The scorching weather hasn't evaporated the spirit of voluntarism that's flooding West Valley City.

Hundreds of local residents sweated through 100-degree-plus temperatures last weekend to clean up city streets, parks and neighborhoods as part of a community-wide improvement effort.Armed with rakes, shovels and paint brushes, they tackled an assortment of projects ranging from cleaning up Granger Park to landscaping the "Welcome To West Valley City" sign on 3900 South just east of 1200 West.

Trash, weeds and other unsightly messes were all fair game for the community cleaning crews, who participated in the state's "Take Pride in Utah Day."

Ted Nguyen, the city's community and government relations director, estimated about 3,000 to 4,000 people turned out for the various cleanup projects, which were also supported by a number of local church groups and businesses.

"We feel volunteers are the city's backbone," he added. "We wouldn't be what we are without their contribution to our community."