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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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Fairview Cemetery

Did you know that there is more to Fairview Cemetery than meets the eye?

 

The City of Bowling Green Fairview Cemetery has a Veteran’s Section that is designated for burials of Warren County Veterans.  Its official name is the Brock E Beery Veteran’s Cemetery.  The City sells memorial bricks for $50.00 that can be placed in the Veteran’s plaza for any Veteran.

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This section is dedicated to men and women who have served our country in the armed forces and were honorably discharged. Graves are donated to the veteran, and their families pay a small foundation fee for the headstone or footstone and for the opening and closing of the grave. All Veterans are buried facing the East. The replica of the Eiffel Tower has a special meaning to veterans and their families in Warren County. It helps one to recall the price our fallen soldiers paid for their country’s freedom. It was moved from Fountain Square Park to Fairview Cemetery in 1979.

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Fairview Cemetery also has a beautiful grotto fountain that is surrounded by our cremation area.  We have a section in front of the fountain that is designated for in ground cremation burials and two cremation Niches with 48 doors in each one.  There is a beautiful scattering garden that borders this area.

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One additional part of our cemetery is the Bloch Chapel.  This chapel was built around 1938 in memory of the Bloch family by their children.  The chapel can be rented for $75 per hour, with a minimum of 2 hours for weddings, funerals, memorial services and other church functions.

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The cemetery administration office is located at 1209 Fairview Avenue in front of cemetery #2.  Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  If you have any questions about Fairview or any other cemetery, please contact us at (270) 393-3607.

May 2016 Auction

The City of Bowling Green online auction is back and as always, is offering a variety of items that will rival any Flea Market.  You can begin bidding on all of our items starting May 9, 2016 at 8 a.m. at www.govdeals.com.

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The City of BG regularly posts online auctions in order to sell surplus items.  A complete description and photographs of the pieces, along with instructions on the auction process is available on govdeals beginning on the start date. The general public is encouraged to participate.

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To access Bowling Green’s auction, simply search for Bowling Green, KY on the govdeals website and all items will be listed with pictures and current bid amounts. Please note that items will not be available to view until May 9. The auction will close on May 16.

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The list below includes most of the interesting and unique items that will be open to bid on.  We really do have something for everyone.

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Shop till you drop – without even leaving your home! Please remember that all items are used and working condition is not always known. Partial list:

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Auction items include vehicles, tires, office equipment and supplies, bicycles, exercise equipment, tools, computer equipment and more.

Remember, the pictures in this article only include some of the items. Log on, to view and bid on all items.

West End Soccer Field

The City of Bowling Green will hold a Ribbon Cutting on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. for the grand opening of the new West End Soccer Field located at The Foundry; 531 West 11th Street. This 330’ x 180’ Bermuda grass field will have multiple uses including free play, practices and tournaments.

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The size of the field will accommodate either one adult field or four fields for eight and under and will serve the boundaries of Main Avenue to Old Morgantown Road.

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The development of this soccer field is a joint project with the City of Bowling Green and The Bowling Green District of The United Methodist Church. Property for the park was provided at no cost to the City. The Foundry will provide daily maintenance of the property, parking lot and bathrooms. The City provided the cost for the construction of the field, will provide all major maintenance for the park property, will schedule usage, and will handle all renting procedures associated with the park.

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The total cost for this project was $315,000.

 

Parks Adventures

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.

5. 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.

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4. 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.

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3. 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.

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2. 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.
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1. 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.

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

FootGolf

FootGolf is a growing sports trend that has found its way to the USA from its origins in Europe.  Last fall, BGPR installed a nine-hole course at the Golf Course at RiverView and offered our inaugural event, “FootGolf Doubles Cup” in November.  We had a tremendous response and are now excited to announce that, beginning in April, we will offer regular opportunities to play more footgolf.

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Here’s the scoop on this new BGPR program:

“What is FootGolf?”

Footgolf is a pretty simple concept; the game combines soccer and golf.  All the equipment you need to play is a soccer ball and your foot.  No clubs!  The goal is to put the regulation size soccer ball (size 5) into a 21′ diameter cup in the fewest amount of kicks.

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“Where is the FootGolf course?”

The Golf Course at RiverView has installed a nine-hole FootGolf course within the nine-hole golf course.

“When can I play?”

The Golf Course at RiverView has set aside Monday and Friday evenings as FootGolf times.  BGPR will also look to offer routine Foot Golf special events! Riverview is located at 1200 West Main Street.

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“What’s the cost?”

The cost is the same as playing regular golf at RiverView (WHICH IS SUPER CHEAP!!).  18 holes with a cart = $17; 18 holes walking = $6; 9 holes with a cart = $12, and 9 holes walking =$5.

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“How long does it take to play 9 holes?”

FootGolf is roughly (no golf pun intended) at least twice as fast to play as regular golf.  Just consider that you are using the same club (your foot) around the entire course.

Want more information about this exciting new game?  Call BGPR at 270-393-3249 and we would be happy to answer any of your questions not listed.

Want to know more about BGPR, please visit www.bgky.org.

 

Have you been holding on to old paint, chemicals, fluorescent light bulbs, oils, antifreeze or other products that cannot be disposed of easily? If so, the City of Bowling Green and Warren County have partnered to provide one day only to dispose of these items for you.

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The Annual Household Hazardous Waste and E-scrap Collection Day will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Greenwood High School (5065 Scottsville Road).  Warren County residents can bring items such as old paint, chemicals, household appliances and electronics to dispose of in a safe and legal manner.

This event is FREE and open to all Warren County residents.

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While most home computers and appliances are acceptable (most anything with a circuit board or a cord), Freon devices, yard equipment, radioactive materials and large appliances such as stoves, washers, dryers, etc. are not acceptable. Single containers larger than 5 gallons will require prior inspections and approval, and tires will not be accepted.

In addition, shredding will be available on site to dispose of and shred papers, cds/dvds, magazines, phone books, folders, etc.

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Arbor Day 2016

Arbor Day is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees. Though usually observed in the spring, the date varies, depending on climate and suitable planting season. The idea for Arbor Day originally came from Nebraska. A visit to Nebraska today wouldn’t disclose that the state was once a treeless plain. Yet it was the lack of trees there that led to the founding of Arbor Day by J. Sterling Morton in the 1800s.

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On January 4, 1872, Morton first proposed a tree-planting holiday to be called “Arbor Day” at a meeting of the State Board of Agriculture. The date was set for April 10, 1872. Prizes were offered to counties and individuals for properly planting the largest number of trees on that day. It was estimated that more than one million trees were planted in Nebraska on the first Arbor Day.

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The Bowling Green Community Tree Advisory Board, in conjunction with the City of Bowling Green, organizes an Arbor Day celebration every year to help make the public aware of how trees benefit us. This year, the annual Arbor Day celebration will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at Kereiakes Park from 9 a.m. until 12 noon.

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A variety of trees will be given away during Arbor Day including Red Maple, Kousa Dogwood, and White Pine. In total there will be 1,900 saplings available on a first come first served basis.

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In addition to free trees, there will be a tree planting and care demonstration, tree planting items, stormwater information, children’s activities, inflatables and more.

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Arbor Day is FREE and open to the public. We encourage everyone to spend time among trees and to learn about proper tree care and planting.

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Please come join us for this fun and educational day.  For more information about the Tree Advisory Board or Arbor Day, please visit http://www.bgky.org/tree or call 270-393-3111.

 

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