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Special Populations

The City of Bowling Green Special Populations Division offers a variety of programs for youth and adults who face mental and/or physical challenges. One of the main programs offered is the Area 5 Special Olympics.

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Area 5 Special Olympics is a twenty-county region surrounding Bowling Green and is dedicated to providing the following quality events: Area 5 Bowling Tournament, Special Olympics Kentucky Regional Softball Tournament, Special Olympics Kentucky Regional Basketball Tournament, Area 5 Power lifting Tournament, and Area 5 Spring Games.

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Now through September, Softball Registration is open to all Special Olympics Athletes. Practices will provide training for upcoming games and ages 8 and up are welcome to participate. There is a $30 registration fee per season and games and practices take place at Lampkin Park.

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Beginning August 24th, Special Olympics bowling will begin, and all athletes are invited to dust off their ball and pack their shoes! Practices will take place every Wednesday from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. and the cost is $3 for two games. Practices are located at Southern Lanes on Scottsville Road.

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The Special Populations program is always in need of volunteers.  Volunteer opportunities exist through many programs and special events. If you or your group would like to make a difference in our community, please contact Special Populations.  All volunteer applications are now online at www.bgky.org/hr/jobs.

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In addition, the Speciation Populations program also offers many activities for senior citizens. If you are interested in more information or volunteering, please contact the City of Bowling Green at 270-393-3480.

Online Auction

The City of Bowling Green will hold an online auction at www.govdeals.com beginning August 1, 2016 and closing on August 8, 2016.

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Auction items include vehicles, dump truck, zero turn lawnmowers, computers and computer equipment, tires, office supplies, bikes and more.

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A complete list and description of all items along with photographs are available at govdeals.com starting on the 1st.  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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Currently, featured items can be found at www.bgky.org/government/auction.

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To access Bowling Green’s auction, simply search for Bowling Green, KY and items will be listed with pictures.

City of BG Sidewalks

Sidewalks in the City of Bowling Green provide many benefits for our residents including safety, mobility, and healthier communities. In addition, sidewalks are proven to provide opportunities for walking, access to busses and to increase real estate.

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The Board of Commissioners approves approximately $400,000 to $500,000 annually, allowing construction of approximately 1 mile of new sidewalk each year. All requests for new sidewalks are ranked based on a number of criteria including but not limited the ability to connect to existing sidewalks, project sponsorship, grant of easement, conformance with planned transformation improvements and more.

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The City of Bowling Green New Sidewalk Program, requested locations, and detailed information on how sidewalks are ranked can be found online at www.bgky.org/publicworks/new-sidewalk-program.

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The online table shows locations that have received funding and are currently under construction or in design. Additional information is available on requested locations, and how to request a sidewalk.

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The number of projects chosen in a given year is always dependent upon available funding and all new sidewalk construction is in addition to sidewalk repairs.

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For more information on the City of Bowling Green new sidewalk program please call 270-393-3642.

Brush and Limb Pick-Up

The heat and humidity of summer has brought many storms to the Bowling Green area. It is not unusual for the storms to cause trees to fall and to produce a large amount of debris. If you reside within the City of Bowling Green limits, Scotts Waste Services provides your trash pick-up.

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Often times, residents call the City regarding the disposal of brush and limbs. These calls increase after a storm due to the large amount of brush throughout the City that needs to be picked up.

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If you have brush or limbs that need to be picked up, please remember that it must be cut less than 5 feet in length and 6 inches in diameter. The brush must be placed in a trash receptacle or tied in a small bundles at the curb. Scott Waste can dispose of 3 cubic yards per week per household.  If a large tree has fallen it may take longer than one week for it to be picked up and disposed of.

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Please remember that if you use a professional service to cut down a tree that has partially or totally fallen, that person is then responsible for hauling away the waste and debris as well.

For more information, or if you have a large amount of brush that you need to request pick up for, you can always call Scott Waste at 270-783-4016.

City of BG Tennis Camp

Are you looking for a fun and physical activity for you or your kids this July?? If so, the City of Bowling Green 2016 Summer Tennis Camp is for you. This two-week fun camp is designed to introduce the game of tennis to kids and adults.

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To make scheduling easier, camps are offered during both the morning and evening hours for youth and at multiple dates throughout the summer. Classes take place Monday through Thursday and are offered as follows to age groups 6 to 11 and 12 to 16.

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July 11 – 22:  7:45 to 9:30 a.m. or 5:15 to 7:00 p.m.

July 25 – August 5: 7:45 to 9:30 a.m. or 5:15 to 7:00 p.m.

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All classes take place at Kereiakes Park tennis courts 9 and 10 and the cost is $50 per two-week session. Bring your own racquet or purchase one from Parks and Recreation for $15 and remember to mark any equipment with identifying signs. Balls will be provided. The focus of the camp will be on the basics of tennis play with fast paced interactive games integrated into instruction.

Participants are encouraged to wear loose comfortable clothing conductive to athletic activity, sunblock and/or a hat as there is not shade on the courts. Remember to bring water as hydrating is essential during all physical activities.

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Classes that are rained out throughout the week will be made up on Fridays. If you would like more information about these classes or if you would like to register, call 270-393-3249 or visit http://www.bgky.org/bgpr/athletics/tennis.php.

Every two years, the City of Bowling Green takes the time to participate in the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and National Research Center (NRC) National Citizen Survey (NCS).  This survey is a low-cost citizen survey service for local governments.

Residents living within the City limits of Bowling Green may receive a post card in the mail this July telling them that they have been randomly selected to participate in Bowling Green’s survey. This year, we ask that if you are receive a postcard you fill out the survey online at the address that will be provided to you. Additional information on how to access the survey will be provided if you are selected.

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If you are chosen at random and receive a notice in the  mail, please take a few minutes to fill out the survey and let us know how you feel about our roads, public safety, parks, crime, public services and so much more. The survey is only a few pages long and it gives staff insight to what citizens are or aren’t happy with in the City.

To get a diverse and representative sample of Bowling Green residents, the adult (anyone 18 years or older) in your household who most recently had a birthday should complete this survey. Year of birth of the adult does not matter.

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Participation in this survey is very important since only a small number of households are being surveyed. If you have any questions about the Citizen Survey please call 270.393.3642.

Bowling Green has been utilizing the National Citizen Survey since 2008 and staff uses the results to improve service delivery, develop future projects and assist with budget preparation.   If you would like to see the results from previous surveys, please visit http://www.bgky.org/citizen-surveys.php. We would appreciate any feedback or suggestions for future surveys.

Please help us shape the future of Bowling Green. Thanks for your time and participation – we look forward to hearing from you!

2016 Fireworks

Many things come to mind when thinking about the 4th of July: freedom, summer, BBQ’s, pool parties and of course, fireworks!

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There are those who love fireworks and those who loathe them. To help make sure that everyone has a great 4th of July holiday, the City of Bowling Green has offered some good neighbor courtesies as well as some safety guideline and regulations to keep in mind for the 2015 season.

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Because not everyone is excited about the loud bangs and bright lights, notify your neighbors before using any large fireworks near your home and never put other people or their property at risk.

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Fireworks are NOT permitted on public streets, and any debris left by fireworks should be picked up and disposed of properly. Never point or throw fireworks at another person, and always keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of a fire or other mishap. Consumer fireworks may only be used by individuals at least 18 years of age.

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The city DOES NOT require a permit to discharge fireworks from June 27th through July 5th  from noon until 10 p.m., and on July 4th from noon until 11 p.m. All other dates require a Special Fireworks Discharge Permit from the Bowling Green Fire Department.

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Keep in mind that enforcement of firework guidelines is a complaint driven process. Please call the Bowling Green Police Department non-emergency line at 270-393-4244 to file a complaint regarding fireworks. For more safety guidelines or to obtain a Special Fireworks Discharge Permit, contact the Bowling Green Fire Department at 270-393-3702, or visit their website at www.bgky.org/fire.

Most importantly, have a safe and Happy 4th of July!

 

 

BGPR Adult Softball

Looking to pick back up one of your favorite sports from your childhood?  Check out Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Adult Softball Leagues.  Bowling Green Parks and Recreation offers multiple leagues throughout the spring, summer, and fall months that provide clean and fun games for everyone.

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Our leagues are offered to anyone 16 years and older (minors will have to provide parental consent), whether you are looking to play on a competitive level or just for fun.  Bowling Green Parks and Recreation provides the following leagues for teams to play in: Men’s Industrial, Men’s Open, and Coed.  Don’t have a team of your own?  That’s okay; Bowling Green Parks and Recreation allows for individuals to complete an Individual Placement form.  The Individual Placement forms are then dispersed to teams looking for additional players who will contact you about being placed on their team.

Prices of the leagues vary depending on the season and the number of games that are scheduled for that season.  Spring League is $425 and consists of 12 league games and a seeded double-elimination tournament.  Mid-Summer League is $350 and consists of 8 league games and a seeded double-elimination tournament.  Fall League is $400 and consists of 10 league games and a seeded double-elimination tournament.

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Games are played at Lampkin Park and Hobson Grove and game nights vary depending on the league.  Game times are at 6:00pm, 7:10pm, and 8:20pm.  A mandatory coaches meeting is scheduled prior to the begin date of each season.  During this meeting, our Athletics Division will meet with all of the team managers and discuss the rules and regulations for each league.

Interested in joining our Adult Softball Leagues or wanting to know more information?  Call 270-393-3624 for more information regarding our fun, clean leagues.

The City of Bowling Green, in conjunction with multiple sponsors, will be hosting the Paul Walker Memorial Golf Tournament on June 4th and 5th, 2016 at the Paul Walker Golf Course.

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This tournament is open to the public and limited to the first 100 players. The entry fee is $100 for non-members and $90 for members of Paul Walker and Riverview Golf Courses.  Your fee includes a sleeve of Titleist ProV1 golf balls, riding carts for Saturday and Sunday’s rounds and lunch provided on both days.

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The 36 hole medal play will begin with a shotgun start at 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.  Prizes will include Titleist AP1 irons, a Titleist 915 driver, a Titleist 816 hybrid, and a $75 BGPD Gold Division Gift Certificate.

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The Paul Walker Memorial Golf Tournament is in its 33rd year and sponsors of the tournament include J.B. Distributors; Chandler Real Estate; Coca-Cola; Rafferty’s; Cunningham Golf Car Company; and Dukes Sporting Goods.

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Paul Walker Golf Course is located at 1044 Covington Avenue.  For more information or to secure your place in the tournament, please contact the Paul Walker Golf Course at 270-393-3821.

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Police and Fire Recruits

At its March 1st meeting, the Bowling Green Board of Commissioners approved the hiring of ten new police officers and seven new firefighters.  For the 17 rookies, this culminated a seven-month trek through the City’s extensive recruitment, testing and selection processes.

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Last August, the Human Resources & Risk Management Department began advertising for both police officer and firefighter.  The City typically recruits twice a year for police officer, and about once every 18 months for firefighter.  In order to make sure that the public knows about municipal job opportunities, the City spends over $60,000 a year advertising vacancies, and much of that is spent on public safety hiring.

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This Friday, May 27th at 6:00 p.m. at the Fire Administration Building, the City will have a ceremony for the 2016 Fire Recruit Class which will include a pinning of badges and the oath of office.  Afterwards light refreshments will be served.  Our Police Officer recruits will have a similar ceremony when their academy is completed.

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A total of almost 400 applications were received by the advertised deadlines in September.  Applicants were then tested, evaluated and put through a series of activities that narrowed the candidate pool.  This can include testing, fitness testing, personality assessments, polygraphs, psychological evaluations, background investigations, reference checks, interviews, and the medical physical.   Members of the seven-citizen Workforce Recruitment & Outreach Committee attended and observed the police officer interviews in order to provide the City with feedback about the hiring process.

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In addition to the extensive recruitment, City employment opportunities are posted on the City’s website at www.bgky.org/hr/jobs.  Potential applicants register to receive automatic emails when certain job openings are posted, including police officer, firefighter, and dispatcher. Applications are completed on-line.  The City of Bowling Green is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug-Free Workplace.

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