Big Sioux River Greenway Cleanup Scheduled for October 10, 2020

The City of Sioux Falls will host the fifth annual community-wide Big Sioux River Greenway Cleanup on Saturday, October 10, 2020, from 9 a.m. to noon. No pre-event registration is required, and all ages are welcome. The cleanup event has removed more than 16,500 pounds of garbage and recyclables from the banks of the Big Sioux River over the past four cleanups.

“This event provides a great opportunity for family members, neighbors, friends, and coworkers to get together as a community and help protect the Big Sioux River. This year has been stressful and taken its toll on many in our community, so this event is a great opportunity to enjoy some fresh air and help strengthen Sioux Falls. We’ll provide the supplies—all we need is you,” says Sustainability Coordinator Holly Meier.

Volunteers can choose which areas of the Big Sioux River Greenway they would like to help clean up and arrive at any time between 9 a.m. to noon to donate as much time as they’d like. Coordinators will be stationed at all nine locations. Gloves, maps, and trash bags will be provided. Special precautions will be taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 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
  • Pasley Park—2521 South Southeastern Avenue
  • Spencer Park—3501 South Cliff Avenue
  • Yankton Trail Park—3901 South Minnesota Avenue. Cleanup station near 57th Street entrance
  • Sertoma Park—4300 South Oxbow Avenue
  • Dunham Park—1301 South Marion Road
  • Legacy Park—7001 West 12th Street

A special thanks to the following organizations for helping with this year’s event: Confluence, South Dakota Canoe and Kayak Association, Smithfield, National Wild Turkey Federation (East Dakota Chapter), Dakota Trout Unlimited, Sanford, Friends of the Big Sioux River, Raven Industries, and Avera.

For more information on the Big Sioux River Greenway Cleanup, please contact Holly Meier at the Public Works Environmental Division at 605-367-8280, or visit www.siouxfalls.org/green.

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