Front page of the Sunday paper. Brad Coman (Photographer). (2017 April 23). Mob Scene [Photograph]. Carson City, NV. Nevada Appeal.
Earth Day 2017 was a day filled with all types of activities allowing people to show their appreciation for the planet they call home. There were marches to attend, speakers to listen to, classes on gardening, and trail work to be done. One such Earth Day activity was the Muscle Powered Trash Mob which took place early in the day from 8-9 am Saturday morning.
In keeping with the Earth Day theme, the equipment for the Trash Mob was transported to the site via bicycle.
In a tremendous show of force, a record 39 volunteers attended the one-hour cleanup which took place adjacent to the Freeway Multi-Use Path on the north side of Carson City. Representatives from the Carson High School Mountain Bike Team (Senators Cycling) were there along with several other volunteers, many of whom have been engaged with Muscle Powered through the regular hiking and walking programs that Muscle Powered leads in the community. By the time it was all over, approximately 400 lbs of garbage was removed from the area. The Carson City Parks, Recreation, and Open Space department assisted with the effort by taking the bagged garbage to the local dump, while local photographer, Brad Coman, took pictures at the event that hit the front page of the Nevada Appeal. All of these helping hands prove that Trash Mobs are truly a community effort.
Volunteers remove trash that had blown up against the fence line bordering the bike path.
Trash Mobs are a monthly event that Muscle Powered coordinates. If you’re interested in getting involved, go to Muscle Powered’s web site at http://www.musclepowered.org and send us an email from the Contact Us page. Or follow Muscle Powered on one (or all) of the social media sites that Muscle Powered is on (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram). Please consider becoming a member of Muscle Powered and help make Carson City a better place to live, work, and play.
Saturday, April 22nd is Earth Day, an event that was first observed in 1970 and now encompasses over 190 countries around the globe. Muscle Powered will be doing its part to help make Carson City, and in turn the world, a better place by holding a Trash Mob on Earth Day.
What are Trash Mobs, you ask? Trash Mobs are a grassroots community effort coordinated by Muscle Powered volunteers to keep the walkways and bike paths around Carson City free of littler. The monthly, one-hour events take place at various locations around town that are in need of cleaning. Volunteers, who are supplied with work gloves and trash bags by Muscle Powered staff, remove litter from areas often used by citizens for recreational purposes such as walking, jogging, or cycling.
This Saturday, April 22nd, at 8:00 am volunteers will meet at the Freeway Multi-Use Path located just off of East College Parkway at the I-580 on-ramp. The fence that borders the path is a trash collector during high winds and the Trash Mob will spend the hour removing the litter from this area. Park your vehicles between Dotty’s Casino and US Bank just north of the Walmart parking lot. For a Google Map of the meetup location go to: https://tinyurl.com/l7qc49g. Muscle Powered will supply the trash bags, work gloves and trash “pickers”.
Everyone is encouraged to support Muscle Powered’s Earth Day Trash Mob. Volunteer efforts go towards making Carson City and our planet a better place to walk and bike.
Plan it and they will come. That’s what happened this month as Muscle Powered held the first Trash Mob of 2017. The January and February Trash Mobs fell victim to the snow and rains that caused major flooding in the area and have been wreaking havoc with our local trail systems. But this month the weather cooperated and volunteers who have been suffering from cabin fever made it a point to get out and help clean up the multi-use paved path along Hwy 50 on the east side of town.
Twenty-four volunteers showed up to assist with the cleanup. It was a pleasant surprise to see that many people sacrificing time out of their weekend to volunteer to clean up trash. When it was all said and done, approximately 200 lbs. of garbage had been removed from a one mile stretch of the paved path that runs along the north side of Hwy 50 East. Our partners at Parks, Recreation, and Open Space were key to the Trash Mob’s success. They supplied the safety vests that everyone wore, and removed the trash for us after it had been bagged and staged.
If you’d like to get involved with the Trash Mobs, the next one will be held along the Freeway Multi-Use path near Home Depot, off College Parkway. Normally the Trash Mobs are held on the third Saturday of the month, but due to the Easter weekend, we’ll be moving the Trash Mob to Saturday, April 22nd which is Earth Day. (Doesn’t that work out well?) We’ll meetup in the parking lot between Dotty’s Casino and U.S. Bank and remove trash along the fence line of the paved path. Meetup time will be at 9:00 am again. Keep an eye out on Muscle Powered’s social media sites as well as the normal media outlets.
Thanks again to all the volunteers who participated in the cleanup, our partners at Parks, Recreation, and Open Space, and to CarsonNow.org and the Nevada Appeal for promoting the event for us.
Trash Mobs are a grassroots community effort coordinated by Muscle Powered volunteers to keep the walkways and bike paths around Carson City free of littler. The one-hour events take place on the third Saturday of each month at various locations around town. Volunteers, who are supplied with work gloves and trash bags by Muscle Powered staff, remove litter from areas often used by citizens for recreational purposes such as walking, jogging, or cycling.
This Saturday, March 18th, at 9:00 am volunteers will meet at north-west corner of the intersection at Hwy 50 East and Arrowhead Dr. From there, the group will work their way west along the paved path that parallels the north side of Hwy 50. Muscle Powered will supply the trash bags, work gloves and trash “pickers”. The city is also providing safety vests due to the proximity to the highway.
Everyone is encouraged to support Muscle Powered’s first Trash Mob of 2017. Volunteer efforts go towards making Carson City a better place to walk and bike.
Who: Everyone is invited
What: Trash Mob
When: Saturday, March 18th from 9:00 – 10:00 am
Where: North-West corner of Hwy 50 East and Arrowhead Dr
Why: To make Carson City a better place to walk/bike
The daily operations of non-profit organizations often depend on the generosity of others, and no one realizes that more than the former Treasurer of Muscle Powered, Marcus Marchegger. In January of this year, the current President of Muscle Powered, Kelly Clark, received an email from Marcus stating his intention to make a donation to the organization. Marcus is the owner of Capitol Automotive, a former member of the Board of Directors of Muscle Powered, and himself an avid cyclist. Up until the point when Kelly Clark received the email from Marcus, Muscle Powered had designated names for the various levels of donation amounts that had come in from local donors. But when Marcus revealed his intention to donate $3,000 to Muscle Powered by making monthly donations of $250 each over the entire calendar year of 2017, Muscle Powered had to scramble to come up with a new name for this level of philanthropy. Capitol Automotive is now considered a “Benefactor” by Muscle Powered.
On Wednesday, March 8th, several members of the Board of Directors of Muscle Powered gathered at Capitol Automotive to present Marcus Marchegger with a commemorative plaque in appreciation for his generous contribution. Additionally, a few of the board members kicked in to buy pizza and sodas for the crew working at his shop. It’s a small token of appreciation in comparison with the generosity that Marcus has shown Muscle Powered, but the board felt that a certificate and a thank you note were just not enough to show their gratefulness for what Capitol Automotive has done for the promotion of cycling and pedestrian interests in the community.
Thank you to Marcus Marchegger and Capitol Automotive.
You are invited to participate in the second public meeting to discuss the future Complete Streets Project along the South Carson Street corridor, between Fifth Street and Roland Street, to identify transportation priorities. The meeting will include a brief presentation on conceptual design alternatives for the roadway and opportunities to provide input on the future Complete Streets Project.
Please attend the Public Meeting on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Sierra Room at 851 East William Street, Carson City. The meeting will end at 7:30 p.m.
The Carson Area MPO is conducting a Complete Streets Corridor Study to identify priorities for this important commercial corridor and to develop a conceptual design for a planned project.
Your input would be greatly appreciated!
If you are unable to attend, please submit comments to:
Carson Area MPO
3505 Butti Way, Carson City, NV 89701 or
Please call (775) 887-2355 for additional information
Riverview Park has sustained heavy flooding damage. Due to these conditions, Parks & Rec has made the decision to close the trails at Riverview Park. Thus, the Muscle Powered Easy Hike Program for Thursday, February 9th has been cancelled. Muscle Powered is considering alternative routes for walks. These new walks will be announced on the web site, and Facebook as soon as they are available.