Join in to Clean Up Sioux Falls This Spring

One of the features that makes Sioux Falls stand out as an excellent place to live is the quality of our amenities. That includes our amazing outdoor spaces like our parks, the Big Sioux River Greenway and Recreational Trail, and our many green spaces. Keeping our community’s outdoor spaces in top condition doesn’t happen by accident. In fact, it takes a lot of work as a City team to keep Sioux Falls clean—and we can’t do it alone. Recent windy weather has left our city with more debris than usual. On Earth Day this year, I want to challenge you to get involved in April and May with cleaning up Sioux Falls.

That can happen in a variety of ways—from getting a group of your friends and family members together to pick up litter in your neighborhood park or along your favorite walking path, to volunteering with several community-wide clean-up events. Or, when you’re getting in your miles along the bike trail for the Mayor’s Fitness Challenge, which starts today, simply pick up some trash along the way to help clean up Sioux Falls.

When you’re out cleaning up the city, submit a group photo or before-and-after photo using the hashtag #CleanUpSiouxFalls. Watch the City’s social media channels for more opportunities to clean up our community this spring.

Spring Volunteer Opportunities

Here are a few ways to get involved in cleaning up Sioux Falls this spring.

Greenway Signup

Big Sioux River Greenway Cleanup, April 23

Help clean up the river during the seventh annual Big Sioux River Greenway Cleanup from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 23. In previous years, through community volunteers, we have removed thousands of pounds of garbage and recyclables from the banks of the Big Sioux River and along the recreation trail. Register at

Sioux Falls Regional Landfill Route Cleanup, May 21

The Sioux Falls Regional Landfill is reaching out to the community for volunteers to clean up the route to the landfill from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 21. Free lunch will be provided. Please contact Don Kuper at 605-367-8162 with your RSVP by Tuesday, May 17.

Beedle Greenway/Ellis and Eastern Rail Line Clean-Up Day, May 14

For more information and to register, contact Brooke Muhlack at

City-wide Spring Leaf and Tree Branch Drop-Off

Also remember that Sioux Falls residents can drop off yard clean-up items for free until May 29 at 100 North Lyon Boulevard. Drop-off times at 100 North Lyon Boulevard are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Call 605-367-8162 for more information.

Please contact Cathy Buchheim, Parks & Recreation Department, at 605-367-8218 for other citywide volunteer opportunities throughout the year.