ROY -- Hundreds of Roy youths spent Saturday morning sprucing up the city.
They planted trees, pulled weeds and cleaned up garbage along the new trail site on the old rail lines, as well as at the city offices and Roy West Park.
The annual event is in its 10th year, and the city and the youths couldn't be happier with the partnership.
City Manager Chris Davis said the city works with area churches and youth leaders to put together the service projects. The city provides a continental breakfast before the work starts, and when the work is done the young people spend the afternoon at the city's aquatic center.
Morgan Cooper, 15, has been coming to the event for several years, and said she enjoys the service more than the swimming.
"I like looking back at what we've done and accomplished," she said as she sat wrapped in a towel, ready to swim.
Morgan looks forward to using the trail and looking around to see what she and her friends did to make it look better. She was proud of the "dirt line" on her leg to show off her hard work for the morning.
Every ward in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stake within the city participated, along with any other area youths who were interested.
Davis said everyone got the word out, and the second Saturday in September has become well-known as the big day of service every year.
This year, the kids worked at each trail entrance -- at 6000 South, 5600 South, 5200 South and 4000 South -- to make sure all the weeds were pulled and everything was looking good and inviting at the trail entrances.
The city has worked with state officials to refurbish the trail, and part of the agreement is that the city will maintain the trail. So having the kids volunteer to make it look good is a big help to the city, Davis said.
An added bonus is the feeling of pride the city hopes the young people will take away with them.
"It gives them a sense of ownership and pride," Davis said. "They want it to look good, so they are very meticulous."
Marcy Daines agrees. The 13-year-old said she loves doing the service and cleaning up her city.
"People drive by and see it and know we came and did that," she said.