News from BG: October 10, 2018

Upcoming Public Meetings:

  • City Council is scheduled to meet October 15 at 7:00 pm in Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St.
  • Bicycle Safety Commission is scheduled to meet October 16 at 6:00 pm in Council Chamber.

BGSU Homecoming:

  • Parade: In conjunction with the Bowling Green State University 2018 Homecoming parade on Friday, October 12, temporary road closures and other traffic restrictions will occur.

    East Wooster Street will close at 5:15 pm.  The parade will begin at 5:30 pm from the BGSU Intramural Fields off of Mercer Rd and Alumni Dr.  The parade will proceed south along Mercer Rd, turn west on East Wooster St, turn north on Thurstin Ave, and end in BGSU Parking Lot 7 near the Bowen-Thompson Student Union.  As the parade passes, individual roads will reopen.  Traffic delays are expected while the parade is present.

  • BGSU Food Truck Frenzy: Join Bowling Green State University on Saturday, October 13 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm in the Mileti Alumni Center parking lot (at the corner of Mercer and Alumni Dr.) for the Food Truck Frenzy.  This event is open for everyone in Bowling Green.  Come enjoy live music, great food, and celebrate BGSU Homecoming 2018!  This event will have 5 different food trucks to satisfy all your cravings from savory to sweet.  Come on down and bring a friend!

Firefly Nights Fall Festival – October 19

In conjunction with the October Firefly Nights Festival scheduled for October 19, certain street closures and parking restrictions will be imposed in downtown Bowling Green.

Beginning at 2:00 pm on Friday, October 19, on-street parking will be prohibited on Main Street, from Clay to Washington, and along Clay St and West Oak St.

At 4:00 pm on Friday, October 19, Main Street, between Clay St. and Washington St., will be closed to vehicular traffic.  While Main Street is closed, no through traffic will be permitted on Oak, Court, and Clough Streets.  Wooster Street will remain open for east and westbound traffic throughout the festival.

During the Main Street closure, detour routes for local and truck traffic will be posted.

All streets will reopen and parking will be reinstated on Friday following the event.

The Festival is scheduled to occur from 6:00 – 10:00 pm.  Details may be found on the Firefly Nights Festival website –

Tree Commission Seminar – October 20

The Bowling Green Tree Commission will be hosting a class on the “ABCs of Pruning Trees” on Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 9:00 – 11:00 am at Simpson Garden Park, 1291 Conneaut. The event is free to the public. The class will be held in the classroom and outside. Attendees will learn about proper pruning techniques and considerations for both young and mature trees. Part of the class will be spent outside as we prune several trees.

Please contact the Bowling Green Arborist at or 419-353-4101 if you have any questions.

Homeownership Assistance Program Funds Available Now!

Purchasing an affordable home may be out of reach for some Bowling Green residents at lower income levels. A CDBG-funded program, however, can help with this issue.

The City’s Direct Homeownership Assistance Program makes affordable homeownership possible for households often overcome by housing cost burden.
The program is designed to assist creditworthy persons with lower incomes by reducing their mortgage principal amount, paying reasonable closing costs, and/or required up-front private mortgage insurance premiums. In most cases the mortgage principal reduction will satisfy the lender’s down payment requirement.

Applicants must qualify through a traditional lender. Assistance is provided in the form of a supplemental subordinate loan for part of the purchase price with zero (0%) interest. The Loan is non-amortized, and non-declining, payable upon sale of the property, transfer of title, the property being vacated or the owner(s) no longer occupying the property as their primary residence.

Applicant(s) must complete the application process, and adhere to all program policies to be eligible. For more information contact Matthew Jay Snow in the City of Bowling Green’s Grants Administration office, 419-354-6221 or .