OGDEN, Utah – The public is invited to join Weber State University students for Make A Difference Day, Oct. 27 by assisting with maintenance on the Skyline exercise trail and with brush removal on Antelope Island State Park.
WSU’s Community Involvement Center (CIC) is sponsoring the cleanup projects. Volunteers will repair the exercise areas and replace damaged signs on the trail east of campus, which begins on 36th Street near Skyline Drive. For the trail project, participants are invited to meet at the CIC trailer in the S4 parking lot, next to Facilities Management, at 9 a.m. CIC will serve breakfast and give T-shirts to the first 100 participants.
“Ogden City indicated that the residents have complained about the poor current condition of the trail,” said Mike Moon, assistant director, CIC. “It is on Weber State property, so the university is the responsible party to maintain the trail.”
The second project is part of Antelope Island’s fall maintenance and is in collaboration with Water Works, WSU’s year-long focus on water. Volunteers will help remove Tamarisk, an invasive plant species that consumes large amounts of ground water.
For the work at Antelope Island, volunteers should meet at the park’s boat dock at 10 a.m. Take Exit 332 off Interstate 15 and drive west on Antelope Drive 14 miles to the boat dock.
“I hope that Weber State students gain a better appreciation for our campus and surrounding area,” Moon said. “I expect them to feel a deeper connection to what the Great Salt Lake provides our local region and feel a sense of Wildcat pride as they help beautify our campus trail.”
Volunteers at both sites are encouraged to bring a shovel, pick, rake and gloves.