Adopt-a-Bike program part of beautification efforts

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By Jennifer Green
Special to The SUN
Back by popular demand, Mayor Don Volger is spearheading the annual initiative to place flowers throughout town.
Area businesses can get involved through the Adopt-a-Bike program. Thirty metal bicycle-shaped planters will be available through a lottery at no cost to interested businesses and nonprofit organizations.
Those selected will be asked to plant and maintain flower arrangements in the baskets throughout the year, changing decorations by season or holiday. Signs with the business/organization name will be attached to each display. Participants will be competing for Beautification Awards.
“The purpose of this program is to generate enthusiasm throughout the community as well as enhance the appearance throughout town,” Volger explained.
In addition, an interactive scavenger hunt to locate the bikes will be launched in early June. Locals and visitors will search for each bike display for the chance to win various prizes from area businesses. Completed scavenger hunts will be returned to the visitor center for a spin of the prize wheel.
Enter the adopt a bike lottery by May 4 online at http://bit.ly/2018bikeplantersignup, by stopping by the visitor center or calling 585-1200.
To kick off the 2018 campaign, volunteers will be organized for various cleanup and planting efforts on May 12, with a free barbecue at the Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership Site at Centennial Park beginning at noon. Winners of the bike planter lottery will also be announced during the event. Everyone is encouraged to get involved on May 12 to be part of this annual community initiative to beautify Pagosa Springs.