Downtown Ambassadors

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Every week, one Parking Control Officer lays down their ticketing machine and works to clean up Downtown Lawrence. By picking up trash, performing maintenance tasks, removing crude graffiti, power-washing sidewalks, and much more, Downtown Ambassadors help to beautify and bolster Lawrence’s largest district for business and entertainment.

Beginning in July 2020, the Downtown Ambassador Program brought parking enforcement back to work while the COVID-19 crisis was at its peak. While the program went on hiatus after the city reinstated parking enforcement, the program returned in April 2023 and remains strong today. Currently, Downtown Ambassadors roam Lawrence from the Kansas River to South Park from 8:45am to 5:50pm, Tuesday through Friday.

Are you looking for volunteer opportunities? Is there something that needs cleaned or fixed up downtown? Contact us at parking@lawrenceks.org today!

Since June 2023, Downtown Lawrence has seen...

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Pieces of City-owned Infrastructure Maintained
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Graffiti Tags and Stickers Removed
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Gallons of Trash Collected
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Individuals Helped
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New Initiative: Blocks of Sidewalk and Walls Power-Washed
*Recorded from June 20th to December 31st, 2023
The count of the meters, light poles, bollards, electrical boxes, mailboxes and the like painted, repaired, etc.

Our Main Priorities

Maintenance

Keeping our city equipment functional is our most important job! By refurbishing or replacing city infrastructure, we strive to ensure the best experience for visitors and residents alike in Downtown Lawrence.
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Beautification

We believe the best downtown district in the U.S. should also be the cleanest. Every day ambassadors remove trash, clean out parking lots, and paint over crude graffiti on city property.

Visitor Assistance

Are you curious about good spots to grab dinner in Lawrence? Are you unsure about parking regulations? Our Downtown Ambassadors are happy to help with information, recommendations, and more.
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Safety

We're committed to keeping Downtown Lawrence safe and welcome for all. While out on patrol, Ambassadors as well as Parking Control Officers, keep watch and are quick to inform law enforcement of any disturbances.