OGDEN -- Close to 1,000 local teens will be hard at work Saturday morning to help bring Bluff Trail back to life.
The one-mile trail starts just south of the rodeo grounds on Park Drive near the Gramercy Bridge and meanders along the north perimeter of the Ogden Cemetery to 20th Street and Ogden Avenue.
The trail was created 30 to 40 years ago but has been overgrown and has been used as a dumping ground for years, said Perry Huffaker, public ways and parks manager for Ogden.
Huffaker and the city were thrilled with the idea of the young volunteers, mostly Boy Scouts, taking time to clean the area.
Steve Krolak is the chairman of the service committee for the Boy Scouts Mountain View District and meets with the Ogden parks department regularly to see what types of service projects need to be done. The Scouts in his district have done a few projects at the Ogden Cemetery this year, so working on the trail seemed like a good fit.
The partnership with the city has worked out well because there are always Eagle Scout projects to be done, and there are times when volunteer hours are desperately needed in the parks, and working on the Bluff Trail is one of those times.
Krolak and other volunteers have already spent several hours preparing the trail for the young volunteers. Old headstones were found that have since been researched to determine where they belong. Large amounts of storm debris and old flower pots also litter the trail.
Old brick that isn't made anymore was also found along the trail and will be used for a culvert to manage drainage in the area.
Not only will the Scouts and other teens clean out the garbage and mess, they will improve the trail for walkers and bikers by laying down bark and smoothing the trail.
"That kind of work can only be done by hand, and if we can provide the labor and save the city money it can spend on other things, that's what we want to do," Krolak said.
Huffaker said that kind of work is invaluable to the city, and if the city can give residents another trail to use, that is always a good thing.
"We want people using these things, and knowing that it is what the community wants makes us happy," Huffaker said.
Once the work is done Saturday, the trail will be ready for use.
The Ogden Woodman's Club will be on hand on Park Drive just south of the rodeo grounds at 9 a.m. Saturday to direct traffic.
Krolak and Huffaker both encourage more volunteers to come and expedite the job.
Krolak has been volunteering with the Boy Scouts for more than 35 years and never gets tired of working with the boys and helping them to advance, learn and serve.
"I absolutely love to see the look on young men's faces when they see a new fishing spot or a trail right in their own hometown. And then the look on their face knowing it is something they helped preserve ... that's when you know you've done something good," Krolak said.
For more information on the project or to get involved, call Jan Meikle with the Ogden Parks Department at 801-629-8214.