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The City of Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department offers multiple recreation classes and leagues. This fall, there will be a new Silver Strength Class for our senior citizens and a Biddy Ball league for our youngest residents.


The New Silver Strength Class will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. until 9:25 a.m. and will focus on orienting members to the cardiovascular and weight equipment in the facility. This new class is part of the SilverSneaker’s program at Bowling Green Parks and Recreation which is a fun, energizing program that helps older adults take greater control of their health by encouraging activity and offering social events.


Additional SilverSneakers classes and their schedule can be viewed at http://www2.bgky.org/bgpr/fitness/silversneakers.php. The classes are located at Parks and Recreation, 225 East Third Avenue.


Or maybe you are looking for a fun activity for your 3 to 5 year old? If so, Biddy Ball may be the perfect program. Biddy Ball is a great introduction to the sport of basketball with lowered rims and relaxed rules that makes the game enjoyable and allows for a learning of the basics. Kids will play on one half of the court with a smaller than normal basketball.

Registration for the 2014 league will begin on Monday, August 4th and will run through Friday, August 8th from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at F.O. Moxley Community Center.

Games will begin on September 13 and the cost is $35 per child and includes a jersey. Space is limited so please register early. For more information call 393-3734.

City’s Skate Park

Looking for a fun activity for you or your kids to enjoy? The City’s Skate Park is just the place. A family-friendly atmosphere and a good physical activity for everyone. Watch this week’s Update BG to learn more:

When Neighborhood & Community Services (NCS) makes its move from the City Hall Annex up to their new location on Reservoir Hill, they’ll be joined by another division: the City’s Animal Control Officers, who are currently part of the Bowling Green Police Department.


Seven-year Animal Control veteran Bill Gruszczyk will be making the       move with new hire Holly Avery, but not until the renovated building at 707 E. Main Avenue is ready. NCS Director Brent Childers says that is on track to happen sometime in August. In the meantime, BGPD will be getting new ACO Holly Avery, a former BGPD dispatcher, fully trained and working.


“Animal Control is really a code enforcement function with a neighborhood focus. We’re just putting them where they best fit,” explained Police Chief Doug Hawkins.


“Even after the transition, Animal Control will continue to be dispatched by the Police Department, so citizens may not even notice a change there,” added Childers. “And they’ll still work very closely with Police. But we think this will be a win-win for our Animal Control Officers and our code inspectors to build on and enhance our overall service in neighborhoods together.”


The move is the newest in a series of additions and enhancements to Neighborhood & Community Services, formerly known as Housing & Community Development. The City Central Coordinator and Neighborhood Action Coordinator moved to the department in 2010, and the International Communities Liaison moved from an assignment in the Police Department to an expanded City-wide role in NCS in 2012.


Like these changes, this newest one is in keeping with the City’s emphasis on maintaining the vitality and integrity of its neighborhoods by incorporating functions with a neighborhood focus under one umbrella.


Retired BGPD veteran and new Code Enforcement Coordinator James Napper will supervise Animal Control. More detailed information will follow in the next few weeks about NCS’s move and how you can access their services at their new location.


Facebook and Twitter

Do you use social media? Are you curious about what is happening in and around the City of Bowling Green?

The City of Bowling Green Facebook and Twitter Pages are a great way for folks to stay up to date about issues and events taking place in the City as well as be able to provide feedback or ask questions to staff.

When posting to our social media sites, we focus on information that is pertinent to citizens such as road closings, special events, parks and recreation classes and camps, changes in the City, traffic and accident updates, police department information and fire departments tips and notifications.

To follow us on Twitter log onto twitter.com/CityofBGKY and to like us on Facebook log onto facebook.com/citybgky .

For more information, please call 270-393-3642.

Annual Overlay Project


Have you ever wondered how it is determined which roads are paved in the City of Bowling Green? The City maintains approximately 278 miles of streets; a length which grows annually with the build-out of new subdivisions. The total number of lane miles to be paved will vary from year to year and depends largely on the cost of asphalt as well as existing conditions such as the need to do more intensive repairs beyond a typical overlay in some locations.


Street conditions are surveyed annually by an outside consultant using a vehicle with high-tech equipment including lasers, cameras, computers and other measuring devices. The data which is collected is maintained in a pavement Management Application (PMA). The PMA performs an analysis recommending the most economically efficient allocation of available funds to sustain pavement quality throughout the street network.


In addition to the above method, staff also conducts field inspections to evaluate and prioritize projects and develop the final project list each year. This allows the City to use both data and personal inspection to make sure the right roads are being paved.


The Board of Commission recently approved the FY 2014 Paving Contract. Scotty’s Contracting and Stone was awarded the $900,000 contract for the City’s Annual Overlay Project which is starting this summer. This program is funded annually through Liquid Fuel Tax revenue received from the State of Kentucky.


For this Fiscal Year (July 14 to June 15), we are projecting paving approximately 4.3 miles of streets which includes supplemental streets. Completion of all projects will depend upon actual field conditions and will be completed as funds allow. If the supplemental streets are not completed in the current Fiscal Year, those streets will carry over to the FY2015 list. Below is the Annual Overlay Project list.



Every two years, the City of Bowling Green takes the time to participate in the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and National Research Center (NRC) National Citizen Survey (NCS). This survey is a low-cost citizen survey service for local governments.
Residents living within the City limits of Bowling Green may receive a post card in the mail this July telling them that they have been randomly selected to participate in this year’s survey. If you happen to receive this survey, please take a few minutes to fill it out and let us know how you feel about our roads, public safety, parks, crime, public services and so much more. The survey is only a few pages long and it gives staff insight to what citizens are or aren’t happy with in the City.
To get a representative sample of Bowling Green residents, the adult (anyone 18 years or older) in your household who most recently had a birthday should complete this survey. Year of birth of the adult does not matter.


Participation in this survey is very important since only a small number of households are being surveyed. If you have any questions about the Citizen Survey please call 270.393.3642.


Bowling Green has been utilizing the National Citizen Survey since 2008 and staff uses the results to improve service delivery, develop future projects and assist with budget preparation. If you would like to see the results from previous surveys, please visit http://www.bgky.org/citizen-surveys.php. We would appreciate any feedback or suggestions for future surveys.
Please help us shape the future of Bowling Green. Thanks for your time and participation – we look forward to hearing from you!


Fire trucks today are an iconic symbol of the brave men and women who risk their lives to protect others. Their ladders, sirens and bright red color are a fixture in our society. But the fire truck has evolved over the last 100 plus years and there is no doubt that it will continue to as technologies grow and innovations continue.

This is the evolution of our fire truck.


From 1831 to 1898 the Bowling Green Fire Department fought fires with hand-pulled hose carts. These carts were used across the country and were transported by manpower. To deploy, the ropes on the front of the cart would be unwound, and 10 or more men would run out in front to pull the hose cart to the fire scene. Two men would hold onto the tongue to steer and/or attempt to brake the cart. At the scene, the hose was unwound from the cart, laid out and connected to a hand pumper to move water from a cistern or pond to the source of the fire.

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In 1898, the Bowling Green Fire Department brought a new employee on board that revolutionized the game of firefighting – the horse. As paid firefighters and fire departments became more common around the country, horses were introduced and used to pull the fire pumps. This new change greatly improved response times and allowed firefighters to do their job much more efficiently. During this time, the main fire station was located behind current day City Hall on East 10th Street.


While horses were a big improvement to the Fire Department, they weren’t around for long. In the early 1920’s the BGFD saw its first engine powered fire truck. These open cab trucks with no roof were the first of their kind and remained a constant through the 1960’s. “Pumper 2” is a 1931 truck that has been remodeled and is now displayed at Headquarters.


The 1960’s brought with it roofs and doors for the driver and passengers but still lacked doors for the rear jump seats. From this point until the 90’s, small changes continued such as the trucks getting bigger, more pumping capabilities, larger water tanks, hydraulic aerial ladders, hydraulic rescue tools, sirens, rotating lights, air conditioning and more.


Around the year 2000, trucks were again revolutionized with computer technology to make them safer and more user friendly through advanced software, communication, visibility, and warning systems. Fire trucks in general have also become more specific to the need of the department. Today, the BGFD has 9 front-line fire trucks: 3 engines (pumpers), 3 rescue pumpers, 2 aerial platforms (w/95’ and 100’ aerials), and 1 quint (w/75’ aerial).


Over the years the fire department has expanded into much more than fighting fires; it has progressed into an agency tasked with mediating virtually any type of emergency situation. Due to this change, the BGFD fleet today also includes: 1 command vehicle, 3 Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting apparatus, 1 brush truck, 1 Hazardous Materials truck, 1 HazMat Decontamination trailer, 1 trench rescue trailer, 1 loss control trailer, 1 arson investigation trailer, and 1 rescue boat and raft w/trailer.


As times change, so will our equipment and our abilities. The Bowling Green Fire Department will always strive to be one of the best departments in the country with top of the line equipment and firefighters.

Fireworks ~ By Kim Lancaster

Many things come to mind when thinking about the 4th of July: freedom, summer, BBQ’s, pool parties and of course, fireworks!


There are those who love fireworks and those who loathe them. To help make sure that everyone has a great 4th of July holiday, the City of Bowling Green has offered some good neighbor courtesies as well as some safety guideline and regulations to keep in mind for the 2014 season.


Because not everyone is excited about the loud bangs and bright lights, notify your neighbors before using any large fireworks near your home and never put other people or their property at risk.

Fireworks : Ground Spinners, or ground wheels or charkhi

Fireworks are NOTpermitted on public streets, and any debris left by fireworks should be picked up and disposed of properly. Never point or throw fireworks at another person, and always keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of a fire or other mishap. Consumer fireworks may only be used by individuals at least 18 years of age.

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The city DOES NOT require a permit to discharge fireworks from June 27th through July 5th until 10 p.m., and on July 4th until 11 p.m. All other dates require a Special Fireworks Discharge Permit from the Bowling Green Fire Department.


Keep in mind that enforcement of firework guidelines is a complaint driven process. Please call the Bowling Green Police Department non-emergency line at 270-393-4244 to file a complaint regarding fireworks. For more safety guidelines or to obtain a Special Fireworks Discharge Permit, contact the Bowling Green Fire Department at 270-393-3702, or visit their website at www.bgky.org/fire.

Most importantly, have a safe and Happy 4th of July!

Technology has become a large part of the world we live in. As technologies grow and change, the City of Bowling Green works hard to keep up with the trends. Recently, the Systems Analyst for the City has rolled out a new look to the website with a more user friendly interface. This site is currently available for beta testing at https://beta.bgky.org. We hope that you take the time to check out our new look and let us know what you think.

When logging on and checking out the new version of www.bkgy.org, one big change you will notice is that the website will be easily accessible from mobile devices, tablets or your desk top. Recent studies show that almost 40% of the traffic that bgky.org sees is from a mobile device and that number is only expected to increase. The look will vary slightly depending on the device but the information should be easy to read and to access.


Additionally, our updated sight offers a redesigned events calendar for citizens to find out what is going on in town from Parks and Recreation Events to Board of Commissioners Meetings and everything in between. Better inclusion of the international community will also be a new focus of our site. Although we have offered translations of web content in both Spanish and Croatian in the past, we will now be able to translate our content into more than 70 different languages.


We hope that when you are using the new site you find a more consistent experience with similar design patterns. These changes should help you become familiar with our site, our departments and our services.


If you have questions about our changes or want to provide feedback, please call 270-393-3642. In addition, there is a “feedback” tab on the right side of our beta page where viewers can answer a short survey to provide us with insight about the new sight and its design.




Animal Control Changes

Changes are coming to the City’s Animal Control Division.

In the next month or two, when Neighborhood and Community services makes its move from the City Hall Annex up to their new location on Reservoir Hill, they will be joined by the City’s Animal Control Officers.

This move will include the shifting of two employees from the Police Department to NCS and is part of a series of additions and enhancements to Neighborhood and Community Services. Adding the Animal Control Officers to this department will allow them to fit in readily with Code Enforcement and focus on neighborhoods.

To learn more about Neighborhood and Community Services, our Animal Control Division or our move up to Reservoir hill, please call 270-393-3642.

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