OK, say you have a barren parking strip that you want to transform. What do you need to know from your city (town, county, burg) before you get started?
In Seattle, the parking strip is owned by the property owner with an easement for use from the city. The following information applies to the city of Seattle – please contact your local municipality if you live elsewhere.
Before you dig, know what’s under the ground. The last thing you want to do is hit a water main! The City of Seattle will come out and mark power, water, and sewer lines for you if you call 1-800-424-5555 to request this service.
Do you want to plant a tree? There are a few restrictions, but check with the city arborist for a free permit and some advice. Neighbors can also band together and request free trees from the city of Seattle, although choices are somewhat limited.
The city has a list of recommended plants for parking strips (they call it a planting strip) here, but you are certainly not limited to these. Let your imagination run wild and use the street as your canvas!