BG Parks & Recreation Foundation

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General Information

Thank you to our 2018 Wine & Cheese Sponsors




Simpson Garden Bricks                    brick walkway

Commemorative Brick Flyer

The Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Foundation is offering Commemorative Bricks to be placed at the Memorial Walkways in Simpson Garden Park. Bricks are donated in honor/memory of a loved one or to commemorate a special occasion. Engraved bricks are $150 each and last a lifetime; engraved bricks add to the beauty of the Garden and give friends and families a way to always remember their loved ones or a special occasion.

Parks Make Life Better T-Shirts
Top 3 reasons to buy a shirt:

  • You will be supporting the BG Parks & Recreation Foundation!
  • They make great gifts!
  • They look great and help promote our parks!





Navy Short Sleeve Shirts

YOUTH SIZES:  $15.00

ADULT SIZES:  $20.00





Green Long Sleeve Shirts



Cash or Check Accepted
(Checks made out to The BG Parks & Rec Foundation)

T-shirts can be purchased at the Simpson Building.


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About the Foundation

  • Established in 1992 in response to a growing call for more beautiful parks and additional recreational programs.
  • Memberships, tax-deductible donations, and funds from the Annual Wine and Cheese Social and Auction allow the Foundation to support BG Parks and Recreation Department.
  • Purchased 19.6 acres now known as Tucker Woods through the $480,000 Save the Woods campaign.
  • Raised over $700,000 to build and endow Simpson Garden Park.
  • Coordinated fundraising efforts for Ridge Park construction.
  • Raised over $33,000 toward land for athletic fields located by the Bowling Green Community Center.
  • In 2016, supported the purchase of splash pad creatures for the pool, BG Community Mosaic Project, Kuebeck Forum, and the Youth Archery Program.
  • Also in 2016, completed Building On Nature Phase I project (building a storage/year-round restroom facility for Wintergarden/St. John Nature Preserve).
  • In 2017, Building On Nature Phase II project (upgrades to the Nature Center in Wintergarden/St. John Nature Preserve) initiated.

With your help, everything you loved as a child – baseball on hot summer days, running barefoot through the park, playing basketball or even learning to dance – is assured to be available to all of us.

Simply put, providing the kinds of parks, recreation facilities, and programs that the people of Bowling Green want the most often cost more than the city can afford. This is why the Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Foundation needs your help.

Your dollars go towards enhancing these open spaces, facilities and programs – and, in turn, help build a stronger community. Member benefits include a spring breakfast, summer picnic and concert, and other activities throughout the year. HELP SUPPORT YOUR PARKS.


2017 Spirit of the Foundation Award

Pictured above is Enrique Gomezdelcampo (Foundation Board President)  presenting Phil Hollenbaugh with the Spirit of the Foundation Award.

The Spirit of the Foundation Award was created in 1999 to acknowledge those community members who have gone above and beyond in support of the mission of the BGPR Foundation. The mission is to support and enhance the activities of the Parks & Recreation Department and to help ensure that it will continue to provide quality leisure opportunities for the residents of Bowling Green. Phil Hollenbaugh is this year’s  recipient of this well deserved award. Phil Hollenbaugh is a retired Ironworker General Foreman with Ironworkers #55 in Toledo. You may know his work as he is responsible for the beautiful Hosta Glen at Simpson Garden Park. This was the project that he took on as a volunteer for his Master Gardener Class. He has put in close to 2,000 volunteer hours working on it. Going from 30 Hostas scattered around the Simpson Building to 840 varieties. The Hosta Glen has been recognized as a National Display Garden and there is only one display garden in the US with more varieties, but that will not be for long! Phil and his wife Joan have been married for almost 51 years. They moved to Bowling Green in 1982. Their three children all have graduated from BG High School and BGSU. Besides volunteering at Simpson Garden Park, Phil keeps his own yard nice enough to have been included in The University Women’s Garden Tour and has done all the landscaping and lawn maintenance at their church. Congratulations and many thanks Phil!