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Age Friendly Bowling Green

According to “The Case for Age Friendly Communities” prepared for Grantmakers in Aging,

 

An age-friendly community is one that is a great place to grow up and grow old.

It has:

  • safe and accessible public transportation options;
  • affordable, accessible, and safe housing;
  • pleasant and safe parks and outdoor spaces;
  • quality community and health services;
  • sufficient employment and volunteer opportunities; and
  • engaging social activities and events for people of all ages.

The needs and preferences of older adults are taken into account. Older adults are respected, and their knowledge, skills, resources, and contributions are sought out. They are integrated into the fabric of the community.”

One of the ways Bowling Green seeks to harness the valuable contributions of our older adults is in partnership with WKU Aging and AARP Kentucky through the presentation of its Over 50 Citizens Academy.  The four and a half day academy is targeted to adults over 50 and is a behind-the scenes look at City government and a thoughtful exploration of livable communities.  And don’t think that the academy is just for someone of “a certain age”!  Past participants include members of the “sandwich generation”, raising children while caring for aging parents, along with still-working business owners, both newly and long retired workers, all incomes, education levels, and of varying hobbies.  Artists, sports fans, musicians, readers, fitness buffs, gear heads, travelers, fishermen, and more have all made up the previous classes of the academy.

The next Academy takes place weekdays, March 2-8 from 9:00-4:00 p.m., with graduation at lunch on Wednesday, March 8.  Register online for the academy here:  http://www.bgky.org/ncs/over-fifty-citizens-academy#schedule

Academy alumni participate in alumni reunion events and have also started planning additional Age Friendly Bowling Green activities, including a series of roundtable discussions coming this spring.  They also have been recruited to participate in various service opportunities with other City programs.  Contact Karen Foley at Karen.foley@bgky.org or call 270.393.3674 to learn more.

BGPR Grand Re-Opening

The City of Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department will host Grand Re-Opening from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on January 18th and 19th at 225 East Third Street. The BGPR Fitness Facility and the FO Moxley Center have been renovated. 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 all throughout both days and there will be drawings for door prizes every three hours.  Door prizes include BGPR water bottles, BGPR drawstring backpacks, free one month memberships, $5 off a monthly renewal coupon, goody bags, gift certificates to various restaurants, daily waterpark passes to Russell Sims Aquatic Center, daily golf passes to one of our golf courses, and a female Title Boxing Gym Bag.

BGPR Fitness will also be offering NEW members who sign up the 18th or 19th a BOGO month deal; buy one month, get one month free to use on themselves or a friend/family member.

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 18th and 19th for our Re-Opening!

 

B.G.P.R. Fitness Facility….Be Active, Get Fit, Stay Healthy!

225 East Third Ave, Bowling Green, KY, 42101

270-393-3582

www.bgky.org/bgpr/fitness

The 2016 election brought with it four returning members and one new member to the City’s Board of Commissioners. Below we take a moment to get to know our elected officials better.

 

Mayor Bruce Wilkerson

With his involvement in business, commercial development, and education, plus his background with city government, Bruce Wilkerson brings a unique perspective to the City of Bowling Green. His goals are to bring sound business management skills to the City, and to continue to strive toward accountability in city finances.

 Mayor Wilkerson holds a Bachelor of Science degree and Associate of Arts degree from Murray State University and is a graduate from the FBI National Academy. He is a retired Captain with the Bowling Green Police Department, former Chief Financial Officer for Sheldon Enterprises, and is the current Campus President for Daymar College. He serves on many boards, such as Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce – Board of Directors and Ambassadors Group, Builders Association of Southern Kentucky – Board of Directors, and Housing Authority of Bowling Green – Board of Directors, to name a few.

 He has been happily married to Kim since 1978.

Commissioner Joe Denning

Joe Denning was born and raised in Bowling Green and is deeply rooted in the community. The High Street High School graduate spent much of his career as a Bowling Green police officer and a Kentucky State Trooper. He is also a former Bowling Green Independent Board Member. Commissioner Denning was originally elected in 1990 and has served 22 nonconsecutive years in office, including 9 months as the first African American Mayor of Bowling Green.

Commissioner Denning has three daughters, Kita, Larecia and Yvette, two are graduates from Bowling Green High School and one is a graduate from Warren Central High School. All are graduates of Western Kentucky University. He also has seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Four grandchildren graduated from Bowling Green High School and one grandchild is currently a freshman there as well. Two grandchildren are graduates of Campbellsville University, one is a graduate of Western Kentucky University, one is a graduate of the University of Louisville, one is a sophomore at the University of Louisville, and one is a senior at Western Kentucky University.

Commissioner Denning likes all sporting events, including high school and college. He tries to attend as many games as possible.

Commissioner Brian “Slim” Nash

Brian “Slim” Nash prides himself in public service. Growing up in Terre Haute, Indiana, Commissioner Nash was always instilled with the values and desire to help his fellow citizens. In 1988 he moved to Bowling Green to attend Western Kentucky University on a Men’s Swimming Scholarship and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1993 in the field of Sociology and Criminology. After attending Graduate School at WKU he decided to dedicate his life to helping children & young adults in his community and surrounding areas. He went on to work with LifeSkills, Inc., Warren County Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Council, Warren County Family Court One, and Warren County Juvenile Drug Court.

 Since May of 2007 Commissioner Nash has been employed with Uspiritus, Inc. (formerly Bellewood Presbyterian Home for Children) where he has served in multiple capacities and currently serves as the Director for Western Kentucky Community Based Services.  He oversees the operation of multiple programs including Family Preservation, Reunification and Diversion services in the ten county Barren River Development District, Therapeutic Foster Care in twenty-seven Western Kentucky counties and an Independent Living program.

Commissioner Nash is the proud father of one son, Will, and one daughter, Presley. Will graduated from Bowling Green High School in 2012 and Western Kentucky University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture studying turf management and horticulture. He began work at Jack Nicholas’ Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio as the Assistant-In-Training in January 2017. Presley is a senior at Greenwood High School and will graduate in May 2017. Presley plays an active role in the Bowling Green community through her “Presley’s Promise – Homeless Outreach” organization that collects and distributes needed items to the homeless. Commissioner Nash is proud of his many professional accomplishments but all of those pale in comparison to how proud he is of his children.

 

Commissioner Sue Parrigin

Sue Parrigin is Manager at Western Kentucky University (WKU) Career and Workforce Development Training Program within the Division of Extended Learning and Outreach. Sue also teaches in WKU’s Leadership Studies and Hospitality Management programs, as well as serving as adjunct faculty at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.  Commissioner Parrigin received her Masters of Art in Education in Student Affairs/Counseling in 2005 from WKU and also completed her Doctoral studies in Higher Education Administration and Organizational Leadership from the University of Louisville in 2009.

 In addition to Commissioner Parrigin’s day to day work with WKU, she is active in her local communities. She is the recipient of the communities Athena Award in 2012, is the current president of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce Ambassador’s Club, and is actively involved in chambers in Owensboro, Franklin, Bowling Green, and Morgantown, KY. She is also involved with three human resource councils and three economic development organizations. She volunteers with the United Way Day of Caring, Top Crops, local housing authority, and a number of other local non-profits.

Commissioner Parrigin has been married to Lyle for 33 years. She and Lyle like to travel, boat, golf, and cook. They are the proud parents of one son, L.J., who is a Gatton Academy of Math and Sciences in KY and WKU graduate, and is currently a graduate student in Ft. Wayne, IN.

Commissioner Rick Williams

Rick Williams has been a Bowling Green resident for over 50 years and attended Bowling Green Public Schools and Western Kentucky University. Commissioner Williams is employed by Forever Communications Inc and serves as the general manager.

Dedicated to the community and public service, Commissioner Williams is a secretary and board member of the BG Noon Rotary Club, past president of the BG/WC Jaycees, a current board member and former chairman of Friends of L&N Depot, and a past board president of Big Brothers and Big Sisters. In addition, he has served as a board member for the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, Operation PRIDE, WKU Research Foundation, and the SOKY Fair. He is also a graduate of Leadership Bowling Green, as well as the Bowling Green Police Department’s Citizen’s Police Academy.

Commissioner Williams has been married to Deborah Williams (Executive Director of H.A.N.D.S., Inc.) for over 40 years. They have two daughters and two grandsons.

SNOW!

With the excitement – and dread for some – of possible winter weather today and this week we are re-posting our snow blog. Although road conditions can get hazardous with inclement weather, the City of Bowling Green Public Works Department is working hard to clear and de-ice our streets in order to keep the City up and running.

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There are many factors that play into how and why our streets get plowed. Plowing will only begin when snowfall reaches two inches unless the forecast predicts considerable snowfall. There are 271 miles of City streets broken up into 10 zones that are maintained by our Crews. These roads are broken down into A (129 miles); B (32 miles); C (45 miles); and D (65 miles) routes. “A” routes consist of roads traveled most often by emergency services, school routes and major thoroughfares. These roads are required to be cleared first. Often times, neighborhoods and especially cul-de-sacs are “D” routes which are cleared last.

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When large scale snow events happen, crews begin working in 8 hour shifts 24 hours a day. The City has 8 large trucks and 2 small trucks for plowing. The crew rotation is continued 24 hours per day until the event is over and streets are in good condition.

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The City has approximately 2,000 tons of deicer that is designed to last throughout a winter season. In addition, there is about 5,800 gallons of salt brine in stock.  Salt brine is applied to the streets prior to a snow event which helps keep the snow from adhering to the asphalt and aids in the plowing process. Deicer (rock salt with magnesium chloride) is also used to aide in the melting of ice and snow. The average snowfall for Bowling Green is 9 inches per year and deicer and salt brine is purchased based off those averages.

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Three separate weather forecasts are monitored during the winter months and the Operations Division of the Public Works Department heads out into the elements when light to moderate snowfall or ice is predicted.  All Operations personnel are subject to recall 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, year round, including holidays, in order to keep the roadways safe for the residents of Bowling Green.

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Please also remember that City crews clear only City streets. It is not uncommon to see a City/County/State truck out on the roads without their plows down. These vehicles must travel through each other’s roads in order to get to the appropriate streets. All agencies do their best to work together during major events for the safety of our residents.

Thanks to all of our hard working staff who brave the cold, wind, snow and ice in order to keep us moving throughout the City! For more information about snow, routes and what zone/route you are in, visit http://www.bgky.org/publicworks/snow-routes.

2017 Shelter Rentals

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Looking for a place to host your child’s next birthday party, wedding, church picnic, or family reunion?  Why not have it at one of our beautiful parks located throughout Bowling Green?  We have shelter rentals at Covington Woods, HP Thomas Park, Kereiakes Park, Preston Miller Park, Roland Bland, and Lampkin Park.

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We will begin taking shelter reservations for the 2017 calendar year beginning on January 9, 2017 at 7:30 a.m.  Shelters are available for rental from March 15th to October 31st and are available for rental between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.  Park shelters come in a variety of sizes, ranging from a capacity of 24 people to 140 people.  All park shelters have grills, lights, and electrical outlets, some even have ceiling fans too.

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Facility rentals are made with the City of Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Office on a first-come, first-served basis and are non-refundable.  Rentals paid by credit card may be reserved via phone at 270-393-3549 or online at https://playbgpr.bgky.org.  Cash or check payments must be made in person.  Facilities cannot be reserved until payment is received.  Our office is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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We’re also online at www.bgky.org/bgpr where you can view pictures and maps of our facilities.  Plan your next event at one of our beautiful parks.

2017 Fitness

Looking to get in shape for the New Year?  Wanting to make resolutions to improve your health? Trying to lose those extra “Holiday” pounds that are so easy to gain?  Then check out Bowling Green Parks and Rec Fitness Facility.  B.G.P.R. Fitness is a fitness center that offers a variety of programs, classes, and activities to help you achieve your fitness goals and get you more physically active!

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2017 is a great year to join as many improvements have been made to the F.O. Moxley Center and the B.G.P.R. Fitness Center.

Wanting to work out at your own pace?  Then Individual Weight Lifting may be just the thing for you.  Come in on YOUR schedule and work out in our 10,000 sq. ft. facility, offering the latest, top notch equipment to help you lose weight, tone, firm, or build your body.

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Needing a little more direction and motivation with your work outs?  Then check out our Instructional Training Sessions, designed to provide you the know-how, personalization and one on one training to assist you in achieving your goals.

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Prefer a “group” atmosphere when it comes to exercising?  Then B.G.P.R. Fitness is the right place for you!  We offer a variety of group exercise classes such as Yoga, Spinning, Zumba, Boot Camp, Total Abs, Sculpting, Pro Fit and many more.

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.

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You will find all this and more at B.G.P.R. Fitness.  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.

B.G.P.R. Fitness Facility….Be Active, Get Fit, Stay Healthy!

225 East Third Ave, Bowling Green, KY, 42101

270-393-3582

www.bgky.org/bgpr/fitness

Snow Removal 101!

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The cold weather seems to be moving in and there’s no denying that Bowling Green may get another heavy snow this year. Although road conditions can get hazardous with inclement weather, the City of Bowling Green Public Works Department works hard to clear and de-ice our streets in order to keep the City up and running.

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There are many factors that play into how and why our streets get plowed. Plowing will only begin when snowfall reaches two inches unless the forecast predicts considerable snowfall. There are 271 miles of City streets broken up into 10 zones that are maintained by our Crews. These roads are broken down into A (129 miles); B (32 miles); C (45 miles); and D (65 miles) routes. “A” routes consist of roads traveled most often by emergency services, school routes and major thoroughfares. These roads are required to be cleared first. Often times, neighborhoods and especially cul-de-sacs are “D” routes which are cleared last.

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When large scale snow events happen, crews begin working in 8 hour shifts 24 hours a day. The City has 8 large trucks and 2 small trucks for plowing. The crew rotation is continued 24 hours per day until the event is over and streets are in good condition.

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The City has approximately 2,000 tons of deicer that is designed to last throughout a winter season. In addition, there is about 5,800 gallons of salt brine in stock.  Salt brine is applied to the streets prior to a snow event which helps keep the snow from adhering to the asphalt and aids in the plowing process. Deicer (rock salt with magnesium chloride) is also used to aide in the melting of ice and snow. The average snowfall for Bowling Green is 9 inches per year and deicer and salt brine is purchased based off those averages.

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Three separate weather forecasts are monitored during the winter months and the Operations Division of the Public Works Department heads out into the elements when light to moderate snowfall or ice is predicted.  All Operations personnel are subject to recall 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, year round, including holidays, in order to keep the roadways safe for the residents of Bowling Green.

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Please also remember that City crews clear only City streets. It is not uncommon to see a City/County/State truck out on the roads without their plows down. These vehicles must travel through each other’s roads in order to get to the appropriate streets. All agencies do their best to work together during major events for the safety of our residents.

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Thanks to all of our hard working staff who brave the cold, wind, snow and ice in order to keep us moving throughout the City! For more information about snow, routes and what zone/route you are in, visit http://www.bgky.org/publicworks/snow-routes.

 

 

Holiday Fire Safety Tips

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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But seriously, if you’re going to fry a turkey – 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!

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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 16th, 2016 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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The Board of Commissioner Swearing-In Ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m. immediately before the open house in the City Hall lobby.  Judge Steve Wilson will swear in our 2017/2018 Board.

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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.

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In addition to visiting with staff, be sure to pick up a copy of our 2016/2017 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 “diversity of 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.

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Be sure to join us downtown for Holiday Cheer!

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 2016/2017 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!

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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 diversity in our great City.  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.

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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, JD Bakery, 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 16, from 2 to 4 p.m. at 1001 College Street.

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Want to make sure that you don’t miss out on a calendar this year?  Feel free to “pre-order” your copy by contacting 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 copy when they are hot off the presses.

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!

Calendars will be distributed by early December!

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