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Code Enforcement

As spring approaches, staff will start to get numerous calls regarding various code violations that are taking place throughout the City.  As a resident of Bowling Green, it is your responsibility to properly maintain your yard and home.

Neighbors, City staff or the general public may call the Code Enforcement Department to report a violation. Common violations include property that has a vehicle parked in the front yard (on the grass), property covered in debris or yard waste, inoperable vehicles on a driveway, or grass/weeds that are over 10 inches in height.

There are multiple other violations that can result in a citation – for a full list; you can visit the City of Bowling Green website at http://www2.bgky.org/ncs/codeenforce.php.

If you notice a violation, you can contact the City Central Department at 270-393-3641 to report a problem.  If you are tech savvy and would rather use your computer, you can submit a complaint online through the “City of Bowling Green Request for Action” form.  In order to access this easy to use form, log onto www.bgky.org, click on the resident drop down box and select service request form.  Once on the City of Bowling Green Request for Action page, click the request type drop down box, select the category that best fits your needs, and fill out the form.

In the event that you report a violation, or someone reports a violation on your property, there are multiple steps that will take place.  Once the complaint is reported, City Inspectors will have three days to view the property.  If in violation, you will be notified and you will have 10 days to correct a non-structural issue (such as overgrown grass/weeds).  After 10 days, an additional inspection will be conducted and if the property in question is not in compliance, a citation will be issued and action will be taken to bring the issue into compliance.

And always remember, if you feel as though you have received a citation incorrectly, you can appeal the citation to the Code Enforcement Board.  The CEB is made up of five citizens appointed by the Mayor who meet once a month to approve fees and/or citations that Code Enforcement staff has issued.

If you would like more information on the Code Enforcement please contact 270-393-3641.



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.  A new shelter opened in the park in mid-2014.  The shelter rents for $15 for four hours or $30 for the entire day and includes a grill, restrooms, electricity, and ceiling fans to keep cool.  The shelter is a great place to host a family reunion or birthday party, and you and your family members can bring your dogs along too.

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

Have you ever been driving down a road in or around Bowling Green and you notice a problem with the road condition, traffic signal, a pot hole or a street cut? This can be frustrating for a resident and we want to make sure you know who to contact about a specific issues – as different roads are maintained by different agencies.

The City of Bowling Green staff take a lot of phone calls about traffic, road conditions and street lights, and our goal is to assist you regardless of whether the road is cared for by the City, the County or the State; having said that, we’ll try and give you a general and brief lesson on the roads that we drive every day.

The quick answer is that 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 or the traffic signals that are located on them.

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.  Again, I know this can be confusing.

If you want to become more educated on this, 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 is still responsible for a lot of roads. If you are downtown or in a City neighborhood and you happen across an issue with the road you are driving on, you most likely need to contact the City.  If you would like to file a complaint or notify staff of an issue, you can contact our City Central department at 270-393-3644 or you can do file a complaint online at http://bit.ly/2CLbnmN.

And remember, The City of BG prides itself on being constituent friendly so feel free to call on us no matter where the problem is and we’ll do our best to assist you with contacting the correct person or agency.

Trees, Brush and Limbs!

The coming of Spring often bring storms and heavy rains to the Bowling Green area. It is not unusual for the storms to cause trees to fall and to produce a large amount of debris. If you reside within the City of Bowling Green limits, Scott Waste Services provides your trash pick-up.

Often times, residents call the City regarding the disposal of brush and limbs. These calls increase after a storm due to the large amount of brush throughout the City that needs to be picked up.

If you have brush or limbs that need to be picked up, please remember that it must be cut less than 5 feet in length and 6 inches in diameter. The brush must be placed in a trash receptacle or tied in a small bundles at the curb. Scott Waste can dispose of 3 cubic yards per week per household.  If a large tree has fallen it may take longer than one week for it to be picked up and disposed of.

Please remember that if you use a professional service to cut down a tree that has partially or totally fallen, that person is then responsible for hauling away the waste and debris as well.

For more information, or if you have a large amount of brush that you need to request pick up for, you can always call Scott Waste at 270-783-4016.


Are you looking for a part-time job for this spring or summer – or a permanent full-time position? Are you interested in Parks and Recreation and what they offer our community? If so, you’ll want to stop by 225 East Third Avenue on Tuesday, February 25 between 4 and 7 p.m. for the 2020 Parks and Recreation Job Fair.

The City invites all potential applicants to visit us for light refreshments and to learn about the various positions that we have open and available. Currently we are hiring for multiple summer aquatics positions (including lifeguards), referees for multiple sports, and camp counselors for various summer camp programs offered by the City. Stick around to talk to staff about how to obtain any necessary certifications for specific jobs.

Like to work out? We’re looking for fitness and tennis instructors as well. If golf is your thing, we’ll be hiring for shop attendants as well as instructors. The City is also looking for laborers in Parks Maintenance and Cemetery as well as a greenskeeper and custodian.

If you’re looking for full-time work, Parks is also hiring for a Parks Facility Maintainer.

For more information on these jobs with Parks and Recreation or any other open position with the City of Bowling Green, please visit https://www.bgky.org/hr/jobs or stop by on Tuesday, February 25th. We’re hiring and you may be just the person we are looking for!


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.

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.

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.

Aging is for everyone!  The Age-Friendly Bowling Green initiative seeks to make Bowling Green, KY a better place to grow old by promoting an “age-in-everything” lens across all aspects of city life. This hands-on community initiative asks the city’s public agencies, businesses, cultural, educational and religious institutions, community groups, and individuals to consider how changes to policy and practice can create a city more inclusive of older adults and more sensitive to their needs.

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 5-10 from 9:00-4:00 p.m., with graduation at lunch on Wednesday, March 13.  Register online for the academy here:  https://www.bgky.org/policies/age-friendly-bowling-green

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.

Census 2020 is Almost Here!

The goal of the 2020 Census is to count everyone once, only once and in the right place. In order to help accomplish this goal, the City of Bowling Green, Warren County and many other businesses and entities have created a Census 2020 Complete Count Committee. The committee is dedicated to making sure all residents in the Bowling Green and Warren County area are counted in 2020.

The first census began more than a year after the inauguration of President Washington and shortly before the second session of the first Congress ended. Congress assigned responsibility for the 1790 Census to the marshals of the U.S. judicial districts. The pay allowed for the 1790 “enumerators” was very small, and did not exceed $1 for 50 people properly recorded on the rolls.

As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, our nation gets just one chance each decade to count its population. The U.S. census counts every resident in the United States. It is mandated by Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution and takes place every 10 years. The data collected by the census determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives (a process called apportionment) and is also used to distribute billions in federal funds to local communities.

This census in 2020 will require counting an increasingly diverse and growing population of around 330 million people in more than 140 million housing units. To get an accurate count, the Census Bureau must build an accurate address list of every housing unit, maximize self-response to the census, and efficiently follow up with those who do not respond.

The decennial census is the largest mobilization and operation conducted in the United States and requires years of research, planning, and development of methods and infrastructure to ensure an accurate and complete count.

The Census Bureau will continue to improve its use of mobile technology, geospatial innovations, and internet self-responses to reach their goals for this 2020 Census. Help us, and make sure that you respond to census questionnaires and requests. Spread the word, and if you have any questions or concerns, please visit https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/decennial-census/2020-census.html.

For over 20 years the City of Bowling Green Department of Parks & Recreation has overseen a Memorial Tree Program that is available to all of the residents of our beautiful city and the surrounding region. To date over 200 trees have been planted and memorialized in our cities parks and cemeteries.



The Memorial Tree Program offers families the opportunity to remember their loved ones while enhancing the beauty of Bowling Green’s Parks and Cemeteries.


To participate, an individual selects the Memorial Tree Program option that is best suited to their needs, and indicates the Park or Cemetery in which they would like the tree to be planted. The City Parks Arborist will provide information about available planting locations and proper tree species selection for the chosen site. The City Parks and Recreation staff will work to provide options that best suit the desired Memorial Tree planting while conforming to the City’s horticultural standards.



After the planting location has been decided and proper tree species selection has been made, the Bowling Green City Parks Arborist will install your tree during the next appropriate tree planting season, fall through early spring. Perpetual care for your Memorial Tree will be provided by the Parks Arborist and Parks Landscape staff to the standards set for all park trees.


Along with your tree planting you may choose the option of installing a 10” x 12” gray granite Memorial Marker that may be inscribed with memorial information about your loved one.

All Memorial Tree Program options include a 10 year warranty for trees and a limited warranty for granite markers.


For more information about this beneficial and rewarding program please contact the Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Office at (270) 393-3549.

In keeping with the theme of fitness and New Year’s Resolutions, don’t forget that the City offers many more options than our Parks and Recreation Fitness Facility to keep you in shape.

In late spring of 2019, the City of Bowling Green opened the Preston Miller Outdoor Fitness area at Preston Miller Park.

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, make sure to get a walk or run in on the great paved path as well.

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.

Make 2020 the year that you get out and take advantage of some of our great parks and programs!

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