Parkways & Boulevards
PARKWAYS & BOULEVARDS DIVISION
The Parkways & Boulevards Division is responsible for ongoing maintenance of over 130 acres of property along City public right-of-ways and various City-owned properties.
We maintain the landscaping on the medians along City streets as well as the landscaping around public buildings like City Hall, the Triton Museum, the Police Department, and the Harris Lass House.
The Division is also responsible for planting, maintaining, and removing (if necessary) City street trees, which are placed in the property frontage within the City’s right-of-way easement (usually the front yard of a residence) or in the parkstrip.
Tree Trimming, Removal, and Planting
There are over 10,500 City street trees in Santa Clara. We trim these trees on a regular basis to remove dead wood and for overhead clearance.
Residents and contractors are prohibited from trimming and removing City trees. Having a City street tree trimmed or removed by anyone other than City personnel is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000, plus the cost of replacing the tree and any associated administrative costs.
All tree planting on City easements must be performed or approved by the City. To see the Approved List of City trees, click here. After planting, the property owner is responsible only for watering and fertilizing the tree. We appreciate your help in caring for these valuable community assets planted in front of your home.
If a City street tree needs to be trimmed or is suspected of having disease problems, or if you wish to have a City tree planted on your property, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 408-615-3080.
For fallen branches or trees in Santa Clara streets or in the public right-of-way, contact the PW/Street Corporation Yard at (408) 615-3080 (office hours: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm). After office hours and weekends, please call the afterhours emergency number for Santa Clara Utilities at (408) 615-5640.
Other Useful Contact Information
For fallen branches or trees on expressways (San Tomas, Lawrence, Montague, and Central) contact the County of Santa Clara Roads and Airports Department at (408) 366-3100.
For sidewalk obstructions, call the Public Works Department at 408-615-3000.
For trees in powerlines or obscuring streetlights (whether private or City street tree), call Silicon Valley Power at 408-615-5600.
Our Urban Forest
Trees play an important role in our neighborhoods. Well-maintained landscaping and shady trees have a direct economic impact by increasing property values in a neighborhood. They enhance our quality of life by bringing nature and wildlife habitats into urban settings. They provide shade in summer and, in built up areas where there is a lot of concrete and asphalt, they reduce the heat by deflecting sunlight, thereby decreasing air conditioning needs and providing energy savings. If placed strategically, trees can reduce noise by up to 50% by muffling road sounds and other urban activities. They can provide privacy, conceal unsightly areas, and enhance building designs and landscapes. They contribute to the environment by improving air quality, conserving water, preserving soil, providing oxygen, and supporting wildlife.
Finally, some neighborhoods are home to Heritage trees that serve as historic landmarks and are a great source of pride for Santa Clarans as they provide a direct link to our past. Santa Clara has been designated a Tree City USA for 26 consecutive years. With your help, we hope to continue to do so for many more years.