Eagle-, antelope- and windmill-shaped bike racks in downtown Wellington funded by Blue Federal Credit Union

Old Colorado Brewery’s parking lot overflowed on Jan. 12, a cold night when the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce held a Chamber After Hours event.

Highlight of the evening was the presentation of a check for $10,000 to Wellington’s Main Streets Program to mark the completion of a Do Gooder campaign conducted by Blue Federal Credit Union. The campaign reached its goal of 300 new members from Wellington and Fort Collins making possible gifts of $10,000 to Wellington and $20,000 to Fort Collins.

Wellington will use the money to design, build and install bike racks in downtown Wellington. “We wanted the racks to represent the area,” Main Streets executive director Dave Michaelson explained. “They are all different colors and designs and include an eagle, antelope, windmill, the foothills, and perhaps a buffalo.”

Eventually 10 racks will be located along Cleveland Ave. and in adjacent areas close to the main street of town. The racks are being created locally in Allen Winick’s metal cutting shop and will be in place by June.

Participants enjoyed a free beer courtesy of the credit union, food and drawings for Chamber bucks at the vibrant event. Additional business included introduction of Heather Zadina, new Chamber chair by outgoing chair Wendell Nelson. Zadina is a local attorney and co-owner of Tabby Road Animal Hospital.

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