News from BG: April 28, 2021
Virtual Arbor Day Celebration

National Arbor Day is April 30th and we're celebrating virtually with an informational video from our Tree Commission and a tree planting at the Urban Forestry Arboretum!

The Urban Forestry Arboretum was established in 2008 and is located west of the fire station at 1060 Pearl Street. Currently 86 trees are growing on site including 61 different tree species and cultivars. One of the arboretum’s purposes is to display the different types of trees that property owners may plant on their property or have the City plant in the tree lawn. Residents can visit to see what the tree they are planting will look like throughout the seasons and as it matures.

Along Pearl Street under the electric lines is a row of tree species that are smaller in size at maturity. These tree species are appropriate for planting near overhead electric lines.
There is a kiosk located at the SE corner of the arboretum with more information about the trees growing at the arboretum and found around Bowling Green growing in the tree lawn and on City property. Additionally, trees throughout the arboretum are labeled to identify each tree species and cultivar. Parking is available near the kiosk at the southeast corner of the arboretum.
The window to schedule a May Brush Collection will be open from May 1 to May 10. Residents may GO ONLINE, beginning May 1, to register their address for this month’s collection!

Residents may also call 419-354-6227 to be added to the list of locations where crews will stop.

Collection is scheduled to begin on May 17. Those who do not register by May 10 will NOT be included on the collection route! The next brush collection will be held in September.

For collection guidelines, click HERE.
Ben Cutler here from Columbia Gas. Want to quickly introduce myself as a point of contact for the upcoming Columbia Gas Pipeline Replacement Project in Bowling Green (map below). Our pre-construction camera work should already be underway and we'll officially start with mainline installation in the next few weeks. Service line replacements will then follow.
Please don't hesitate to comment/message/call/text/email if you ever have questions or concerns (contact info in the signature below).

Only request right now is to please leave any stakes/flags/markings that may have been placed on properties. Those are critical points of reference for our crews in identifying underground facilities. Thank you.

Know this project was scheduled to begin a bit earlier in the year, so we certainly appreciate everyone continuing to be patient with us as things get off the ground.

Take care and keep in touch.
Ben Cutler - Public Affairs Specialist, Columbia Gas of Ohio
Cell: 216.215.4103
Gas Emergency: 1-800-344-4077
City Park Trees to be
Treated for Gypsy Moths

The European gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar) is a non-native, invasive species that has moved into Ohio from Pennsylvania and Michigan over the years. In its caterpillar stage, it feeds on the leaves of over 300 different tree and shrub species and is especially fond of oak. The big oaks are one of City Park’s best assets and gypsy moths feed on their leaves. Repeated annual defoliation that results from gypsy moth infestation can lead to the death of the tree. In the early 2000’s, City Park became infested with gypsy moths and from that point on, the City’s Arborist has continued efforts to manage the risks associated with these pests.

Burlap tree bands will soon be applied to the trunks of the large oaks in City Park to help reduce the caterpillar population. The banded traps will be in place for the months of May and June...MORE
Bicycle SpokesPerson Nominations Due May 12

The Bowling Green Bicycle Safety Commission is sponsoring the annual Bicycle Spokesperson of the Year award.  Nomination forms for this award are now available on the City’s website. Any Bowling Green citizen can be nominated who exemplifies the spirit of bicycling through involvement in biking, bike safety or bike-related activities.

Nominations must be submitted by Wednesday, May 12.

For questions or more information call the Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department at (419) 354-6225.
Parks & Recreation Summer Activity Guide

Registration for the Bowling Green Parks & Rec Summer 2021 programs began on Monday, April 26th for Bowling Green residents. Registration for nonresidents will begin on Monday, May 10th.

Find all the fun activities offered in the Summer 2021 Activity Guide.

Be sure to complete the 2021 Registration & Waiver form in advance to help make registration a quicker process.

Registrations may also be completed in person at the Bowling Green Community Center.

For questions or more information contact the Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department at 419-354-6223.
Through a new Vaccine on Demand pilot program, Wood County residents will have the opportunity to schedule COVID-19 vaccines at any location in Wood County.
  • Scheduling for Vaccine on Demand appointments opened on Friday, April 23.
  • This is similar to a program for vaccinating individuals who are homebound, but it is being expanded to any Wood County resident.
  • Additional information on this pilot program and a link for scheduling is available at or by calling 419-823-9512.
After more studies and research the CDC is recommending a lift to the pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. The pause was out of an abundance of caution.
  • The Wood County Health Department will follow suit with Ohio Department of Health guidelines. Opportunities to receive Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be announced at the end of the week. 
  • People who have received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine within the past three weeks who develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath should seek medical care right away.
  • No impact on the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines: These vaccines use a different technology and there have been no similar concerns with these vaccines. 
  • Wood County Health Department clinics this week are offering Pfizer vaccines. 
  • Vaccine adverse events may be reported through the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). VAERS, managed by the CDC and FDA, is part of the larger vaccine safety system in the U.S. that helps make sure vaccines are safe. 
Walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinics are held every Monday from noon-6 p.m. at Wood County Health Department.
  • First and second vaccine doses (Pfizer) are offered at these clinics. Second doses of Pfizer vaccines are given three weeks after the first dose.
  • Appointment times may be assigned on arrival as needed for social distancing. 
Walk-ins are welcome for all vaccine clinics this week. If you wish to make an appointment, use the ArmorVax app, go to, or call 419-823-9512. 
  • North Baltimore American Legion 539 East St., North Baltimore – Tuesday, April 27, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. (Pfizer)
  • Bowling Green State University Field House 801 N Mercer Road, Bowling Green – Wednesday, April 28, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. (Pfizer)
  • La Conexion & Welcome BG 1840 E. Gypsy Lane Road, Bowling Green – Friday, April 30, 1-8 p.m. (Pfizer)
  • Wood County Health Department Spanish-language-supported event (Intérpretes de español in situ)
  • Islamic Center of Greater Toledo 25877 Scheider Road, Perrysburg – Friday, April 30, 5 to 8 p.m. (Pfizer)