Like a lot of people, the city of Fort Lupton is getting ready for warmer weather so it can host its 11 events this spring and summer.
The first one is the Easter egg hunt Saturday, April 8, outside the recreation center at 203 S. Harrison Ave. While that specific event may not get the out-of-area promotions as others (Field of Honor in late April, Fourth of July, Trapper Days in September will), special events coordinator Christy Romano said the overall goal of any city event is community engagement.
“We want to build in fundraisers within these events, especially Trapper Days and Independence Day, Romano said at the council’s March 14 town hall. “We want to focus on some of the nonprofits that are willing to come forward and talk about how they serve our community.”
Part of her effort also includes some swag for those who attend, such as a grab bag.
“We want to reward the sponsors who come forward, either in-kind or monetarily,” Romano said. “We want everyone to understand that we are going to treat them the same.”
The city signed partnership deals with a half-dozen businesses, including Bank of Colorado, the Fort Lupton campus of Aims Community College and United Power.
“We want to make sure we’re offering opportunities for smaller businesses at lower levels,” Romano told the council.
Field of honor update
Romano said event organizers are partnering with area schools for a youth day Friday, April 28 ) at the Field of Honor program. The event continues at Pearson Park, U.S. Highway 85 and State Highway 52, through Saturday, April 29.
Organizers want to bus area students to the park to visit with veterans and first responders.
“These kids can talk to them about what they do, what they did,” Romano told councilors. “When they talk to the veterans and first responders, they get an understanding of what they did.”
The ceremonial flyover and military speeches are set for 1 p.m. on April 29.
Early request for police equipment
The Fort Lupton Police Department needs new, onboard vehicle cameras for its fleet of 15 cars.
Part of the new equipment includes a better way to track down stolen cars and a more efficient system to load information to a web-based evidence collection point.
“It’s a year lead time for us to get things ordered,” Police Chief John Fryar told councilors. “It’s going to be an upgrade to what we’ve been doing.”