By Ashley Holland
Here at Localworks, we love Wheat Ridge and its great local businesses, amazing residents, beautiful parks and hardworking civil servants. We love its rich history and its bright future. This year is a big year in Wheat Ridge because it marks the 50th anniversary of its incorporation. Although the roots of this city go much deeper than 1969, that is the year we officially became a city, and that’s something to celebrate!
There are many ways that you can join in the fun as we celebrate Wheat Ridge’s 50th anniversary. One way is to purchase the Passport to Wheat Ridge. This passport includes discount offers and coupons from businesses across the city, along with information about signature special events that build relationships within our community. The proceeds from the 2019 Passport to Wheat Ridge will fund the restoration of the Wheat Ridge Police Department (WRPD)’s first patrol car, Unit 1, and will support other programs hosted by WRPD such as Operation Blue Santa, National Night Out and the Child Safety Fair. Unit 1 will be making appearances at events throughout 2019 once the restoration is complete.
You can also participate by collecting the Wheat Ridge Police Department Conversation Coins. This new program is designed to encourage residents and other community members to build relationships with officers, detectives, staff and volunteers by having a “conversation.” WRPD has specially designed five different collectible wooden Conversation Coins as part of the 50th Anniversary. One side of the wooden Conversation Coins depicts the 2019 Anniversary Badge being worn by some officers to commemorate the city’s 50th Anniversary. The other side includes a design representing a team or division within the WRPD.
Community members can receive a coin from uniformed officers, detectives, staff, volunteers and members of the Community Services Team by being “caught in the act” of performing a good deed or exhibiting good safety practices. Some of the activities that qualify include: walking a dog on leash, shoveling snow for a neighbor, bringing yard waste or trash to a TLC Neighborhoods Clean Up Day, having a child properly restrained in a car seat or wearing a bike helmet. Coins can also be redeemed by interacting with sworn officers at events hosted by WRPD.
Finally, Localworks will also be incorporating the 50th anniversary into our events and programs this year. For instance, Unit 1 will make an appearance at many of our events, and we’ll also have special photo stations dedicated to the 50th. If you purchase a Passport to Wheat Ridge, you can also get an event stamp at many of our events throughout the year. Please join us as we celebrate Wheat Ridge, all it has accomplished in the last 50 years and all the possibilities for the future.
Ashley Holland is the Marketing and Events Coordinator at Localworks.