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The City of Bowling Green Premier Grounds at Preston Miller are open for play! These four soccer fields are located at Preston Miller Park at 2303 Tomblinson Way. All four fields are 330’ x 180’ with Bermuda grass and will have multiple uses including free play, practices and tournaments.

     

These fields include a parking lot with approximately 280 spaces, sidewalks, lights, shelter and bleachers.

     

Preston Miller Park is 55 acres and home to the Russell Sims Aquatic Center. This park also includes a one mile walking/running trail, 18-hole disc golf course, a handicap accessible playground filled with many activities for children of different ages, and a basketball court. Preston Miller Park also has three sand volleyball courts where you kind find league teams playing in the warmer seasons. Along with the many facilities listed, Preston Miller Park also has a picnic shelter.

     

As warmer weather approaches and the days are longer we look forward to seeing residents of Bowling Green enjoying these great fields.

Don’t forget, Preston Miller Park also has a free outdoor gym for all to use!

May 4th, 2021 is International Firefighters day. Firefighters dedicate their lives to the protection of life and property. Sometimes that dedication is in the form of countless hours volunteered over many years, in others it is many selfless years working in the industry. In all cases it risks the ultimate sacrifice of a firefighter’s life.

International Firefighters’ Day (IFFD) is a time where the world’s community can recognize and honor the sacrifices that firefighters make to ensure that their communities and environment are as safe as possible. It is also a day in which current and past firefighters can be thanked for their contributions.

The Bowling Green Fire Department is a fully paid department that achieved international accreditation in 2008 and reaccreditation in 2014 and 2018 through the Commission on Fire Accreditation International, also known as the Center for Public Safety Excellence. This accreditation gives us a rare achievement within the fire service in that only 3 fire departments in Kentucky and only 288 fire departments internationally have this distinction.

BGFD has a total of 141 employees working out of 6 stations and 1 administrative office building. The 7th station is currently under construction and will open in 2021. The department has the following divisions: administration, suppression, prevention/inspection and training.

BGFD Mission Statement

Our mission is to protect lives, property, and environment by providing a high level of professional fire and rescue services to the Bowling Green Community.

Supporting Values:

  • Service to the community – this is our purpose.
  • Professional Competence – we will train for improvement, proficiency and effectiveness on the job.
  • Teamwork – teamwork is essential to the effective delivery of our service. Each member’s contribution is important.
  • Our people are our most important resource. Develop this resource.
  • Integrity – we will treat our customers and co-workers with honesty and respect at all times.
  • Accountability – my competence, my attitude, my actions reflect on every member of the workforce.

Our responsibilities include a broad Scope of Services including:

  • Fire Prevention/Code Enforcement/Plan review
  • Fire Safety Education
  • Fire Suppression-Incident Mitigation-Loss Control
  • Emergency Medical Response
  • Fire Cause Investigation/Arson Prosecution
  • Hazardous Material Incident Mitigation
  • Auto Accident Extrication/Heavy Rescue
  • Industrial Accident Rescue/Extrication
  • Confined Space Rescue
  • Water Rescue
  • High Angle Rescue
  • Trench Rescue

International Firefighters’ Day is observed each year on 4th May. On this date you are invited to remember the past firefighters who have died while serving our community or dedicated their lives to protecting the safety of us all. At the same time, we can show our support and appreciation to the firefighters worldwide who continue to protect us so well throughout the year.

BGFD is currently hiring. If you are interested in joining this winning team, please visit www.bgky.org/hr/jobs.

 

The City of Bowling Green recently held a ribbon cutting and grand opening for the new inclusive playground at Roland Bland Park on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

An inclusive playground is a space where children of all abilities can play with a wide range of physical, sensory and social experiences. Equipment is more accessible and inclusive for those with special needs or disabilities.

This project has been a public and private partnership between the City of Bowling Green, PNC Bank, United Way and the State.

Features include a poured in place surface made of recycled tires which allows no terrain limits, wheelchair accessible ramps, sensory elements and more. This playground is open to the public and boasts vibrant colors, a wide variety of equipment, multiple houses to play in and around, as well as traditional playground equipment.

The ribbon cutting was attended by community members, Chamber representatives, the United Way, City of Bowling Green staff and elected officials, and more. We are very proud of this project and look forward to it being an asset in our community for years to come.

Roland Bland Park is located next to the F.O. Moxley Center at 401 Center Street.

 

Arbor Day

Arbor Day is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees. Though usually observed in the spring, the date varies, depending on climate and suitable planting season. The idea for Arbor Day originally came from Nebraska. A visit to Nebraska today wouldn’t disclose that the state was once a treeless plain. Yet it was the lack of trees there that led to the founding of Arbor Day by J. Sterling Morton in the 1800s.

On January 4, 1872, Morton first proposed a tree-planting holiday to be called “Arbor Day” at a meeting of the State Board of Agriculture. The date was set for April 10, 1872. Prizes were offered to counties and individuals for properly planting the largest number of trees on that day. It was estimated that more than one million trees were planted in Nebraska on the first Arbor Day.

The Bowling Green Community Tree Advisory Board, in conjunction with the City of Bowling Green, organizes an Arbor Day celebration every year to help make the public aware of how trees benefit us. This year, the annual Arbor Day celebration will be held on Saturday, April 24th, 2021 at Kereiakes Park from 9 a.m. until 12 noon.

A variety of trees will be given away during Arbor Day including Kousa Dogwood, White Swamp Oak and Norway Spruce. In total there will be 1,400 saplings available on a first come first served basis.

While there will still be activities and general information on trees, Arbor Day will be a “drive through” event this year in order to provide COVID-19 safety precautions.

Arbor Day is FREE and open to the public. We encourage everyone to spend time among trees and to learn about proper tree care and planting.

Please come join us for this fun and educational day.  For more information about the Tree Advisory Board or Arbor Day, please call 270-393-3111 or visit https://www.bgky.org/tree.

 

The City of Bowling Green is inviting photographers of all ages to submit their best high resolution images in the Fifth Annual City of Bowling Green Photography Contest “We are Bowling Green – Pet Edition”!                                   

Submission entries will be accepted April 1 – May 15th!

Entering is free and easy. Visit https://www.bgky.org/photo-contest-2021 to view all rules, criteria, prizes and to upload your photo.

Participants should only submit high resolution photos of their pets or favorite furry (or feathered) friends. We want to see the pets of our City! Please be creative when taking photos and make sure images match all criteria in the guidelines.

First, second and third place winners will be chosen by a panel of Judges and a first place People’s Choice award will be chosen by online voting. First place winners will receive a $100 gift card to Amazon and second and third place will receive $75 and $25 respectively.

Start snapping those photos today through May 15th.

 

Hills Bark Park!

Wanting to get out and do more with your dog?  Hills Bark Park at H.P. Thomas Park is a great way to implement socialization into your dog’s life and the perfect spot for your dog to make some new friends.  Dogs love to get outside on a beautiful sunny afternoon and play fetch and tug, and Hills Bark Park is the place to go.

With two separate areas, one for small dogs (under 30 pounds) and one for large dogs, Hills Bark Park is a safe place for your pup to play.  Once your dog is inside the gated area of Hills Bark Park, they are free to roam without a leash, but please remember all dogs must be on a leash when not inside the gated area.  Hills Bark Park requires that all dogs be caught up on their immunizations before being allowed to play with other dogs. \

Need a break while playing with your dog?  No problem; there are multiple shade trees placed throughout the park with resting benches under them so you and your dog can rest after a long afternoon of playing.  There is also a dog fountain for your dog to get rehydrated after an eventful day.

With the entire park sitting on over 17 acres, H.P. Thomas Park has a wide variety of amenities for the whole family, so when you get done playing with your pup your little ones can enjoy the playground or your family can cookout on one of the two grills the park offers.  The park also offers two soccer fields, so there is enough space for your entire family to spend quality time together.

H.P. Thomas Park is open from sunrise to sunset.

For more information on this or any other BGPR Park or Program, call us at (270) 393-3249.

      

Hills Bark Park

Wanting to get out and do more with your dog?  Hills Bark Park at H.P. Thomas Park is a great way to implement socialization into your dog’s life and the perfect spot for your dog to make some new friends.  Dogs love to get outside on a beautiful sunny afternoon and play fetch and tug, and Hills Bark Park is the place to go.

With two separate areas, one for small dogs (under 30 pounds) and one for large dogs, Hills Bark Park is a safe place for your pup to play.  Once your dog is inside the gated area of Hills Bark Park, they are free to roam without a leash, but please remember all dogs must be on a leash when not inside the gated area.  Hills Bark Park requires that all dogs be caught up on their immunizations before being allowed to play with other dogs. \

Need a break while playing with your dog?  No problem; there are multiple shade trees placed throughout the park with resting benches under them so you and your dog can rest after a long afternoon of playing.  There is also a dog fountain for your dog to get rehydrated after an eventful day.

With the entire park sitting on over 17 acres, H.P. Thomas Park has a wide variety of amenities for the whole family, so when you get done playing with your pup your little ones can enjoy the playground or your family can cookout on one of the two grills the park offers.  The park also offers two soccer fields, so there is enough space for your entire family to spend quality time together.

H.P. Thomas Park is open from sunrise to sunset.

For more information on this or any other BGPR Park or Program, call us at (270) 393-3249.

      

Bicycle Friendly Community

Did you know that cycling is the 6th most popular sports activity in the United States? There are approximately 4.2 million participants in cycling making it more popular than golf, tennis, skiing or snowboarding. Having said that, sharing the road with those who cycle is not only important for safety, but it is also the law.

It’s easy to assume that a car always has the right of way on a road and often times folks can get frustrated when someone is biking on a busy road, but with more and more people commuting to work by bicycle and with many people taking cycling up as a leisure activity/sport, it’s important to know the rules.

As taxpayers, cyclists pay to use the roads as well. Cyclists have the same legal rights as motorists AND THEY TOO must ride in a lawful and predictable manner when riding on the road as a vehicle would. Although it is required for motorists to share the road, bicyclists need to use hand signals and obey traffic signs, lights and road markings.

Beyond sharing the road, the City of Bowling Green has been working with the Greenways Commission to provide a system of connected passageways for bikers, walkers and runners. These Greenways help to develop a network of walking and biking pathways that bring the community and nature together.

Currently, several roadways form a loop around Bowling Green: Cemetery Road, Fairview Avenue, Sixth Avenue, Veterans Memorial Boulevard, Campbell Lane and Lovers Lane. This “Inner Loop” connects several of our major parks and other destinations: Kereiakes Park, Roland Bland Park, the Depot Library, Hobson Grove Park, Russell Sims Aquatic Center at Preston Miller Park, Lost River Cave, and the Lovers Lane Soccer Complex. The Greenway will eventually extend around this loop and where there is neighborhood interest, through adjoining neighborhoods.

So whether there is someone biking on the road or a Greenway, be sure to share the space! For more information about our Greenways or cycling here in Bowling Green, please visit https://www.bgky.org/policies/bicycle-friendly-community or https://www.warrenpc.org/bike-ped/.

Please know that if you are a Bowling Green resident you can register your bicycle with the BGPD at https://www.bgky.org/police/bicycle-registry. When a bike is recovered by Bowling Green Police, a search will be conducted in the database which may allow us to return it to its rightful owner.

 

Outdoor Fitness

Wanting to workout outdoors for the fresh air or to avoid wearing a mask? The Preston Miller Outdoor Fitness area opened in spring of 2019 and just might be the perfect place for you.

This 50’ X 60’ outdoor gym features a pour and play rubber surface, a 10’ X 10’ area for stretching and aerobics, a large shade canopy, 18 pieces of exercise equipment and handicap accessible equipment. This outdoor fitness center is designed to offer a FREE total gym experience for all users.

Equipment allows for a full body workout experience including: upper body (chest press, lat pull downs, shoulder press, bicep curl, triceps press), lower body (leg press, leg extension), and cardiovascular (bikes, elliptical walker).   In addition, the gym boasts monkey bars, pull up bars, a rope climb and rings. What more could you want for an adult playground?

Once you’re out at Preston Miller Park, make sure to get a walk or run in on the great paved path, play some sand volleyball, visit the playground, or hit the soccer fields at the Premier Grounds. There is no shortage of things to do at this great park.

Preston Miller Park is located at 2303 Tomblinson Way.

Additional parks with trails and running paths include Kereiakes Park, The Loops at Lovers Lane and Lampkin Park. Multiple parks are connected through the City’s extensive Greenways Program as well.

Spring Sports

After a long hard year of being cooped up, spring sports are finally here! The City of Bowling Green is offering registration for a wide variety or youth and adult sports. Registration for programs are open now at https://playbgpr.bgky.org.

The 2021 Spring Tennis Camp registration is open for youth ages 6 to 16 and adults and will take place on various dates In April at Kereiakes Park courts 9 and 10 and at Roland Bland Park. Session times vary and the fee is $50.

The Youth Kickball League is also “kicking” off in March and April! This program will be a great way for your kids to meet new friends, improve their health and most importantly, have fun! Games take place on Thursday nights at the Lampkin Park Turf Field and registration is $20.

Not interested in Tennis or Kickball? Why not try Lacrosse? Registration for Lacrosse has been extended through March 20th and the fee is $50 – $60 depending on age. Fee includes jersey and award but NOT stick or protective gear. Practices and games will be held at Preston Miller Premier Grounds.

In addition to the above sports, you can also sign up for Adult Softball, Adult Flag Football and Youth Tee Ball and Coach Pitch. All programs, dates, and fees can be found at https://www.bgky.org/events and all registration will take place online at https://playbgpr.bgky.org. If you need additional information you can contact Parks and Recreation at 270-393-3624.

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