Downtown Development Division

Fountain Square Park

*Photo care of Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce

Downtown BGKY is the heart of the city and a cultural destination as Corvette’s historic hometown and hub of Kentucky’s Cave Country. This thriving Downtown’s foundations are its vibrant food and drink scene, big small town charm, arts and entertainment community, growing residential opportunities, and international influence.

The Downtown Development Division’s goal is to be an economic development driver by building the best Downtown BGKY destination experience for locals and visitors. Growing connections with more opportunities internally, assistant coordinating events, and growing communication between Downtown and all of Bowling Green will elevate the Downtown BGKY brand and destination presence. Opportunities can be found from scenic Riverwalk Park to Western Kentucky University’s campus.

Goals include building a Downtown database for development opportunities and improved communications, an event calendar to share any happenings within Downtown or citywide event that may impact Downtown (and provide marketing strategy planning for Downtown businesses), establishing the digital and social Downtown BGKY destination brand, launching an Entertainment Destination Center with iconic BG branding, and ultimately growing existing Downtown assets appealing to young professionals, growing families, and anyone seeking a vibrant Downtown experience.

Fountain Row: Entertainment Destination Center

Duncan Hines Days

Downtown Parking Leases

Downtown BGKY - Destination Site

News & Announcements

City donates recovered Southern Queen Hotel’s historic Shake Rag items to WKU Special Collections Library

City donates recovered Southern Queen Hotel’s historic Shake Rag items to WKU Special Collections Library

Mar 18, 2024

The City donated an extensive collection of historic Shake Rag artifacts from the Southern Queen Hotel to the Western Kentucky University Special Collections Library last week. Almost 800 items were recovered last summer during the process of stabilizing the property to save it for restoration.

City unveils new Riverfront Park master plan

City unveils new Riverfront Park master plan

Jan 17, 2024

Downtown Bowling Green’s much-anticipated Riverfront Park master plan was unveiled at today’s Board of Commissioners retreat at Sloan Convention Center. A project in the works for over seven years, the new Riverfront Park is set to be a pivotal moment in the history of downtown’s development.

January 2024 Downtown Meet Up Minutes

January 2024 Downtown Meet Up Minutes

Jan 16, 2024

The January Downtown Meet Up was hosted by The Healing Spirit at 300 College Street on Wednesday, January 10, 2024. These are the Minutes of that meeting.

November 2023 Downtown Meet Up Minutes

November 2023 Downtown Meet Up Minutes

Nov 15, 2023

The November 2023 Downtown Meet Up was hosted at East Main BG, on Wednesday, November 8, 3-4pm. Here are the Minutes from that meeting.

Downtown Food Truck/Mobile Push Cart Policies

Downtown BGKY is open for Food Truck and Mobile Push Cart business! We welcome these entrepreneurs with open arms! A permit is needed to sell on Fountain Square and on the adjacent Downtown side streets (as defined in the ordinance). Specific rules for operating these businesses in these public rights-of-way also apply.

Downtown Food Truck FAQs

Click the button below for a full PDF containing the permit application, ordinance, and code compliance guidelines.

Information & Application

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