Park Strip and Clear View Areas

3 Park Strip Examples

The park strip is the strip of land next to a road that is between the curb or future location of a curb and the sidewalk or property line.

The following landscape elements may be used in all park strips:

  • Grass
  • Ground cover
  • Annuals
  • Perennials
  • Bark
  • Wood chips
  • Paving material
  • Decorative rock
  • Gravel
  • Chip

Trees may be planted in park strips that are greater than 4’ in width. If trees are used they must be spaced at least 25’ apart and no greater than 30’ apart. The city recommends planting trees with a minimum caliper size of 2”. Please see the city’s Parking Strip Tree List for a list of recommended trees.

Providence City Code requires that abutting property owners provide park strip landscaping and maintenance in a safe and well-kept manner. Maintenance includes keeping the park strip clean and orderly; and free of trash, other debris, and weeds. Maintenance also includes tree pruning, removal, etc. Please see Providence City Code (PCC) 7-1-8 for the list of rules and regulations.

The following are considered obstructions and must not be placed in/or on the sidewalk, park strip, gutter, or street: refuse, building materials and similar obstructions, and permanent or temporary structures. Mailboxes may be placed in the park strip.

Vegetation that overhangs or grows into the street, curb, gutter, or sidewalk must be trimmed or cut back so that it does not impede or interfere with pedestrian or vehicular traffic or obstruct the vision of drivers of vehicles. Failure to properly maintain the park strip is a violation of PCC 7-1-3.

The city also has a clear view area. Obstruction of vison is not permitted from 2’ to 8’ above the finished grade of the road. Trunks of trees, open-work fences at least 70% transparent, light or telephone poles, or other small vertical protrusions not more that 12” in diameter are allowed in the clear view area.

Clear View Illustration