News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Fast Trac New Venture Program Available to Blue Springs Entrepreneurs

clock March 30, 2011 15:57 by author Jeff Quibell





Cynthia Zluticky

County Program Director

Telephone: 816.252.5051

Cell: 816.806-8777

Fax: 816.252.5575


Entrepreneurship the Right Way – Fast Trac®New Venture™ to be held in Blue Springs

(BLUE SPRINGS, MO – MARCH 28, 2011) - Have you ever dreamed of starting your own business? Is your business off the ground but you just don’t feel like you have a sound plan yet? The Fast Trac® New Venture™ program is for YOU and it’s coming to University of Missouri Extension in Blue Springs in April!

This “gold-standard” business plan development program is fast-paced, interactive and energizing according to Susan Henson, Business Development Specialist with University of Missouri Extension. Participants will look at all aspects of their business idea, explore the feasibility of their new venture and how to develop a viable business plan. The accelerated program offered through the Missouri Small Business and Technology Development Center will start Tuesday, April 26 and run for five consecutive Tuesdays through May 24, 2011. Classes will be held at the University of Missouri Extension Center in Blue Springs, 1106 West Main Street. For more information e-mail:

For more information contact


E-mail: Call: 816.407.3490


University of Missouri Extension does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability or status as a Vietnam-era veteran in employment or programs.

Fast Trac Flyer

Add a Little Spring to Your Life–Parks & Rec Newsletter April 2011

clock March 28, 2011 13:11 by author Jeff Quibell

Add a

Little Spring to Your Life

Blue Springs

Parks & Recreation Department  Newsletter

Adams Pointe Golf

Think Spring! Think Green!

Adams Pointe Golf Course

club house.  Adams Pointe is a 18-hole

public course.  For tee times call


Newsletter - Vol 5, Issue 4

April 2011



It is time to start enjoying the long awaited warmer weather of spring and to begin thinking about the hot and sunny days of summer.  We hope that you enjoy what we have to offer you, your family and friends.  Please visit our web site at


Roscoe Righter, Director

Arbor Walk Placed in Rotary Park

Our annual Arbor Day event will be held this year on April 23rd, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm in Shelter #1 at Rotary Park at Railroad Lake, on Vesper Street.  This is something our Department has been doing for many years with our goal to help educate our citizens on the right choice of trees for their yard, and how to care for those trees.  Blue Springs is proud of our urban forest, our street trees, and our landscapes.  We have been certified as a Tree City USA community for the past twenty-one years.  We received the Governor's Tree Scape Award in 1996.  We received the 2008 Roadside Excellence Award from the National Roadside Vegetation Management Association for our landscapes on public roads and streets.  Please drop by on March 23rd in Rotary Park if you have tree related questions or need information.

With this article I am very pleased to announce we are opening and dedicating a new park feature in Rotary Park at Railroad Lake, on April 23rd.  Through hard work and effort of our staff and an intern student, we have been successful in securing a $5,000.00 grant to create the first "Arbor Walk" in our park system. The grant from the Missouri Department of Conservation, Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) Grant is paying for the establishment of forty (40) trees with educational plaques to help educate our public on various native trees for your home or business. 

For more information......


Click flyer for more information

Summer Pool Pass Sales Begin in March,

15% Off

The best time to purchase your summer swimming season pass is in March.  Centennial Pool-Plex preseason pass discounts of up to 15% off, begins on March 1st.  During the month of April you can save 10%, and in the month of May through Memorial Day, you can save 5%.   In addition to these savings you will also receive FREE GUEST PASSES for each pass purchased before Memorial Day.  Receive 2 free single day guest passes with the purchase of a Season Family Pass and 1 free single day guest pass with the purchase of a Season Individual Pass.  These are good anytime during the 2011 summer swim season.

You know that it is going to be a hot summer.  The best time to purchase your season passes for summer fun and exercise is now.

Season pass prices and discounts:

Early Bird Discounts

Regular Price March -    April -    May


Family (4)*     $120.00           $102.00   108.00   114.00          


Individual        $ 70.00           $  59.50    63.00     66.50


Family (4)*     $150.00           $127.50   135.00   142.50


Individual        $ 95.00            $ 80.75    85.50     90.25

* Maximum of two (2) adults per family pass, 21 years of age or older.  Additional household adults will be required to purchase an Individual season pass.  Additional family members over four (4) will be charged $15.00 for Residents and $16.00 for Non-residents.

Daily Admission Fees: Daily Open Swim is $5.00 for ages 4 and up. Twilight Open Swim (after 5:00 pm) is $3.50. Lap Swim is $3.00 and limited to swimmers 13 years and over. Youth ages 13 to 17 must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older. You can save 20% when buying an Admission Ticket Coupon Book (10-daily admission tickets @ $40.00 or 20 daily admission tickets @ $80.00).


Easter Mother and child


Egg Hunt

The annual Easter Egg-stravaganza is Saturday, April 16, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. This free annual event is cosponsored with the Blue Springs Rotary Club. Activities include a train ride around the lake (sponsored by the Blue Springs Optimist Club), play structures, and face painting.  The egg  hunt begins at 11:00 am with four hunting areas: 2 & under, 3 & 4 year-olds, 5 & 6 year-olds and 7 & 8 year-olds. Bring cameras for personal photos with the Easter Bunny and the characters from The Wizard of Oz. Rotary Park at Railroad Lake is located east of 7 Highway on Vesper Street.  This event will be held rain or shine.

Click to view flyer.....


Family at Rotary Park

Community-Wide Family Week

April 17th - 23rd

It's called

"Putting Families First!"

It's an award winning program for honoring, encouraging,

promoting, supporting and building stronger families.

This year's theme is "Our Home is like a Disney Movie because..."

Family Week activities include:

Parks & Recreation Scavenger Hunt

Participants will be given a list of eight area parks with questions about something(s) in each park. The deadline to turn-in the completed entry form is April 22 (not a timed event). The returned entries will then be entered in a drawing. The first two entries drawn that are completed and correct will be declared the winners. $150 in cash prizes will be awarded. Contact the Parks & Recreation Department for rules and an entry form.

Family Photo Exhibit

Capture that special moment with your family spending time together and submit the photo to be exhibited at Vesper Hall during Family Week.  There will be a drawing for cash prizes for those submitting photos. Entries are due April 15.  Contact the Parks & Recreation Department for rules and an entry form.

Family Time Contest

Families complete an entry form for each 30 minutes they spend together in a family activity during the week. Entry forms can be picked up and deposited in a designated location at area businesses, including Blue Springs City Hall. At the end of family week, a drawing will be held from each location. The total prize value at each business is over $200. 

  •     "Family of the Year" Recognition and Dinner
  •     Art and Essay Contests
  •     City-wide entertainment, restaurant, and  business            specials for the family.

For more information about Family Week, go to


Click on guide cover to view.

Your Guide to Parks and 


Have you ever wondered what parks and facilities are offered in Blue Springs?  Did you know that there are thirteen developed park areas that you can enjoy totaling 596 acres?  We have 18 park shelters and one gazebo, which, for a fee, may be reserved.  For reservations requiring a special condition or use a "Special Use Permit" is required to be filled out and approved. 

Besides shelters we have many other amenities to make your visits to our parks enjoyable.  Amenities such as barbeque grills, play equipment, walk/jog trails, horseshoe pits, skateboard parks, sand volleyball courts, tennis courts, streams, ponds, lakes and fishing to name a few of what is available.  We also have a 220 acre 18 hole Adams Pointe Golf Course as part of our park system.

To find out more information on all that we have to offer and the park locations, please open up the attached flyer titled "Your Guide to Parks and Facilities".  We hope that you are able to visit some, if not all, the parks and facilities in the Blue Springs. 


Blue Springs FIT


Fitness Survey

Offered by

Blue Springs F.I.T.

Blue Springs F.I.T. (Families In Training) is a program designed to get the entire community excited about healthy lifestyle choices.  Blue Springs F.I.T. is focused on dealing with a variety of health issues including childhood obesity, as well as making Blue Springs a healthy and fit community in ways that are fun and simple to implement into everyday life.

Blue Springs F.I.T. is in need of your help in planning future fitness and health programs in Blue Springs.  A community Fitness Survey has been developed to aid gathering this important information.  They are asking that you help by taking this short Fitness Survey.

Your survey participation and responses are anonymous as they are tracked by a third party survey company.

Thank you for your help in making Blue Springs a better place in which to live.

Click here to take the Blue Springs F.I.T. Community Fitness Survey.....


Bits and Pieces

Tennis Racket

Tennis lessons held at Metro East Tennis Center

- Beginner & Beginner Plus Line


- Social Dance

- Youth Tennis Lessons

- Pee-Wee Power Tennis Lessons

- Vesper Hall Programming

- Road Runners Day Trips

- Swimnastics Aerobics

- Therapeutic Swim

- Aqua-Aerobics

- Facility Rental Opportunities

More Information.....


Art Show


of the

Fun Photos.....


Health and Fitness Tip

Jogging or Walking:  Both jogging and walking are GREAT ways to get fit.  Not only do they tone the muscles, relieve stress, create a healthier heart, and improve lung capability, they make you look wonderful, which in turns helps you get excited about doing other exercise for fitness.  Warm weather is here, get outside and enjoy a good jog or walk.


Quote to Live By

"Recreation is not only for the time.  Recreation is forever afterword.  Each person has his memory chest."

                    - Howard S. Braucher 


Mission Statement

"It is the mission of the

Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department

to serve the public's well-being by providing

quality leisure opportunities through the research, establishment, implementation and maintenance

of a comprehensive parks, recreation,

buildings and grounds system."



In This Issue

- Arbor Walk Placed in Rotary Park

- Summer Pool Pass Sales

- Easter Egg-stravaganza Egg Hunt

- Community-Wide Family Week

- Your Guide to Parks & Facilities

- Bits and Pieces

- Photos of the Month

- Health & Fitness Tip

- Quote to Live By

Quick Links

Activity Guide-Winter/Spring

Register for Programs Now

Parks & Recreation Web Site

Past Newsletters

Adams Pointe Golf Club Web Site

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Blue Springs, MO 64015



Second Annual Little Blue River Art Fest is on June 10-11

clock March 28, 2011 12:26 by author Jeff Quibell

LBRAF2011The second annual Little Blue River Art Fest is on June 10-11. Artists from the area will be displaying paintings, drawings, printmaking, photography, jewelry, ceramics, textiles and much more. The outdoor Art Fest will also feature musical entertainment, a hands-on art activity for children, and food and beverage. The location of the art fest is on the White Oak Plaza shopping grounds on 7 Hwy and 40 Hwy. The art fest times will be Friday, June 10th at 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm and Saturday, June 11 at 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Please visit our web site for information and view the enclosed flyer.

Always Leave Your Campsite Just a Little Better Than How You Found It–Remember to Vote on April 5th

clock March 25, 2011 11:06 by author Jeff Quibell

75ES3358 4x5 @ 72 Res“Always leave your campsite just a little better than how you found it.” Adult Scout leaders often shared this fundamental principal with my scout troop. As I completed the requirements for Eagle Scout, it became a foundation for my beliefs and goals as an adult and later as an elected official.

I have visited thousands of homes in Blue Springs and have found residents very consistent in their expectations. They want their elected officials to find ways to make our city just a little better than how they found it. This basic philosophy of improvement is important to the long-term health of our community, and I feel very strongly that it is important for our elected officials to pursue such a worthy goal.

This year, residents are sharing with me their excitement about new shopping and dining opportunities that have come to our city, but they are concerned about the economy and looking to our elected officials, both locally and nationally, to find solutions. They are looking for a return to prosperity in the housing industry, and especially interested in insuring that the housing provided for our citizens is of high quality and yet affordably priced. The hope for older businesses to update their facilities and empty buildings to be better utilized continues, while recognizing that progress has been made in this area, there remains much to be done.

Missouri Innovation Park continues to move forward with small steps of accomplishment. I am committed to assisting with the facilitation of this project and to the quality jobs that will come as a result of its success. With new business and new employees, increased demand for housing and increased revenue for existing business will result in a stronger economy for our city.

Current city policy prevents or limits the renovation of many existing business facilities in Blue Springs. Many years ago, zoning policies were enacted that designated the location of specific industries within certain business corridors; car dealerships placed along the Outer Road, as an example. The unintended consequence of those policies is that existing businesses are prevented or limited in their options to improve their buildings when their location is inconsistent with existing zoning. Fixing the problem will require revised policies that will allow existing businesses to improve their properties, while still requiring new businesses to locate in the appropriate corridors of the city. This is a beginning step in the necessary process of addressing the blight and vacant buildings, and will show support and appreciation of the existing businesses that have sustained our community for many years.

I am excited about the opportunity to assist in finding solutions to all of the issues facing our city. Please remember to vote on April 5th. I will work hard to make our city better than it is today.

“Chat with Jeanie” on Saturday, March 26th

clock March 24, 2011 15:25 by author Jeff Quibell

Just to let you know, Rep. Lauer will be having a “Chat with Jeanie” on Saturday, March 26th at Memories on Main 9-10:30am for her Blue Springs constituents.   If you could add it to the paper/send it out to people who would be interested, that would be great. Thank you!

Ashley Reinhardt
Legislative Aide
Representative Jeanie Lauer
District 54

(573) 751-1487

FLOWER POWER – Peace, Love & Rainbows

clock March 21, 2011 17:06 by author Jeff Quibell


March 21, 2011

Jill Calvert, Director of Development


FLOWER POWER – Peace, Love & Rainbows

You won’t want to miss the “Over the Rainbow Auction Gala XXII” as we raise funds during a groovy evening of “FLOWER POWER – Peace, Love & Rainbows” on April 9, 2011

at Riverport Landing (property of Cerner). Our signature event, lead by 2011 co-chairs Joy Hobick and Lydia Jeter, provides operational support for our very unique programming for children and adults with developmental disabilities such as; Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome and behavioral challenges.

Over 400 guests will attend this exciting evening, eager to bid in both the silent and live auctions from hundreds of different items! Our auction includes far out merchandise, art, entertainment certificates, travel packages and collectibles. Last year our auction gala raised over $125,000.00! All proceeds benefit the children and adults with disabilities who attend Rainbow Center and Rainbow Options.

If you would like more information on sponsoring a table, donating items, purchasing program advertising or reserving your seats, call Jill Calvert, Director of Development, at 816-229-3869. To gain more information, visit our website at!

“Over the Rainbow Auction Gala XXII”

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Riverport Landing (property of Cerner)

6711 NE Birmingham Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64117

5:30 p.m. ...................... Doors Open and Silent Auction

7:30 p.m.................................................... Dinner & Program

8:30 p.m............................................................. Voice Auction

March with the Mayor–3rd Annual Downtown Walk

clock March 14, 2011 16:05 by author Jeff Quibell


Blue Springs is a community that believes in staying healthy and being physically fit. Better health leads to a better life filled with less stress, anxiety and health-related issues. Additionally, experts say that 30 minutes of daily movement helps promote increased wellness and a heart-healthy lifestyle.
To celebrate the arrival of Spring and Blue Springs' recent designation as a Let's Move! city, join Mayor Carson Ross and members of the Blue Springs community in the Third Annual March with the Mayor.  This is a one-mile lunch hour walk through downtown Blue Springs to promote the positive results of better health, and to keep our community on the march toward being more physically active,
The walk begins on March 25th in front of City Hall, 903 W. Main Street; welcome and stretching begins at noon and the walk begins at 12:15. 
This March is the first in a series of Let's Move! Blue Springs events.  For information on upcoming events, visit

Just a reminder that this is the last week to register for the Blue Springs spring softball program

clock March 14, 2011 12:18 by author Jeff Quibell

News from the City of Blue Springs



903 W Main Street Blue Springs, MO 64015 |  P: 816.228.0137 |  F: 816.228.7592 | 

Just a reminder that this is the last week to register for the spring softball program.  Attached is league information and registration form.  Registration can be taken over the phone with Visa, Discover or MasterCard at 816-228-0137 or fax your registration information to 816-228-7592.  Leagues are filling up fast, so call today!
For questions or more information, call Parks and Recreation at (816) 228-0137.