Several neighborhoods that line a stretch of railroad tracks in Sioux Falls are coming together to clean it up. The neighborhood organizations hope a little team work will make their communities a more attractive place to live.
Household trash and other debris seems to come to a stop at railroad tracks running through the heart of Sioux Falls.
That's why four neighborhood associations are stepping up to get the garbage out.
"We have been working with the railroad officials and our respective residents on a proactive basis, so as to better beautify our neighborhood properties," Katrina Lehr-McKinney, All Saints Neighborhood Representative said.
The groups have been meeting for several months with city officials and Ellis & Eastern Railroad. Together, they came up with the idea to hold a weekend clean-up for 2.5 miles of track, running from the downtown River Greenway all the way to Kiwanis Avenue.
"If nobody takes care of them, and cares about them, it gets dirty. It gets rundown, and it just continues and snowballs," Sandy Beckman said.
Beckman is a member of the Sioux Falls History Club, located on Phillips Avenue near the tracks, and has been coming to this area for decades.
She says a change in scenery would do wonders for the neighborhood.
"I think it would really enhance the feeling down here. And I don't know besides cleaning it up, what other projects they have in store. Probably nothing, but it's a start. And we all have to have a start," Beckman said.
Community members coming out to make that start a reality hope that after their hard work this weekend, there won't be a "wrong side" of these tracks.
"The trash can blow off the streets or wherever, along with people dumping things illegally. And it's just an eye sore. And it could be something that actually looks beautiful," Lehr-McKinney said.
After the clean-up, volunteers will gather for door prizes and a picnic.
You can get more information about where to meet and how you can help out by emailing Lehr-McKinney at AllSaintsNeighbors@gmail.com.