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Fall Fun Festival Makes Our City Better

clock September 22, 2011 12:01 by author Jeff Quibell

75ES3358 4x5 @ 72 ResFall is community festival time in Eastern Jackson County, with Santa-Cali-Gon and Fall Fun Fest topping the list of annual festivals. I look forward to attending the Blue Springs Fall Fun Festival each year, both as a consumer and as a volunteer.

Those who attend the festival find a wide range of booths and activities. Familiar ones for me include Timothy Lutheran Burgers, St. Peter’s walking tacos and Keck’s root beer. I’m guilty of being just a little too focused on food, but these delicacies only come around once a year! Other booths are more than enough to pique our interest and give each of us the opportunity to spend time with our friends and neighbors while shopping, playing and eating.

The Blue Springs festival is organized by the Chamber of Commerce. For many months, beginning in the middle of winter, committees are meeting and planning the activities for their respective part of the festival. Vendor booths are reserved, sponsors are identified, and entertainment is auditioned and decided upon. Beginning on the Thursday before the festival, the actual setup begins. Dozens of volunteers from the community work together to distribute pop and water to the booth locations, barricades are put up, and stages and tents are assembled.

While stopping to take a breath, a group of volunteers discussed why we all work so hard each year to set up this event for the community. We all agreed that it certainly is a labor of love, and an opportunity for fellowship with other chamber members and volunteers from the community. After working together on the festival for over a decade, strong friendships have evolved.

One of the vendors, seeing my councilman name badge, stopped me on Main Street and complimented me on the festival. He said he does festivals all over the Midwest and always enjoys our Blue Springs Fall Fun Festival. When I asked what made our festival special, he responded that it was the way the community comes together in support of the festival, and the volunteers that work tirelessly to ensure a smooth, well organized festival. We sometimes take it for granted, but those that see other festivals appreciate the extra effort our community gives.

Ours is a growing family of friends and colleagues that pull together, working side by side to make our community a better place to live, play, and work. Get involved with your local chamber, and you can become a part of this growing family of volunteers. Join us, and have fun while making your community a better place!

8th Annual Princess Party to benefit Dental for Kids

clock September 22, 2011 11:58 by author Jeff Quibell


If you have already purchased your tickets by mail or online,
thank you!  Your tickets will be at Will Call the day of the event. 


8th Annual Princess Party

to benefit Dental for Kids

A magical afternoon for princesses ages 2 to 12 & their adult royal companions

Saturday, October 1, 2011
Noon-4 p.m.
Valley View High School ~ 5000 NW Valley View Road
Blue Springs, MO 64015

Same advance prices since 2008!

$15 for each Princess

in advance; $18 at the door
$3 for each Royal Adult Companion in advance; $5 at the door
Advance order ticket discounts available!
Register by mail or online at

(order online or print and mail the order form available at this link)

Royal activities, including:
Visit with the Tooth Fairy
Princess Concert ~ Royal Dance Party
Photos with performers and other photo opportunities
Princess Certificate ~ Enchanted Garden ~ Wishing Well
new interactive Sparkle Smile Academy
Princess Primping to 'Get Your Sparkle On' ~ Princess Nail Salon
Cookie Decorating ~ Princess Bingo
Create a Crown ~ Royal Bead Room

Letter from The Tooth Fairy

$3 advance orders only - must be postmarked by Friday, September 23

Additional Activities Include:
Princess Photo ($6)
Royal Café (items $1 - $4 each; CASH only)
Princess Party T-shirt ($8 each in advance; $10 day of)
(new design for Toddler and Child's Small)
Mall of Enchantment (items $1 - $10 each)
Royal Raffle ($3 for one; $5 for 2 chances)

All advance ticket orders will be at "Will Call" at the event.
StandUp Blue Springs uses PayPal to securely process online order transactions. PayPal charges a "shipping and handling fee" that covers ticket processing; adult ticket discounts are offered to offset this required PayPal fee.

Credit cards and cash only accepted at the event.

If you have already ordered your tickets, thank you!  Please consider forwarding this email to others who may enjoy the event!  

Princesses and Royal Adult Companions are
highly encouraged to dress in royal attire!

Bring your camera - lots of photo opportunities!


StandUp Blue Springs' Dental for Kids Program Thanks You

StandUp Blue Springs provides free dental care, dental education and dental supplies to 2,100 children EACH year in Blue Springs, Lake Tapawingo, and portions of Independence, Grain Valley and Lee's Summit.

Sparkle Smile Academy is available to visit your child's pre-school, day care or classroom K - 2 in Eastern Jackson County.  Please call us today for details - 816-478-4500

By attending the Princess Party, you will ensure that more children will receive the important dental care they need.


Blue Springs Parks & Rec September 2011 Newsletter

clock September 2, 2011 13:36 by author Jeff Quibell

Add a

Little Spring to Your Life

Baumgardner Park Playground

The new playground at Baumgardner Park is the only one of its kind in Blue Springs. We think you'll like this unique playground.

Newsletter - Vol 5, Issue 8

September 2011


Fall is almost here but we still have lots of things planned for you and your family. Come out and  enjoy fall at the park!


Director, Roscoe Righter

People, Places and Progress - A Strategic Plan

By Roscoe Righter

In the year 2000 our Parks and Recreation Department conducted its first strategic planning process. In 2008 we conducted the last and most current strategic plan entitled "People, Places and Progress".

OK you ask, what is a strategic plan? It is a fairly straight forward plan to guide what you work towards for a five year period. It should reflect where the department wants to be. It takes a very wide look around what is going on, locally and globally, and how it might affect the department. It looks at what is going on within the department and city, to see how it may be affected. It establishes several goals to be worked on, and it identifies how those goals will be achieved.

In this short article I cannot give you all the details of the eleven page plan but I do want to give an up date on where we are after three years of work. It is simple to state we have not accomplished all the goals nor are we expected to in three years. In fact it is realistic to expect that we will not achieve all the goals even in the five years. But if we achieve even a portion of the goals, we are a better department than we would have been.

Read on for more information ....


Barbeque Blaze-Off

BBQ Blaze-Off

Without question, this is one of the favorite community events of the year! The Blaze-Off will take place on Friday, September 9, and Saturday, September 10 at Hidden Valley Park, 6500 NW Hidden Valley Road. Professionals and amateurs compete for cash prizes and awards.
There will be lots of events and activities for spectators. "Buck-a-Bone" gets you involved in a tasting frenzy! Contestants sell samples of barbeque, side dishes, and even desserts to the public for one dollar Buck-a-Bone tickets. Stage entertainment, coupled with the irresistible aroma of barbeque, make for a truly enjoyable couple of days. To enter a team, be a judge, or find out more, contact Parks & Recreation at (816)228-0137 or visit the website at


Pooches in the Pool

Pooches in the Pool

We're opening the Centennial Pool-Plex

for the dogs!

Saturday, September 17, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm, Centennial Pool-Plex, located at 2401 NW Ashton Drive, will be accepting the first 100 four legged swimmers for an opportunity to play and swim freely in the fenced outdoor pool area prior to draining the pool for the season. At $6.00 per dog, this annual dog swim is a benefit for the Blue Springs Off-leash dog park.
All dogs must have current vaccinations and have a collar on at all times. Outside the fenced area of the pool, dogs will be required to be on a leash at all times. To register in advance or for additional information, contact Blue Springs Parks & Recreation at (816)228-0137.


Trail at Grounds Park

Bike & Trail
Public Hearing

Thursday, September 8th we will hold a public hearing to gather input on the current trail system and your priorities for future trail development. This drop in meeting will be held at Cordill-Mason Elementary School from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.

Please click on the link below to take our survey. The results will be used in planning and developing future trails and bike paths.

Bike and Trail Survey


Fall Activity Guide

Fall Activity Guide

is here!

The fall issue of the Parks & Recreation of Blue Springs activity guide is now available.  The 28 page activity guide is being mailed to every Blue Springs resident as part of the city's Blue Springs Magazine. The guide will inform you of many fun and exciting activities, services and facilities that we have to offer. Click on the activity guide cover icon to view fall activities and classes.


Renaissance Festival

Renaissance Festival Tickets On Sale Now!

Once again we will be selling Kansas City Renaissance Festival tickets at a discounted price. Adult tickets are sold for $14.00 each and childrens tickets are $8.00 each.
What: 2011 Kansas City Renaissance Festival gates are awaiting to open for the 34th season! Nearly 16 acres of shaded lanes come to life with over 500 costumed characters, more than 165 artisans, 13 stages brimming with unique, live entertainment, festive and beautiful music and food befitting royalty! Go back 500 years to the time of the Renaissance and be amazed at what you see.
When: Seven glorious weekends each autumn beginning Labor Day weekend, including Labor Day and Columbus Day, September 3rd thru October 16th. The Front Gate ceremony begins at 9:45 am. Gates are open from 10:00 am until 7:00 pm, rain or shine.
Where: Forty minutes and five hundred years from Blue Springs. Located in Bonner Springs, Kansas, just off I-70 and K-7. Turn right after exiting I-70 and banners and signs lead you to the Festival gates.


Concert in the Park

Music in the Park

It's your last chance to enjoy our free concert series this season. These Sunday evening concerts are held at Rotary Park. Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy some quality music in a great setting. Music in the Park sponsors include:  1st MidAmerica Credit Union, McDonalds of Blue Springs, McCarthy Blue Springs Nissan, Blue Springs & Lake Lotawana Optimists and The Examiner Newspaper.   

Sept. 4th - 3 - 5 pm Cold Blue Band, Blues

presented by Good Year Blue Springs Service Center

5:30 - 7:30 pm 51% Blues, Blues

presented by Adams Dairy Landing


Brain Dance Bits and Pieces

- Ceramics for Kids
- Watercolor Painting for Youth
- Children's Dance Classes 

- Sewing for Adults & Children

- RAD Training

- Let's Move! 5k Training
- Vesper Hall Programming

- Older Adult Transportation
- Facility Rental Opportunities

More Information.....


Mud Volleyball

Photos of the Month

August Photos


Health and Fitness Tip

Eat Less Later in the Day - Everyone knows reducing calories will help you to lose weight. However, just as you should reduce the calorie intake, you need to know when to eat. Breakfast is the most improtant meal of the day and the one meal that should not be missed. Lunch should be healthy but less than what you ate for breakfast. As you approach dinner, eat healthy but light. Avoid after dinner snacks or eating before bed.


Quote to Live By

"He that will make a good use of any part of his life must allow a large part of it for recreation."
                                              -John Locke


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

- People, Places and Progress

- BBQ Blaze-Off

- Bike & Trail Hearing

- Renaissance Festival Tickets

- Music in the Park

- Bits and Pieces

- Photos of the Month

Quick Links

Activity Guide Fall

Register for Programs

Parks & Recreation Web Site

Past Newsletters

Adams Pointe Golf Club

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903 W Main Street

Blue Springs, MO 64015




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Blue Springs South Vs. Park Hill South Live on BSSDRadio.Net

clock September 2, 2011 13:18 by author Jeff Quibell

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Ararat Shrine Bingo on Thursdays

clock September 1, 2011 14:56 by author Jeff Quibell
195765_220739904617431_3635580_n[1]Ararat Shrine Bingo
Every Thursday!! >Early Bird Games - 5:00 pm > Regular games - 7:00!!
Bingo players Ararat Bingo first Progressive prize is now up to $6,250.00 for the Butterfly 42 numbers or less with a consolation prize of $500.00.
The second Progressive Prize is now $4,000.00 with 50 numbers or less with a consolation Prize of $500.00 starting Thursday September 1, 2011.
Early Games at 5:00 include Event games, Horse races, Blazing Balls, Five Card Stud and Downline Derby.


Ararat Bingo has event games that start@ 5pm on Thursdays they have 15 games. There are no games under $200.00, the biggest pots around, great Bingo hall, clean, lots of rest rooms, restaurant upstairs, great concession bar with beer available in the hall. Proceeds are used for the Shrine.

Stuff to Do This Weekend in Blue Springs 9/2-9/4

clock September 1, 2011 14:40 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs Car Cruise - Saturday, September 3 from 5 until approx 7 p.m. along Main Street, downtown. Relaxed, casual atmosphere with food, shopping, and over 100 classic cars. Molle Chevrolet and the Main Street merchants help sponsor this event.

Music in the Park Concert Series - Double Header! – Sunday, September 4 at Rotary Park located at 400 NW Vesper.  This free concert series features a different band every Sunday night. This week enjoy an early start and two bands! Cold Blue Band performs at 3 p.m. and the 51% Blues Band starts at 5:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and food or drink. Concessions are also available.

Centennial Pool-Plex – Open 12:30-7 p.m. Saturday, Sunday & Monday.  The pool, located at 2401 NW Ashton Drive, features a zero depth wading pool w/water features and two giant waterslides.

Adams Pointe Golf Club 1601 NE RD Mize Road. 18-hole championship course and a practice facility. Call (816) 220-3673 for daily fees and a Tee Time.

For additional information on any of these events, visit or call the Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department at (816) 228-0137.

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