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Make a Difference Day

// Volunteers spend a day making their city more beautiful

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On Oct. 24, the city of University Place participated in the annual Make a Difference Day. On this day people across the nation unite in their own communities to improve where they live and to enjoy time with their neighbors. In U.P., 12 volunteers came out to not only clean up Paradise Pond Park, but also to establish a deeper connection to the area.

“Part of the whole volunteer part is the community feels in touch with the parks; they have some ownership,” said Parks and Recreation Manager Todd Smith. “With these volunteer opportunities, when volunteers show up it makes an impact. It helps for them to feel connected, and the more your community members feel connected the more you have a sense of community.”

Volunteers “Make a Difference” at Local Park

Thank you to all of our volunteers and U.P. Parks staff for coming out on Saturday, Oct. 24, for the City’s annual Make a Difference Day!

USA Today’s Make a Difference Day is the largest day of community service nation wide. It provides an opportunity for individuals to come together with a common mission – to make a difference in their commun­­ity and improve the lives of others.

This year, the helping hands of our volunteers spent the morning spreading wood chips along the trail at Paradise Pond Park, one of the newest parks in University Place.

Take a moment to stop by Paradise Pond, located at 3124 67th Avenue West, to see all of the hard work that has been accomplished at this amazing 9.5 acre park!

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