OGDEN — Ogden might look a little different on May 10.
That day has been set aside for the city’s fourth annual Make a Difference Day, with the city planning to complete several local beautification projects and foster volunteerism.
Over the past three years, Ogden has designated a day for city employees to form groups and take on projects to spruce up the city.
Make a Difference Day has expanded these efforts and allowed other community members to become involved and take pride in their community.
Ogden Public Works Director Jay Lowder said everyone is invited to participate and may select projects of their choice to contribute to the community.
Lowder said many city-led projects have already been scheduled.
“We have projects everywhere,” Lowder said. “From the north end of the city to the south end and from the west to the east.”
Some of the projects include sprucing up city gardens, cleaning up the banks along the Ogden River, cleaning up the Ogden River Parkway, painting select homes in the city and cleaning yards.
Ogden city schools will also be cleaning up their campuses for the event.
“This is really a special day,” he said. “If you drive through the town on May 9th and then do it again on the 10th when we’ve finished, you’ll notice a difference. The city will actually look different.”
Efforts in the past have ranged from small clean-up projects, like painting garbage cans, to tackling the grounds of an entire city park.
Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell said more than 600 volunteers participated in last year’s event.
“This is really a great opportunity for the city to come together and work toward a common goal,” Caldwell said. “We are really going to get the city looking like it should.”
Participants are encouraged to look for projects in their neighborhoods and can contact city staff to coordinate possible support, like providing large trash bins, mulch and other equipment.
In conjunction with the event, a food drive will be held from now until May 10.
Nonperishable food items will be accepted at the city’s Public Works, Municipal and Public Safety buildings.
For additional information concerning this event and opportunities to become involved, email Stacey Olsen, Public Ways and Parks Department at email@example.com or call her at 801-629-8284.