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Downtown Alive! New and Upcoming Schedule of Events

clock February 29, 2012 15:25 by author Jeff Quibell

Downtown Alive!

News and Upcoming

Schedule of Events

Downtown Alive is a group of stakeholders consisting of downtown merchants, the City, EDC, Chamber, Blue Springs Business Association, Historical Society and business outside downtown area. 

We appreciate your support as we work to revitalize YOUR downtown!

Chili Lunch Fundraiser

March 5, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Student Life Center, 1301 W Main St.

We are hosting our second annual Chili Lunch Fundraiser on March 5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Student Life Center, 1301 W Main Street.  Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to the beautification of our downtown area.
Lunch includes a bowl of chili, drink and dessert.  Carryout and pre-orders are also available.  Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door and available at any downtown merchant or at the Parks & Recreation counter at City Hall.
For more information, pre-orders or carryout options, call Donna at (816) 220-1233.

[down] Town Hall Meeting

On Monday, January 23, Missouri Main Street Connection hosted a town hall meeting to discuss the future of Downtown Blue Springs.  We had a great turnout at the meeting and many of our work groups were able to recruit new members!

Downtown Alive has four work groups consisting of Promotions, Organization, Economic Development and Design.  If you missed the meeting, but would like to join one of the four work groups, please let Cindy Miller know at (816) 228-2300.

'Shortest and Smallest' St. Patrick's Day Parade

March 17 starting at 9 a.m.

Parade starts at the Soda Fountain

1112 W. Main Street

Join us for the 35th year of the 'Shortest and Smallest' St. Patrick's Day Parade in the nation!  The parade route starts at the Soda Fountain and crosses the street to the Keg. 

The whole parade is 66 feet in distance. Pre-parade festivities begin at 8 a.m. at the Soda Fountain.

Scheduled Events


Chili Lunch Fundraiser

[down] Town Hall Meeting

And Beyond...

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Upcoming Events

Blue Springs Art & Antique Show

April 28

Spring Fling - Fashion Stroll & Home Tour of the Brownfield House

April 30, 5-8 p.m.

To see a complete list of events, check out the Downtown Alive! calendar by clicking here.

Contact Information


Cindy Miller, President

(816) 228-2300


Jag TV #22–No Fluff!

clock February 24, 2012 10:46 by author Jeff Quibell

This broadcast totally focuses on Positive stories at South HS AND the city of Blue Springs. No Fluff or "funny" stuff in this one. Wanted to try tilting this broadcast more towards the serious side. Your comments and thoughts are welcome. Running time is about 12 minutes.

*Debate team wins Conference

*Dental For kids

*Modern Language Fair

*Blue Springs City Art Council Display

*March Movies

and much more......

Thanks for watching and have an awesome weekend.

Pete Grigsby

Exciting Development in City

clock February 22, 2012 19:29 by author Jeff Quibell

75ES3358 4x5 @ 72 ResMayor Carson Ross likes to say Blue Springs is a city “on the move,” and it’s obvious throughout our city that his statement is accurate.

With the exceptionally mild winter we’re experiencing, commercial development at Adams Dairy Landing is progressing at a brisk pace. Ulta Beauty is now open and the buildings for TJ-Maxx/Home Goods, Ross Dress for Less and additional lifestyle shops are close to completion.

The city recently began requesting bids on the long anticipated improvements for Woods Chapel Road, continuing to fulfill the promise of redeveloping this important north-south corridor. At the most recent City Council work session, the council agreed to request assistance from the Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation regarding recommendations for a strategic plan to redevelop our Missouri 7 and U.S. 40 corridors. We also agreed to complete the formal review of our city’s comprehensive plan, a review that is significantly overdue and will ensure the city is better prepared for future development efforts.

Not all politics were local last week. I had the great pleasure of going to Jefferson City to talk with our state legislators regarding a variety of issues of interest to our city.

I met with many representatives and senators and experienced a great deal of pride as I frequently heard how well our city is represented by District 54 Rep. Jeanie Lauer. Over and over again her colleagues spoke of what an effective, strong leader she is for Blue Springs. Having worked closely with Jeanie in recent years, this confirmed what I already knew about her dedication to the residents of our city and her genuine concern for the best interest of our community. It’s gratifying to know that others recognize her integrity and sincerity. We are fortunate to have her in Jefferson City!

We began interviewing candidate development teams last week, one of which will partner with the city and University of Missouri for the design and development of the 50,000- to 80,000-square foot Mizzou Center building. The Mizzou Center will focus on research, continuing education and community outreach functions in Missouri Innovation Park and will serve as the anchor tenant for this important project.

The land for the first phase of development in the park is now under control of the city, and we are on track for visible development before the end of the year. The location is just south of Adams Dairy Landing, at the corner of R.D. Mize Road and Adams Dairy Parkway.

Jackson County’s regional rail proposal now includes two potential stops in Blue Springs – one downtown and one at the southern edge of the Innovation Park. These two stops will assist Main Street Alive in downtown redevelopment efforts and help to accelerate the development of Missouri Innovation Park. This proposal is likely to be a November ballot issue in Jackson County.

Blue Springs is “on the move?” Yes, mayor, we certainly are!

Swan Lake Memorial Park

clock February 22, 2012 19:22 by author Jeff Quibell

Swan Lake Memorial Park is owned by Col (ret.) Don “Doc” Ballard. He is Missouri’s only living Medal of Honor Recipient.

The beautiful grounds of Swan Lake Memorial Park has much to offer. There are a variety of Gardens (with historical memorializations), including members of the Quantrill and Chisholm families, and Military Heroes from all branches of the Armed Forces. We also feature family and community mausoleums.

Swan Lake is the Host Site for the NATIONAL COMBAT MEDICAL MEMORIAL. The Memorial is in the fund raising stage. The Memorial will include a Youth Education Center; which will provide programs geared to enhance leadership skills, promote positive character development, and patriotism.

The Forgotten Veteran Program is designed for our less fortunate Veterans, some Veterans may qualify for funds that will take care of their funeral and cemetery needs. Our Veterans deserve a dignified funeral, as they depart to their “Final Duty Station”, Guarding the Gates of Heaven.

The goal of Swan Lake memorial park is to become a “Living Memorial Cemetery”, where activities can include- family workshops, youth activities, church social events, educational activities, and more. 20 acres of land at Swan Lake has been donated to the Boy Scouts of America, with the aspirations of an encampment area, outdoor amphitheater, and more. The 1st campout was held in July 2010. What a way to embark on Swan Lakes “Living Cemetery”

Swan Lake has a Hometown Hero’s Garden. This garden has been created for Police, Firefighters, EMT’s, Doctors, and other life care professionals. Special Discounted Hometown Hero’s packages are now available.

Swan Lake is now offering Special Group packages for your Business, Civic Organization, Church, etc. If you would like to take advantage of this offer, Swan Lake can host a FREE educational seminar (EDUCATION ONLY! NO SALES!) at your location, to make you an informed consumer about the funeral industry. Please contact Virginia Garvey, Swan Lake Administrative Director, at 816-463-4030, to set up an Educational Seminar.

Swan Lake can also set up an individual plan to accommodate the most modest to the most extravagant funeral. Remember, ITS YOUR MONEY and ITS YOUR CHOICE!

Please join the Heritage Philharmonic for our Music of the British Isles Concert!

clock February 21, 2012 17:03 by author Jeff Quibell

Saturday, February 25, 7:30pm

Blue Springs High School

2000 NW Ashton Drive

Blue Springs, MO  64015

This concert will feature:

English Folk Song Suite--Vaughan Williams

Rhosymedre--Vaughan Williams

Suite for Viola and Orchestra--Vaughan Williams

Nell French, soloist

Irish Rhapsody No. 1--Stanford

Adagio on Celtic Themes-Bruch

Jodie Fuentes, soloist

Irish Suite-Anderson

Admission is FREE-donations are appreciated.

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Blue Springs Parks & Rec February 2012 Newsletter

clock February 20, 2012 15:19 by author Jeff Quibell

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Parks & Recreation

February 2012

Issue: # 2


Walking trail at Rotary Park

Add a Little Spring to Your Life

We are planning activities and events to help you stay active and fit this winter. Take this time to prepare for spring and be ready when it arrives, it's just around the corner.


In This Issue

From the Director

Valentine Dance

Transportation Service

Winter Activity Guide

Centennial Pool Under New Management

Bits and Pieces

Photos of the Month

From the DirectorDennis Dovel

By Dennis Dovel

Blue Springs Parks and Recreation Department is as diverse as the community it serves. As in so many other aspects of life, the key to running a successful department is having the ability to strike a balance between young and old, tradition and innovation, and the needs of one versus the needs of the community. Keeping this in mind, we will continually strive to honor the past while embracing the challenges of the future, and to serve an entire community while maintaining meaningful connections with individual participants.

Blue SpringsParks and Recreation has a long standing reputation for providing the citizens of Blue Springs with quality park facilities, trails and programs. As I start my tenure as the Director of Parks, Recreation, Building and Grounds for Blue Springs, I do so with a passion to advance the department and expand on the tradition established. We will continue to work with our residents, council, park commissioners and city staff to determine what improvements will not only further the department, but the city as a whole. 

Read more.....


Daddy/Daughter and Mother/Son Valentine Dance

Friday, February 10 &

Saturday, February 11th

February is Valentine's month and love and affection is blooming at Vesper Hall.  Mothers and sons are kicking off the month of love with a Valentine Dance on Friday, February 10th and fathers and daughters follow on Saturday, February 11th, from 6:30 - 9:00 pm.  Boys and girls ages 4 and older, along with their mothers and fathers, are invited to an evening of entertainment, DJ music, dancing, and a catered full-course dinner.  Professional pictures to commemorate the event will be available for an additional cost. 

This special event will be held at Vesper Hall, 400 NW Vesper Street.  Doors open at 6:00 pm.  The cost is $20.00 per person.  Deadline for registration is February 6th, so call 228-0137 to register today.  There is a maximum of 60 couples per night.


Transportation Service

Transportation service is provided within the city limits of Blue Springs on Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  This service is available to Blue Springs residents with a disability or for those age 60 years of age or older.   Popular destinations are grocery stores, shopping centers, beauty shops, food pantries, doctor appointments and restaurants.  Cost for this service is $3.00 for each one-way ride. 

Transportation is also available to and from Vesper Hall, Monday - Friday at no cost.  Pickup is usually between 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. with a return time between 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Transportation is provided by OATS.  To make an appointment for either of these options call 816-380-7433 (OATS Transportation) at least one day in advance. 


Winter/Spring  Activity Guide

The 2012 winter/spring issue of the Parks & Recreation of Blue Springs activity guide is now available. The 23 page activity guide has been mailed to every Blue Springs resident along with the City's Blue Springs Magazine. All 50-Plus activities and programs occurring at Vesper Hall Community Center are also included in the Parks & Recreation activity guide.

Please click on the activity guide cover above to see the many fun and exciting activities, services and facilities we have to offer during the next few months.


Centennial Pool Under

New Mangement

Centennial Pool-Plex

Meet Me At The Blue!

Daily operations of the Centennial Pool-Plex are now managed by the Blue Springs School District. Bill Shalley is the new pool manager and has a long time affiliation with the Pool-Plex.

Registration for classes and events will take place at the Blue Springs High School, 2000 NW Ashton Drive, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or call 229-3459.

Find out more...


Bits and Pieces

  • Daddy/Daughter & Mother/Son Valentine Dance
  • Rock Climbing
  • Introduction to Martial Arts
  • Watercolor Painting
  • Ceramics for Kids
  • Fencing
  • Knitting
  • Aqua Aerobics, Swimnastics,& Therapeutic Swim
  • Recycling Center at Pink Hill Park
  • Facility Rental Opportunities

More Information.....


Photos of the MonthChili Dog Dinner

January Photos


Quote to Live By :

"To enjoy the glow of good health, you must execise."

Gene Tunney


Our Mission:

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.


We hope you have found this issue informative. If you have questions about any of the articles from this issue, please email or call us at (816) 228-0137. We look forward to seeing you at some of the activities and programs we are offering this month. Go out and enjoy your parks. 


Blue Springs Parks and Recreation

Upcoming Events

Mother/Son Valentine Dance

Daddy/Daughter Valentine Dance

Indoor Garage Sale

Hot Shot Contest

Blather, Blarney & Balderdash 

Blather,Blarney & Balderdash

March 9-10 and 15-17

7:30 p.m.

March 11 & 18

2:00 p.m.

Blue Springs High School Auditorium

2000 NW Ashton Dr.

$8 Adults

$7 children 12 & under & seniors 65 and over

Featured Links

Activity Guide

Register for Programs

Park & Recreation Web site

Past Newsletters

Adams Pointe 
Golf Club


Jag TV #21

clock February 20, 2012 15:14 by author Jeff Quibell