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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Lake Wonderwood sits in the middle of Naval Station Mayport and oasis for many naval families. Captain Wes McCall is the new commanding officer at the base and appreciates the lake.

"I didn't know it existed until I showed up here a couple of months ago," McCall said. "I think it is a wonderful project."

The project, Make A Difference Day, has Chief Petty Officer Jonathan Will excited. Will is married with three kids and said the lake means a lot to his family.

"I take my family there, we fish there," said Will. "I have a little canoe and it is always a little difficult getting access to it."

Will believes the Make A Difference Day project will make a difference for him, his family and Lake Wonderwood. "I would love to see a little bit more picnic tables stuff like that," he said. "I think it will improve the family environment."

So for four hours hundreds of volunteers will gather near the Lake to begin the first in a complete transformation of the lake.

"We'll be pulling bushes, trimming limbs, mulching the playground," said Lonnie Kennedy.
Kennedy is Mayport's Morale, Welfare and Recreation director.

If the lake is healthy, if the lake is easily accessible, it will clearly improve the morale, welfare and recreation of everyone around it, who may use it.

The cleanup will be four hours of intense preparation for the long-term goal of Lake Wonderwood.

"The vision in the end, the overall project is to build a one mile walking track around the lake," said Kennedy.

It starts early Saturday October 26 at 8 a.m.

For Jacksonville, it is Mayport. But all across the country where Gannett properties are found, there will be a Make A Difference Day in those communities too.

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