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Battle Ground's National Night Out is Back! - 07/23/21

Prevent Together: Battle Ground Prevention Alliance partners with Battle Ground Police Department, Fire District 3 and City of Battle Ground to once again host this fun, safe, community-building event for Battle Ground families on Tuesday, August 3.

After a one-year hiatus due to restrictions on large gatherings, Battle Ground will once again be celebrating National Night Out on Tuesday, August 3 from 6 - 8 pm at Kiwanis Park located at 422 SW 2nd Ave.  The free community-building event features fun activities, information, and entertainment for the entire family! 

No need to feed the family before coming, dinner is on us!  Free barbecued hot dogs, prepared by Fire District 3 and Battle Ground Police Department, along with chips and drinks, will be served.

Activities include many returning family favorites:  Fire District 3 activities and engine tours, SWWA Search & Rescue gear and activities, Battle Ground Police vehicles and a meet and greet with Police K-9 Charlie, games with Battle Ground Parks & Recreation and Rocksolid Teen Center, and so much more! 

The Battle Ground Police Department is hosting a Bicycle Safety Rodeo for children ages 4 to 13.  In addition, thanks to donations from Walmart and State Farm, the department will be giving away 80 bicycle helmets.  Each child participating in the Bicycle Rodeo will also be entered into a free drawing to win one of fifteen new bikes!

Prevent Together: Battle Ground Prevention Alliance will be teaming up with the DREAM Team to feature information for youth and parents on vaping, including the “Right Before Your Eyes” bedroom exhibit for parents. 

As in year’s past, the musical entertainment will not disappoint. New this year, bringing a Scottish touch, is Gillespie Brothers Bagpipe and Drum, and back by popular demand is West Arts Academy Rock Ensemble, a talented group of student musicians playing everyone’s favorites. 

There are many more participants with activities and information.  For a full and growing list, visit https://preventtogetherbg.org/nationalnightout.

Battle Ground’s National Night Out is hosted by Prevent Together: Battle Ground Prevention Alliance in partnership with the city of Battle Ground, Battle Ground Police Department and Fire District 3.  The coalition thanks all National Night Out participants and sponsors for supporting Battle Ground’s National Night Out 2021.

City of Battle Ground Offices Reopen Beginning July 6 - 06/30/21

With statewide restrictions lifted, City of Battle Ground offices will reopen to the public. Beginning Tuesday, July 6, offices will open on a modified schedule, phasing into a full reopening by August 16.   

The phased reopening, along with safety protocols and practices, will help maintain the health of patrons and staff:

  • Those who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear a mask. Otherwise, a mask is required in all city facilities. 
  • Hand sanitizing stations are placed at facility entrances/exits.
  • Floor markings guide 6-foot physical distancing.
  • Those who are sick should not enter city facilities.  Staff is available to assist anyone by phone or online. 

City facilities closed to the public on March 17, 2020 in response to COVID-19 public health emergency orders.  Although office doors were closed, city staff continued to work and provide services from the field, from the office, or by telecommuting from a remote location. 

“I’m proud of how our staff adapted to maintain the city’s high standard of customer service,” said City Manager Erin Erdman, “Our doors may have been closed, but our commitment to customers always remained our priority; we look forward to opening our offices again.”

City offices reopen next week on July 6th. A complete schedule of the city’s phased reopening is available on the city’s website at www.cityofbg.org/833/City-Offices-Reopen.     

Battle Ground Fireworks Vendors Take a Stand to Voluntarily Forego Sales this 4th of July Season - 06/29/21

When Dan Hernandez of the Knights of Columbus received the news that fireworks use in the City of Battle Ground was banned, he took immediate action. The Knights of Columbus is one of four non-profit organizations that received a permit to sell fireworks in the City of Battle Ground.

“As Knights, we're called to make a difference in people's lives,” he said, “Our board made the decision to not sell fireworks this year; the safety of our community is much more important.” 

The Knights of Columbus organization, founded in 1882, is committed to making a difference in their local communities through faith, charity and patriotism. 

“While we’re not selling fireworks, our stand will remain open. One-hundred percent of fireworks proceeds were to help fund programs for children, scholarships, and for the hungry and the homeless,” explained Dan, “We invite the community to stop by and get to know our organization and our values. We hope that people will support our efforts and donate what they may have spent on fireworks.”

The Knights of Columbus stand is located just off Main Street and 20th Avenue in the Albertsons parking lot.  We encourage you to stop by and say hello.   

A United Decision
The three remaining fireworks permit holders - the Battle Ground Elks, Battle Ground Four Square Church, and the 2022 BGHS Grad Night Committee - have all announced that they are foregoing sales, citing a sense of responsibility, and the safety and well-being for the community as a whole.

These organizations rely on fundraising, such as fireworks sales, and the generosity of donors to fund their programs that support the community.  We encourage you to become familiar with their work and support their efforts.  

Battle Ground Elks
The Battle Ground Elks have invested in the Battle Ground community for many years. They support the Family and Community Resource Center, helping meet the needs of families faced with housing instability and economic challenges.  Recently, they donated to the National Diaper Drive to support the essential needs of young families.  Ongoing programs include scholarships for Battle Ground students, a Breakfast with Santa for kids with special needs, and support for veterans.  

In lieu of their fireworks stand, the Battle Ground Elks invite you to their Family Barbecue Open House on Saturday, July 17 from 3 – 9 pm.  Burgers, brats, and beverages will be available for purchase, and there will games for the whole family.  Here’s your chance to show off those corn hole skills, and support the efforts of the Elks organization.   The Elks Lodge #2589 is located at 907 SE Grace Avenue in Battle Ground.

Battle Ground Four Square Church
The primary use of the fireworks fundraiser for Battle Ground Four Square Church was to fund Church Camp for middle and high school students.  The 4-day camp gives kids a special opportunity to grow in their spiritual lives.  Contact the church if you would like to support their efforts.

BGHS Grad Night
The Battle Ground High School Class of 2022 is a short year away from graduating from high school and entering adulthood.  The BGHS Grad Night Committee offers all graduates a celebration worthy of this important milestone.  Seventy percent of Grad Night fundraising comes from fireworks sales.  Grad Night provides a safe environment for students to have fun and celebrate their accomplishments.  To support the 2022 BGHS Grad Night, contact Co-President Michelle Beall at 360-904-7307 or at listitwithmichelle@gmail.com.  You may donate via Venmo @BGHS Grad Night, or by mail at PO Box 854, Battle Ground, WA  98604. 

Go Tigers, Class of 2022!

Thank you
Fire Marshal Chris Drone, in announcing the decision to ban fireworks, stated that it was not an easy decision.  He recognized the impact on these organizations and to the community. 

At the city, we are humbled by the level of community support we see, and we are grateful for your partnership in public safety and fire prevention.   

Fireworks use and recreational burning banned in the City of Battle Ground - 06/28/21

The Fire Marshal, in consultation with Fire District 3 and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), has issued an order to ban the use of fireworks this 4th of July season in Battle Ground city limits.

The city’s Municipal Code (BGMC 8.30.030) authorizes the Fire Marshal to suspend or ban the discharge of fireworks in consideration of weather related data including current moisture levels, wind speeds, lack of rain, and other fire-related factors. This data, provided by the DNR, is collected and analyzed daily by Fire District 3 and by the Fire Marshal as well as other Clark County fire districts.

To objectively determine if conditions meet an extreme fire danger level, and a ban of fireworks is warranted, the Fire Marshal utilizes DNR data and multiple metrics.  These include, but are not limited to:

  • The burning index – an estimate of the potential difficulty of fire containment
  • Fuel moisture – percentage of water in a fuel
  • Energy Release Component – available energy of fire

An updated report received today, June 28, from the Department of Natural Resources indicate that all three of these indices are at levels that constitute immediate concern.  It is extremely rare for this to occur, and further illustrates the impact that the drought, hot weather, and dry vegetation has had on fire danger in our area.  In addition, forecasts indicate that there will be little to no relief from rain between now and Independence Day.

Due to these safety concerns, recreational burning and campfires have also been banned in city limits, until further notice.  

This decision was not taken lightly, and we recognize the impact this has on our community and local organizations in their fundraising efforts.  We continue to encourage everyone to celebrate Independence Day with family and friends, just without fireworks this year.  We want to thank everyone for our continued partnership in fire prevention.