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Thank you to our Safety and Maintenance Ambassadors


Thank you to our Safety & Maintenance Ambassadors

Kathleen Eriksen, President & CEO

During these difficult times, it is the frontline workers who keep Downtown Tucson clean, safe and beautiful. The work these people do is difficult but essential, so we offer them a heartfelt thank you as they shoulder a heroic burden. We appreciate our Maintenance Ambassadors for picking up trash, wiping down benches, bike racks and other high-contact surfaces in our public spaces. We take comfort in knowing that our Safety Ambassadors continue to keep a watchful eye on downtown properties and public spaces, reminding visitors to practice social distancing, and imparting a sense of calm. We rely on our partners with disabilities, Desert Survivors to maintain over 200 city planters and keep our streetscapes and storefronts colorful and bursting with life.

This is important work. For those who continue to provide essential services downtown, the efforts of our staff provide a sense of normalcy and consistency. Caring for downtown and keeping it looking great and functional also reminds us of what we can look forward to when our wonderful city reopens. This assures all Tucsonans that life will eventually return to what is more easily recognizable as normal. Finally, this work keeps our organizational muscles strong for when sidewalks and public spaces are once again filled with people going to work, shopping, recreating and enjoying being together.
We would be remiss if we didn’t take this time to also thank the amazing healthcare workers, first responders, and other essential personnel who bravely provide immediate relief for the afflicted; flattening the curve and providing the important services that our city needs.

Lastly, we thank all Tucsonans for pitching in by staying home, practicing social distance on essential trips and looking out for their neighbors. We’re all in this together and will emerge stronger and more unified than ever.