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.
Many people in Carson City have had an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful pedestrian and cycling friendly downtown corridor since it officially opened on October 28th. With its wide sidewalks and bike lanes, downtown Carson City is something we all can be very proud of. Let’s show everyone that we love our new downtown corridor by doing our part and keeping it clean.
This Saturday, November 19th at 9 AM meet up at McFadden Plaza where Muscle Powered will pass out work gloves, and we’ll take a little stroll along the sidewalks of the newly completed Carson Street. Traveling north to East Williams St, we’ll remove trash and place it in the many trash cans along the sidewalk as we go (no need to carry trash bags).
Carson City is a great place to live, work, and play. If everyone gets involved, it can be even better. Meet us at McFadden Plaza at 9 AM and lend a hand to keep Carson City beautiful.
Trash Mobs meet on the third Saturday of the month at various locations around town, where awesome volunteers like you spend one hour out of their weekend to help keep Carson City beautiful. Check out our membership page and consider becoming a member.