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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 div erse 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!

The City of Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department will host a New Year Open House from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on January 14 and 15 at 225 East Third Street. Parks and Rec 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 at various times both days and there will be drawings for door prizes.  Door prizes include BGPR water bottles, BGPR drawstring backpacks, free one month memberships, $5 off a monthly renewal coupon, gift certificates, and a gym bag.

B.G.P.R. Fitness will be offering new member deals as well as current member specials.

Fitness, Fun and Friends….you’ll find them all at B.G.P.R. Fitness. Work out with others, at your own pace, in the SilverSneakers Fitness Program, or enjoy a game of wallyball with friends.

The B.G.P.R. Fitness Facility boasts some of the best and most up to date weight and cardio equipment in town as well as multiple aerobics classes, a fitness room #2 with battle ropes, tires and more, and a full size gym and racquetball courts. There is something for everyone. Personal training is also available.

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.

Come and visit on January 14 or 15 or come in and sign up today!

B.G.P.R. Fitness Facility….Be Active, Get Fit, Stay Healthy!

225 East Third Ave, Bowling Green, KY, 42101



Did you know that the City of Bowling Green Finance Department is accepting online payments for various bills? The Treasury division is responsible for the collection and reconciliation of all City revenues. Collection types include but are not limited to: Real and Personal property taxes, Insurance Premium taxes, Transient Room taxes, code violations, alarm permits, and all Occupational License division generated revenues.

The division also reconciles all decentralized revenue collection points from all over the City prior to general ledger approval. Real and Personal Property taxes and Occupational License Fees are the City’s main revenue sources.

Traditionally, the above mentioned bills have been hand delivered or mailed to the City of Bowling Green City Hall Annex for payment. Today it’s as easy as the click of a button to take care of any necessary payments.

Residents can now visit www.bgky.org to pay through the new eMiscellaneuous billing webpage. There is a $2.00 transaction fee to use this service. Those wishing to pay online can click on “online payments portal” and create a new account. The only information needed to get started is the invoice number, the invoice date, and the mailing address.

The direct link to the website is https://esuites.bgky.org/websites.FM.MiscBilling/LoginScreen.aspx. Traditional payments can still be mailed in to the City of Bowling Green, PO Box 1410, Bowling Green, KY 42102 or by placing them outside the City Hall Annex in the drop box at 1017 College Street.

Looking for a place to host your child’s next birthday party, 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.

We will begin taking shelter reservations for the 2020 calendar year beginning on January 13, 2020 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.

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.

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.

Holiday Fire Safety Tips


The cold weather and the holidays bring warm fires, good food, friends, family and great decorations. Unfortunately, the holidays can also bring a higher risk for fires.

While you are celebrating the holidays this year, take time to make sure that you follow the guidelines below provided by the Bowling Green Fire Department:


Only burn well-seasoned dry wood in your fireplace and never burn paper in a fireplace.
Never leave burning candles unattended or place them near anything combustible.
Always use power strips so that you don’t overload electrical outlets.
Inspect and replace lights and extension cords with exposed wires or damage.
Never run electrical cords through doorways or under rugs.
Unplug all of your lights before leaving your home or going to bed.
Never decorate metal trees with electric lights.
Keep Christmas trees away from all heat sources and exits.
Keep fresh cut Christmas trees sufficiently watered so the needles don’t dry out and shed.
Never leave your holiday cooking unattended.

For additional fire safety tips on candles, cooking, fire place, or turkey frying, visit https://www.bgky.org/announcements/407.  Please remember to be safe and have fun this holiday season!!!!!!  For more information on live Christmas trees, please visit http://www.bgky.org/announcements/408.

And seriously, if you decide to fry a turkey over the Christmas break – make sure you follow ALL safety guidelines. The Bowling Green Fire Department has been tweeting for weeks on what to do and what NOT to do. Follow us on Twitter or email kim.lancaster@bgky.org for tips!


Each year in December, City Hall opens its doors to the residents of Bowling Green and Warren County during our annual Christmas Open House. This year will be no exception as we will welcome guests on Friday, December 6th, 2019 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The City will again partner with the The District and multiple Downtown Businesses to combine the City Hall Christmas Open House and the Downtown Lights Up Event.

Expect a few changes again this year as part of our open house will take place in a large tent outside of City Hall. The City will provide delicious appetizers from Cambridge Market, a free keepsake ornament to the first 500 visitors, free 2019/2020 Annual Report and Calendars and free Carriage Rides from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. courtesy of US Bank

In addition to holiday cheer, ornaments and great food, we will have special visitors from the North Pole and the City of Arendelle (think Disney), a reading of ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas’, a holiday photo booth, a giant snow globe, BG Gov To Go and so much more.

Oh – and did we mention FREE carriage rides?

Alex Slitz/Daily News


After you have toured City Hall, grabbed a bite to eat, ridden in a horse drawn carriage, and picked up your holiday gifts, make sure to head down to Fountain Square Park where we will be officially lighting the Square just before 6 p.m.!

Be sure to join us downtown for Holiday Cheer!

Toys for Tots 2019

It may be hard to imagine a five year old child with no gifts to open on Christmas day.  For many of us the more common problem is trying to rein in the excess of toys coming from grandparents, aunts, uncles and all the other relatives.

The reality is that right here in our City, for a lot of different reasons, many kids may not see Christmas Day as different from any other day. No gifts, no celebration, just another day.

The Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program is designed to keep that from happening. Each year the local Marine Corps League teams up with BGFD and BGPD to provide Christmas toys for local children that might not otherwise receive a gift of any kind.

This year, Bowling Green Firefighters and Bowling Green Police Officers will be collecting toys at Walmart on Campbell Lane on Saturday, November 30th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Toys may be purchased on this day and handed to a local first responder, or toys may be dropped off at any of the six Bowling Green Fire Stations or the Fire Administrative building through December 22nd. Please keep in mind that all toys need to be new, unused and unwrapped to be accepted.

Station addresses are:

Station 1/Headquarters – 625 E. 6th Ave.

Station 2 – 1108 Woodhurst Ave.

Station 3 – 150 Bennett Ln.

Station 4 – 835 Morgantown Rd.

Station 5 – 250 Porter Pike.

Station 6 – 201 Cherry Farm Ln.

This successful program would not be possible without the generous support of the community.  Toys are needed for boys and girls ages birth to 12.

Last year was a great success with more than 400 local children having toys delivered to their door on Christmas morning by Bowling Green Firefighters who play Santa in the effort.

Toys are still needed for this year’s Toys for Tots program. Again, new unwrapped toys may be delivered to any City Fire Station on or before December 22nd.  For more information you may call the BGFD at 270 393-3702 or visit www.toysfortots.org.

Inclement Weather

As we have recently seen with the cold temperatures, winter is definitely here. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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