Rapid City Youth Council spend Saturday morning cleaning up Founders Park with help of council and Environmental Committee

RAPID CITY, S.D. — As part of their Environmental Committee activity, Rapid City Youth Council dedicated their Saturday morning cleaning up trash around the Founders Park area.

Youth Council member and leader of the clean-up initiative, Grace Bradley, says one of the group’s larger missions is keeping the planet clean and free of plastics.

The group has only been in existence for less than a year, and with COVID-19 still looming the group hasn’t been able to host many community activities. A clean-up effort outdoors was one way the group could meet with the public and encourage a dialogue on their efforts in the city.

“We thought a great way to come together and connect was a park clean up. One, because it aligns with our values, and two, we can talk and connect about what matters to us,” says Bradley.

Alders Darla Drew (Ward 5) and Lance Lehman (Ward 4 and Youth Council Liaison) provided some support by helping in the trash pick-up.

“I think it’s important to have a clean image of Rapid City,” said Lehman, also Vice President of the Rapid City Council. “I think  it’s a wonderful bonding opportunity. Youth City Council is the future of our city and we should be here as good role models for them.”

Drew recalls Founders Park being a residential area at one point and points to the importance of preserving the parks.

“I want to help make sure that this is a safe and clean place for people to go and enjoy the incredible park land we have here,” says Drew.

Clean up began at 11 a.m. and within a few hours, the group had collected numerous trash bags full of garbage found around the park and Rapid Creek.

Anyone interested in learning more about Youth Council can visit, HERE. To learn more about Rapid City’s Sustainability Committee visit, HERE.

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