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The City of Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department will host an Open House from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on January 9th and 10th at 225 East Third Street. Our facility offers a variety of programs, classes, and activities to help you achieve your fitness goals and get you more physically active!

Light refreshments will be served at various times both days and there will be drawings for door prizes. Door prizes include BGPR water bottles, BGPR drawstring backpacks, free one month memberships, $5 off a monthly renewal coupon, gift certificates, and a gym bag.

BGPR Fitness will also be offering NEW members who sign up the 9th or 10th a BOGO month deal; buy one month, get one month free. Current members will receive $5.00 off if they renew their membership on these days.

Fitness, Fun and Friends….you’ll find them all at B.G.P.R. Fitness. Work out with others, at your own pace, in our SilverSneakers Fitness Program, or enjoy a game of wallyball with friends.

Come enjoy the many opportunities awaiting for you, with no contracts, initiation, or enrollment fees. Student rates and senior citizen discounts are available along with a variety of fitness plan rates to fit your specific needs.

Join us on January 9th and 10th!

B.G.P.R. Fitness Facility….Be Active, Get Fit, Stay Healthy!
225 East Third Ave, Bowling Green, KY, 42101

2017 Christmas Open House

Each year in December City Hall opens its doors to the residents of Bowling Green and Warren County during our annual Christmas Open House. This year will be no exception as we will welcome guests on Friday, December 15th, 2017 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Citizens are encouraged to attend the open house to meet the elected officials and City staff who work for the City of Bowling Green. As always, we will have great food, conversation, music and more during this event.

Appetizers, punch and dessert will be provided by Cambridge Market which always gets rave revues from those who joins us.

In addition to visiting with staff, be sure to pick up a copy of our 2017/2018 Calendar and Annual Report. Each year, the City releases a 12-month calendar that features pictures of Bowling Green with a theme.  This year will highlight the “water in Bowling Gree.”  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.

Be sure to join us downtown for Holiday Cheer!

Holiday Fire Safety Tips

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.

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

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.

For additional fire safety tips on candles, cooking, fire place, or turkey frying, visit http://www.bgky.org/announcements/407.  Please remember to be safe and have fun this holiday season!!!!!!  For more information on live Christmas trees, please visit http://www.bgky.org/announcements/408.

And seriously, if you’re going to fry a turkey this December – 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 City of Bowling Green is now accepting applications for the 2018 Academy for New Americans (AFNA)


Application deadline is Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Applications will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis pending that all application requirements are met. Consideration to equal representation of our diverse ethnic communities will be given when selecting applicants. There is no cost to participants; however, all applicants must be committed to attend at least four of the five month sessions.


The Academy for New Americans is a leadership-training program that empowers New Americans to understand and participate in City Government. The purpose of the program is to provide New Americans the tools necessary to successfully navigate City services, community information and resources in order to become key stakeholders in assisting their respective ethnic communities and neighborhoods. The Academy for New Americans will be led by the International Communities Liaison Office (ICL) in the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services.

Participants to the Academy for New Americans will Gain an in-depth understanding of City government services, have greater accessibility to existing City and community resources,
build leadership capacity, and become part of the larger community network. 


Mark your calendars for session dates for the 2018 Academy:

Session I – Thursday, February 22, 2018  – City Manager’s Welcome & Leadership Training

Session II – Thursday, March 22, 2018 – City Manager’s Office, NCS Dept. and Parks and Rec. Dept.

Session III – Thursday, April 26,  2018 – Police and Fire Dept. / Warren Co. Circuit Clerk / Warren Co. Clerk / County and Commonwealth Attorney

Session IV – Thursday, May 17, 2018 – Transportation, Public Works, HR, Finance, Effective Communication

Session V – Thursday, June 14, 2018  – Civic Engagement/Volunteerism/Citizenship & Naturalization / Community Service Project

Class Graduation – Friday, June 15 – ALL INVITED TO ATTEND!


The success of the City’s Academy for New American has created a ripple effect statewide.  The Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) selected the City of Bowling Green as one of this year’s Enterprise Cities Award recipient for its Academy for New Americans.  The Enterprise Cities Award recognizes outstanding projects and programs in Kentucky cities.  The awards celebrate cities and allow KLC member cities of all sizes to be inspired by, learn from and replicate successes happening in other Kentucky communities.   The Enterprise Cities Award program is sponsored by Collins & Company, Inc. The sponsor provides $1,000 for each winning program to help continue its success.

To apply for the 2018 class visit http://www.bgky.org/new-americans or contact Leyda Becker at 270-393-3766  

Save the Date! The City of Bowling Green will host a public meeting on Tuesday, December 12th, to present the current progress on the Downtown Square Streetscape plan.

The drop-in meeting is scheduled between 4 pm and 7 pm at the Bowling Green Municipal Utilities Conference Center located at 801 Center Street.

Over the past few months, the Vaughn & Melton Design Team has been working closely with Bowling Green Staff and Stakeholder Groups to develop three options for public review and comment.

Proposed illustrations will reveal improvements to State and College Streets, Morris Alley and Capitol Alley, and the Greenway between Fountain Square Park and Circus Square Park- known as the Heritage Trail. The overarching goal is to transcribe your vision into the urban fabric of Downtown Bowling Green.

The Design Team will host a second public meeting late January/early February 2018 to present the final Conceptual Plan to the community.

Construction is proposed to begin fall 2018.

For more information about the Bowling Green Downtown Square Streetscape Project, please visit www.BGDowntownSquare.com

Annual Report Calendar

Do you ever wonder where your tax dollars are going or what your local government has done lately? Are you ever curious about the City’s upcoming budget, road projects, public safety goals or Parks and Recreation Facilities? If so, the 2017/2018 Annual Report and Calendar is just for you. If you are also someone who wants to have a yearly calendar but you don’t want 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 we will highlight the rivers, blue holes and stormwater in Bowling Green. 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.

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, Greenwood Mall, Warren County Library, all US Bank locations, the Bowling Green Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau 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 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. at 1001 College Street.

Want to make sure that you don’t miss out on a calendar this year? Feel free to contact us through Facebook, Twitter, or this blog to provide your contact information. We will take down your name and/or address and make sure that you receive your.

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!

Veterans Day Essay Winner

To help celebrate Veterans Day, 4th and 5th graders from Bowling Green and Warren County schools were asked the question, “Why is it important for American’s to support Veterans?” Many entries were received, but our winner was:

Gray Walden
5th Grade
Mrs. Lehman (teacher)
WR McNeill (school)

Gray received recognition at our flag raising ceremony after the 2017 Veterans Day Parade and was awarded $100 from the American Legion and VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary. Please read Gray’s essay below.

Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Reserves… Six words that give people a reason to support, honor and remember Veteran’s. Boys and girls who love their county join a branch of service at a young age. Several of these boy and girls, turn into men and women while serving the land they love. Some give their entire life serving. We should support our Veterans because of the sacrifice they have made. Veterans have unselfishly fought for our freedoms we have today. As the saying goes, “Freedom is not free.”

This is why when we see a Veteran, we should always stop, shake their hand and say “thank you” or say, “I appreciate your service.” This is a way to support Veteran’s, letting them know you care about what they did. Not just on Veteran’s Day but every day.

Another way to support a Veteran is to always stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, with your hand over your heart. When you are at an event where the Star Spangled Banner is sung, you should stand and place your hand over your hear too. Both of these ways will show support for Veterans.

Another way to show support celebrating Veteran’s with friends and family. At my church home, the Sunday before Veteran’s Day, we have a Veteran’s Day service. A lady will stand before the congregation and read the names of family members from our church who have served and who are still serving. At the end of reading each name, their branch of service and how long they were in service, she will bring out the “Bell of Honors.” She will ring the bell the same amount of times as the names she read. I love hearing the sound of this bell. This bell is for the ones who sacrificed their life. The sound echoes in my church. It is a powerful sound, it reminds me how strong these Veterans are. After that, our preacher will ask if there are any Veterans in our congregation. If they are he wants them to stand and be recognized. Everyone claps so loud and proud for these men and women. Some of the men and women who stand up are very emotional.

Last but not least, in your community, great ways to support Veterans would be to donate to programs that have been made to support Veterans. Help keep the programs going. People should try to learn about all the programs that are offered to Veterans. As a child, ways to support Veterans would be to deliver meals to Veterans who are shut in. Visit with Veterans you know, sit down and listen to stories they have to tell about being in the service. Give them your time since they gave you theirs by keeping you safe. Maybe even help them with chores around their house too. There are so many ways to support Veterans. I think the best way and number one way to support a Veteran is to simply say “Thank You!”

New Neighbor Series

The City of Bowling Green International Communities Liaison serves to coordinate the City’s role in communicating and working effectively with the diverse international communities represented in Bowling Green, and to serve as an advocate for Limited English Proficient (LEP) persons who may seek City services.

One of the ways that these goals are accomplished, is through the City’s New Neighbor Series which is an educational session for City Staff and Community members to learn about the history, cultural traditions, foods, dances and more from specific cultural groups represented in the city of Bowling Green. The New Neighbor Series is held once per year.

In year’s past there have been new neighbor series on Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.

This year’s program will take place on Thursday, November 30th, 2017 from 3 to 4 p.m. at Neighborhood and Community Services at 707 East Main Avenue. This program will help you gain a better understanding of the history of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the impact of Bosnians in Bowling Green today and will allow you to sample traditional Bosnian food and much more.

This event is free and open to the public. There will be a special presentation by Dr. Jerry Daday, Executive Director of Center of Innovative Teaching and Learning. For more information on this or any of our other international programs please contact Leyda Becker at Leyda.becker@bgky.org or 270-393-3766.

Online Bill Payment

Did you know that the City of Bowling Green Finance Department is now accepting online payments for various bills? The Treasury division is responsible for the collection and reconciliation of all City revenues. Collection types include but are not limited to: Real and Personal property taxes, Insurance Premium taxes, Transient Room taxes, code violations, alarm permits, and all Occupational License division generated revenues.

The division also reconciles all decentralized revenue collection points from all over the City prior to general ledger approval. Real and Personal Property taxes and Occupational License Fees are the City’s main revenue sources.

Traditionally, the above mentioned bills have been hand delivered or mailed to the City of Bowling Green City Hall Annex for payment. Today it’s as easy as the click of a button to take care of any necessary payments.


Residents can now visit www.bgky.org to pay through the new eMiscellaneuous billing webpage. There is a $2.00 transaction fee to use this service. Those wishing to pay online can click on “online payments portal” and create a new account. The only information needed to get started is the invoice number, the invoice date, and the mailing address.

The direct link to the website is https://esuites.bgky.org/websites.FM.MiscBilling/LoginScreen.aspx. Traditional payments can still be mailed in to the City of Bowling Green, PO Box 1410, Bowling Green, KY 42102 or by placing them outside the City Hall Annex in the drop box at 1017 College Street.

Veterans Day Parade

November 4th will mark the 2017 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.

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. will include refreshments.

Immediately following the parade there will be a Flag-raising ceremony and remarks at the Warren County Courthouse Veterans Memorial Courtyard, 429 E. 10th Avenue. In addition, the Veterans Parade student essay winner will be awarded $100 from the American Legion and VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary. Student essays were solicited from 4th & 5th grade classes from the Bowling Green and Warren County Schools.

All events are entirely free and open to the public. For more information about the parade or other additional events, contact parade coordinator Anna Jones at (270) 393-3627 or email: anna.jones@bgky.org.

Come out and join us for this fun and patriotic day.


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