New ParkWise Head Has a Deep Knowledge of Downtown

January 9, 2012

Donovan Durband has been named the new administrator for ParkWise, the City program that manages parking meters and several Downtown garages.

Durband has deep ties to Downtown and ParkWise. He served on the ParkWise Commission from 2000 to 2008 while he was executive director of the Tucson Downtown Alliance, the predecessor of today’s Downtown Tucson Parnership.

Durband was involved with the Alliance since its beginning in 1998 and he was its executive director from 2001 to 2008.  Since December 2009, Mr. Durband has served as a City Council Administrative Aide for Ward 6 Council Member Steve Kozachik.

“With a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from the U of A, Mr. Durband not only has the technical capacity to address parking issues now and in the future, but he has been integral to Downtown for the past 12 ½ years,” said General Services Director Ron Lewis. “He has extensive experience working collaboratively with diverse stakeholders. He played a key role in growing the Downtown Tucson Partnership, and he is largely responsible for the creation of 2nd Saturdays.  Mr. Durband understands the role parking plays in the redevelopment of Downtown and we look forward to continuing the City’s goal of enhancing our relationship with those who work, live and enjoy all that Downtown has to offer.”

The ParkWise Program, a division of the City’s General Services Department, was created in 1997.  The ParkWise Program is responsible for focusing, coordinating, and supporting the City’s role in parking and associated transportation issues.

ParkWise is responsible for on-street parking and a number of parking garages and lots in the Downtown area. The Department also supervises both resident and non-resident parking permit programs throughout the community.

“ParkWise has the responsibility to serve neighborhood and business interests throughout Tucson. I understand the various needs of the neighborhood and business districts in the Downtown and University areas,” Durband said. “After serving on the ParkWise Commission, I understand the roles and responsibilities of the Commission and I once again look forward to working with the Commission, as well as our City team, in order to enhance the parking experience not only in the Downtown area but surrounding community.”

Durband served on the ParkWise Commission from 2000 to 2008, and served as Vice-Chair between 2005 and 2008. The Commission provides advisory oversight to the ParkWise Downtown Parking Program. Mr. Durband will begin his new assignment on January 23.