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More than 200 LDS church volunteers helped spruce up Woodburn's Centennial Park Sept. 10.

COURTESY PHOTO: LDS KEIZER STAKE - Getting to work: Hundreds of LDS church members from several communities showed up at Woodburn's Centennial Park Sept. 10 for a day of service.Hundreds of hats on the ball saw to the sprucing up of Woodburn's Centennial Park this month.COURTESY PHOTO: LDS KEIZER STAKE - Getting down to it: LDS church members teamed with city of Woodburn resources to spruce up Centennial Park on Sept. 10.

On what was a smoky, cooler-than-forecasted Saturday morning, Sept. 10, 225 members from 9 different congregations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gathered for a work party at Woodburn's Centennial Park.

Dan Kohler, the public affairs director for the Keizer LDS stake, said the work party included church members from Aurora, Silverton, Woodburn, Keizer and Salem, all on hand to join in the annual "Stake Day of Service," which is an observance of the federally recognized Sept. 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance and to contribute to local communities. The Keizer stake includes members from Woodburn and Silverton.

City of Woodburn Community Services Director Jesse Cuomo coordinated the effort, providing a truck load of woodchips, 4 power washers, some wheelbarrows and rakes. That equipped the group will the fixings to wash the area around the quad's ball fields and spread the woodchips over a walking path, around the dog park and amid two play areas near the splash pad. COURTESY PHOTO: LDS KEIZER STAKE - Wheeling it well: The Sept. 10 'Stake Day of Service' brought LDS members of all ages to Centennial Park in Woodburn.

"After the work we enjoyed pulled pork sandwiches, watermelon and the fixins by Kim and Ron Dennis," Kohler said, adding quick shout out to Sunbelt Rentals and Ryan Hubbard for providing a track hoe and the tractor by Alan Hammond for the efforts.

"We have been doing a service project for local communities for many years and have made it an annual event on the Saturday closest to 9/11," Kohler added. "In recent years we have done projects in Silverton, Keizer and up the canyon in fire ravaged North Santiam State Recreation Area, and this same park in Woodburn 4 years ago."

Participants find the efforts not only rewarding, but perhaps even enjoyable.

"It is our pleasure to have some fun serving our neighbors and participate in the National Day of Service," said Nathan Hurst, first councilor in the Keizer stake presidency.

COURTESY PHOTO: LDS KEIZER STAKE - A legion Stake Day of Service volunteers turned out in Woodburn Sept. 10

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