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BGPD Junior Police Academy


Many people in the City of Bowling Green are familiar with the Citizens Police Academy (CPA) hosted by the Bowling Green Police Department each year. The CPA is a 10 week course for adults 18 years of age and over which provides an opportunity to learn first-hand about police operations through a series of classes and hands on demonstrations.


In addition to the CPA, the BGPD holds a two day Junior Police Academy camp every year for student’s age 10 to 13 years old. The class takes place at Safety City in front of Greenwood High School on Scottsville Road and at the Bowling Green Police Department at 911 Kentucky Street.


This year’s Junior Police Academy will be held June 20th 21st and 22nd.


This action packed program covers several aspects of police work including presentations on patrol operations, the BGPD K9 unit, the Critical Response Team, traffic safety, Crime Scene Processing and much more. Students will have a hands-on experience with staff by getting their finger prints taken, testing their traffic safety skills, trying on equipment and getting up close and personal with a patrol car. Campers will also experience a jail tour, BGPD tour, and a mock trial at the Warren County Justice Center. Lunches, t-shirts, caps, transportation and back packs are provided.


The cost of the Junior Police Academy is $50. The June 2016 class will enroll at the Bowling Green Ball Park on April 26th from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and we look forward to welcoming new students each and every year.  If you or your child has an interest in the Bowling Green Police Department and learning more about the organization, please call 270-393-BGPD.




Cemetery Spring Cleanup

Have you ever wondered why Fairview Cemetery has so many rules?  Maybe you haven’t unless you have loved ones buried there or you have purchased burial plots for you or your family members.  Some of the more common rules are often broken and we want to explain why we have them in place.


One of the main rules that can be broken is the planting of unapproved landscaping.  Often times, people come into the cemetery on a weekend and plant items for their loved ones.  But we ask that before you plant, please check with the staff to make sure what you have planned is approved landscaping.  We have over 30,000 burial plots on 109 acres that we maintain on a weekly basis.  This includes mowing, weed eating, weed killing and general maintenance.


Another rule at Fairview Cemetery is to keep all items off the ground during mowing season.  We do not want the mowers and weed eaters to accidentally destroy something that might be of sentimental value to the family member that placed it there.  If you want to place something at the head of the grave, please stop by the office and we will be happy to assist you with what is allowed. Many families and friends also place beautiful artificial flower arrangements at their loved ones grave.  Unfortunately, many times these arrangements come up missing.  There are many reasons for this.  The wind might blow them off during a storm or they weren’t placed tightly enough on the headstone or in the vases.  But unfortunately, the main reason for these arrangements to disappear is theft so we ask that you not place anything sentimental or valuable at a grave.


During the second or third week of March every year we have our annual Spring Cleanup.  We advertise this event for several weeks before in the newspaper, through PSA’s, at www.bgky.org, on social media, and we post signs in all three of our cemeteries which include:  Fairview Cemetery #1 & #2, Mount Moriah Cemetery, and Pioneer Cemetery.  The Maintenance Supervisor goes through all cemeteries and picks up old and discolored arrangements, broken items and all past holiday decorations.


If you have any questions regarding our Spring Cleanup please call our office at 270-393-3018, Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and we will be happy to answer any of your questions.


Pickle Ball

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Pickle Ball is currently all the rage, and the City of Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department offers play from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s at the F.O. Moxley Center. There is a $2.00 registration fee and all ages are welcome.

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Pickle Ball is a paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. Pickle Ball combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong and is played both indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court and a slightly modified tennis net. The game is played with a paddle and plastic ball.

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Pickle Ball was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, a short ferry ride from Seattle, WA. Three dads – Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell, and Barney McCallum – whose kids were bored with their usual summertime activities are credited for creating game. Pickle Ball has evolved from original handmade equipment and simple rules into a popular sport throughout the US and Canada. The game is growing internationally as well with many European and Asian countries adding courts. ‘

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A Pickle Ball court is the same size as a doubles badminton court and measures 20×44 feet. In Pickle Ball, the same court is used for both singles and doubles play. The net height is 36 inches at the sidelines and 34 inches in the middle. The court is striped similar to a tennis court with right and left service courts and a 7-foot non-volley zone in front of the net (referred to as the “kitchen”). Courts can be constructed specifically for Pickle Ball or they can be converted using existing tennis or badminton courts.


Popularity is growing with all ages but especially with seniors and youth. Come out to join the City of Bowling Green in experiencing this great activity.

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The City of Bowling Green has experienced a significant amount of snow again this winter along with multiple freeze and thaw temperature cycles.  This type of weather can often cause potholes to develop.


The City proactively repairs potholes on a regular basis, but in order to make sure our streets are safe and repaired, we would like to solicit the public’s assistance.  If you notice a pothole, please contact our City Central Division at 270-393-3444 to report it, or visit the City’s website at www.bgky.org and select the service request link.


Please remember that pot holes need to be on City owned roads in order for us to repair them. Below is a quick lesson on roads:

If a road has a number on it, it is State maintained. This is not always easy to determine.  For example, nearly everyone who lives in or travels through Bowling Green knows of Scottsville Road.  While the average motorist may call it Scottsville Road, its official name is KY 231.  Other examples include, Nashville Road (31-W), Russellville Road (68/80), and Three Springs Road (844) to name a few.  These “number roads” are maintained by the State regardless of whether or not they are located in the City or County limits.  As such, the City and County have no authority over the way these roads are maintained.


In addition to State maintained roads, the County is responsible for roads and streets as you leave the City limits. Often times, one road may be partially maintained by the City and partially by the County.  A good example of this type of situation is Dishman Lane/Dishman Lane Extension/Cave Mill Road (why this same stretch of road has three different names is the subject of a whole other blog post) which connects Russellville Road and Scottsville Road running in an East to West direction.  This road meanders in and out of the City and County limits more times than it has names. J


We know this can be confusing.  If you want more information, please visit the GIS section of the City website at http://www.bgky.org/gis/ to get a good idea of where the City/County boundaries are.

The City continually tracks pothole statistics throughout the years.  Within the last three years, Public Works has repaired an average of over 450 potholes annually.  Peak repair months are January through March and the average response time to repair a pothole is six days from the initial report.


We would like to thank the citizens of Bowling Green in advance for your assistance in making our streets better and safer.

Lampkin Park has a long history of serving our community through the many years of youth tee-ball and coaches pitch games, pony tail softball, teen baseball, adult softball, tennis, basketball, futsol, volleyball and the Warren County Jaycees fair. Lampkin Park has long played a major role for our city’s residents and visitors alike.


Beginning in 2008, Bowling Green Parks and Recreation began making many renovations to ensure Lampkin Park will be just as prominent in Bowling Green’s future as it has been in our past. Improved restrooms, renovated dugouts on multiple fields, and new score boxes were some of our first endeavors.


Now we are onto constructing our department’s single largest shelter — a 34 x 60 shelter that will seat over 140 people.  The former shelter provided many memories from family reunions to summer picnics. We know the new shelter will be just as popular and will serve this community for decades to come.  We are looking for a completion date this spring and can’t be more excited about this project.


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Furthermore, we’ve got even bigger plans for the upcoming years. Want to know more, you might want to check out our newly approved master plan.  Find it on www.bgky.org under the parks tab.

With spring right around the corner, the City of Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department has lots of activities and programs planned. From parties to arts and crafts; and gardening to sports; we have something for everyone. Visit us at www.bgky.org to learn more about all of the great events and programs below!

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Parker-Bennett Community Center (270) 393-3691

• St. Patty’s Day Party
o Make sure you wear your green when you come out and celebrate with us. There will be food, music, games, and prizes.
o Date: March 17
o Time: 4:30 – 5:30 pm
o Ages: 5 – 13 years old
o Fee: Free

F.O. Moxley Community Center (270) 393-3734

• Senior Adult Crafts
o Monthly crafts from Now thru May on the second Wednesday of each month at Hospitality House Housing Authority and second Thursday of each month at Community Action Center.
o Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
o Cost: Free
o Ages: Senior Adults

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• Pickle Ball

o A lively racket game for all ages and abilities. Pickle-ball was created with one thing in mind: fun. It was designed to be easy to learn and play whether you’re five, eighty-five, or somewhere in between.
o Season Dates: Now – March 31
o Days Played: Tuesdays and Thursdays
o Time: 12:30 – 2:30 pm
o Fee: $2 annual registration fee
o Fee: Free
• Kid’s Corner

o Watch movies, play board games, ping pong, pool, and foosball. Join us every Saturday for lots of fun!
o Dates: Every Saturday, Now – March 19
o Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
o Ages: 8 – 15 years old
o Fee: Free
• Spring Break Camp for Kids

o Enjoy fun, games, arts & crafts, music, dance, and a field trip.
o Registration Dates: March 1 – 31
o Camp Dates: April 4 – 8
o Time: 7:00 am – 5:30 pm, Monday – Friday
o Ages: 5 – 13 years (5 year olds must be attending full-day Kindergarten)
o Fee: $40 weekly fee, $35 fee-waiver, $15 afterschool attendees. Includes arts & crafts, snack, and field trip. LUNCH NOT PROVIDED!

Aquatics (270) 393-3606

• Discount season passes make a great FAMILY gift. The early bird season pass sale is going on now thru May 2, 2016. Passes can be purchased at BGPR, 225 E. Third Avenue, Bowling Green, KY 42101.

Administration (270) 393-3249

• Shelter Rentals
o We are now accepting reservations. Our office is open Monday thru Friday from 7:30 am – 5:00 pm. Park shelters are available for rental between the hours of 8:00 am and 9:00 pm. Shelters are not available prior to the scheduled time. Clean up should begin prior to the end of the rental time and the space must be completely vacated at the end of the rental period. Shelters are available from March 15 – October 31.
o Rentals are made on a first-come, first-served basis and are non-refundable. Facility is not reserved until payment is received.


2016 Gardens
2016 Gardens at Kereiakes Park will be sold beginning Tuesday, March 15 at 8:30am in the Parks Administrative lobby.

Garden plots are available at Kereiakes Park
1220 Fairview Avenue, Bowling Green, KY 42101
• Full Plot (30’x60′): $20 each
• Small Plot (30’x30′): $15 each

The Parks and Recreation Department Shall:
• Plow, disk and mark off gardens.
• Gardens are now ready.
• Mow all gardens that have weed growth of 24 inches or more.
• Not assume any responsibility for theft from gardens.

The Gardeners Shall:

• Application is good for current season and must reapply annually. Limit: 2 gardens per household/address.
• Obey all city, state, and federal laws, statutes, ordinances, and policies.
• Produce harvested from the gardens may NOT be sold on city property. Anyone selling on city property without a permit/license will be subject to fines and/or court costs.
• Maintain the garden in good condition.
• Notify Parks & Recreation if he/she decides not to use the garden.
• Have everything removed from the gardens by November 7th. The gardens will be plowed under for the winter.
• Do not remove and/or move the stakes.
• Be considerate of your neighbor.

Click here for Map of 2016 Garden Plots
Click here for 2016 Community Garden Application

Over 50 Citizen’s Academy

Are you Over 50? Are you interested in Bowling Green? Do you want to know more about your City’s form of government? Then the 4th Annual Over Fifty Citizen’s Academy is perfect for you!  The Academy will be held weekdays, Thursday, March 3rd through Wednesday, March 9th, 2016, for Bowling Green City residents age 50 and older.

OFCA Bus Tour

A portion of the sessions will include bus transportation and very light walking, with accommodations as needed. The Academy is provided at no cost to participants. The participant is expected to attend each session throughout the five days. Applicants are chosen solely on a first come, first serve basis, using receipt of application to determine order.

Throughout this five-day course you will learn how we pay for City government, gather information about aging resources and services, be introduced to all of our City departments, find out about transportation needs and planning, and so much more.

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For more information or to apply, please visit:  http://www.bgky.org/assets/files/wMlc50Jd.pdf or contact Karen Foley at 270-393-3674. Application deadline is February, 2016.


Previous Over Fifty Academies have been a huge success with attendees providing the following feedback to City staff on evaluation forms:

  • “After living here since the mid-70s it was extremely informative and educational to be exposed to all of the key areas of our city.  I thoroughly enjoyed all of the presentations and tours and feel a much greater sense of appreciation for our City employees.”
  • “I felt every presenter was excellent.  They really showed how much B.G. city government cares about the citizens and each showed great pride in their department and the work they do.”
  • “Loved, loved, loved this program!  It so opened my eyes to what makes BG run.  I had no idea.  Thank you so very much for all your efforts pulling this together!!”
  • “I have really enjoyed this.  This is the best learning experience I have attended.”


If you think this week-long Academy may be something you are interested in, please don’t hesitate to contact the City or apply online. Space is limited and we’re looking forward to another great program in 2016!!


The City of Bowling Green has partnered with The Barren River District Health Department (BRDHD) and other agencies for a ‘Public Health for a Healthy Communities Pedestrian Plan’ Level 2 Mini Grant of $3,000 for a Pedestrian/Bicycle Master Plan for prioritized small areas within the West End Neighborhoods of Bowling Green, Kentucky.


Within the West End, many sidewalks have been constructed, Greenway trails are located nearby, and three transit routes provide transportation to other parts of the City. There are significant gaps in the infrastructure that prevent residents from safely walking or riding a bicycle to daily destinations and transit stops, including schools, shopping, work, parks and other places. This mini grant will be used to hire a consultant to undertake an engineering analysis and GIS map of existing conditions and planned improvements for sidewalks in the West End with overall coordination and guidance provided by the project team. This goal of this plan will be to connect these gaps for a safer, more walkable West End.

West End Invitation Final

In addition to an engineering analysis and the use of GIS maps, the input of West End residents will be sought to get a better perspective on needs. The majority of West End residents are renters who struggle with the demands of daily life and working to pay for basic needs such as housing, food and transportation. Because of this, attendance at traditional public meetings would be minimal. Project partners will utilize existing collaborative relationships with organizations and individuals in the neighborhoods, and will take advantage of locations and events where people are already gathered such as schools, churches and community events to get input.


This project will result in the development of a “Mini Bike-Pedestrian Plan” for the West End neighborhoods in Bowling Green, Kentucky, with public input that will support additional development in the future.


The first event, the stakeholders Open House, takes place on Thursday, Feb. 11, from 4-6 pm in the library at Dishman McGinnis Elementary School, 375 Glen Lily Road. You can also find the event at https://www.facebook.com/barren.district.

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As we have recently seen with just over a foot of snow, winter is definitely here. 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

North Side Fire Station

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The Bowling Green Fire Department has several stations throughout the City, but what you may not know is that Station 5 on New Porter Pike has a long history of uses for the City before it became a fire substation. Station 5 plays a vital part in training Bowling Green firefighters today.


In 1983, 2.47 acres of land was purchased on New Porter Pike for $45,000. In 1984, a classroom building was constructed for $154,000 and was used for police shift change and training.  A draft pit was also built at the same time for the Fire Department to practice extinguishing chemical fires.  A fire training tower used to simulate different types of building fires was constructed in 1985 for $213,000 and in 1986, a burn pit was established.  Additionally, in 1987, a burn building was built for $100,000 to provide a place for firefighters to practice extinguishing an actual fire and to perform rescue operations in an enclosed space and experience the heat and smoke that accompany fires.

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Both the Police and Fire Departments used the property for several years.  Then in 1999, a fire substation was built to better serve the needs of the north/northeast section of the City.  The main building was added to and transformed into living quarters for the firefighters. A three bay garage area was added to house several pieces of apparatus and equipment and a large classroom was built that is used for training new firefighters and for ongoing education classes for all fire personnel.


Because the training tower, burn pit and burn building were already in place, the Fire Department’s Training Division moved into this building as well, allowing for ready access to the training facilities.  Physical testing for potential new hires is done at Station 5 as well, using the Candidate Physical Agility Test (CPAT) course that is housed on the property.

flashover chamber

Over the last several years, many other training props have been added to help firefighters practice and prepare for real-world incidents.  They include a flashover chamber, a confined space prop, a maze, structural collapse props, a vehicle extrication prop and a firefighter safety survival  prop, as well as a vehicle fire prop that is set to arrive soon.  All of these training props allow fire personnel to hone their skills so they are better prepared when any given emergency arises.

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