2018 Project NICE/KEEP Neighborhood Cleanup Is This Week

The Sioux Falls Environmental Health Division and its partnering departments announced the first day of cleanup activities for this year’s NICE (Neighborhood Improvement Complaint Easement) and KEEP (Keep Environmental Enhancement Permanent) projects. This year’s neighborhood cleanup event had to be postponed due to the recent blizzard but has been rescheduled to begin on Tuesday, April 24, 2018.

The 2018 Project NICE includes two areas:

  • Area A is an area contained within the boundaries of South West Avenue on the west, South Minnesota Avenue on the east, West Ninth Street on the north, and West 18th Street on the south.
  • Area B is an area contained within the boundaries of North Sycamore Avenue on the west, Veteran’s Parkway on the east, East Sixth Street on the north, and Arrowhead Parkway on the south.

The 2018 Project KEEP includes one area contained within the boundaries of North Weber Avenue on the west, North Cliff Avenue on the east, the BNSF Railway on the north, and East Tenth Street on the south.

Projects NICE and KEEP were first introduced approximately 29 years ago when the City began to notice an increase in the number of nuisance issues. The City first developed Project NICE to identify specific neighborhoods at risk of nuisance concerns and assist the neighborhoods to address those concerns. A few years later, Project KEEP was introduced to work in conjunction with the NICE program.

Each year the Environmental Division of the Sioux Falls Health Department receives approximately 1,800 calls and referrals from citizens concerned about neighborhood environmental nuisance issues. Other City departments handling code enforcement issues have significant numbers of calls regarding other code violations as well.

The designated NICE and KEEP neighborhoods get a helping hand in the form of a cleanup using City volunteers. In addition, the neighborhoods receive educational materials about the City and its services.

Through the implementation of these projects, the City has been able to keep the number of neighborhood nuisance cases static despite a greater than 33 percent increase in the City’s population since the program’s inception.

Maps of the this year’s Project NICE and KEEP neighborhoods are available at www.siouxfalls.org/code-enforcement/nice-keep.

Sioux Falls is a great place to live, and the organizers and staff of Project NICE and KEEP look forward to helping keep it that way.