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Battle Ground Parks & Recreation Services - 08/02/18

Battle Ground, WA -  Yesterday, August 1, Battle Ground City Manager Jeff Swanson accepted the resignation of Parks & Recreation Director Debbi Hanson.   Ms. Hanson had served as the city’s Parks & Recreation Director since 2008, and the city thanks her for her years of service.   

Parks & Recreation services will continue without interruption.  Park oversight and maintenance will continue under management of the Public Works Department.  All other Parks & Recreation Department functions, including Community Center and Senior Center rentals and activities, special event permits, and recreational programs are operating as usual, managed by existing city staff under the direction of the City Manager.

The Parks & Recreation Director position will remain unfilled pending an evaluation to identify the needs of the department.

Battle Ground Fire Marshal Issues Recreational Burn Ban - 07/26/18

Due to extremely high temperatures and windy conditions, Battle Ground Fire Marshal Chris Drone has issued a total burning ban on recreational fires within the City Battle Ground, effective immediately.

All outdoor burning, including recreational fires, are prohibited within the city limits beginning immediately. The need for the ban is based on weather conditions and community fire safety needs.

Recreational fires, campfires and fires in outdoor fireplaces or chimney-type devices are not allowed during this recreational burning ban. Cooking outdoors in an approved propane or charcoal barbecue is allowed.

The recreational burning ban will remain in effect until further notice.  Updated information will be posted to the city’s website at www.cityofbg.org and Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityofbgwa.

Battle Ground's National Night Out
Battle Ground's National Night Out
Battle Ground's National Night Out designed to strengthen community connections (Photo) - 07/25/18

Battle Ground, WA - Battle Ground celebrates National Night Out on Tuesday, August 7 from 6 – 8 pm at Kiwanis Park located at 422 SW 2nd Ave. The free, family friendly event is designed to strengthen families, neighborhoods, and the community through awareness, education, and relationship building.

Hosted by Prevent Together: Battle Ground Prevention Alliance in partnership with the city of Battle Ground, Battle Ground Police Department, and Fire District 3, National Night Out provides activities, information, resources and entertainment for the entire family.

Attendees have the opportunity to tour police and fire vehicles, meet police officers and firefighters, and chat with the Chiefs.  The Fire District 3 Safe House will be onsite as a tool to teach children what to do in case of a fire in their home.  Prevent Together coalition members will be available to talk about efforts to reduce and prevent youth substance abuse.  Battle Ground Roadmap Navigators will be on hand to take your input on the future of Battle Ground, and there will be numerous other health, safety, and community-oriented resources offering information and fun, free activities and prizes.  For a list of all participants, visit the Prevent Together: Battle Ground Prevention Alliance website at http://www.preventtogetherbg.org

Free hot dogs, chips, and water will be served, and the entertainment will not disappoint.  Back by popular demand is Northwest Rock Academy, a talented group of student musicians playing everyone’s favorites, and new to National Night Out this year is a performance by the BlackPearl Friesian Dance Troupe, a group of horses and riders performing choreographed dances.

“National Night Out is about strengthening connections with neighbors and partners to create a safe and resilient community,” said Prevent Together Coalition Coordinator Kathy Deschner, “This is our third year of hosting the event and we are thrilled with the response from the community.” 

The Prevent Together coalition thanks all National Night Out participants and recognizes supporting partners Molina Health Care and Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, and Safeway, Corwin Beverage Company and Fred Meyer for providing the food and refreshments.

The mission of Prevent Together: Battle Ground Prevention Alliance is together we will prevent and reduce youth substance abuse in the Battle Ground community by building resiliency, strengthening relationships and providing education for families and community members.   

Battle Ground Roadmap - We're Pulling Over and Asking for Direction
Battle Ground Roadmap - We're Pulling Over and Asking for Direction
Battle Ground launches video & survey seeking input on future direction and identity (Photo) - 07/23/18

Battle Ground, WA - The city of Battle Ground has embarked on community visioning and strategic planning process designed to chart a course for the future of Battle Ground.  The project, fittingly named Battle Ground Roadmap, is led by a steering committee of community volunteers - the Navigators – who are seeking input from the broader Battle Ground community about Battle Ground’s future direction and identity.  

Today’s launch of the video “Battle Ground: Let’s Make New History Together” (available on Facebook and YouTube), is accompanied by the Battle Ground Roadmap survey asking for the community’s input about Battle Ground’s future direction and identity.   Anyone who lives, works, shops, dines, or visits Battle Ground is encouraged to complete the survey.   Those submitting a survey are entered into a drawing for a $100 Visa gift card.

Battle Ground Mayor Mike Dalesandro shared the video on social media adding, “How can you not be inspired by our amazing story and the future we can shape together? Provide your input and help us determine our community direction for generations to come! Let’s make new history, together.” 

The goal of Battle Ground Roadmap project is to develop a shared vision of Battle Ground’s future and identity, and build an action plan – a roadmap – to achieve that vision.  The project will result in a formal strategic plan that will guide city policy and align resources accordingly.

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Battle Ground Planning Commission encourages public participation in hearing about city sign code - 07/19/18

Battle Ground, WA - The Battle Ground Planning Commission is seeking input from the public on the city’s sign code, specifically as it relates to temporary off-premise signs such as garage sale and other temporary signs used to promote an event or service. The commission will hold a public hearing on the topic at their Wednesday, July 25 meeting.  

The Planning Commission is tasked with making a recommendation to City Council about the sign code as it relates to temporary off-premise signs.   Input from the community is important to the process and the commission encourages those with an interest in the topic to participate. 

The Planning Commission meeting and Public Hearing will be held on Wednesday, July 25, 7pm at Battle Ground City Hall, 109 SW 1st Street.  The meeting agenda is available online at www.cityofbg.org/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_07252018-314.