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Cleaning up downtown and wrapping up spring rewards

The Durango Business Improvement District and the Durango Chamber of Commerce have partnered for 20 years on Downtown Clean Day. BID is a proud member of the Chamber for many reasons, including collaborations such as this annual event.

Downtown Clean Day will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. May 26. Meet at Keller Williams Realty Southwest Associates’ parking lot just north of Seventh Street and Main Avenue. Look for the Chamber and BID pop-up tents. Check in and then enjoy free coffee and free doughnuts. We will also have work gloves and cleaning supplies.

Everyone who attends will be assigned to a team, and each team will be assigned to a block downtown. Your team will walk to your block, then clean it up over the course of the next couple of hours. Look for hidden prizes in your block that you can bring back to Keller Williams when you are done to redeem for a prize.

New this year will be a prize awarded to the person who finds the weirdest item in their block. One year, we found a miniature foosball table by the railroad tracks. What will you find this year? BID will have a gift card for the best item collected.

BID sincerely thanks the Chamber of Commerce for this long-standing partnership. Thank you, Jack, Kim, Jennifer and Hannah! We also thank Keller Williams for loaning us its parking lot, and we thank the city for the cleaning supplies and hauling everything away after we are done.

This is a great volunteer opportunity for your family, friends or co-workers. Or just come yourself and we will assign you to a team. To learn more, visit BID’s Facebook page and scroll down for the post about Downtown Clean Day – Facebook.com/DurangoBID.

BID’s Spring Rewards Program reached the finish line late last week. It produced a record amount of local spending – $171,000. The program was presented by Alpine Bank, and sponsored by Urban Market and Durango Chamber of Commerce.

The rewards program incentivizes people to shop local. This program asks shoppers to submit receipts that add up to $350 or more. A $50 gift card is then provided to the shopper as their reward, and they choose the business for the gift card from a list of 15. BID has operated these programs seven times since the very first one during the holidays of 2020. In total, BID’s Rewards Programs have produced $860,000 in local spending.

BID’s next Rewards Program will start in December. Stay tuned to our social media feeds and website for details. Please also consider signing up for a weekly e-newsletter that publishes every Wednesday morning. It always contains five or six brief, accurate and timely articles. Go to DowntownDurango.org and scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the red Sign Me Up button to begin receiving this communication. As we get closer to the Holiday Rewards timing, we will include the details for how that program will work.

Happy summer to everyone!

Tim Walsworth is executive director of Durango Business Improvement District. Reach him at timw@downtowndurango.org.