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Bowling Green is a City Manager form of government as constituted under Kentucky Revised Statute 83A.150 and was established as such in 1969.

All of the powers of the executive and legislative branches are vested in the Board of Commissioners (all judicial functions are under the jurisdiction of state government). The Board of Commissioners is made up of four Commissioners who serve two-year terms and a Mayor who serves a four-year term. The Board of Commissioners make public policy and focus the direction for the City of Bowling Green.

The Mayor has the statutory responsibility to preside at Board meetings, recommend appointments to designated boards, and is the signatory of authorized documents on behalf of the City.

The Board of Commissioners also appoints a City Manager as the chief administrative officer. The City Manager administers the policies, procedures and directives established by the Board of Commissioners. Oversight and coordination of the daily operations of the City’s nine departments and their divisions is the overall responsibility of this position.

Board of Commissioners meetings occur on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Informational work sessions begin at 4 p.m.; while the regular voting sessions begin at 7 p.m. Proposals for action are placed on the agenda by the City Manager or members of the Board. At the meetings, members of the Board discuss and deliberate items on the agenda, then approve, modify, or reject the proposals by a majority vote. The City Manager then carries out the decisions of the Board.

Meetings are open to the public. They are broadcast live on the local government cable access Channel 4 and streamed live on the internet through the City website.

Parks and Rec Programs

Parks and Recreation is now accepting registration for various sports and activities. We want you and your family to join us this fall for Coach Pitch Softball, and Lacrosse! Registration is taking place now through September 18 so sign up TODAY!

Fall Youth Lacrosse 

This league is for anyone that enjoys a fast-paced and full-action sport.  Those new to the game and seasoned players learn to develop the proper skills to carry their stick, pass, catch and shoot a ball into the goal for their team.

Registration is online at https://playbgpr.bgky.org
Registration Deadline: September 18
Season Begins: September 21

Parents are responsible for mandatory equipment. The following is REQUIRED:  helmet, stick, protective gear (gloves, arm pads and shoulder pads), athletic cup and mouth guard.  Cleats are recommended; but, not required.

  • Grades level is based on 2020/2021 school year.
  • Registration cost does NOT include a stick or protective gear.
  • Practice and games will be held at Preston Miller Premier Grounds, 2303 Tomblinson Drive or C.W. Lampkin Park Limestone Turf Field, 938 Morgantown Road
  • Make-up games will be scheduled during the week.

Divisions:  Elementary Division: (3rd-5th grades) and Junior High (6th-8th grades)

Fee:  $60-includes jersey and award

*Divisions may be combined if deemed necessary.  Individual request to play-up are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Fall Youth Coach Pitch Softball Registration

This league is an introduction for 6-8 year olds to learn the fundamentals, rules, teamwork and sportsmanship while playing softball.

Registration is online at https://playbgpr.bgky.org

Registration Deadline: September 18

Season Begins: September 21

Parents are responsible for mandatory equipment. The following is REQUIRED: helmet and glove. Cleats are recommended; but, not required.

  • Players must be of age by August 1, 2020
  • Registration cost does NOT include helmet or glove.
  • Practice and games will be played on Sunday afternoons at C.W. Lampkin Park, 938 Morgantown Road
  • Practices will be held Monday-Friday.  Games will be played on Saturdays.
  • Make-up games will scheduled during the week.
  • Players will not be allowed to share bats, bags, batting gloves, gloves, hats or catching equipment

Leagues Fees: Boys Coach Pitch: Ages 6-8 years – $50-includes jersey and award

Girls Coach Pitch: Ages 6-9 years – $50-includes jersey and award

*Divisions may be combined if deemed necessary.

For more information contact Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Athletics at 270-393-3624.

Text “SportsBG” to 47177  for information relating to BGPR Athletic Programs. 

BGPR Fitness

Fitness is extending their hours on Monday and Tuesdays. Fitness will close at 9:00 pm both days. Staff continues to work diligently to provide additional opportunities for members to continue working on their fitness goals while being safe.

BGPR Fitness-NEW Hours

Monday/Tuesdays = 7:00am – 9:00pm

Wednesdays/Thursdays = 7:00am – 8:00 pm

Fridays = 7:00am – 7:00pm

Saturday/Sundays = 9:00am – 3:00 pm

For more information regarding Parks and Rec Fitness, please call 270-393-3582.

BGPD Cruisers

While you may report to work every morning and take your cup of coffee into your office, there are those with portable offices who travel the streets of Bowling Green daily.  Bowling Green Police Department cruisers are equipped with every piece of equipment necessary to perform their duties in their cars.

There are so many reasons why it matters what kind of vehicle a BGPD officer drives.  It has to be reliable and look good, but it has to be functional as well.  The vehicles are equipped with the standard police lights and sirens, a mounted computer, a video camera system which can monitor the street in front of the vehicle and both the front and back seats, a police radio system and a printer.

Officers are able to complete reports, check warrants, and run drivers licenses and vehicle registration plates with the mounted computers.  Talk about multitasking!  Officers are now more efficient with their time because they have the ability to complete a report on scene by taking the computer out and then remounting it for immediate transmission of reports.

In addition to everything above, every space in the cruiser is utilized.  The trunk has a storage tray which houses hard drives, the main body of the camera system and modems.  This is all on top of another storage divider which allows the officer to store his raincoat and other items not utilized daily.  Needless to say BGPD officers are happy with their cruisers and their moving offices.

BGPD has come a long way from twenty years ago when everything was handwritten, and cruisers were traded off to different officers at the end of a shift.  Officers have evolved from having to report to the station at the end of a shift with paperwork in hand for approval, to now remaining in assigned area of town and electronically transferring all reports for approval.  Why does this matter?  Officers can now serve their assigned areas more efficiently and thoroughly by having all the necessities of an office, right in their vehicle.



While we plant many trees in our City’s parks each year, a much greater portion of our urban forest is on private land.  You can contribute to our City’s vitality and improve your own landscape by planting trees.  While there is a right place for just about every tree, not every tree is a good fit for every landscape.

In our built environment we need to consider things that do not occur in a tree’s natural environment such as the presence of utilities and restricted growing space.  Here are 5 trees that are adapted to our environment.  You can fine more information at the Tree Board website www.bgky.org/tree or view the City’s Public Tree Ordinance at http://www.bgky.org/government/code-of-ordinances

  • Kousa Dogwood – Cornus kousa
    • This small flowering tree grows to approximately 20-30 feet and does well in full sun unlike the native flowering dogwood.  The Kousa Dogwood has nice bark and fall color.
  • Lacebark elm – Ulmus parvifolia
    • This medium size tree grows 40-50 feet with attractive bark and tolerates poor and compacted soils

  • Black gum or Tupelo – Nyssa sylvatica
    • This native medium size tree grows 30-50 feet with excellent red fall color. The Black Gum prefers acid soil.
  • Shumard Oak – Quercus shumardii
    • This large native tree grows to 40-60 feet or more and tolerates a wide range of soil conditions.  Similar to pin oak, but does better in limestone soils common to this area.
  • Sugar Maple – Acer saccharum
    • This large native tree grows to 60-75 plus feet with excellent fall color. This is a tree that draws people to the forests in the autumn.  Requires ample space above and below ground.

The National Arbor Day Foundation recognizes cities across the country for efforts to maintain their Urban Forest by designating them as a Tree City USA.  Bowling Green has been awarded the status of Tree City USA since 1994.  An Urban Forest is made up of all the trees growing within our city including public and private trees.  This collection of trees provides many benefits to all residents such as cleaning our air and water and also makes our city more attractive to visitors, which benefits our city and local businesses financially.

Here are a few tips for planting your tree

  • Choose the tree based on your location
    • Do not plant large trees near power lines
    • Call 811 to have underground utilities marked
    • Large trees need lots of soil area
    • If you are planting a public tree (near the street) please see Public Tree Ordinance
    • http://www.bgky.org/government/code-of-ordinances
  • Do not plant trees too deep
    • https://www.bgky.org/tree/planting
    • Flare should be near surface
  • Apply mulch 2-3 inches deep
    • Keep mulch off of trunk
  • Water tree for at least first year
    • About 1 inch per week
    • Water deeply and infrequently (weekly, not daily)

Door to Door Census Takers

The 2020 Census is drawing to a close and if you have not filled out your Census form or self-reported online or by phone then you may be getting a visit from a door to door Census taker. Please note that Census takers will be wearing masks and following all local public health guidelines when they visit your home.

Census takers are hired from your area, and their goal is to help you and everyone in your home be counted in the 2020 Census. If the census taker who visits your home does not speak your language, you may request a return visit from a census taker who does speak your language.

Census takers work between 9am and 9pm, including weekends. If no one is home when the census taker visits, the census taker will leave a notice of their visit with information about how to respond onlineby phone or by mail.

If someone visits your home this year to collect information for the 2020 Census, check to make sure they have a valid ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date. Census workers may also carry Census Bureau bags and other equipment with the Census Bureau logo.

The goal of the 2020 Census is to count everyone once, only once and in the right place.

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.

For more information on the 2020 Census or to report online, please visit 2020census.gov.

Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood Watch

vehicles, garages and outbuildings like tool sheds can quickly become easy targets for someone looking to grab something quickly.
Want to know 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:  https://www.bgky.org/neighborhoods/watch

Would you like to receive text messages from the City of Bowling Green? We have recently changed to a new, more effective service! Just a few simple steps will allow you to sign up, or to continue receiving text messages regarding general info, golf, aquatics, sports, or BGCAN. Sign up for as many categories as you like, or even sign up to receive messages in Spanish!

Simply text one of the following categories to the number 47177 to immediately receive notifications. See the screen shot below for more detailed instructions.

Send [category name] to 47177 from your mobile phone to begin receiving messages from that category.

Example: Sending “GolfBG” would allow you to start receiving text messages from our “GolfBG” category.


  • AmigosBG – This category will send City-related information in Espanol.
  • BGCAN – Information for various neighborhood organizations regarding meetings, summer strolls, celebrate safe communities and more
  • InfoBG – Upcoming road closings, public events, potential emergency situations
  • GolfBG – Daily golf specials, upcoming events, as well as the status of its two courses.
  • GolfBGWeather – Notifications about weather related closings at the three courses.
  • SportsBG – Information relating to Bowling Green Parks & Recreation Athletic Programs.
  • WaterBG – Daily specials, closings, and weather notifications for Russell Sims Aquatic Center.

Don’t forget that you can also like us on Facebook @ www.facebook.com/citybgky or follow us on Twitter @ www.twitter.com/cityofbgky. You can check out our blog @ www.bgky.org/blog or watch our videos on YouTube @ www.youtube.com/user/cityofbgky. And most recently, you can follow us on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/cityofbgky.

The City is embracing user-friendly social media technology to promote 24-7 access to City services with the push of a button from the palm of your hand.

If you have any questions about how to sign up for texting or any of our other social media platforms, please visit https://www.bgky.org/connect/mobile-notifications or contact Kim Lancaster at 270-393-3642.


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.

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.

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

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 link https://www.warrenpc.org/bike-ped/ 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.

School Crossing Guards


August is almost here and although the new school year will look different then years before, it’s important that motorists still 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.

History of Bowling Green

In 1792, the Kentucky territory had entered the new United States as the 15th state and in December of 1796, with the assistance of a petition by the new residents, the General Assembly passed an act, effective in March 1797, to establish Warren County; named to honor Dr. Joseph Warren, a hero of the Battle of Bunker Hill. Robert Moore and his brother George donated a two-acre plot on which to build a log county courthouse and jail. (This site is now the location of Fountain Square Park.)

The following year, the Moores offered an additional donation of more than 30 acres for the creation of a town to surround the recently constructed public buildings. At the first county commissioners meeting in early 1798, the pioneers decided that the new town would be “called and known by the name of Bolin Green.” This name was after the Bowling Green Square in New York City, where patriots had pulled down a statue of King George III and used the lead to make bullets during the American Revolution.

Within only a few decades, Bowling Green was established as a commercial and transportation center for the South Central Kentucky area. After a brief competition with the small Jeffersonville and New Town settlements alongside the Barren River, Bowling Green gained the official designation of county seat in 1809 and was incorporated in 1812.

Bowling Green continued to grow throughout the 1800’s and its residents saw the construction of the Mariah Moore House (which still stands today as the oldest building in Bowling Green), churches, a doctor’s office, a private school, a drug store and more.

In 1907, under the guidance of Mayor George T. Wilson (1903-1909), City Hall was built at the corner of 10th and College Streets. Bids went out that July. Several firms submitted bids, but C. H. Smith was selected to complete the job. The original bid came in at $29,000 for the three story building but was reduced to $25,239 after modifications such as not adding a large balcony in the Commission Chambers. The original plans also showed three large interior windows that would have opened views of the Commission Chambers to the hallway. Construction on City Hall was completed in 1908. City Hall has been the seat of city government ever since, with the exception of when the building was vacated during the extensive renovation of 1986-87.

Today, Bowling Green is the third largest City in Kentucky with a population of almost 68,000 and occupying a land area of 38.5 square miles. Our city operates under a City Manager form of government, which was adopted pursuant to a general election held in 1966 and by ordinance in 1968.

This article was in part taken from Lena Sweeten’s article posted on www.bgky.org.

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