News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Holiday Weekend Activities

clock May 26, 2011 15:08 by author Jeff Quibell

On Saturday, May 28 from 12:30-7 p.m. we invite you to join us at the kick-off event for the Centennial Pool-Plex!  The pool, located at 2401 NW Ashton Drive, will be free to the public for this one-day event.  The pool will be open 12:30 – 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday as well.  Both daily admission and membership passes are available.

On Sunday, May 29, the Music in the Park Concert Series returns to Rotary Park located at 400 NW Vesper!  This free event concert series features a different band every Sunday night from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The Krazy Kats will kick-off the 2011 season.  To see the complete 2011 concert lineup, open attached.

Pam Buck

Superintendent of Recreation

Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department

City Hall, 903 West Main Street

Blue Springs, Missouri 64015

Office (816) 228-0238

Mobile (816) 645-0287

Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Newsletter–June 2011

clock May 25, 2011 10:12 by author Jeff Quibell

Add a

Little Spring to Your Life

Centennial Pool-Plex opens May 28th. Bring your family and enjoy a free day of fun.

Newsletter - Vol 5, Issue 5

June 2011


Summer is finally here.  We are excited about bringing you a variety of fun and challenging leisure time opportunities.

Have a great summer at the park!


Director, Roscoe Righter

Grounds Park - A fine place to spend a little time
By Roscoe Righter

Now that our weather is at least bouncing between spring and summer, activity at Grounds Park is picking up.  I thought our public might be interested in some general information related to the "O".  You may be wondering what I am referring to as the "O".  Well the official name of the park is Gregory O. Grounds Park.   We have started referring to the park as the "O", it is shorter and a catchy reference.  It's like; I will meet you under the "Clock", which most Kansas Citizens know is Union Station.  Or the "K" is short for Kauffman Stadium. So if you hear someone refer to the "O" in Blue Springs, think of Grounds Park. 

The park is 106 acres total with 54 surface acres of water named "Lake Remembrance", surrounded by 52 acres of park land.  It has been open for about four years, with fishing and the trail opening more recently.  The oldest feature is the Dog Park facility.  Thirty acres of the 52 acres of land were donated to the City for park purposes.

Read on for more information....


Centennial Pool-Plex

Season Pool Pass On Sale

It's time to purchase your summer swimming season and save some money.  Purchase your Centennial Pool-Plex preseason pass now through Memorial Day and 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 Early Bird discounts:
                                 Regular Price           5% Discount

Resident Family(4)*         $120.00                  $114.00           

Resident Individual              70.00                     66.50
Non-Resident Family (4)*   150.00                    142.50
Non-Resident Individual       95.00                      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.
FREE DAY AT THE POOL: Come and check out what Centennial Pool-Plex has to offer by attending our annual FREE DAY AT THE POOL on Saturday, May 28th.  Bring the whole family for a free day of fun at Centennial Pool-Plex.


Street Flicks

Street Flicks -  The Karate Kid

Come out and enjoy a free movie in Downtown Blue Springs on Friday, June 24th! Bring your family and friends to the Blue Springs Street Flicks located between 12th and Main. It will be an enjoyable night with a little something for everyone! Co-sponsored with the Main Center Merchants and the Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department, we are excited to present the movie The Karate Kid. Activities for children will begin at 7:15 PM and the movie begins at dusk. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets, and get comfortable for a great relaxing evening.

Make plans for our upcoming free downtown Street Flick: How to Train Your Dragon - July 22nd.


Skateboard Competition

Skateboard Competition

Come out and enjoy the annual "Skate Park Competition" at Old Mill Park on Saturday, June 18th. The competition will start at 10:00am and end approximately 2:00pm.  The competition will have three levels:
1)  10 & under
2)  Intermediate (at least 18 months experience)
3)  Expert (two years or more experience)
The cost is only $10.00 per participant.  Prizes will be awarded, which will consist of skate boards, wheels, bearings, beanies and skate clothing. There also will be a product toss at the end of the event. Skaters will be judged on time runs and best trick.  There will be only 20 spots available at each level.  During the event, helmets will be required along with signed waivers.  This event continues to do well, especially with the help or our sponsors, Elks 2509 of Blue Springs.  During the event, there will be music and concessions.  I encourage people of Blue Springs to stop by and watch the excitement and see the skaters perform their different tricks.
Pre-registrations are recommended.  Contact the Parks & Recreation Office, 228-0137.  

Waiver Form......


Night Bike Ride, June 14th

Night Bike Ride

Experience a truly unique group night bike ride through the streets of Blue Springs on Saturday, June 11th with a rain date of Saturday, June 18th.  Experienced cyclists of all ages are welcome and may choose between a 14 mile or 19 mile route.  Both will start at 11:30 pm at the Centennial Pool-Plex, 2401 NW Ashton Drive.  This is not a timed event so ride at your own pace.  Journey through downtown Blue Springs, the historic district, and out to Adams Dairy Parkway.  The roads will be marked and police officials will monitor the busy intersections with volunteers at most of the turn points.
Pre-registration ends June 1, 2011; the cost is $20 per cyclist.  Registration after June 1 will cost $25 and does not guarantee a T-shirt. Contact the Parks & Recreation Department or The Bike Stop Bicycle Store for an entry form.  Front lights, tail lights, and helmets are required.  Music, snacks and beverages as well as prizes donated by area merchants await registered participants at the end of the route. Proceeds benefit bike trails in Blue Springs.
Preregister with Parks & Recreation, by phone with Visa, Discover, or Master Card, on line at, by mail or in person at City Hall, 903 W. Main Street.  Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  For additional information call the Parks & Recreation office at 228-0137.
Map and Event Brochure.....


Music in the Park

Music in the Park

Our 15 week long free park concert series starts Memorial Weekend May 29th. These Sunday evening concerts are held at Rotary Park from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.  Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy some quality music in a great setting. Music in the Park sponsors include:  1st MidAmerica Credit Union, MDonalds of Blue Springs, McCarthy Blue Springs Nissan, Blue Springs & Lake Lotawana Optimists and The Examiner Newspaper.  
May 29th - Krazy Kats, 50's & 60's,

presented by Zuvers Real Estate Services of Blue Springs
June 5th, 4-6 pm  - Rain Dogs, Bluegrass/Blues/Folk,

presented by Cavanuagh Pet Hospital

June 5th, 6:30-8:30 pm  - David Mayfield Parade, Americana,

presented by Fletcher's J Bar S Western Wear
June 12th  - Southbound, Variety,

presented by Blue Springs Elks 2509
June 19th  - BluzBenderz, Blues,

presented by Tandem Paving
June 26th  - Elsea Smith Band, Blues & Rock, 

presented by Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce   

For a complete list of summer concerts........


Mad Science

Bits and Pieces

- Line Dance & Social Dance

- Beginner Jazz Dance

- RAD Training

- Youth Tennis Lessons

- 50+ Day Trips

-Kids on the Rock Climbing Camp

-Crazy Chemistry

- Facility Rental Opportunities

More Information.....


Easter Eggs-travaganza

Photos of the

May Photos.....


Health and Fitness Tip

EAT LOCALLY - It's true, you don't have a lot of time to grocery shop and the food you buy needs to provide the biggest nutritional bang for your buck. Eating locally and seasonally is the best way to ensure you are cooking with nutrient-dense ingredients. Foods that are imported from other countries or trucked in from across the nation lose their vitamins and minerals along the way. Visiting your local farmers market or co-op will not only improve your diet, it will also leave a smaller carbon footprint on the environment. To further support your farming community and feed your family well, buy grass-fed meats and poultry from local farming families.


Quote to Live By

"Play for grown people is recreation-the renewal of life; for children it is growth-the gaining of life."
                                              -Joseph Lee


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

- Grounds Park

- Discount Summer Swim Pool Passes

- Street Flicks

- Skatepark Competition

- Night Bike Ride

- Music in the Park

- Bits and Pieces

- Photos of the Month

- Health & Fitness Tip

- Quote to Live By

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Donation and Volunteer Information for Storm Victims in Joplin, Mo.

clock May 25, 2011 10:08 by author Jeff Quibell





CJCFPD Training Facility, 4175 US 40 HWY, Blue Springs, MO — P: 816.229.9118


DATE: May 24, 2011

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Public Information Officer

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449


Donation and Volunteer Information for Storm Victims in Joplin, Mo.

CENTRAL JACKSON COUNTY, Mo. –To help better manage the outpouring of support for Joplin, Missouri tornado survivors, disaster recovery experts have established some simple ways to help, whether volunteering or donating resources.
The Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offer those who are impacted or just wanting to help the following advice:
Volunteer or Donate
The easiest way to help is to call 2-1-1 in most areas in Missouri to volunteer time or make a donation. Unsolicited responders compete with disaster victims and emergency personnel for food, water, valuable cell phone bandwidth and lodging.

Cash is the best because it offers voluntary agencies the most flexibility in obtaining the most-needed resources. You can donate to the United Way by calling 2-1-1 or donate to the Red Cross by visiting any area Price Chopper, texting REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Confirm what emergency responders need from voluntary organizations before collecting donations. Unsolicited donated goods such as used clothing, miscellaneous household items, and mixed or perishable foodstuffs require helping agencies to redirect valuable resources away from providing services to sort, package, transport, warehouse, and distribute items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors.
If you have a quantity of a given item or class of item to donate, and you need help in determining which organizations to give to, you can make your offer through and click on Missouri.

Locating a Loved One

Residents affected by the tornado wanting to notify friends and family that they are safe are asked to go online to This Web site can also be used to check on a loved one in the Joplin area. This site is easy and free and only basic information is needed. If you are not able to go online, call 417-659-5464 to register or find someone who has registered.
The CJCEMA is an emergency management agency consisting of the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District, the City of Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Lake Tapawingo and surrounding unincorporated areas. The EOC is located at the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District’s Training Facility and brings together representatives from Police, Fire, Public Works and Emergency Management agencies.


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logging onto and searching for the Central Jackson County

Emergency Management Agency.

Rape Aggression Defense System (RAD) Training

clock May 18, 2011 15:20 by author Jeff Quibell

The Rape Aggression Defense Basic Personal Defense

System (RAD) is a national training program of realistic

self-defense tactics and techniques taught by Blue Springs

Police certified RAD instructors. Students will be provided

with self-defense options for all levels of physical ability.

Learn techniques and information to make an educated

decision about personal defense. Each 12-hour class session

is open to women ages 15 and older.

M 6-9 p.m. 6/6 - 6/27 $25

SA & SU 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 8/6 - 8/7 $25

Sgt. Janet Jarvis

Blue Springs Police Department

1100 SW Smith St

Blue Springs, MO 64015

(816) 228-0151 - Dispatch

(816) 220-4532 - Fax

Rep. Jeanie Lauer hosts a “Chat with Jeanie” for the Citizens of the 54th District

clock May 18, 2011 15:13 by author Jeff Quibell

imageRep. Lauer will hosting a legislative roundtable to discuss the progress made during this year’s session. The “Chat with Jeanie” event will take place Saturday, May 21st at Memories on Main ( 1105 A Main St. in Blue Springs) at 8:30 am. She will also be hosting a second “Chat with Jeanie” for those who cannot make it to the first chat on May 25th at 7pm at the Grain Valley Community Center (713 Main Street in Grain Valley). All constituents of the 54th district are welcome to come.




Ashley Reinhardt
Legislative Aide
Representative Jeanie Lauer
District 54
(573) 751-1487

Old atmosphere at new business in Blue Springs

clock May 18, 2011 15:08 by author Jeff Quibell

75ES3358 4x5 @ 72 Res“Shave and a haircut, two bits.”

The time of a shave and a haircut for just 25 cents is long gone in America, but Courtney Brothers Barber & Shaving Parlor at 1424 West U.S. 40 recently opened in Blue Springs, and I was excited to find that it offers and encourages the old-fashioned straight-razor shave. Gentlemen, while our ladies enjoy a trip to the day spa or beauty salon, it is time for us guys to get a little pampering too.

Mike and Matt Courtney do an excellent job of creating that old-fashioned barbershop feel that many of us remember from childhood; that nostalgic feeling of going to the barber shop on Saturday morning with our fathers and listening to the local men chat about the week’s business and who caught the biggest fish.

For me, it brings back memories of an older gentleman who sat each Saturday in the shop, hand carving walking canes with two wooden balls captured in a wooden cage naturally embedded in the handle of the cane. I always marveled at the magic of how he carved the cage without the legs breaking and still ended up with a viable walking cane.

Next door to the new barbershop, another new business opened its doors this week. Sandy’s Café is occupying the vacant location of the former Betty’s restaurant. I am looking forward to dropping in for breakfast and trying out the cuisine.

It is great to see to empty buildings occupied and new business in our town! Please join me in supporting our local businesses, both those that are new and those that have served our community for many years.

Buying local, choosing local businesses for our goods and services helps our local economy. Buy Blue Springs, because next door means more!

Copper Thieves Strike Hidden Valley Park Softball Fields

clock May 17, 2011 12:07 by author Jeff Quibell





1100 SW Smith Street Blue Springs, MO 64015 — P: 816.228.0150 F: 816.228.0147 W:


DATE: May 16, 2011

CONTACT: Detective Jeremy Dickstein

Phone: 816.228.0261 or 816.214.7970


Copper Thieves Strike Hidden Valley Park Softball Fields

Blue Springs, Mo. – On Monday, May 16, 2011, at about 9:00 a.m., City of Blue Springs Parks & Recreation employees discovered that sometime over the weekend of May 13th through May 16th copper thieves caused property damage and stole a substantial amount of copper wiring from Hidden Valley Park, 6500 NW Valleyview Road.

Blue Springs Parks & Recreation determined that the unknown suspect(s) pried open 26 light fixtures and stole the underground copper used to illuminate several softball fields and the parking lot. At this point, the cost to the City in property damage and stolen wiring is unknown, however is considered significant.

The Blue Springs Police Department Investigations Bureau is currently investigating the incident to attempt to identify and prosecute the individuals responsible. Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Sergeant Joe Fanara at 816-228-0153, Police Dispatch at 816-228-0151, or any Blue Springs Police Officer.


Blue Springs residents are invited to join the Let’s Move! Blue Springs initiative

clock May 16, 2011 14:43 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs residents are invited to join the Let’s Move! Blue Springs initiative, facilitated by StandUp Blue Springs in coordination with the City of Blue Springs and more than 10 community partners.  Help us identify projects in Blue Springs around healthy eating and active living.

Let’s Move! Blue Springs Public Summits
Saturdays, June 18 and July 9, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the Freshman Center Commons, 2103 NW Vesper, Blue Springs, MO 64105.

These events are open to the public.  Feel free to invite a friend.  Registration is required.
Call the StandUp office at (816) 478-4500 with your name and email, visit,
or email