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Harvest Festival 2018

re you ready Bowling Green? The first ever Harvest Festival will take place in Downtown Bowling Green, Kentucky on Friday, October 12th starting at 5:30 pm! This family-friendly fall event will have activities for ALL AGES.

Pumpkin Palooza, brought to you by Warren County Public Library and the City of Bowling Green, KY – Municipal Government Parks and Recreation, will be at Circus Square Park and will have tons of kids activities including pumpkin painting, cake walk, fall festival games, and a hay bale fort for kids to climb on and through. Beginning at dusk, an outdoor showing of the movie Coco will take place for everyone ages 2 to 82 to enjoy.

Right outside Circus Square, College Street will be closed to traffic from 6th to 7th Avenue and there will be inflatables, food vendors and “Toot” the Train rides.

Looking for something more adult? Lost River Sessions will begin at 7 p.m. at the SOKY Marketplace and 6-4-3 will be offering specialty fall drinks and deals along with a fire pit for marshmallow roasting.

Up for some spine-tingling story-telling?  Sign up for the Historic Railpark’s “Unseen Bowling Green” walking tours!  There will be two story tours during the night, leaving from the historic Standard Oil gas pumps and winding through some spooky corners of downtown.

Last but definitely not least, the BG Zombie Walk, benefiting VSA Kentucky, will take place during the Harvest Festival with face painting beginning at 5:30 PM. Dress in your best Zombie attire! More information and ticket pricing for this even can be found at www.bgkiwanis.org.

Come one and come all! Bowling Green Harvest Festival is going to be the best kick off to the Fall season that BG has ever seen. Special surprises and additional events will also take place.

Leaf Season is almost here!

Leaf season is almost here!

As the stifling heat moves out and the cooler weather moves in, the leaves will begin to change color and fall, and the City’s Leaf Pickup Season will kick off. Starting in October, residents can call 270-393-3333 to request a pick-up at their residence. Requested pick-ups will take place through early late October and are not guaranteed.

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Scheduled zone pick-up will tentatively begin in late October and will run through January 2019. Dates may change depending on weather, equipment breakdown, or the rate of leaf fall in certain zones. Each zone will be picked up at least twice during this three month period. Please remember that Scott Waste will also pick up bagged leaves if you miss your City date or if you would simply rather bag them.

No pick-up will occur on major holidays as our crews will be home with their families during that time.

Zone pick-up dates, zone descriptions, maps and leaf pickup guidelines are published on the city’s web site at http://www.bgky.org/publicworks/leaf-pickup and will be published in the Daily News, in SOKY Happenings, the City’s Facebook Page, Twitter and on Government Access Channel 4. Pickup dates will also be available on a weekly basis via the Leaf Hotline (270-393-3333). Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions or concerns about your zone.

Finally and MOST importantly, please remember these simple rules when raking leaves to your curb. Although leaves may damage your grass, that is where they belong. Leaves that are raked into the street or onto a sidewalk may cause stormwater, traffic and/or pedestrian issues, and the City reserves the right not to pick these leaves up.  DO NOT put debris, pumpkins, rocks, tires, trash or other non-foliage items in your leaf pile.  The trucks that pick up these leaves are meant for just that – leaves.  Other items can damage this equipment causing delays in zone pick-up. Always try and rake your leaves to the curb a few days early just in case there are changes to the schedule.

If your leaves are INTENTIONALLY not picked up, you may not have followed one of the above rules. If this is the case, an orange door hanger will be placed on your door explaining the reason why your leaves were not picked up along with a contact number.

May your leaf gathering go smoothly and here’s hoping that your leaves fall all at once and you don’t have to spend too many beautiful fall weekends outdoors with a rake! More dates and information will follow in the next month.

Each November, the City of Bowling Green celebrates Veteran’s Day with a fun-filled parade that winds its way through the downtown streets of our great City.

We are now accepting applications for our 18th annual parade taking place on Saturday, November 6th starting at 10 a.m.

Each group or individual who would like to participate in the Veteran’s Day Parade will need to complete an entry form by Friday, October 26th, 2018. The form can be found online at www.bgky.org or by calling 270-393-3603.

 

All participants will need to make plans to arrive for the line-up at 8:30 a.m. in front of the Kummer/Little Gym located at 333 College Street. Applicants will need to list things such as; how many feet they requite for their entry, what kind of vehicle they will use, and the number of people involved with each entry.

The City of Bowling Green encourages all of our residents to get involved in this great yearly event that recognizes the Veterans of our community.

If you are making plans to attend the parade as a spectator, make sure to remember to get there early and enjoy the route which starts near Circus Square and travels up College Street turning left onto 10th Avenue and then left onto State Street.

More information will follow on the parade!

Disc Golf

It has been said before that Bowling Green is a Mecca for Disc Golf. While there is no way of confirming this statement, it is clear that Bowling Green has an abundance of great Disc Golf Courses.

Eighteen hole courses are located at Lovers Lane, Hobson Grove, Preston Miller and Kereiakes Parks. Oliver French, an individual sponsored by the largest producer of discs in the world, was sent to Bowling Green to document our fields.

The Bowling Green Disc Golf Association play weekly Doubles at Kereiakes, Hobson Grove, Ephram White (County) and Lovers Lane Parks.

The Bowling Green Disc Golf Courses offer challenging and fun play in all areas of town. With a variety of pars and holes ranging in distance and difficultly levels, there is something for everyone from novice to the most experienced players.

Disc golf is played much like traditional golf. Instead of a ball and clubs, however, players use a flying disc or Frisbee®. The sport was formalized in the 1970’s and shares with “ball golf” the object of completing each hole in the fewest strokes (or, in the case of disc golf, fewest throws).

A golf disc is thrown from a tee area to a target which is the “hole”. The hole can be one of a number of disc golf targets; the most common is called a Pole Hole® an elevated metal basket.

As a player progresses down the fairway, he or she must make each consecutive throw from the spot where the previous throw has landed. The trees, shrubs, and terrain changes located in and around the fairways provide challenging obstacles for the golfer. Finally, the “putt” lands in the basket and the hole is completed.

Disc golf shares the same joys and frustrations of traditional golf, whether it’s sinking a long putt or hitting a tree halfway down the fairway. There are a few differences, though. Disc golf rarely requires a greens fee, you probably won’t need to rent a cart, and you never get stuck with a bad “tee time.” It is designed to be enjoyed by people of all ages, male and female, regardless of economic status.

If you have yet to try disc golf, we encourage you to get out see what you think. Enjoy the outdoors, get some exercise and try and fun new activity.

2018 Puppy Paddle

 

August has arrived and there are a lot of great things coming up in the City that we will work very hard to keep everyone up to date on. Over the next several months, we will have free Annual Report Calendars, leaf pick-up will begin, the Veteran’s Day Parade, Fire Safety Month and more.

Saturday, September 8th marks the 16th Annual Puppy Paddle in Bowling Green. Russell Sims Aquatic Center will be open from 10 a.m. until noon for you and your pooch to come out and take a dip one last time.

The fee for each dog is $10 but humans are FREE and there will be activities and contests for the pups as well as plenty of playmates. And speaking of playmates, please make sure that your dog is sufficiently socialized in order for everyone to enjoy this event. Basically, if your dog thinks that other dogs are a chew toy, you may want to re-consider coming out.

All dogs must also have proof of current rabies vaccine either through a tag or documentation in order to join in the fun.

The weather will hopefully be sunny and beautiful so mark your calendars now to come out and enjoy the last bit of summer while donating to the Bowling Green Humane Society and taking advantage of the City’s beautiful facilities.

 

Russell Sims Aquatic Center is located at 2303 Tomblinson Way.

2018 Citizen Survey Results

Every two years, the City of Bowling Green takes the time to participate in the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and National Research Center (NRC) National Citizen Survey (NCS).  This survey is a low-cost citizen survey service for local governments.

The survey centers on community livability and includes questions about the quality of life in the community, local policies, demographics, rating of local government services and resident use of services. A random and scientific sample of 1,800 households received invitations in the mail to participate, and their confidential responses were weighted and analyzed.

The 2018 Bi-Annual Citizen Survey was completed in late summer and the results are available online at http://www.bgky.org/assets/files/vd9szGmz.pdf. A brief presentation will be made at the August 21st Board of Commissioners meeting.

The Citizen Survey is designed to identify our strengths and weaknesses in the community and in the services we provide. As a City, we use this survey for planning, resource allocations, performance measurements and more. We choose to compare ourselves to the National benchmarks as well as jurisdictions in the Southern region with populations from 35,000 to 69,999.

A brief summary of the survey is listed below.

  • Overall, Bowling Green is “similar” to the benchmark comparisons in almost every category.
  • Residents ranked us “lower” than previous years in categories such as cost of living, ease of travel, customer service, and value for taxes paid; all of these categories were still similar to the national benchmark (BG is “higher” than the benchmark in cost of living).
  • Residents ranked us “higher” than previous years in categories such as snow removal, place to retire, paths and walking trails, and travel by bicycle; all of these categories were similar to the national benchmark with the exception of place to retire where we are higher than the national benchmark.

Biddy Ball 2018

Do you have a little one who loves sports but isn’t quite old enough to play? If so, Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Biddy Ball Basketball may be just what you are looking for.

Biddy Ball Basketball is for youth ages 3 to 5 years old, and players will learn the basic fundamentals of basketball and have fun playing weekly games against each other. This is a great way to get young kids out and active and teach them the importance of teamwork too.

Registration is taking place NOW through August 24th at 225 East Third Avenue, daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. or you can contact Cristen Graves at 270-393-3583. Teams will fill up fast and there are 8 kids per team. Pre-registration is required and there will be a mandatory parent/coaches meeting to be announced.

Game days take place on Saturdays at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. on September 8, 15, 22, 29 and October 6 and 13.

Sign you little one up today to be a part of Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Biddy Ball Basketball.

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

Walkability

Walkability: the measure of how friendly an area is to walking. Factors influencing walkability include the presence or absences of and quality of footpaths, sidewalks or other pedestrian rights-of-way, as well as traffic and road conditions. The desire for a community to become “walkable” has been steadily growing throughout America.

The City of Bowling Green has been working with various partners over the course of many years to increase the connectivity and walkability of our City. The building of greenways and sidewalks has been funded through a combination of transportation grants, CDBG (Neighborhood Improvement Project) funds, New Sidewalk Program projects, and more.  This large scale project is designed to connect neighborhoods and parks and commercial areas to allow residents to bike and walk to where they live, work and play.

Pedestrian connectivity Campbell Lane/Veterans Memorial

 

Through the Neighborhood Improvement Program and in partnership with Public Works and Parks & Recreation, Neighborhood and Community Service is helping to add new walking paths and sidewalk to connect neighborhoods in and through Lampkin Park and Pedigo Park.  When all planned projects are completed, residents could walk sidewalk or shared use path from Lee Pointe Apartments on North Lee Drive to Glen Lily Road, from there to North Sunrise either to Pedigo Park or to and through Lampkin Park to Morgantown Road and then to the Walmart at Morgantown Road and Veterans Memorial Boulevard.  New sidewalk, patio area, and a bus shelter were also recently constructed at Reservoir Hill Park.  This new connectivity also means park users will enjoy easier access from existing parking facilities to ball fields, restrooms, and other areas at these parks.

 Pedestrian connectivity Downtown

 

In addition to the Neighborhood Improvement Program, we have seen sidewalks and greenways built or are in the process of design/being built on Warren Way, North Lee Drive, Crewdson Street, Old Barren River Road, North Sunrise and Woodway Street.  Other sidewalk projects completed along the way have included Gordon Avenue, Morgantown Road, South Sunrise, West 11th, Pearl Street and more.

Pedestrian connectivity Lovers Lane/Cemetery Road

 

The addition of these sidewalks are bringing our community together. Parks and facilities that are now connected include the BG Skate Park, Roland Bland Park, Boatlanding Park, Pedigo Park, Lampkin Park and Preston Miller Park.

Beyond adding and repairing sidewalks, the City has worked hard to improve ADA compliance, increase safety and update crosswalks. We are moving toward a more walkable City. This map shows the connectivity of multiple areas of town via shared use path, sidewalks and greenways. We hope to continue this growth and connectivity.

For more information on currently funded sidewalk projects, please visit http://www.bgky.org/publicworks/new-sidewalk-program. To view an interactive map of our sidewalks and greenways visit http://arcg.is/04eu0f

Back to School Safety Tips!

There are many things that parents can do today to make the start of the school year safer for their children.  Warren County and Bowling Green City schools will both begin in August and the City of BG has developed a variety of tips for parents.

Remember to provide phone numbers for your child as he or she heads back to school.  With today’s technology, many families have multiple phone numbers. To make things easier, print all numbers that your child may need on a laminated index card and place it in their backpack in a safe place.

Car, bike and walking safety are also very important as students travel to school.  Make sure that all children are buckled into your vehicle before you begin your drive and drop them as close to the school as possible.  If someone besides you is picking them up from school, pick a password that your child knows to ensure it is a safe adult.  Also, teach your kids that bikes have rules just as cars do and make sure that they always wear a helmet.

If your child walks to school, plan their route and minimize the number of streets that they have to cross.  Make sure that your child walks in a group and has made the trip before the first day of school.  Children should always know the importance of not talking to strangers.

City Crossing Guards are located at T.C. Cherry, Potter Gray, Parker Bennett/Curry, Dishman McGinnis and Lost River Elementary Schools. Crossing guards direct pedestrian crossings and traffic flow in order to ensure the safety of children by staying alert to traffic hazards.  Crossing guards typically work one hour before and one hour after school hours and are essential in assisting students in getting to school safely.

Please remember to use caution when going through a school zone as a motorist and obey all traffic signals, speed limits and crossing guard directions. In the event that a crossing guard is unavailable to work, a Bowling Green Police Department employee will be monitoring the school zone.

Another important safety tip as the school year approaches is to make sure that you and your children have a family meeting spot.  If there is a crisis, all members of the family should know where to meet.

Finally, it is always important to make sure that your children are safe after school if they are alone. Emphasize the importance of keeping doors locked, post a list of emergency numbers, have your kids call you when they get home, and make sure they never tell someone on the phone that they are home alone.

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