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Sinkholes

Have you ever heard people talk about the “Karst” typography of Bowling Green? Have you heard anyone describe how we use our cave systems to move water rain water?

 

Bowling Green and the majority of Warren County are located in an area with the highest potential for Karst activity. A karst area is defined as being an irregular limestone region with sinkholes, underground streams, and caverns, and because of this our area has very few surface streams and rivers because most of our water is underground. Sinkholes are not new in this area they are simply a function and by product of the Karst area we live in.

 The most common type of sinkhole in this area is caused by sub-surface water eroding soil thru cracks in the limestone leaving voids just below the surface that eventually collapse that we call sinkholes. Heavy Rains, Construction, various land use changes and concentrated surface runoff may increase the occurrence of sinkholes in specific areas and one of the reasons sinkholes may appear more often in newly constructed areas.

 

On the surface sinkholes tend to appear rather suddenly and without provocation, but in general and in reality they have been forming slowly over time and finally appear when the surface can no longer support its own weight. Small areas can be examined with ground penetrating radar looking for anomalies in high risk areas but such methods are slow, laborious and expensive.

 

The City of Bowling Green provides guidance to builders and developers that govern how they manage areas of concentrated runoff that hope to avoid creating karst collapses.  Further we provide guidance on how to repair sinkholes properly so that they do not reoccur.  Please visit www.bgky.org  or our partners at underbgky.org for m

ore information

 

Citizen’s Police Academy

The 2017 Bowling Green Police Department Citizen Police Academy (CPA) is now accepting applications. This 11 week course begins September 7th and provides an opportunity to learn first-hand about police operations through a series of hands on demonstrations, interactive presenting and simulated activities. Participants will become better informed about the reality of police work and policing in our community.

Classes meet one night per week from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bowling Green Police Department Community room at 911 Kentucky Street with off-site visits made to other locations such as the Justice Center, Jail, and BGPD Firing Range.

Any citizen interested in the City of Bowling Green and/or police operations who is 18 years or older with no prior felony convictions can apply for the CPA.

Academy curriculum and topics will include an overview of the department’s operations and organization, firearms training, a police ride along, mock traffic stops, K-9 demonstrations, mock crime scene investigations, undercover drug operatives, dispatch operations and much more.

All classes will be instructed by Bowling Green Police Department or other criminal justice personnel.

If you would like to apply for the 2017 Citizen’s Police Academy, please visit http://www.bgky.org/police/citizen-police-academy or contact Officer Ronnie Ward at 270-393-4596.

Neighborhood Watch

Summer Time is Prime Time for Neighborhood Watch

With beautiful summer weather comes an uptick in property crimes, including thefts from vehicles and other crimes of opportunity.  Unlocked vehicles, garages and outbuildings like tool sheds can quickly become easy targets for someone looking to grab something quickly.

The key parts to being a part of Neighborhood Watch?  It boils down to this:

Secure Your Stuff

This means locking vehicles and doors, even sometimes when you may be home or simply in the back yard.  It also means documenting the things that you own by logging or photographing serial numbers on equipment, firearms, sports paraphernalia and other items so that law enforcement can attempt to match your property back to you if it’s recovered.  You can even engrave or otherwise mark an item with a unique number yourself to identify it.

Know Your Neighbors & Your Neighborhood

Be able to recognize when something is unusual or out of place in the neighborhood.  This means knowing the general routines and vehicles of the neighbors who live nearest you and what kinds of activity is normal for them and for your area.  Some neighborhoods have more or less foot traffic than others at different times of day.  It also means being able to communicate with neighbors about activity you see from day to day and being connected so that you watch out for one another.  This can be accomplished through informal conversations, social media, neighborhood events and meetings, or any combination!

 

Recognize & Report Suspicious Activity

As a general rule, the sound of glass breaking or any other loud noise at an unusual hour is probably suspicious.  Strangers entering a neighbor’s home or loud conversation that includes shouting, screaming or crying is probably suspicious, as is anyone removing accessories or a license plate from a car.  But any kind of activity that seems unusual for YOUR neighborhood could be considered suspicious!

DO NOT CONFRONT but report suspicious activity, especially activity that you witness while it is happening by calling 911 or the non-emergency BGPD number at 270-393-4000.  Be prepared to say WHERE the activity is happening, WHAT is happening, WHO is involved (this is where descriptions of vehicles and/or persons comes into play), WHEN it happened (30 seconds or 30 minutes ago), and any other additional details that would be helpful to the officers responding to the call.

It’s also important to report delayed criminal activity.  Have a designated neighborhood watch person in your neighborhood who is willing to share with police any delayed reports of minor criminal mischief or thefts for which victims don’t want a report.  You never know when your neighborhood may identify a crime wave that is just beginning due to the same small ring of thieves!

For more information about Neighborhood Watch, visit our page here:  http://www2.bgky.org/neighborhoods/watch.php

Fireworks!

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

If you are looking for a new gym home, please come down to 225 East 3rd Avenue to give Parks and Recreation a chance. Take a look at our excellent facilities, our great prices and friendly staff. And always feel free to call 270-393-3582

Thinking about getting back in shape?  Wanting to lose a few extra pounds for summer?  Looking to increase your strength and endurance?  Or maybe you just want to be more sound in body mind and spirit?  Then Bowling Green Parks and Recreation (BGPR Fitness) Is the Fitness Facility for you!

Along with the many reasons to keep yourself healthy and fit, the City of Bowling Green would like to provide you with the top five reasons to make BGPR Fitness your gym.

  1. BGPR Fitness has NO contracts, NO enrollment fees, No Initiation fees.  No fees whatsoever, no extra/hidden charges either.  Many other Gyms have additional charges or maintenance fees associated with your membership, not BG Parks and Rec, we only charge you for each month you keep your membership active and nothing else!
  2. Traveling out of town for a few days?  Have to miss the gym for a while due to accident/injury?  Too busy to get to the gym for a week or so, or maybe you just need a little break or some time away?  No worries, no problem!  At BGPR Fitness you can drop your membership card off and ask us to “freeze” it.  This way you will not have lost anytime on your membership while you were away.  Why be penalized for not using your membership?
  3. Like to dance….try Zumba!  Want to strengthen and tone your legs….then Lower Body Blitz is for you! Looking for a fun exercise class that increases coordination skills….try Silver Drums!  Needing a class to increase your strength, flexibility and coordination skills…..Join SilverSneakers!  Want to do Yoga but don’t like having to get down on the floor….then Chair Yoga is perfect for you!  BGPR Fitness has a variety of classes and activities for all ages and abilities.
  4. Need help with your fitness program?  Have a question about using equipment?  Need some motivation or new ideas?  Not really sure how to work out?   Wonder no more…….BGPR Fitness has qualified staff and instructors who can assist you as needed, whether it’s just a quick question about your program, or you needing some assistance using a piece of equipment or wanting some advice to help you reach your goals, BGPR Staff are available to help you with all your fitness needs.

Bowling Green Parks and Recreation offers a multitude of reasonable, affordable membership rates.  Whether you’re a single person, family, student, military/Government, or senior citizen, check out our many discounted membership plans available to you.  We encourage you to come visit us and see what we have to offer either in person or on the web at bgky.org/bgpr/fitness

Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Fitness Facility……A step in the right direction, join us for Fitness, Fun and Friends!  225 East Third Ave, Bowling Green, KY 42101.  270-393-3232.

 

Scam Tips

So, let me tell you a story.  A teenager makes a phone call to his grandmother and says “Grandma, this is Johnny, I’ve gotten into trouble.  Me and one of my friends went to Mexico for the weekend and got in a car accident.  My friend had some marijuana on him and we both got arrested.  I need money for bail.  Please don’t tell mom and dad because they don’t know I’m gone.”

Frightening words, right?  What would you do?  We all want to help our family as much as we can and would do anything to get them out of a bind.  You see, as this story unfolds, Grandma wires money to a person who calls later and says they need more money for the court costs.  When Grandma gets suspicious and calls her daughter to ask about Lil’ Johnny only to find out Lil’ Johnny is at work.   After all is said and done, Grandma could be out a thousand or more dollars because of this scam.

Scams have become a way of life.  We are bombarded with scams over the phone, email, texts and even the mail.  We find them on auction sites, trading sites and for sale by owner sites.  We all love the “too good to be true deal.”  I know a percentage of our population grew up in a different time; a time we didn’t say “no” to our neighbors or friends.  We offered help wherever we could.  Times have changed.  The scammers who call us are not our friends.

 

I want to share some scams with you.  The best advice I can give is “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”   Here are a few to watch for:

IRS Scam – Someone posing as an IRS agent calls and says you owe money to the IRS.  If you don’t pay, a warrant will be issued and you will be taken to jail.  Folks, our government can’t and doesn’t work this way.  Firstly, you will receive a letter from the IRS if you owe money, not a phone call.  After a few correspondences with the IRS, they will work out a payment plan or something similar.  The first phone call you have with the real IRS will not include a conversation about you going to jail.  HANG UP immediately.

Warrant Scam – Someone posing as a police officer calls and says you have a warrant but if you take care of this over the phone, you won’t be arrested.  In the Commonwealth of Kentucky, a police officer will not call you and tell you there is a warrant for your arrest.  Your first notification will generally be a knock on the door.  HANG UP immediately.

You’ve won the Nigerian Lottery – An email comes to you notifying you of a winning lottery number in a foreign country.  If you pay so much money, the taxes will be covered and you can claim your winnings!  Did you play the lottery in another country?  It does not seem like a very good deal if you have to pay for something you “won.”  DELETE and empty your recycle bin.

Mystery Shopper Scam – You receive a check in the mail with instructions to deposit the check, keep a certain dollar amount and send the rest back to the company.  Your instructions are to shop at a particular store and fill out some paperwork as to your experience in the store and mail everything back to your “employer” along with the extra cash.  The problem is, the check is a fake and you have to cover the money.  Several scams are designed this way, meaning, you cash a check and send money to someone else, work from home, etc…. SHRED!

The greatest of scams come in the form of Phishing.  Your personal identity can be compromised in a number of ways.  In the past, someone would go through your trash or a dumpster and take documents with personal information.  Now, the computer is the fastest for identity theft.  Your computer can be “hacked” and you are completely unaware.  Don’t open an attachment in an email form anyone you don’t know.  Make sure your virus software is up-to-date and your email is protected.  There are local computer repair companies who can educate you on the best way to protect your information in your computer.  Computers are a way of life but we need to take steps to protect ourselves.

If you become the victim of a scam, file a report with the police department.  For more information and ways to protect yourself, go to https://www.usa.gov/scams-and-frauds

It’s SNAP Grant Time!

When warm weather settles in, people in my neighborhood get outdoors for walks around the block, brats and burgers on the grill, and even some front porch sitting. I like that my neighbors know who my kids are and that I can always count on them to keep an eye out on our place when we head out for a weekend away. (And we do the same for them.)

I hope you enjoy great neighbors where you live, but did you know that the City of Bowling Green offers many ways to help residents make their neighborhoods great places to live and make memories? Whether it’s organizing a block party to bring neighbors together or planning an improvement project to spruce up the neighborhood’s appearance, it’s my job as Neighborhood Services Coordinator to provide neighbors and neighborhood groups with technical advice, materials, and even a little cash (through SNAP) to help make it happen.

Select Neighborhood Action Program (SNAP) grants can provide funds to your neighborhood group to do projects of your choosing. The grants are just for neighborhoods in the City of Bowling Green, and the deadline for grant applications for this year’s SNAP grant cycle is 4:00 p.m. on July 14. The application and guidelines are posted online at: http://www.bgky.org/neighborhoods/nhgrants.php#snapforms  and training is required.

What kinds of projects will SNAP fund?  Here’s just a few examples:

With some sweat equity, passing the hat, and obtaining SNAP grants, the Crestmoor Neighborhood has made their entry median off Nashville Road truly beautiful with landscaping, decorative rock, and lighting.

Hillview Mills Homeowners Association has added a gazebo and decorative signposts in their subdivision, and neighbors have added curbing in many areas of Bent Tree to keep vehicles in the street and off of yards.

SNAP Grants also helped to create an outdoor nature classroom at Parker Bennett Curry Elementary School:  a project that is one of several neighborhood-school partnerships that has helped to add new playground equipment and landscaping at area schools.

Neighbors in the Crossings at Cave Mill were able to give a fresh coat of paint to some plank fencing, and the historic Shake Rag community is commemorated with a Kentucky Heritage Council historic sign located at 2nd and State Street:  both because of SNAP.

Don’t let your neighborhood miss out on SNAP or one of our other great neighborhood programs! For more information, give me a shout at 270.393.3674 or shoot me an email at: karen.foley@bgky.org.

The City of Bowling Green, in conjunction with multiple sponsors, will be hosting the Paul Walker Memorial Golf Tournament on June 3rd and 4th, 2017 at the Paul Walker Golf Course.

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 Walker Memorial 3-Ball Sleeve, riding carts for Saturday and Sunday’s rounds and lunch provided on both days.

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 917 driver, a Titleist 915 driver, and a $75 BGPR Golf Division Gift Certificate.

The Paul Walker Memorial Golf Tournament is in its 34th year and sponsors of the tournament include J.B. Distributors; Chandler Real Estate; Coca-Cola; Rafferty’s; and Bowling Green Parks and Rec.

Paul Walker Golf Course is located at 1040 Covington Avenue.  For more information or to secure your place in the tournament, please contact the Paul Walker Golf Course at 270-393-3821.

Looking for fun and free things to do this spring and Summer? Click here for the City of Bowling Green’s top suggestions.

If you are looking for fun and free things to do this spring and summer then look no further. Below is five great suggestions for a variety of activities at City parks.


Take your mountain bike out for a ride along the trails at Weldon Peete Park on Old Louisville Road. With 54 acres of open space, greenways, bike trails and boat ramps Weldon Peete Park is sure to have something for everyone.
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feeling adventurous? Strap on your skates, grab your skateboard or jump on your BMX bike and visit the Bowling Green Skate Park at 400 Center Street and try out our 22,000 square foot concrete park. A variety of rails, ramps, bowls and half pipes await you. Several bleachers are available for spectators and the park is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

 



Interested in Civil War history? Take the time to visit Fort Webb Park at 299 Ft. Webb Drive. This 1.2 acre park is a Civil War Historical site known as one of the numerous fortifications in Bowling Green used by the CSA and Union forces. This park boasts stone terrain and lush vegetation and provides great views of Bowling Green’s country side.
   

Have you been looking for a great place to walk in the City limits that still feels like you are far out in the country? Look no further then Chuck Crume Nature Park at 2035 Nashville Road. This hidden gem of a park has 20 acres and plenty of trails for folks to enjoy a run or a walk. With two picnic tables, this park is also a great place for an outdoor lunch.
   

Is the heat getting to you? Are you looking for a great place to cool off? If so, Circus Square Park is just for you! Located at 601 State Street in downtown Bowling Green, this park not only has plenty of shaded green space but also has a large fountain that provides a refreshing way to cool off and have fun. Young and old alike are often found running through the water during our summer months.
     

If you would like more information on these parks or any other great places to go in Bowling Green, please visit www.bgky.org.

While we plant many trees in our City’s parks each year, a much greater portion of our urban forest is on private land.  You can contribute to our City’s vitality and improve your own landscape by planting trees.  While there is a right place for just about every tree, not every tree is a good fit for every landscape.

In our built environment we need to consider things that do not occur in a tree’s natural environment such as the presence of utilities and restricted growing space.  Here are 5 trees that are adapted to our environment.  You can fine more information at the Tree Board website www.bgky.org/tree or view the City’s Public Tree Ordinance at http://www.bgky.org/government/code-of-ordinances

  • Kousa Dogwood – Cornus kousa
    • This small flowering tree grows to approximately 20-30 feet and does well in full sun unlike the native flowering dogwood.  The Kousa Dogwood has nice bark and fall color.

  • Lacebark elm – Ulmus parvifolia
    • This medium size tree grows 40-50 feet with attractive bark and tolerates poor and compacted soils

  • Black gum or Tupelo – Nyssa sylvatica
    • This native medium size tree grows 30-50 feet with excellent red fall color. The Black Gum prefers acid soil.

  • Shumard Oak – Quercus shumardii
    • This large native tree grows to 40-60 feet or more and tolerates a wide range of soil conditions.  Similar to pin oak, but does better in limestone soils common to this area.

  • Sugar Maple – Acer saccharum
    • This large native tree grows to 60-75 plus feet with excellent fall color. This is a tree that draws people to the forests in the autumn.  Requires ample space above and below ground.

The National Arbor Day Foundation recognizes cities across the country for efforts to maintain their Urban Forest by designating them as a Tree City USA.  Bowling Green has been awarded the status of Tree City USA since 1994.  An Urban Forest is made up of all the trees growing within our city including public and private trees.  This collection of trees provides many benefits to all residents such as cleaning our air and water and also makes our city more attractive to visitors, which benefits our city and local businesses financially.

Here are a few tips for planting your tree

  • Choose the tree based on your location
    • Do not plant large trees near power lines
    • Call 811 to have underground utilities marked
    • Large trees need lots of soil area
    • If you are planting a public tree (near the street) please see Public Tree Ordinance
    • http://www.bgky.org/government/code-of-ordinances
  • Do not plant trees too deep
  • Apply mulch 2-3 inches deep
    • Keep mulch off of trunk
  • Water tree for at least first year
    • About 1 inch per week
    • Water deeply and infrequently (weekly, not daily)

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