On Friday, May 26, join the Durango Chamber of Commerce and the Durango Business Improvement District for Downtown Clean Day. This annual event is a fun volunteer opportunity for families, clubs, businesses and organizations, and helps us shine up downtown right before summer.
BID and the Chamber of Commerce thank Black Bear Carpet Cleaning and Repair for being our t-shirt sponsor. Big thanks are also in order for Kroeger’s Ace Hardware for donating work gloves, and to Carver Brewing Company for donating coffee. We also thank the City of Durango for loaning us cleaning supplies and for hauling off all the trash we pick up this morning.
Meet at Keller Williams Southwest Realty at Seventh Street and Main Avenue by 8:30 a.m. Friday, May 26. We will check you in, assign you a block of downtown, and then you can grab your t-shirt, work gloves, cleaning supplies, plus coffee and donuts. We will send everyone out to their assigned area at 9 a.m., and we should be done by noon at the latest.
To sign up or to get more information, contact Rita at the Chamber of Commerce at (970) 247-0312 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another way BID is making downtown look nice is through our gum removal program. BID purchased a gum removal machine late last year, and has been using it in April to remove gum from the sidewalks. You might not have noticed, but there are a lot of ugly black spots on our sidewalks downtown. These spots are mainly gum that for some reason, the chewer decided to spit out on the ground rather than put in a trash can. BID hopes to clean the entire length of Main Avenue before Memorial Day, and then will continue to work on cross streets, E. 2nd Avenue, and Narrow Gauge Avenue throughout the summer.
BID will partner with the City of Durango to find downtown businesses to host flower barrels for the summer months. Several years ago, downtown businesses purchased 100 of these barrels, and the City agreed to store them in the non-summer months, then every summer fill them with flowers and place them around downtown at businesses. Each business commits to watering, pruning, replanting if needed and cleaning out the trash that accumulates in them. These flowers barrels are not trash cans, so please don’t put your trash in them and if you see someone doing that, nicely point out to them the nearest trash can.
The Iron Horse Bicycle Classic will be downtown on Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, with some returning and new events for us. All of these cleaning efforts will have Downtown looking nice for visitors and locals alike that weekend.
To keep up with information about downtown and uptown throughout the year, sign up for BID’s weekly E-News. The E-news is a short, accurate and timely information piece published every Wednesday morning, and now features a weekly trivia contest with great prizes. To sign up, text DURANGOBID to 22828 or go to DowntownDurango.org and click on the Communications tab.
email@example.com. Tim Walsworth is the executive director of the Durango Business Improvement District.