Five days a week, before Downtown Yonge gets busy with pedestrians, the Clean Street Team (CST) hits the streets to clean sidewalks and parks in the Downtown Yonge neighbourhood, They cover almost 400,000 square meters land area of hard, concrete surfaces and 8,700 square meters of green spaces.
The Clean Streets Team is responsible for graffiti removal on public property, poster removal, and litter sweeping in the public realm. In the Winter, CST also does snow clearing and salting in the intersection to create safer crossing for the public.
Sidewalk Pressure Washing
Downtown Yonge continues to pressure wash along Yonge Street, especially during the warmer months – we spot pressure wash public sidewalks and laneways regularly and carry out gum removal along Yonge Street annually. This maintenance schedule ensures that our sidewalks stay clean, safe, and walkable. Trinity Square Park is also regularly power washed in the summer.
The BIA makes sure all businesses in the area have access to immediate and effective removal of graffiti tags that take away from the clean and safe dynamic of the Downtown Yonge neighbourhood. Both the Clean Streets Team and private graffiti removal contractors are engaged by the BIA to ensure no tag is a permanent fixture on our sidewalks, walls and doors.
We have adopted technology that assist in ensuring that infrastructure within the DYBIA neighbourhood are monitored and are in good condition. When an issue is identified (whether it be with assets ranging from decorative banners to pedestrian lights), a report is created and sent to appropriate agency or personnel for action. This allows us to track the number of issues and how quickly they got resolved.
Yonge Watch is a weekly e-newsletter providing all the latest information regarding street closures, construction notices, and anything related to safety and cleanliness in Downtown Yonge.