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Streetscape Team, Ambassadors combine forces to keep Downtown clean, safe and friendly.

The last time you came Downtown you missed something. To be precise, 1,504 somethings: That’s the number of graffiti tags removed from buildings, signs and public spaces by the Downtown PhoenixStreetscape Team in 2013.

Asmar Wright, Don Olund, Cornelius Victor, William Biven and Nate Morgan.

It’s all part of the job for the five member team that keeps Downtown Phoenix clean and inviting. On duty 365 days a year, Streetscape Team also removes trash from streets and sidewalks, cleans alleys and empties sidewalk trash receptacles.

As a part of the most visible presence within the Downtown Phoenix business improvement district, Streetscape Team, formerly known as Clean Team, debuted new bright green and navy uniforms earlier this month bearing the new name. The change came as Streetscape Team and the orange-clad Downtown Phoenix Ambassadors were combined into the Downtown Phoenix Partnership Field Services Team.

“Combining the two Field Services teams helps raise awareness of our efforts and demonstrates our commitment to providing a pleasant, inviting and memorable experience Downtown,” Terry Madeksza, vice president, said.

2013 was a big year for the Field Services Team with nearly 155,500 visitors, conventioneers and Downtowners assisted by Ambassadors and Streetscape Team Members. Other notable highlights include:

  • A 19 percent increase in total Ambassador assists since 2012
  • 2.7 tons of trash removed by Streetscape Team from October to December 2013
  • 122 Streetscape Team hours dedicated to cleaning alleys from October to December 2013
  • 800 visitors escorted to their destination by an Ambassador

But the Field Services Team is more than just statistics, Madeksza said.

“Our 27 full-time employees are highly trained and they’re enthusiastic to create meaningful experiences for everyone who comes Downtown, whether they’re residents, business owners, employees, visitors or students,” Madeksza said. “Everyone knows and loves the members of our Field Services Team.”

Downtown Phoenix Ambassadors are available 365 days a year from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends. Streetscape Team is out making Downtown sparkle from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., 365 days a year.

Photo courtesy of Downtown Phoenix Partnership.