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Volunteers tackle Reserve Street shopping cart issue

Posted at 4:57 PM, Feb 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-16 20:23:14-05

MISSOULA — Driving along Reserve Street you’ve probably noticed the buildup of shopping carts that typically line the sidewalks.

After Sunday's event, those carts will be returned to their stores, thanks to a small group of community volunteers.

"We’ve got a handful of people here today. We’re hoping to build momentum and awareness and start doing some broader efforts in the corridor to keep it beautiful, to keep it Missoula," said community volunteer Kevin Davis.

The Metropolitan Planning Organization has started planning for an improved Reserve Street and in the meantime, some locals are making improvements of their own.

Organizers of Sunday’s event noticed the steady stream of complaints surrounding the busy road and say Missoula could use some solution focused efforts.

On Sunday, that meant spending an hour collecting the abandoned shopping carts on and around Reserve Street.

Volunteer Ron Barker says today was just the beginning of more efforts to fix up Reserve. He encourages everyone in the community to lend a hand.

"Probably the easiest way is Let’s Improve Reserve Street on Facebook. I know Kevin and I -- we post a lot about ideas to just improve the Reserve Street corridor, make it safe, more functioning," said Barker.

You can stay updated on upcoming events like Sunday’s through the Reserve Street Facebook page.