Downtown Akron Partnership’s Cleaning Ambassadors have been keeping Downtown sidewalks clean for nearly 13 years. In 2009 they were joined by a crew of well-trained Safety Ambassadors. Together they work to provide a clean, safe and welcoming environment to all who live, work or visit Downtown.
The clean and the safe elements work hand in hand. Statistics show that clean streets make for safe streets. Downtown is one of the safest neighborhoods in the city. With the assistance of the safety patrols, the perception of safety is growing.
Four cleaning and four safety ambassadors work the 42 blocks that encompass the Special Improvement District (SID). As an added safety measure, ambassadors patrol during extended evening and weekend hours.
Ambassadors are trained by Block by Block, a company that has been extremely successful in enhancing Downtown revitalization efforts around the country by combining the core principles of a clean and safe environment to spur economic development efforts.
The Downtown Ambassador Program was developed to ensure that visitors feel confident in their personal safety and have a positive Downtown experience.