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Neighborhood Greenspace

Maintaining Common Areas in Lincoln, Nebraska

When you purchased your home, or the lot on which you planned to build it, one thing that influenced your decision may have been the open land, or greenspace, nearby. With this amenity comes responsibility.

The City has developed a Neighborhood Greenspace Handbook which is designed to aid homeowners associations in the care and maintenance of their greenspace. Although the handbook is aimed toward neighborhood groups, other property owners with greenspace responsibilities may also find this publication useful, as many of the same principles of planning, planting and care are also applicable to these areas.

Download Neighborhood Greenspace Handbook
(705 K) Acrobat Document

For additional information call Public Works & Utilities Watershed Management at 402-441-4959.

The Neighborhood Greenspace Handbook for Homeowners Associations provides:

  • Tools and resources for the formation of a maintenance plan for your greenspace area
  • An explanation of the role of greenspaces in stormwater drainage systems
  • Step-by-step guided planning process with action worksheets
  • A review of different greenspace designs common to Lincoln
  • A recommended planting list
  • General information on stormwater handling structures (ponds, streams, etc.)
  • Information about mosquito and sedimentation control

"How Does My Neighborhood Greenspace Benefit Me?"

Properly maintained greenspaces can:

  • Reduce chances of flooding by providing a destination for excess stormwater
  • Provide year-round recreational opportunities for the entire family
  • Provide a natural method for mosquito control
  • Reduce long term cost and maintenance
  • Provide habitat for many wildlife species

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of the open space near my house?
While the purpose may vary, often these spaces serve to convey stormwater along a natural drainage way.
Who is responsible for paying for maintenance of the area?
During development, it is the developerís responsibility. A homeowners association may assume responsibility after completion.
Just what are our maintenance responsibilities?
Typically, the removal of trash and dead vegetation, control of noxious weeds and maintenance of drainage ways are among the responsibilities. These may vary depending on the area.
Won't ponds and wetlands increase mosquito problems?
The biological systems that function in a healthy pond or wetland typically include predators that effectively control mosquito populations.

Education Available

Along with the handbook, the City of Lincoln is developing a short presentation which can be presented at your homeowners or neighborhood association meetings to aid in educating the public about their responsibilities for these greenspaces. If you are interested in having a greenspace presentation at your homeowners or neighborhood association meeting, please contact Ben Higgins, City of Lincoln, Watershed Management at 402-441-7589.

Download Acrobat (PDF) Version of Brochure (486 K) Acrobat Document

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