Help Celebrate Earth Day at the Big Sioux River Greenway Cleanup!

The City of Sioux Falls will host the fourth annual communitywide Big Sioux River Greenway Cleanup on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. No pre-event registration is required, and all ages are welcome. Over the past three years, this event has helped remove more than 10,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from the banks of the Big Sioux River.

“We are so excited to host this year’s Big Sioux River Greenway Cleanup on Earth Day! Earth Day offers the perfect opportunity for volunteers to come out and show their support for the Big Sioux River on this globally recognized day especially designated to raise awareness for environmental protection,” states Sustainability Coordinator Jessica Lantgen. “Come out, do your part, and help us protect the Big Sioux.”

Volunteers can choose which areas of the Big Sioux River Greenway they’d like to help clean up. Volunteer coordinators will be stationed at all nine locations. Gloves, maps, and trash bags will be provided. The following locations have been selected as meeting areas:

• Elmen Park Trailhead—3200 West 12th Street
• Falls Park—131 East Falls Park Drive
• Fawick Park—200 South Second Avenue
• Spencer Park—3501 South Cliff Avenue
• Yankton Trail—3901 South Minnesota Avenue
• Dunham Park—1301 South Marion Road
• Legacy Park—7001 West 12th Street
• Sertoma Park—4300 South Oxbow Avenue
• Rotary Park—2101 East 26th Street

A special thanks to the following organizations for helping with this year’s event: Confluence, Health Management Partners of South Dakota, Smithfield, Raven Industries/Howalt+McDowell Insurance/Sioux Steel Company, Sierra Club, HDR, US Bank, FedEx, and South Dakota Canoe & Kayak Association. Special thanks to Nyberg’s ACE for donating the supplies for the event.

For more information on the Big Sioux River Greenway Cleanup, please contact Matthew Gedney at the Public Works Environmental Division at 605-367-8276 or visit