Clean and Safe

Clean and Safe

Maintenance Ambassadors

The Maintenance Ambassadors take care of landscaping and help to keep Downtown looking it’s best. The maintenance crews perform daily litter removal, trash pickup, recycling pickup, and graffiti removal. A profile of their day-to-day activities is available here.

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Regular power washing is a high priority for the Partnership. It keeps the sidewalks sparkling by removing gum, spilled drinks, paint and other substances.  The Maintenance Ambassadors power wash high traffic areas regularly, like East Congress Street, and other areas as needed or requested by merchants or property owners. If a Downtown business or merchant has a request for power washing within the Business Improvement District (BID), please contact Maintenance Manager Russ Stone (520-940-0806). Requests will be taken care of within 48 hours.

 Planters & Landscaping

DTP has contracted with Desert Survivors to provide the plants and the labor force for all the City planters located along Congress Street and Stone Avenue. This is an ongoing beautification effort Downtown. Eventually, all of the Downtown planters on all the streets located within the Business Improvement District will be filled with native plants that provide a clean desert look, while reducing the cost of watering and plant maintenance. Desert Survivors, which employs over 40 developmentally challenged adults at its plant nursery provides two crews for the Downtown beautification effort. Each crew consists of three developmentally challenged adults and a trained horticulturist. Learn more about this unique partnership here.

Graffiti Removal

Maintenance crews removes graffiti and illegal handbills on a daily basis. Within the past two years, theRemoving Graffiti

Partnership has removed thousands of pieces of graffiti and maintains a goal to have graffiti removed within 24 hours. The Partnership began tracking graffiti in January 2012. Tracking includes the date, location name and address, utility structure color, amount of time to clean and remove, whether it was cleaned by DTP or uploaded to Graffiti Protective Coatings for removal. Employees are trained and knowledgeable about removal techniques and products.

Curb Painting

The Downtown Tucson Partnership began painting curbs in 2012 and currently paints curbs 3 days a week. Painting curbs is an invaluable service that assists the public with direction and parking in specified areas.

Pennington Curb Before

Pennington Street Curb Before DTP Painting

Pennington Street After

Pennington Street Curb After DTP Painting


“Over the last year,  I have spoken to and thanked several of your crew members for their hard work. Colleen responded with a card from the Downtown Tucson Partnership office. Colleen works hard, with a smile for everyone. Keeping the sidewalks clean is a big challenge, and with the never-ending construction, it is much harder. Colleen is a great representative for Downtown Tucson Partnership. Thank you for assigning her to Congress Street where I could have the pleasure of interacting ever so briefly with her. For me, on those particular days, being in her “sphere of influence” was important. She helped me more than she knows. Congratulations on having Colleen on your team.” – Louise, a Downtown Businesses Owner

View our abandoned bicycle procedure (pdf). Maintenance Ambassadors may be reached at (520) 940-0806.