News from BG: June 9, 2021
Home Pool & Hot Tub Safety

69% of young children who drown were not expected to be in or near water –
learn how to reduce the risks by reviewing safety tips from the Red Cross.
Secure Your Pool When Not in Use:

  • Completely surround your pool with four-sided isolation fencing with a self-closing and self-latching gate that is out of the reach of a child.
  • A four-sided isolation fence (separating the pool area from the house and yard) reduces a child’s risk of drowning 83% compared to three-sided property-line fencing.
  • For above-ground pools, secure, lock or remove steps, ladders and anything that can be used for access (such as outdoor furniture and toys) whenever the pool is not being actively supervised by an adult.
  • Install a secondary barrier, such as:
  • Door alarms and locks that are out of the reach of a child on all doors and windows with direct access to the pool or spa area
  • Lockable covers
  • For further details, consult the pool barrier guidelines issued by The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Establish and Enforce Rules and Safe Behaviors:

  • Do not enter head first unless in a pool that has a safe diving area.
  • Stay away from drains and other openings that cause suction.
  • Swim with a buddy.
  • Only swim when supervised by a water watcher.
  • Swim sober.
  • Supervise others sober and without distractions, such as reading or talking on or using a cell phone.

Take These Water Safety Steps:

  • Employ layers of protection including barriers to prevent access to water, life jackets, and close supervision of children to prevent drowning.
  • Ensure every member of your family learns to swim so they at least achieve skills of water competency: able to enter the water, get a breath, stay afloat, change position, swim a distance then get out of the water safely.
  • Know what to do in a water emergency – including how to help someone in trouble in the water safely, call for emergency help and CPR.

Lunch in the Park
Friday, June 11th

Bowling Green Parks and Recreation, along with series Title Sponsor Premier Bank, and entertainment sponsor Joann Amos from Danberry Realtors will be hosting the second 2021 Lunch in the Park series event on Friday June 11th, 2021. Food from Call of the Canyon Cafe will be available for purchase from 11:30am-1:00pm at City Park’s Martin and Kiwanis Shelters. There will be a live performance by Tim Concannon throughout the lunch.

This is a rain or shine event with the event taking place at the Martin and Kiwanis Shelters or inside the new Veteran’s Building in the case of inclement weather. 

Efficiency Smart
Tip Jar Contest

From birthday parties to catching up with an old friend, local restaurants give us some of our favorite memories and meals. And while these restaurants are the heart of our communities, many have experienced their most challenging year. 

Show your love for your favorite local and independently owned restaurant by nominating it to win up to $1,000 in energy efficiency improvements* from Efficiency Smart! These improvements will help the winning restaurant save energy and money each month while enjoy the benefits of new upgrades. You might even win a $50 gift card to your favorite restaurant just for nominating it!

Efficiency Smart will select five of the nominated restaurants as finalists and hold a community vote on its Facebook page. The restaurant receiving the most votes at the end of the contest will win the $1,000 prize. Three people will also be selected to win a $50 gift card to the restaurant they nominated.

Reminder to Keep Grass Clippings out of Street

Residents and landscapers are reminded to keep grass clippings out of the street and the City’s storm drains. Blowing grass and other yard debris into the sidewalk, street, or storm drainage system is a violation of the City’s littering and stormwater ordinances.

Grass clippings, leaves, and other lawn debris can clog storm drains, resulting in street and private property flooding. Also, storm drains flow directly to local waterways untreated. Grass clippings add unnecessary nutrients, which help feed harmful algal blooms. In addition to environmental harm, you may be creating a safety hazard. When blown into the street, clippings can create a slippery and dangerous surface for traveling motorcyclists and bicyclists.

Parks & Rec Summer Programs
Don't miss out on Summer fun! Registration for the Bowling Green Parks & Rec Summer 2021 programs is currently open to all residents and non-residents.

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.
Columbia Gas Pipeline Installation

Columbia Gas will close Haskins Rd. at the intersection of Haskins and Wooster on Thursday, June 10 and Friday, June 11 from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm each day. West Wooster will remain open to east and west bound traffic. This closure is required to install and upgrade the natural gas main line.

It is anticipated that the work will last two days; however, the duration of this closure is dependent on progress of work and weather.
ODOT Road Closures/Bridge Repairs

ODOT began a $2.7 million bridge rehabilitation project on the Gypsy Lane Road and Poe Road bridges over I-75 in Bowling Green.

The Gypsy Lane Road bridge over I-75 closed Tuesday, June 1. The detour is Campbell Hill Road to Napoleon Road to Dunbridge Road.

The Poe Road bridge over I-75 closed Monday, June 7. The detour is Mercer Road to Wooster Street/SR 64 to Dunbridge Road.

Each bridge will be closed for approximately three months while crews replace the bridge decks, rehabilitate the abutments, replace the approach slabs, and other necessary roadway work.
COVID-19 numbers are going down, more are being vaccinated, and mandates have been lifted. Please continue to finish the race and help all feel welcome during this exciting new phase:

  • Help people feel welcome:
  • Each person who lives or works in Wood County is a member of our community, regardless of vaccination status or mask use. We must be as committed to each other as we are to putting this pandemic behind us.
  • Support one another:
  • Be considerate and think about the needs of the people around you. Be willing to hear each other and recognize that people’s decisions maybe motivated by different reasons than your own. Rather than focusing on differences, which could lead to divisions, consider how to build each other up.
  • Keep your health habits:
  • Vaccination opens new opportunities to protect yourself and others from COVID. Those remaining unvaccinated can fight the disease by continuing the habits that have kept us safe over the last year. Everyone should continue to monitor for symptoms and talk to your doctor if you could have COVID.
  • Stay engaged:
  • Continue to check trusted sources, like Wood County Health Department, ODH, and the CDC, for the latest information on how to stay safe and healthy. Being well informed will help us to stay ahead of COVID and position us for the best-possible recovery from the pandemic.

Below are upcoming chances to be vaccinated for COVID-19:

  • Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available at all events. Pfizer is the only vaccine approved for those ages 12-17, who must have a parent or legal guardian present. 
  • Monday, June 7 
  • 12-6 p.m., Wood County Health Department (1840 E. Gypsy Lane Road, BG) 
  • Tuesday, June 8 
  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Wood County Health Department (1840 E. Gypsy Lane Road, BG) 
  • 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Risingsun Community Park (550 Salem St.) 
  • 3-8 p.m., Hosanna Lutheran Church (23019 Kellogg Road, Grand Rapids) 
  • Wednesday, June 9 
  • 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Wood County Health Department (1840 E. Gypsy Lane Road, BG) 
  • 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Rossford Municipal Building (133 Osborne St.) 
  • 2-7 p.m., North Baltimore EMS (205 N. Main St.) 
  • 4-7 p.m., Bowling Green Farmers Market (100 Clough St.) 
  • Thursday, June 10 
  • 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Weston Public Library (13153 Main St.) 
  • 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Perrysburg Heights Community Association (12282 Jefferson St.) 
  • 3-8 p.m., Perrysburg Farmers Market (Louisiana Avenue) 
  • 4-8 p.m., Penta Career Center (9301 Buck Road, Perrysburg) 
  • 5-8 p.m., Brown Bag Food Project (530 Sand Ridge Road, BG) 
  • Friday, June 11 
  • 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Risingsun Community Park (550 Salem St.) 
  • 1-8 p.m., Wood County Health Department & La Conexión (1840 E. Gypsy Lane Road, BG)
A student-led research project is requesting Wood County residents to complete a brief 15-minute survey to collect data that can be used to inform future public health interventions:

  • This research is approaching the topic of whether Ohio’s mandated COVID-19 preventative measures made a difference.
  • Please consider completing the survey here: