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Railroad tracks bring neighbors together in clean up project

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With Sunday being the first day of fall, it wasn't quite spring-cleaning but many people were out Saturday, keeping parts of the city neat and tidy.

Saturday's clean up event brought several neighborhoods and people together.

These railroad tracks which cut through the city brought people together from four different neighborhoods, all for a common cause.

This isn't the wrong side of the tracks but it is the wrong place to throw trash.

Pettigrew Heights Neighborhood Association President Mark Sanderson said "it's a place a lot of folks tend to see it as a place for refuse, so it just needed to be a place to be cleaned up and who else to do it but the neighbors who live along the track."

Volunteers included one of Pettigrew Heights' newest residents, Janice Abbott.

"When you live in a neighborhood like this, you want to keep Sioux Falls clean. It's a beautiful city. One of the best cities I've ever been in, so you want to do the most you can to help out," Abbott said.

Pettigrew Heights' neighbor Tovia Forstein said "people who have been in this neighborhood and getting up there in age still helping out and people like me who are younger who are taking part in trying to take the torch from them and carry it on, and hopefully later on build this neighborhood up for our children. "

Volunteers from Pettigrew Heights, downtown, All Saints and 10th and Western, pitched in to help each other.

"This type of activity is spreading all across Sioux Falls, that other neighborhoods are getting together and cleaning up their own territories and also reaching out to each other for when we both need extra help. So it's not just this neighborhood I want to help," Forstein said.

And after a day of cleaning up the tracks, the neighbors got together to celebrate their hard work.

These volunteers not only have pride in keeping their neighborhood clean, but also have made some new friends.

The Ellis and Eastern railroad helped carry away the trash collected by volunteers.

Organizers expect to have this weekend's debris totals on Monday.

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