BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) – Early Saturday afternoon, members of the Bowling Green community gathered behind Jennings Creek Elementary on Russellville Road for the 2nd Jennings Creek Greenway Celebration.
The event was a three-hour celebration of space that took visitors down a path through the forest and led to a green space where several vendors were set up and visitors could stop to eat, play games, do crafts, or rent one to ride a bike.
“There’s a lot of different crafts, you know, there’s a Boy Scout group that makes little pinecone birdhouses, you know, kind of to keep the theme of nature going,” said Cameron Levis of Bowling Green Parks and Recreation, “and that’s kind of a thing that’s, you know, in a city like Bowling Green and Warren County that’s growing so fast, we don’t want to lose sight of the benefits of just natural green space and the way we enjoy the great outdoors.
The greenway behind the elementary school has been open for about a year and complements the already vast green spaces that the city of Bowling Green already has, including Ephram White Park, Buchanon Park, Fillmore Park and Basil Griffin Park.
Levis also spoke about the pandemic and what it meant to have an outdoor space at a time when people couldn’t be close together.
“For us in the world of parks and recs, we really see it as a positive, you know, if early, especially during COVID-19 when the park and an outdoor trail was one of the few places you could go out.” home and still feel safe, still feel socially distanced, and still feel like you can still stay sane,” Levis said.
Levis added that one of the goals with a space like the one behind Jennings Creek is to encourage the community to get out in nature together for a few hours.
“Bowling Green and Warren County are truly blessed to have just wonderful outdoor spaces,” he said, “And again, the park is a place where communities are built, memories are made, and that’s why they’re only ever going to be a really healthy one , central to any vibrant community, and that’s how we feel as Parks and Rec professionals, and we always try to engage with our community as much as we can.
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