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The City of Bowling Green Parks & Recreation Landscape Division is responsible for the planning, installation, and maintenance of all of the City’s landscaping and green spaces in a variety of locations around Bowling Green. The Landscape Division maintains trees, shrubs, turf, and annual and perennial plants in all of the City parks, golf courses, cemeteries and several City facilities such as City Hall and the Bowling Green Police Department.

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Aside from the typical responsibilities associated with the Department’s role in making Bowling Green a beautiful place to live and visit, the Landscape Division also provides a variety of other unique services for the residents of Bowling Green.

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One such service is the annual lighting ceremony held in Fountain Square Park, known as “Downtown Lights Up”! This lighting ceremony, sponsored by local business’s, is typically held on the first Friday of December and signals the beginning of the holiday season. This year the lighting ceremony will be held on Friday, December 5th and followed on Saturday the 6th by an outdoor Christmas Market at Fountain Square where several vendors will be gathered displaying holiday gifts and merchandise for sale.

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Several months of planning and preparation goes in to providing this beautiful display of holiday lights at Fountain Square Park.

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Starting in September the Landscape Division staff members begin taking all of the holiday lights and decorations including banners, pole mount and ground mount light displays out of storage.  Then the laborious task of checking each strand of lights and each fixture for broken lights that must be replaced begins. It typically takes up to a month for Landscape staff working around their everyday landscape maintenance duties to complete the job of preparing all of the lights to be installed.

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Beginning in November, once all of the repairs have been completed and all of the decorations are organized, installation begins at Fountain Square. Staff members work throughout the month of November lighting the trees, lamp posts, fountain and arches in the park. Banners, ground mount and pole mount displays are installed in the park and other areas throughout downtown Bowling Green. Several thousand lights are used each year to provide an incredible holiday light show which is left on display through the remainder of the holiday season until right after New Years Day.

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Once the holidays are over the Landscape Division staff members go back to work removing all of the lights and displays. It will take several weeks for the lights to be removed, organized, and returned to storage to be ready for next years “Downtown Lights Up” ceremony.

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The City of Bowling Green Parks & Recreation Landscape Division employees take great pride in their role of providing beautiful parks and green spaces and also put great effort and time into some very unique and popular programs for all of Bowling Green to enjoy.

Holiday Fire Safety Tips

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The cold weather and the holidays bring warm fires, good food, friends, family and great decorations. Unfortunately, the holidays can also bring a higher risk for fires.

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While you are celebrating this year, take time to make sure that you follow the guidelines below provided by the Bowling Green Fire Department:

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Only burn well-seasoned dry wood in your fireplace and never burn paper in a fireplace.
Never leave burning candles unattended or place them near anything combustible.
Always use power strips so that you don’t overload electrical outlets.
Inspect and replace lights and extension cords with exposed wires or damage.
Never run electrical cords through doorways or under rugs.
Unplug all of your lights before leaving your home or going to bed.
Never decorate metal trees with electric lights.
Keep Christmas trees away from all heat sources and exits.
Keep fresh cut Christmas trees sufficiently watered so the needles don’t dry out and shed.
Never leave your holiday cooking unattended.

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For additional fire safety tips on candles, cooking, fire place, or turkey frying, visit www.bgky.org/fire/safety. Please remember to be safe and have fun this holiday season!!!!!!

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But seriously, if you’re going to fry a turkey – make sure you follow ALL safety guidelines. The Bowling Green Fire Department has been tweeting for weeks on what to do and what NOT to do. Follow us on Twitter or email kim.lancaster@bgky.org for tips!

 

The deadline for the 2014 Coats for Kids campaign is December 1st. Watch this week’s Update BG for more information about this important program. Only with your help can we make an important difference in a child’s life this winter season.

The City of Bowling Green will be holding an online auction at www.govdeals.com beginning November 17, 2014 and closing on November 24, 2014.

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As always, there will be a wide variety of interesting and useful auction items including bicycles, office equipment, office furniture, vehicles, jewelry, cameras, DiVinci 22” wheels, exercise equipment, golf clubs and more.

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A complete list and description of all items along with photographs will be available at govdeals.com starting on the 17th. Multiple photos are currently posted on the City of Bowling Green Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/citybgky. Instructions on the auction process are also available on the govdeals website.

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The general public is encouraged to participate.

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To access Bowling Green’s auction, simply search for Bowling Green, KY and items will be listed with pictures. Again, items will not be available to view on govdeals until November 17th.

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If you are someone who often wonders where your tax dollars are going or what your local government has done lately then the 2014/2015 Annual Report and Calendar is something that you should keep an eye out for. If you are also someone who wants to have a yearly calendar but doesn’t want to go to the mall or a bookstore to buy one, then our calendar is REALLY for you!

Each year around November, the City releases a 12-month calendar that features pictures of Bowling Green with a theme.  This year will highlight community events that take place in our great City.  Along with beautiful photography comes information on our budget, past projects, future ideas and general information of what government has done for you over the past year.

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Approximately 4,500 copies of this calendar are produced each year and they can be picked up at a variety of local businesses including Cambridge Market, Sam 100.7, Warren County Library, Destiny Barber Shop, Tea Bayou, US Bank, and of course, City Hall and all other public city buildings. We will also have plenty of copies available at our Christmas Open House this year which will take place on Friday, December 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. at 1001 College Street.

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Want to make sure that you don’t miss out on a calendar this year?  Feel free to “pre-order” your copy by contacting us through Facebook or this blog to provide your contact information. We will take down your name and/or address and make sure that you receive your copy when they are hot off the presses.

Enjoy this sneak-peek at some of the pictures we will feature this year! We’re always open to future ideas and themes so feel free to contact us with feedback and ideas or to contribute photos!

 

Have you ever desired your very own set of aluminum bleachers for your backyard? While the kids play flag football, baseball, or soccer do you wish you had a convenient place to sit and watch? Does your business have a perfect location for aluminum stadium seating?

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If you answered yes to any of these questions then be sure to check out the City of Bowling Green online auction at www.govdeals.com  where we will be selling 18 sets of bleachers.  These bleachers have been used at a variety of our Parks and Recreation locations.

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Please note that the bleachers are non-compliant with current safety standards and will be sold intact and must be taken apart and removed by the buyer. Most of the bleachers are in fair to good condition.

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As always, the general public is encouraged to participate in this auction. The auction will begin on November 10th and will close on November 17th.

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For more information on our bleachers or any other auctions that we offer, please contact Marilyn Parrigin at 270-393-3679.   DSC02938

Veteran’s Day Parade

November 8th will mark the 2014 Veteran’s Day Parade in downtown Bowling Green hosted by the Bowling Green-Warren County Military Liaison Board. The parade is expected to feature more than 300 units honoring our past, present and future troops and their families. Veterans Day is a Federal holiday that recognizes those who have served in our armed forces and who have fought for our freedoms.

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The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at 6th Street and College Street near Circus Square Park and will wind its way through the streets of downtown Bowling Green by traveling up College Street towards WKU, then turning left onto 10th Avenue and then left on to State Street. The parade will end at 6th Street and State Street near Circus Square Park.

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Parade entries will include “Vets in Vettes,” the Bowling Green-Warren County All-Star Band featuring members from all local high schools, WKU’s Big Red, Floats, Broadway the Clown, Sparky the Fire Dog and so much more.

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Immediately following the parade there will be a flag-raising ceremony at the Warren County Courthouse Veterans Memorial Courtyard at 429 E. 10th Avenue with remarks from Judge Executive Mike Buchanon and Mayor Bruce Wilkerson.

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The Veterans Parade student essay winner will also be announced at the flag raising ceremony and will be awarded $100 from the American Legion and VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary. Student essays were solicited from 4th and 5th grade classes in Bowling Green and Warren County and the topic was “Why do Americans have the Freedom They Enjoy.”

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All events are entirely free and open to the public. For more information about the parade or other November 8th events, contact parade coordinator Bobbi Jo Sexton at (270) 393-3641 or email: bobbijo.sexton@bgky.org.

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Happy Halloween!

On Friday, October 31, 2014, the ghosts and the goblins will come out in the City of Bowling Green for candy, costumes and parties. Whether you have kids who are excited about going out to their neighbor’s house for candy or you are planning on passing out treats to others, remember that the official day of trick-or-treating for the City will be on Friday, the 31st between the hours of 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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Even if you forget to buy candy and your goal is to turn off all of your lights and lay low during the trick-or-treating process, being aware of the official day and times will help you succeed in your hiding game.

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The ultimate goal on this spooky and candy-filled holiday is safety and fun! Help make sure that your child is in a safe costume with good vision, that jack-o-lanterns or other decorations with candles in them are far enough away from trick-or-treaters that they do not pose a fire threat, and make sure that any prop your child carries is smooth and flexible to avoid injury. Above all, teach your little ones basic safety for this Halloween and everyday including not talking to strangers, looking both ways before crossing the street and never getting in a car with someone they don’t know.

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On top of the safety tips, always remember that making a nice Halloween dinner before trick-or-treating will help curb the sugar and candy appetite later in the evening and will give you more of a chance to look over their haul.

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And finally, don’t forget to sneak a few of your favorite treats out of your kid’s pumpkin when they aren’t looking – you’re doing them a favor as ALL of that candy wouldn’t really be good for them.

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Happy Halloween!

You could not write the history of basketball without discussing Kentucky’s passion for and contributions to the sport. There is no debating, Kentucky is a basketball state. Bowling Green, Kentucky is an integral part of Kentucky’s basketball legacy. Bowling Green has a very long history as a basketball town, producing college and professional talent. Area High School programs are among the best in the state as well.  The youth and adult basketball programs of Bowling Green Parks and Recreation is at the heart of this basketball legacy.

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The level of passion and enthusiasm Kentuckians exhibit for basketball would not exist without quality youth programs that not only teach the game but create a lifelong love and passion for the sport. Since 1989 Southern Kentucky Youth Basketball League (SKY) has worked in conjunction with Bowling Green Parks and Recreation to administer one of the finest youth basketball leagues anywhere. While SKY Basketball has produced young men and women that have played at the highest levels, more importantly it has taught valuable life skills and fostered a pride in our community through the game of basketball. The success of SKY Basketball can be measured not only by the number of high school and college basketball players it produces but by the number of board members and coaches who have served since the leagues inception as well as former players who come back to coach.

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SKY Basketball is a winter recreational league for Boys and Girls aged 6-18 in Bowling Green, Warren County and the surrounding area. All league games are played at Kummer-Little and Carr Gym. SKY Basketball’s mission is to provide ALL kids, regardless of talent level, the opportunity to play the game of basketball in a safe and competitive environment, while focusing on good sportsmanship & teamwork. SKY basketball regularly has 60+ teams with over 600 participants.

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In addition to youth basketball, Bowling Green Parks and Recreation sponsors a winter and Spring Adult Basketball League. Our adult leagues typically play Monday-Friday, attracting 50-60 teams and over 600 participants. By sponsoring adult basketball leagues in Men’s 1, 2, 3, Women’s, Church 1, 2 and Industrial 1, 2, BGPR provides a league for all levels of basketball abilities. Many of our current adult league participants are graduates of our SKY program, with many still participating in SKY as a coach or referee.

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Kentucky is a basketball crazy state and Bowling Green is a vital part of that legacy. Bowling Green Parks and Recreation provides quality programs for youth and adult basketball that create a positive atmosphere that promotes the game of basketball for enthusiasts of all ages.

Are you looking for a fun fall activity for your kids? The City of Bowling Green is offering a fall Dodge Ball League for youth ages 6 to 12 and a Basketball League for ages 6 to 16.

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If your child wants to learn the five D’s of dodge ball (dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge!) then sign them up for the 2014 Youth League. Registration is the entire month of October and the season will start on November 13th. Games take place on Thursday’s at 5:30 p.m. at the Sid Carr Gymnasium at the 225 East Third Avenue. The cost is $20 per player.

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If dodge ball isn’t the sport for your child, check out the 2014-2015 fall Youth Basketball League. This league offers play for a wide range of players and registration is $55 for ages 6 and 7 years and $65 for ages 8 to 16 years.

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Registration will take place at Bowling Green Parks and Recreation at 225 East Third Avenue on October 15 and 16 from 3:30 to 6 p.m. and on October 18th from 10 a.m. until noon. If you are not able to register your child in person, you may do so online at http://www.eteamz.com/skybl/.

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If you would like more information about the above leagues or any other programs offered by the City of Bowling Green, please feel free to call 270-393-3642.

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