The City of Edmonton has launched a new program that will help beautify residential streets.
The Residential Boulevard Gardening Kickstart program allows Edmontonians to create their own gardens on unused strips of grass between sidewalks and streets.
“I think she’s really pretty,” said Marissa Adie of Hazeldean. “I think they add a nice touch to the neighborhood.”
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“They make things so much nicer,” said another resident, Lou Remesz.
Ward O-day’min Coun. Anne Stevenson has championed this scheme, saying it is badly needed for those without access to green space.
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“It has no impact on resources. That’s one of the big benefits,” Coun said. Stevenson said. “This is an asset that already exists. There will be no additional cost to the city to simply open up these spaces for availability.”
If you want to create a simple garden in a green space between the sidewalk and the street, you can apply for a permit.
Immediate approval is available and the annual fee is waived for this year and 2023.
More details are required for a permit for a more robust garden. There’s a $75 fee, but again, it’s waived for this year and next.
“I’m really confident that this new program highlights that this is something that people can choose to do when waiting at a community garden lot,” Coun said. Stevenson said. “You can potentially have one on a boulevard instead.”
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count. Stevenson said there has been a gardening program in the past, but it has been difficult for people to navigate and get a permit.
“This new program offers much more clarity there and much more opportunity for people to make transformative changes to those spaces.”
Changes that Adie welcomes.
“Most of the people in this neighborhood are gardeners,” she said. “So I think it’s a good idea that they bring a little bit of their personal touch to the neighborhood, for everyone.”
Applications can be made on the city’s website.
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