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