Update: May 20, 2020
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Remember, a call center to answer questions regarding COVID-19 is now open.
The call center will be open 7 days a week from 9 a.m.-8 p.m.


If you have not yet responded online to the 2020 Census – you have likely received the paper questionnaire in your mailbox. Please take a few minutes to fill it out and return it by mail.
Click HERE to take the 2020 Census!
"This is a very painful decision to make as I recognize that the City Pool and Waterpark is one of the many reasons that BG is a great place to live, work and raise a family. Unfortunately, the risks associated with opening the pool are not acceptable during this pandemic." ~Mayor Aspacher 
Due to health and safety concerns, the City Pool and Waterpark will remain closed this summer. This was a difficult decision and one that was not made lightly. This decision was made in consultation with staff, health professionals, and a thorough review of the Governor’s guidelines regarding the opening of pools. The Parks and Recreation staff has been reviewing the CDC Guidelines for Pools since April and the final guidelines from the State of Ohio that were released last weekend.

Several plans were considered that attempted to keep the Pool and Waterpark open on a limited basis; unfortunately, each plan ultimately demonstrated that the best decision for the community was for the facility to remain closed through 2020.... MORE
Memorial Day
Parade Cancelled

Bowling Green’s Memorial Day Parade has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns and state and local guidance. 

The Bowling Green Memorial Day Planning Committee, however, is planning on conducting Memorial Day Services on Saturday, May 23. These services will be private to avoid large crowds and will have segments recorded for posting online at media outlets with links on the City of Bowling Green website.
Frederic E. Matthews, Captain, US Navy, Retired, will deliver the keynote address at the Memorial Day Service at Oak Grove Cemetery. The National Anthem will be provided by vocalist Evie Van Vorhis. Herbert Dettmer will serve as Chaplain, and Mayor Mike Aspacher will present Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Logan’s Orders will be presented by LTC (US Army, Retired) John Fawcett. A patriotic poem will be read by Joseph Fawcett, BG Assistant Municipal Administrator and Global War on Terrorism veteran.
Refuse/Recycling Delay
Week of May 25th

In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, all non-24 hour City facilities will be closed on Monday, May 25th, and refuse and recycling collection will be delayed by one day:

Monday's route will be collected on Tuesday.

Tuesday's route will be collected on Wednesday.

Wednesday's route will be collected on Thursday.

Thursday's route will be collected on Friday.

Questions about this schedule may be directed to  Public Works.
Vegetable Gardening
Virtual Class

Vegetable gardening is fun and rewarding. Growing food at home has never seemed like a better idea. During World War II, Americans were urged to plant “victory gardens” as the nation faced potential food shortages.

The COVID-19 crisis has yet to seriously threaten the food supply, but the sight of empty grocery store shelves and less than ideal produce, has led Americans to produce their own vegetables.

Join Craig Everett, horticulturist with the Ohio State University Extension office, this Thursday, May 21, at 7 p.m., virtually via Carmen Zoom. To attend COVID-19 Vegetable Gardening you need to pre-register.

To Pre-Register, CLICK HERE  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

For more information contact Craig Everett 419-354-9050 or everett.33@osu.edu
The window to register your address for the City's May Brush Collection has closed. The next opportunity to register will be in September.

For those who registered, the collection began on May 18. Brush will only be collected from registered addresses. For addresses on the list, please follow the guidelines posted  HERE.

If you missed the registration window, or find yourself in need of getting rid of brush later, the Wood County Landfill accepts brush at their Yard Waste Recycling area. The brush is  not  added to the landfill itself, it is added to the yard waste pile that will be turned into mulch next year! Click HERE for guidance.

March & April Park Board Meeting: Cancelled
Training & Community Center: Closed
Pool & Waterpark: Closed
Programs & Classes: Postponed or Cancelled
Building Reservations: Suspended Until Further Notice
Wintergarden Nature Center: Closed
Playgrounds: Closed
Public Restrooms: Closed
Skatepark: Closed
Inline Rink: Closed
Horse Shoe Pits: Closed
Basketball Courts: Closed

Check out the Wintergarden/St. John's Woods Facebook Group Page or the BG Virtual Parks & Recreation Community Page for fun activities & ways to stay engaged with our Parks and Rec employees!
Parks & Recreation
Not Closed: The Great Outdoors

You MUST maintain at least 6 feet distance between yourself and others utilizing trails and other public spaces.

Our trails are still open, but please:

  • Avoid crowds.
  • Keep a 6 ft. distance between you and other park users.
  • It is okay to step off the trail to allow distance.
  • When passing, call out, "On your left!", to notify those on the trail in front of you.

During this period of precautionary social distancing, The Great Outdoors remains open. There are almost 400 acres of parkland in the City; a park within 1.5 miles of every resident. Bowling Green Parks and Recreation encourages individuals to explore the parks, get some fresh air, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the natural world. Playgrounds and public restrooms remain closed.

The Bowling Green Training & Community Center remains closed. Parks and Recreation business may still be conducted online or via phone. Pass holders will be credited for this disruption once the full extent of this fluid situation is known.

Questions? 419.354.6223