Sidewalk Repair

Sidewalks are an important asset for our neighborhood. And neighbors identified walkability as an important feature of our neighborhood. Did you know that maintaining sidewalks is the responsibility of private homeowners? While the city may address things like curbs, gutters, wheelchair ramps, drains and issues caused by utility poles or signs, keeping the sidewalk itself in good repair and free from obstacles is the responsibility of the adjacent home owner.

The City of Memphis' guide to sidewalk maintenance and repair

Click here to view the brochure, which provides basic information to help assess whether your sidewalk is in need of any repairs, and to learn how to get started on your repairs--the right way! For example: You can choose any contractor you prefer, but they must be properly bonded for concrete sidewalk work and permitted with the city to ensure proper installation. Click here for a city-approved list of contractors that frequently do work in Central Gardens. 

Foliage and tree limbs projecting over sidewalks are also a deterrent to walkability in the neighborhood. In fact, it is a misdemeaner to permit shrubbery, hedges, or foliage of any kind to project over sidewalks or walkways so as to interfere with the free use of such sidewalks or walkways by pedestrians. All trees upon or near sidewalks or walkways shall be so trimmed that the lower branches thereof are not less than eight (8) feet above the sidewalks. To learn more click here.

You can also call with questions to 311 or the City of Memphis Division of Engineering's Sidewalks Department at (901) 636-2462.

CGA volunteers launch sidewalks initiative

As a part of the 2016 Neighborhood Plan, a team of neighbors have come together to work on the issue of sidewalks. Our goal is to guide and educate neighbors. The plan for 2017 is to: 

  1. Identify the extent of sidewalk disrepair in the neighborhood. Approximately 85% of sidewalks in Central Gardens need repair and over 60% need immediate repair. Most homeowners know that it there responsibility to repair but are not sure how.
  2. Educate neighbors about how to maintain and repair sidewalks via website and eNews.
  3. Potentially identify funding opportunities (grants, group pricing, etc.)

If you have questions about sidewalk repair, you can contact board member Ned Dannenberg at

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