FOREST CITY | Around 70 people participated in a volunteer work date Sept. 30 at Pilot Knob State Park. 

The volunteers helped repair trails, move firewood and other tasks.

Pilot Knob Ranger Michael Strauser from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources said this is the first time in a number of years they've had a volunteer work day.

"This is obviously a huge deal for us to have this much community support," he said. "Many hands make short work."

Strauser said it would take him and his small seasonal staff a week to do the work the volunteers were able to complete in an hour.

Most of the volunteers were associated with Waldorf University's athletic teams.

Edgar Gonzaga, men's soccer coach at Waldorf, brought 30 players with him to Pilot Knob.

"I think it's important to help them out," he said, noting it's "always good to get our hands dirty a little bit" to assist the community. 

"We want to pay back to Forest City because they do great things for us at Waldorf," said Waldorf baseball player Jordan Jewell from Arizona.

He said Forest City is the best town he's ever lived in.

"I love it here," Jewell said.