the boulevard adjacent to your property. It's usually not possible to allow plantings or structures due to underground utilities such as water, hydro, or gas lines. The City must be able to access these areas for maintenance and installation of services and infrastructure.
City staff are responsible for parks, boulevard gardens, and roadside mowing
Colwood staff maintain over 7 kilometers of developed boulevards and islands that feature sidewalks, garden beds and manicured lawns. These are supported by irrigation systems and equipped with ornamental lighting.
There are also 58 garden beds in cul-de-sacs throughout the City that require regular pruning and weeding.
While the City maintains all the boulevard gardens, mowing is performed by City staff or property owners, depending on the location, in accordance with the Traffic and Highways Bylaw.
Irrigation is a significant part of boulevard maintenance, especially given the complexity and size of the recent installations at Royal Bay. In addition Colwood has over 17 kilometers of undeveloped boulevard with grass or brush requiring seasonal mowing; typically, these boulevards are part of Colwood’s critical drainage network.
Mowing of parks and selected roadsides and streetscapes is scheduled regularly throughout the summer months. Crews schedule spring parks mowing as early as possible, but with rapid grass growth and/or wet conditions, it can take a few weeks to finish the first round of mowing.