Wheel shall not touch grass

Bostonians, it is alleged, talk a lot about paaking the caah in the yaad. But
don’t even think about it in Oklahoma City:

In an effort to reduce blight in neighborhoods and keep home property values from declining the City is increasing the fine for yard parkers from $10 to $100.

“Yard parking is a persistent problem in a number of Oklahoma City neighborhoods,” Code Enforcement Manager Charles Locke said. “The practice is an eyesore and can quickly become a neighborhood epidemic. If we can stop yard parking, we can dramatically enhance the way our community looks.”

More than 8,400 yard parking complaints were logged by the City’s Action Center in 2009. Most violations occur in aging neighborhoods with one-car garages.

I live in such a neighborhood, though we haven’t had a lot of this sort of thing recently, perhaps because we’re an Urban Conservation District and we all have the Action Center on speed dial.


  1. sheri »

    1 July 2010 · 8:30 am

    I hate to say it but I agree with no parking on the grass. It looks cheesy. We have people across the street from us with a HUGE nice home and a HUGE circular driveway. They have a relative to visits often and PARKS ON THE GRASS for no reason. It’s baffling and it makes the ‘hood look tacky.

  2. WWWebb »

    1 July 2010 · 9:35 am

    First house I bought was in an itty bitty subdivision where some of the neighbors had cars parked ON BLOCKS in their yards.

  3. Ed Flinn »

    1 July 2010 · 9:51 am

    Blacktop the whole yard, then everybody’s happy.

  4. ak4mc »

    1 July 2010 · 9:57 am

    The thing about parking on the grass is, it complicates the yardwork.

  5. fillyjonk »

    1 July 2010 · 11:07 am

    This has also been an issue-of-discussion at the local city Beautification Council. Not much has been done, mainly because I think people are leery of going out and confronting the people who have old cars in their yards.

  6. Charles Pergiel »

    2 July 2010 · 2:04 pm

    Being able to park in the yard without some ninny hammer whining about it is one of benefits of living out in the country. But eventually, no matter how far out you thought you were, the city comes creeping up on you and it brings the whining ninny hammers with it.

    Life is full of comprimises. I got married and now I have to maintain standards, and one of them is no parking on the lawn. The best I can manage is to park in the street. I am the only one on our block. Whoo hoo!

  7. Michael Bates »

    3 July 2010 · 12:24 am

    But, Ed, then you’d run afoul of the livability space requirement in the zoning code — so many square feet of permeable ground on your lot.

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