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Swales
A swale is a commonly used stormwater practice wherein a shallow ditch is placed alongside the street at the front of a property.  A swale allows for temporary ponding, resulting in less flooding, and also reduces the pollution of water bodies by filtering the runoff.  Unlike ditches, swales are not deep with straight sides; they have gently sloping sides and are wider than they are deep (usually a 6:1 ratio).

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Only Property Owners May Park on Their Swales

Please note that City Ordinance Sec. 19-34 provides that, except in the City's Arts & Entertainment District, only the owners or occupants of a property may park on the right(s)-of-way (or swales) adjacent to their property, or give permission to guests to park on their swale.