Talk about irony.
In a Watchdog column published Feb. 20, Kansas City Parks Recreation officials clarified that property owners are responsible for shoveling their own sidewalks after it snows, even along the parkways and boulevards.
That amused Hyde Park resident Katie Levi, who said the parks department doesn’t practice what it preaches — at least along Harrison Parkway, which runs through city parkland north of 39th Street.
“I … have one neighbor who consistently over the last 21 years has never, and I do meannever,
shoveled the walk along their property,” she said, referring to the parks department. “There are several continuous blocks of sidewalk along the Harrison Parkway that are never cleared.”
Is the department exempt?The answer
The department takes responsibility for shoveling sidewalks in all of its parks, just as residents and business owners must do on their property.
“If we have not shoveled it, we apologize for the oversight and appreciate the resident pointing it out to us,” said department spokeswoman Heidi Downer. “We will make sure to do it in the future.”
The Watchdog says this weekend’s weather should provide a good test case.