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Early-bird season passes are now on sale for the Russell Sims Aquatic Center! Save money on season passes from now until May 5th, 2017.

Early-Bird Season Passes

  • $75-Individual
  • $175-Family of Four

Regular Price Season Passes

  • $100-Individual
  • $200-Family of Four

Right Tree, Right Place

The Right Tree, Right Place program serves to inform City residents about proper tree planting and the harmful effects of Tree Topping.

Watch our video about this important program, and go to www.bgky.org/tree for more information.

 

Smallhouse Road Update

The City of Bowling Board of Commissioners approved funding in Fiscal Years 2015 and 2016 for the improvement to a section of Smallhouse Road from Campbell Lane through the signalized intersection at Highland Way. These improvements include widening the road to three lanes, as well as the installation of curb, gutter, and an 8 foot multi-use path on one side of the proposed roadway. The ultimate goal is to continue these improvements to Scottsville Road in the near future.

Construction will include water line utility relocation as well as any roadway widening, sidewalk construction, and necessary traffic signal modifications. Construction is expected to continue through August 2017. Motorists are advised to take caution when traveling this area as crews will be working near the travel lanes and some delays should be expected. The roadway will remain open throughout construction with the exception of periods where utility and storm line crossing will be necessary.  Advance notice will be given if closures are necessary.

Construction began in December 2016.  Charles Deweese Construction, Inc. is the general contractor for Phase I.  Crews have begun excavation on the two major stormwater retention basins on the project and this work has continued throughout the month of January. Roadway widening and storm sewer installation will begin on the Campbell Lane end of the project corridor in the coming months.

While any modifications to the current roadway configuration will have impacts to adjoining properties and motorists utilizing the roadway, the City is confident that we are proposing the most cost effective solution that will minimize these impacts to the greatest extent possible.

Additionally, funding was provided in 2017 to begin design on Phase II widening.  This section will pick up near Highland Way where Phase I ends and continue through Ridgecrest Way.  Survey and design of this portion began in December 2016 and is anticipated to be completed in Spring 2017 with property acquisition to follow.

Watch this week’s Update BG to learn more about the Kummer/Little Recreation Center.

 

Bowling Green Special Olympics is a program that has existed here locally for over 30 years. Our program serves over 125 athletes and families, providing them year-round competitive sport opportunities in basketball, softball, bowling, track and field, flag football and cheerleading.

The program would not be successful if not for the hundreds of volunteers that dedicate their time and efforts each year to help provide a positive experience for our participants. To ensure that we continue to grow a solid volunteer base, we are hosting a Volunteer Drive on January 26th from 6pm-7:30pm. It will be held at the Kummer Little Recreation Center (333 College St.) in the multi-purpose room. The event will give interested volunteers the opportunity to come learn about our program, meet some of our athletes, and fill out all necessary paperwork to become an approved volunteer through Special Olympics Kentucky. All interested volunteers will need to bring a valid driver’s license along with them. All volunteer opportunities for the 2017 calendar year will be discussed in depth, allowing for those in attendance to sign up and plan ahead to serve with us this year. In addition, staff will be present to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

Often times, folks will go into a volunteer opportunity trying to make an impact in the life of someone else, and that is sure to be the case. However, in volunteering with Special Olympics and this population as a whole, we believe that the volunteer is the one left impacted by those they are able to interact with. Volunteers often leave with a better view of what it means to live life to the fullest despite the challenges we may face. There is a pure joy and love for life that is exemplified in Special Olympics that must be experienced firsthand to understand. The “Spirit of Special Olympics” is truly special, and we hope you all will join us and experience it for yourself!

If you have any questions regarding the upcoming volunteer drive or how you can be involved if you are not able to attend, please feel free to contact Cameron Levis at Cameron.levis@bgky.org or by phone at 270-393-3265. You can also contact our Coordinator, Holly Vincent, at holly.vincent@bgky.org or 270-393-3480. We hope to have you and some of your chapter join us on January 26th! Come see how you can play your part in helping the Bowling Green community see the abilities in ALL individuals!

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.

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