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Leaf Season


Leaf season is almost here!

As the cold weather moves in and the leaves continue to change color and fall, the City’s Leaf Pickup Season kicks off. Starting on October 16th, residents can call 393-3333 to request a pick-up at their residence. Requested pick-ups will take place through November 3rd and are not guaranteed.

Scheduled zone pick-up will tentatively begin on October 30th and will run through January 2nd, 2018. 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.

Please remember that 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 already 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.

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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 to hoping that they fall all at once and you don’t have to spend too many beautiful fall weekends outdoors with a rake!


Have you ever been witness to or had information about a Crime? If so, the South Central Kentucky Crime Stoppers Program could use your help.  Crime Stoppers is a program which brings the public, the media, and the police together in the fight against crime. Those who report crimes can receive cash for their information.

Citizens can phone in a tip on a crime or possible crime by calling 270-781-CLUE or toll free at 1-800-842-CLUE. Callers do not need to give their name. All that is required of the caller is to relay what is known or suspected.


Once a tip is reported, the individual calling will be given a secret personal ID number that can be used later to find out if an arrest was made and how to collect any cash that they have been awarded.

The Crime of the Week is posted online at http://www2.bgky.org/crimestoppers and citizens can obtain descriptions and or pictures of the current crime that is being investigated. Archives can be viewed and information can be reported on past crimes as well.

In addition, those who call or visit the website may report information regarding a crime at any time, learn more about the Crime Stoppers Program or get information about donating.

For more information about Crime Stoppers please call 270-393-4244.

Fall is almost here and Parks and Recreation has so many activities and sporting events to offer. Two of the larger athletics program include youth basketball and adult indoor volleyball. Registration for both leagues takes place in October and games begin shortly after. Check out the information on both leagues below:

Youth Basketball
In cooperation with Southern Kentucky Youth Basketball. 

 ON-SITE REGISTRATION:  October 11 & 12 from 3:30—6:00 pm and October 14 from 10:00 am—12:00 pm at BGPR.

LATE REGISTRATION:  October 25 & 26 from 3:30—6 pm and October 28 from 10:00 am—12:00 pm



MANDATORY COACHES MEETING:  November 2 at 6:00 pm

MAKE-UP COACHES MEETING:  November 4 at 9:00 am

PLAYER DRAFT:  All at Kummer/Little Gym

 Prep League—November 4 at 10:00 am

 JV—November 4 at 11:00 am


Division                       Grade Level

Beginners                    1st and 2nd Grade

Primary                        3rd and 4th Grade

Elementary                  5th and 6th Grade

Prep                             7th and 8th Grade

Junior Varsity              9th – 11th Grades

Adult Indoor Volleyball
Seasons are offered in a variety of leagues for all levels of play.  All games will be played at Kummer/Little Gym or Sid Carr Gym.  Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first- served basis.  Entry fee must be paid in full at the time of registration.  You may register at the Parks Administrative Office or online at http://playbgpr.bgky.org.

Season            Deadline         Begin Week Of

Fall                  October 20th    October 23rd

League            Fee     

Coed-A           $100

Coed-B           $100

Coed C            $100

Men’s              $75

Women’s         $100

Reverse Coed  $100

In addition to basketball and volleyball, check out http://www2.bgky.org/bgpr/ for information on senior adult crafts, pickleball, the Parker Bennett Community Center Haunted House, youth dodgeball, Pumpkinpalooza and so much more.

City Government Month

Did you know that September is City Government Month in the state of KY? Each September the City of Bowling Green works with the Kentucky League of Cities to educate residents – and primarily elementary students – about our local government and how it is run.

Often times, there are common misconceptions about what form of government we are, how residents can get involved, where our taxes go, what services we offer, how our elections work, and more.

Check out some of these great facts and activities that we use when working with our student population.

  • The City of Bowling Green was founded in 1798
  • The City of Bowling Green was incorporated in 1812
  • From 1898 to 1907, City Hall was located in the Old McCormack Building at 1008 State Street. It burned in 1911, part of the building’s exterior was saved.
  • The current City Hall was built in 1907 and once house the police court, judicial offices, attorneys, a City Physician, a library and jail cells.
  • Bowling Green is a City Manager form of government. The Board of Commissioners (Board)
    appoints a City Manageras the chief administrative officer, whose responsibility is to carry out the decisions of the Board and manage the day-to-day operations of the City.
  • The Board of Commissioners includes one Mayor and four Commissioners.
  • The Mayor serves a 4 year term.
  • Commissioners serve a 2 year term.
  • The Board of Commission meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at City Hall at 4:30 p.m.
  • The capital city of Kentucky is Frankfort.
  • Bowling Green is 38.78 Square Miles.
  • The City of Bowling Green website is www.bgky.org.
  • The City of Bowling Green founding fathers were brothers Robert and George Moore.
  • The City of Bowling Green maintains 20 City Parks, 258 miles of streets and 112 miles of

For more information about City Government Month or to find out how you can get involved, please contact Kim Lancaster at kim.lancaster@bgky.org or 270-393-3642.

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 9th marks the 14th 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.

Biddy Ball Basketball

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 25th at 225 East Third Avenue, daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or you can contact Cathy Maroney at 270-393-3734. 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 9, 16, 23, 30 and October 7 and 14.

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

School Crossing Guards

August is here and with the new school year in full swing, it’s important that motorists pay special attention to crosswalks and school crossing guards outside of local schools.  Although a large number of students ride the bus or are dropped off at school, many still walk daily.

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 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.

City Crossing Guards are located at T.C. Cherry, Potter Gray, Parker Bennett/Curry, Dishman McGinnis and Lost River Elementary Schools.

If you are interested in becoming a school crossing guard or for more information about the program, contact 270-393-3642.  Help keep our streets and our students safe.


Tree Ring History

The City of Bowling Green owns a neat piece of our history in the form of a tree. In 2010, a Norway Spruce (picea abies) in Fairview Cemetery was struck by lightning and died approximately one year later. The tree had been planted in the old section of the cemetery in 1873.

City employee Jay Dougherty took the time to create a Bowling Green timeline on a cutout piece from the tree. This interesting and creative piece now resides in our Landscape Division and makes a yearly appearance at the City of Bowling Green Arbor Day Celebration.

The trees in our City are a very important part of our history. Bowling Green KY has been recognized as a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation since 1994 and has received Growth Awards in the following years: 1995; 1996; 1997; 1998; 1999; 2007; 2009; 2010; 2011; 2012; 2014.

The following timeline highlights some of the important moments in Bowling Green’s history and is now marked on the tree. From most recent to oldest:

This tree was struck by lightning – 2010

Riverwalk Park was added – 2004

Russell Sims Aquatic Center added – 2000

Lovers Lane Complex was added – 1995

BG became a Tree City USA, the Tree Board was established – 1994

Hartland/Crosswinds Golf was added – 1991

Chevrolet Corvette Plant moved to BG and Crume Nature Park was added – 1981

Ogden Park was added – 1972

Kereiakes and Pedigo Parks were added – 1973

William Natcher parkway was finished – 1970

BG Mall opened – 1967

Hobson Grove was added (largest park at 223 acres) – 1965

I-65 was completed in BG and John F Kennedy spoke at City Hall during his campaign – 1960

Department of Parks and Recreation Division was established – 1957

2nd side of Fairview Cemetery was purchased – 1954

US 31W was opened – 1949

BG developed Parks and Recreation Board – 1941

Covington Woods Golf opened – 1933

KY Street Rail Depot was opened – 1925

City Hall was built – 1907

Reservoir Hill was made the first park in BG – 1896

First electric street car came to town – 1895

Arbor Day was made an official KY State holiday – 1887

This tree was planted in Fairview Cemetery – 1873


New Americans Reception

Do you know anyone who lives in the City of Bowling Green and has become a naturalized US Citizen between July 2016 and September 2017? If so, we would love recognize their outstanding accomplishment at our annual Reception for New Americans.

The City hosts the annual Reception for New Americans each September to recognize those individuals who have become naturalized US Citizens within the last year. Each New Citizen will receive a certificate of achievement signed by Bowling Green’s Mayor and be recognized individually by Bowling Green’s Mayor and City Commissioners at the event. Family and friends are welcome to attend, and light refreshments will be served.

Why promote citizenship? There are direct and indirect economic benefits to Naturalization. According to Cities for Citizenship report: “naturalization benefits local communities. When an individual becomes a citizen it raises the earning potential; much of the new earnings flow into local economies. Naturalization increases Local tax revenues and subsequently relieves local assistance programs. Naturalization initiatives connect immigrants to other city services and programs, fostering overall integration and creating an atmosphere of welcome and inclusion. When immigrants naturalize they make a permanent commitment to the community they live in. They more fully participate in democratic life. The result is stronger communities yielding benefits to all inside: employers, local government, and all residents.”

Newly naturalized citizens see a rise in income of 8-11% within three years of achieving citizenship status in the U.S. If eligible LPRs were to naturalize it could increase the U.S. economy from $37 billion to $52 billion within 10 years. (Cities for Citizenship, Citizenship: a Wise Investment for Cities, Summer 2014)

The average non-citizen in Kentucky earns $27,608 per year. If they naturalized, they could earn an average of $2,209 more per year. A $115.1 Million – aggregate additional earning if eligible non-citizens in Kentucky were naturalized. (New American Economy Contributions of New Americans in Kentucky, August 2016).

Promoting and pursuing citizenship is a win-win for all!

This year’s reception will take place Tuesday, September 12, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Sloan Convention Center at 1021 Wilkinson Trace.

If you or someone you know would like to be recognized, please contact Leyda Becker, International Communities Liaison at 270-393-3766 or Leyda.becker@bgky.org for more information. This event is sponsored by the City of Bowling Green and International Communities Advisory Council with collaboration from other community partners.

Adapted Sports Camp

The City of Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department will host the inaugural Adapted Sports Camp at Kummer Little Recreation Center on August 4th and 5th, 2017.

The camp has been made possible through an Adaptive Sports Grant given out by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The camp has 25-30 open slots for Veterans from across the country to apply, attend and learn the sports of wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis, and goalball, which is a sport for athletes with little to no vision.

Parks and Recreation entered into the grant process in partnership with Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation as well as Frazier Rehab out of Louisville. The awarded amount given by the grant allowed BGPR Special Populations to obtain 8 basketball wheelchairs, 2 tennis wheelchairs, and a new set of goalball equipment.

This is the first time any organization or entity has received the VA grant in the whole state of Kentucky. The City of Bowling Green is very excited about the opportunities for expanded programming this grant will present moving forward.

Parks and Recreation will be hosting registration check-in and a welcoming reception in the SkyPAC Lounge on August 4th from 6pm-8pm. Veterans who are attending the camp will have the opportunity to mingle with other camp participants and staff, as well as take in views of Downtown Bowling Green. The main portion of the camp will take place all day on Saturday, August 5th.

Please contact the Kummer Little Recreation Center at 270-393-3265 for more information on how you can register for this event. While this event is geared towards Veterans, it is open to the community as a whole.

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