Property bewteen the sidewalk and the street in relation to dogs...?

Asked by Jessica, Chicago, IL Tue Aug 5, 2008

Do residents of Chicago have the right to prohibit others from walking their dogs and let them eliminate on the lawn that's between the sidewalk and the street? Who owns this property?

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Tom McCarey, Agent, Chicago, IL
Tue Aug 5, 2008

That green swath (or flowered patch or hardscaped segment) is truly the city's. But, be that the case or not, the home owner feels he/she has a vested interest in shooing pooing pooches as they seek to mark the parkway. As with all things urban the best defense is common sense. Not many neighbors would applaud an owner and pet doing their business amid an oasis of blooms though it be on the parkway. Nor are goldstars given to the militant ones whose walks are not deterred by areas newly seeded for grass to be. By the same token, precious little empathy is expressed for the vein-throbbing overseers with anti-dog agendas. One thing sure to be received well should you ambulate with a female dog - carry a water bottle on the journey and freely dowse her peed-upon area to alleviate the "burn" her high nitrogen content urine tends to leave. These marks are frowned upon by most who see them.

Happy trails to you,

Tom McCarey
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Maryjoilluzzi, Home Buyer, Chicago, IL
Wed May 31, 2017
I am having an issue with this man. He walks by my house everyday; some days he tries to look in my front door when I have it opened for my cats to look outside. I warned him to keep his dog off my property, which is the grass by the street and my front lawn, in hopes of discouraging him to walk by my house. He didn't listen to me, so I called the police. It is trespassing in the City of Tonawanda, NY to allow a dog on your property after a person has been warned by the police. In my case that is exactly what happened. The sidewalk in between is city owned. There isn't much I can do about that. Hope this helps.
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bzaneta17, , Chicago, IL
Mon Jun 24, 2013
And what if someone does not let my dogs use the city's lawn and threatens me to put some poison on the city grass to make the dogs sick?! Btw, not only in front of their house but also on the adjacent
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Hans Ziegenb…, Agent, Chicago, IL
Sat Jun 22, 2013
Hi Jessica,

As the previous answers stated the parkway is city property, however the home owner is responsible for maintaining this area.
While I realize this doesn't apply to everyone, I have found good luck in respectfully asking dog owners to not allow their dogs to eliminate in the parkway in front of my house. If you have a good reason such as your children playing there let them know. In my experience dog owners would rather go ahead and walk a couple doors down than upset a neighbor.

Best of Luck with your situation.
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mcwodnik, Home Owner, Chicago, IL
Fri Jun 21, 2013
The grassy area between the sidewalk and the street is called the "parkway" and is a public way. Therefore, you can walk your dog there. Just make sure to clean up after the dog. No house owner can prohibit you from walking your dog there.
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Rusty Payton, Agent, Chicago, IL
Sat Oct 27, 2012
The property between the street and the sidewalk is part of the city parkway and is not privately owned. The city does allows adjacent owners to improve the area (by planting flowers, shrubs, etc.) with some restrictions, it remains city property. As such, a property owner has no right to exclude anyone from that area. Obviously, if a pet owner is leaving waste in the area, there are other ways to address that situation.

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Sandy Frillm…, Agent, Quincy, IL
Wed Jul 29, 2009
Here is the rub regarding the easement. Even though you are responsible for the easement and have to take care of it, it is public property. That means people can sit on it, walk on it, and walk their dogs on it. You get to mow it and generally in most communities you cannot cut down trees without the city's permission, especially those cities that have Tree USA designations. But you can't stop dogs from pooping on it.
In many communities there is a pooper scooper law that requires you to pick up your dog's poop. If caught not doing so, there is a fine.
Good luck to all of us home owners.
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Bmf, , New York
Wed Jul 22, 2009
It's the city's property and frankly, there's nothing you can do about a dog peeing on it. If the dog is peeing or pooping on your front lawn, then yes, that is illegal and you can call the police. If the dog is being walked on the grass b/w the sidewalk and the street and poops, you can call the police as well and that person may be fined if caught. If the dog is being walked on the grass b/w the sidewalk and street and he pees and poops but the dog owner cleans up, sure you can call the police if you'd like, but you will be laughed at. It amazes me that most times, the same people who complain about dogs walking in front of their house also tend to be the ones who don't bother shoveling and salting the sidewalk in front of their homes after a snow storm...
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, ,
Tue Aug 5, 2008
That land is owned by the city and is referred to as the "parkway". I am not sure that there is anything you can do about it. I find it amazing that these people do not clean up after thier pets.
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