Boulevards and Side Streets

Photograph of Clark Avenue, with clean and tidy green grass and trees on either side.

The proposed Boulevards and Side Streets classification applies to sites located on streets adjacent to major roads that border a community but are not an entry point. This classification also applies to secondary roads inside communities.



Plants included in this classification

Boulevards and Side Street sites will typically contain:

  • native trees
  • sod and turf


Maintenance for this classification

Boulevards and Side Street sites will receive a moderate to low level of maintenance, including:

  • grass cutting – at a minimum of every two weeks.
  • tree pruning – lifecycle prune every seven years.

At locations with existing shrubs, maintenance will include:

  • weeding – at a minimum of three times per season.
  • shrub pruning – every three years, as applicable.


How has this classification changed from the 2016 strategy?

The Standard Site classification within the 2016 strategy has been updated and renamed to Boulevards and Side Streets. Updates to this classification include:

  • weeding – increased from a minimum of one to a minimum of three times per season.
  • shrub pruning – has not changed and will occur every three years.
  • mulching – has not changed and will occur every three years.



Example: Clark Avenue from Dufferin Street to Bathurst Street

Clark Avenue, between Dufferin and Bathurst streets, is a boulevard located within the community of Thornhill. It is an internal block street that primarily serves the local community and has significantly less traffic volume and visibility than a major road. It is classified as a Boulevard and Side Street site, planted with sod and trees on either side of the road.

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