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Ward Park trail ribbon cutting and community walk on National Trails Day 2011

clock June 1, 2011 13:26 by author Jeff Quibell





903 W. Main Street, Blue Springs, MO 64015 — P: 816.228.0110 — F: 816.228.7592 —


DATE: June 1, 2011

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449


Ward Park trail ribbon cutting and community walk on National Trails Day 2011

Blue Springs, Mo. – The Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department will host a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony on Saturday, June 4 for the new trail located in Ward Park, 1000 SW 22nd Street. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. and will be held at the south entrance to the park in the 22nd Street parking lot. 

Immediately after the ceremony will be an informal community walk to help dedicate the new trail. Residents are encouraged to lace up their walking shoes or bring their bikes to help Blue Springs Parks & Recreation kick-off National Trails Day 2011 on June 4.

National Trails Day 2011 focuses on bringing together outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds to celebrate the natural heritage of the United States trail system. Traditionally held each year on the first Saturday in June, National Trails Day was established to recognize the value of recreational trails and the people involved in building and maintaining them. For more information on National Trails Day 2011, visit

The land for Ward Park was donated to the City by George Ward in the late 1970’s.  The original construction of the park was in 1980, which included the original trail.  The Parks & Recreation Department secured a Federal ARRA grant to help fund the replacement and upgrade of the over thirty-year-old trail.  The new trail is 8-feet-wide, twice the width of the old trail, and includes two new bridges and improvements to the existing bridges.  The new trail also connects to Quarry Road on the west end of the park which is a part of the City’s bike route and trail system.

In the case of inclement weather, this event will be canceled and will not be rescheduled.

For more information on this trail, contact Roscoe Righter, Director of Parks and Recreation at (816) 228-0137 or email to For more information about Blue Springs bike routes and trail systems, visit


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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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Parks & Recreation Director announces retirement

clock May 11, 2011 07:39 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs, Mo. – Roscoe Righter, CPRP, Director of Parks and Recreation for the past thirty-two years, is announcing his resignation effective September 30, 2011 in order to go into retirement. He will continue to work in his current capacity for the next five months to work on projects, goals, and to assist the City Administrator and other department personnel with the departments’ transition.

“Several factors have led to my decision to announce my retirement. The long-time Superintendent of Parks is set to retire in just over a year and all the grant projects I started are now complete It just seems like the right time,” said Righter. “A new director will determine where and how the department should go in regard to staffing changes, carefully evaluate the programs and services, manage the budget during these challenging economic times and plan new parks on land we have acquired for the future of our system.”

Roscoe started his career with the City of Blue Springs on February 5, 1979 as the City’s first Parks Director, being hired by Fred Siems, the first City Administrator. The two worked toward establishing a formal department in the early 1980’s as the City grew from approximately 20,000 people to its current population of 53,000. There were nine parks consisting of 167 acres of land and an annual budget of $1,524,880; today there are nineteen parks consisting of 816 acres of land and an annual budget of $5,650,951.

“We have been very fortunate to have someone of Roscoe’s caliber leading our Parks & Recreation Department,” said Mayor Carson Ross. “He’s leaving a legacy in Blue Springs that our community can be proud of and enjoy.”

“I have worked under six mayors, numerous councilmembers and with several Park Commissioners over the years. It has been a privilege and an honor to serve our citizens, to have been involved in the development of Hidden Valley Park, Centennial Pool, dog park, disc golf course, Adams Pointe Golf Club, the bike routes and trails, Gregory Grounds Park and the many public art projects,” said Righter. “There is no price I can put on the value we have had on our citizens, the financial impact we have brought to the City and the health and leisure benefits we provide every day to our citizens.”

In addition to building a highly utilized and widely recognized parks system, Roscoe also serves as the liaison to the City’s Public Art Commission. The Parks & Recreation Department also manages the Buildings & Grounds Divisions for the City of Blue Springs. The department is held in high esteem in the Kansas City metro area and in the State of Missouri. The Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department has been recognized numerous times over the years, including being a three-time finalist in the National Gold Metal Awards sponsored by National Recreation & Parks Association.

“I will obviously miss the great staff in Parks & Recreation, the City staff I work with on a daily basis and all the citizens, sports leagues and various volunteer organizations assisting me over the years,” Roscoe said. “I intend on staying in Blue Springs and hope to become involved in our community on a new level. I am very pleased with all of the accomplishments during my tenure and want to thank all the organizations, individuals and elected officials who have helped to make the Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department what it is today.”

Roscoe has been very involved in the Metro Area Directors Association and with the Mid-America Regional Council. He was, and continues to this day, to be involved with the Missouri Park and Recreation Association having served in many elected positions including President. Righter served with the National Park & Recreation Association on the Great Lakes Board of Directors and Council of Affiliate Presidents.

Roscoe received his Masters Degree in Parks & Recreation at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has served on the Advisory Council to the School of Natural Resources since 1980.


Blue Springs to hold Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

clock April 12, 2011 14:14 by author Jeff Quibell

City Press Releases
Posted on: April 12, 2011

Blue Springs to hold Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event
Blue Springs, Mo. – The City of Blue Springs will host its annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event, Saturday, April 16, 2011 from 8 a.m. to noon. The event will be held at Pink Hill Park located at 2715 NW Park Road in Blue Springs, MO, just west of James Lewis Elementary School off North 7 Highway.

Those attending the event are asked to access Pink Hill Park using Park Road, located on the south side of the park. Traffic to the Pink Hill Park Recycling center is expected to be impacted due to the popularity of this event. The Pink Hill Park Recycling Center is open Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This is a full Household Hazardous Waste event which means items that will be accepted include: automotive fluids, batteries, CFL light bulbs, household cleaners, hazardous liquids and solvents, lawn and garden products, pesticides, pool chemicals, paints and related products. Explosives, tires, asbestos, and yard, medical and commercial waste will not be accepted at any Household Hazardous Waste mobile event.

This event is free to Blue Springs residents as well as other participating communities in the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program.

For those unable to attend this event, permanent drop-off facilities for these materials are available to Blue Springs residents year-round at the Kansas City Recycling Facility, at 4707 Deramus, in the east river bottoms, (816) 513-8400 or the Lee’s Summit Resource Recovery Park, 2101 SE Hamblin Rd, (816) 969-7516. Please contact these facilities directly for directions and hours of operation. Appointments are required at drop-off facilities.

For more information on this program or for other participating community’s event locations and times, contact Nadja Karpilow at the Mid-America Regional Council at (816) 701-8226, visit the City’s website at or call the recycling hotline at (816) 228-0228. For additional questions or to volunteer at the event, please contact Jim Holley, Blue Springs Community Development, (816) 228-0124.


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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

City of Blue Springs to consider becoming a Let’s Move! city

clock March 7, 2011 07:55 by author Jeff Quibell





903 W. Main Street, Blue Springs, MO 64015 — P: 816.228.0110 — F: 816.228.7592 —


DATE: March 6, 2011

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449


City of Blue Springs to consider becoming a Let’s Move! city

with special guest, Judy Baker, regional director of the US Department of

Health and Human Services (HHS)

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – On Monday, March 7, the Blue Springs City Council will hear a presentation from Judy Baker about First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative. This initiative was created by the First Lady and the Department of Health and Human Services as part of the nation’s effort to raise a healthier generation of children. The City Council Meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Howard Brown Public Safety Building, 1100 SW Smith Street, Blue Springs.

Judy Baker is the Region 7 director for the US Department of Health and Human Services. Baker is a former member of the Missouri House of Representatives, representing the 25th District before being appointed as HHS Regional Director in 2009. In the legislature, she was a lead sponsor of several health care reform initiatives and related legislation, and also founded the "Healthy Missourians" Caucus, a bi-partisan caucus that promoted prevention and responsible approaches to health care delivery in the state.

Let’s Move! is driven by principles that will improve the health of children from a young age through good nutrition and physical activity, while giving parents the information they need to make that possible,” said Baker.  “I applaud Blue Springs and their multi-stake holder approach in reducing childhood obesity by including elected officials, schools, faith-based and community-based organization, local businesses and health care professionals.”

Dave Wright, President of StandUp Blue Springs, will then outline the proposed plan for engaging citizens of Blue Springs to develop and implement innovative ideas for improving the health of the children throughout the community. He will recommend two citizen-led summits, June 18 and July 9, facilitated by StandUp, similar to those that helped develop the Dog Park at Grounds Park and the Disc Golf Course at Wilbur Young Park. At the completion of these summits, a prioritized list of projects linked to the Let’s Move! goals, teams committed to seeing these projects through, as well as a plan for implementing the projects will be in place. StandUp will also ensure ongoing communication with key stakeholder groups which are already committed to this important initiative.

“I have always been impressed with the creativity of the citizens of this community,” said Wright.   “We have a history of citizen-led initiatives, focused on making Blue Springs an even better city.  Let’s Move! gives us an opportunity to use the ideas and energy of the people who live here to improve the health of our children and grandchildren.” 

In December 2010, Mayor Ross attended a National League of Cities Conference session where U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Judy Baker discussed the Let’s Move! Program. Mayor Ross and several staff members met with the Board of StandUp Blue Springs to discuss the possibility of becoming a Let’s Move! city. In January 2011, Mayor Ross and staff met with several community leaders to determine their level of interest and commitment for the program. StandUp Blue Springs has agreed to facilitate this initiative.

“The program is designed to encourage communities to adopt a long-term, sustainable, and holistic approach to fight childhood obesity,” said Mayor Ross. “This initiative allows the City to partner with community organizations like StandUp Blue Springs to address this important public health issue, with the overall goal being to develop a healthier city for residents of all ages.”

Let’s Move! is a comprehensive approach to engage the many sectors that reach children, including schools, parents, families, community leaders, governments and businesses. To become a Let’s Move! city, a municipality chooses at least one action to take during a 12-month period in each of the following four pillar areas:

1) Help parents make healthy family choices;

2) Create healthy schools;

3) Provide access to healthy and affordable food; and

4) Promote physical activity.

After the presentation, Mayor Ross will request the City Council to pass a resolution in support of the Let’s Move! initiative and supporting grant applications to be submitted by StandUp to provide funding for the program.

For more information about Let’s Move! Blue Springs, visit or for information, contact Sheryl Morgan at (816) 655-0495.


Optional Water Line Protection Program NOT affiliated with the City of Blue Springs

clock December 29, 2010 16:44 by author Jeff Quibell





903 W. Main Street, Blue Springs, MO 64015  —  P: 816.228.0110  —  F: 816.228.7592  —


DATE:              December 29, 2010

CONTACT:      Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

                        Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449


Optional Water Line Protection Program not affiliated with the City of Blue Springs

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – Blue Springs homeowners may receive a notice in the mail or see advertisements in local papers from American Water Resources of Missouri offering a Water Line Protection Program. The Water Line Protection Program is a service offered by American Water Resources.

The City of Blue Springs is not affiliated with the program in any way and cannot accept calls for this service. American Water Resources is a private company and this insurance is entirely optional for homeowners.  The City of Blue Springs is neutral on the solicitation and the Water Line Protection Program. 

Homeowners who purchase this protection program must deal directly with American Water Resources.  The monthly charge for this service is paid directly to American Water Resources and is not included in the resident’s monthly City of Blue Springs utility bill. 

Homeowners are responsible for maintaining and repairing the water lines that run from their homes to their water meters as referenced in the Municipal Code §700.070(E).  If a leak or break occurs on this portion of the water line, the homeowner is responsible for the cost of repairs and water usage rates associated with the line break.  The City of Blue Springs is responsible for maintenance and repair of the water lines from the water meter to the water main. 

For more information on American Water Resources, call 1-866-430-0819 or visit  Homeowners are urged to check their homeowner’s insurance policy for limitations on coverage.


Kim Nakahodo

Communications Manager

City of Blue Springs, Mo.

903 W. Main Street

Blue Springs, MO  64015

Phone:     (816) 655-0497

               (816) 651-6449

Fax:         (816) 228-7592


Kids to “Shop with a Blue Springs Cop” for the Holidays

clock December 17, 2010 09:59 by author Jeff Quibell






DATE: December 17, 2010

CONTACT: Detective Jeremy Dickstein

Phone: 816.228.0261 or 816.785.4409


Kids to “Shop with a Blue Springs Cop” for the Holidays

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – The Blue Springs Police Department and Members of the Blue Springs Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association will participate in “Shop with a Blue Springs Cop” at 7 a.m., Saturday, December 18, at the Target Store in the Adams Dairy Landing shopping center, 1040 NE Coronado, Blue Springs, MO.

Twenty Blue Springs Police Department officers will volunteer their time by spending it with twenty students from Blue Springs area schools. This program allows disadvantaged children to shop with an officer and purchase $100 worth of holiday gifts for their families.

The “Shop with a Blue Springs Cop” program is an opportunity for children to socialize with officers in a positive atmosphere and reinforce the fact that police officers are friends in the community.

“This is the first year that we have done this event and we are excited to be able to do it here in Blue Springs. These types of events help build relationships between area kids and police officers,” said Officer David Brotherton of the Blue Springs Police Department. “It’s an honor and a privilege to be able to help make sure these children and their families have a great Christmas this year.”

Following the shopping event, participants will join officers at the Adams Dairy Pointe Conference Center for a gift wrapping session and K-9 demonstration followed by lunch.

This event is sponsored by: Target, Adams Pointe Conference, Adams Pointe Golf, Advanced Auto Parts, All Star Trophy, Auto Zone, Belfonte Ice Cream, Blue Springs Animal Hospital, Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce, Blue Springs Service Center, Inc., Bob Evans, Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association, Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting, City of Blue Springs Police Department, Clearlakes Insurance Agency, LLC, Chuck Zuvers, Colonial Hills Community of Christ, Cosentino’s Price Chopper, Doug Scheweidart, Fletcher’s J Bar S Western Store, Fun House Pizza, Northern Lights Pizza, Hy-Vee, Kennedy’s Jewelers, Kwik Kopy, LaMar’s Donuts, Lunar Bowl, Memories on Main Tea Room and Café, Missouri Mavericks, Minsky’s Pizza, Nina’s Hair Design, Olive Garden, Roma Bakery, Salon Bellezzio, Boy Scout Troop #692, Scrapbook Workshoppe, Special Events on Main Street, Therapeutic Massage & Bodyworks, Vesper Hall, Village Gardens, Zingz Art and Homemade Gourmet.

To donate, volunteer or for more information, call Officer Brotherton at (816) 935-6770.


Annual Lighting of Mayor’s Christmas Tree, December 7

clock December 3, 2010 10:42 by author Jeff Quibell

City of Blue Springs Press Release


Blue Springs, Mo. – All are invited to a free family holiday event, the City of Blue Springs’ 2010 Annual Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on Tuesday, December 7, 2010. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will take place outside City Hall, 903 W. Main Street, in downtown Blue Springs, Missouri.

“This is a special event that draws hundreds of children and families to downtown Blue Springs for this unique holiday experience. It’s a wonderful tradition in our community, and a great way in which to celebrate the closeness and the sprit of giving that exists within our city” said Mayor Carson Ross.

Bryan Busby, meteorologist from KMBC Channel 9 and Pete Grigsby, former meteorologist for KMBC Channel 9 and teacher for the Blue Springs School District will join Mayor Ross as Master of Ceremonies. Countdown to the tree lighting and a holiday fireworks display will take place live between 6:15 and 6:20 p.m.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive in an Enchanted Sleigh immediately following the tree lighting. There will hot dogs, cookies, hot chocolate and candy canes provided – refreshments were donated by Price Chopper South, HyVee, the Blue Springs Business Association and Brad & Marilyn Schoonover of Blue Springs. Craft activities for children to create will be located inside City Hall – crafts donated by the VFW Post #6603.

This year’s concert is sponsored by the Blue Springs Business Association. Scheduled to perform during the program are student choirs from local elementary and middle schools, an adult chorus from a local church and two local soloists.

The Blue Springs Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association will be collecting cash donations for their “Shop with a Blue Springs Cop” program and the Community Services League will be collecting non-perishable food donations to be used in their food pantry program.

Calvary 88.5 FM KLJC will be live-broadcasting in the City Hall parking lot from 5-7 p.m. For more information about this year’s lighting event, call (816) 228-0110.


Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Newsletter–December 2010

clock November 23, 2010 13:36 by author Jeff Quibell

Add a

Little Spring to Your Life

Best Wishes

During the Holiday Season more than ever, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our progress possible.  And in this spirit we say, simply but sincerely, Thank You and Best Wishes for the Holiday Season and a Happy New Year.

Newsletter - Vol 4, Issue 11

December, 2010



The holiday season is upon us.  As you try to find new ways to entertain yourselves and your families, we feel we have a variety of opportunities to help you have a safe and enjoyable holiday season.  We thank you for your interest, time and participation in our programs and activities.


Roscoe Righter, DirectorDoes Playing Really

       Have Any Value?

Everyone, especially children, knows that playing is fun, right?  But isn't it just a waste of time?  The answer, which is not a surprise to those in Parks & Recreation, is absolutely not!

Does a child develop differently if they have never experienced the motion or feeling of swinging or riding a teeter totter or a whirl, than a child who has been exposed to those physical feelings?  The answer is most definitely yes.  These three movements only deal with the human body's ability to experience and understand the feeling of those movements.  The perception of going up and down or around and around cannot be learned without having experienced the actual motion. 

What about the feeling, physical and emotional, that a person has when, let's say, they hit a home run for their team?  What if that home run wins the game for the team?  What about breaking your own record in a specific sport?  What is the personal value to either of those two events? 

What about the opposite?  What if you lose a tennis match or a round of golf to someone?  Have you learned anything, gained anything valuable from the experience?  I say yes.

For more information..........


Rented Christmas: The Musical

John Dale, a middle-aged bachelor and prominent businessman, has a challenging job for Anne Weston, proprietor of the local rent shop. He wants to rent a Christmas, not just with a tree and Christmas carols, but complete with a wife, a family and all of the happiness for which he has been secretly longing. Anne believes she has creatively solved the problem of a Christmas family by calling the actors guild, but when the young actors come down with the measles, her last hope is to turn to the local orphanage. A "rented" Christmas soon turns into a new life for all concerned, which makes this a very warm and special holiday treat. Beautiful medleys of popular Christmas carols along with delightful original music are the perfect accompaniment to convey the sentiment of the season.

Performance Dates: December 3-5 and 9-12, Thursday, Friday and Saturdays, 7:30 pm and Sundays, 2:00 pm

Location: Blue Springs High School Auditorium, 2000 NW Ashton Drive.

A production by the Blue Springs City Theatre
Directed by John Horner
Tickets are $8 for adults and $7 for children under 13 years. For ticket information:

Phone: (816) 228-5806


Crown Center

Holiday Lights

Bus Tour

Reserve your seats early as this popular tour fills up fast.  On Friday, December 10th, from 6:30 to 9:30 PM, we will tour the enchanting holiday lights of the Kansas City area in style.  Bring your family and travel by comfortable deluxe motor coach as we tour to Longview Farm, the Country Club Plaza, Crown Center and Blue Springs' very own Chicago Street display.  Caroling, games and refreshments keep everyone entertained.  The bus departs from Blue Springs City Hall, 903 W. Main Street.  Preregister by December 3rd at the Parks & Recreation Office.  The $20.00 fee includes beverages and snacks.


Breakfast with Santa

Breakfast with Santa

On Saturday, December 4th, enjoy a festive holiday breakfast at Vesper Hall, 400 NW Vesper Street, starting at 9:00 AM.  The home cooked meals will be prepared by the Vesper Hall Kitchen Staff.  After breakfast, youngsters can each take a turn at visiting with Santa.  Create a simple craft and receive a goodie bag to take home.  Be sure and bring a camera!  Parents, please bring a wrapped $2-$5 gift for your child from Santa.  The deadline to register is December 2nd.  Children must have an adult chaperone.  The cost is $8.00 per person. Age one year and younger, no charge.


Mayaor's Christmas Tree Lighting

Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting

Join us on Tuesday, December 7th from 5:30 to 7:00 PM when the Mayor throws the switch and lights this very special Christmas Tree just outside City Hall, 903 W. Main Street.  There will be entertainment by local schools and community groups.  Free refreshments will be served.  Santa Claus and other special guests will join the festivities.  The activities will be outside so dress appropriately depending on the weather.


Holiday Displays are Homegrown Creativity

If you have seen the holiday displays on some of our busier roadways in Blue Springs, you know that they are very colorful and entertaining.  The Parks Maintenance and Buildings Division Staff have created many fun displays that add light, motion and spirit to the holidays.  The Peppermint Harvest, the Ice Skaters, and Santa's Train are just some examples of the themed displays, which are placed in strategic locations around the city.  Watch out for our new bows on Main St. When the new light poles were added, so did the opportunity to add garland bows that run from Highway 7 to 15th Street.

Constructing a holiday display begins as a paper draft, similar to a page from a coloring book.  Lots of thought about visual effect, angle, and originality go into each design.  The design is then projected and transferred to a large paper template.  The template becomes the pattern for the metal structure that the lights and garland are attached to.  Some displays are intended for night use only, but we add garland to give the displays depth and visibility for daytime enjoyment.  Lights are added and in some displays, motion controls are used to bring them to life like our golfer on Adams Dairy Parkway at R.D. Mize.

Each year, before any display is placed for view, it is completely checked out.  This process can be as simple as replacing lights or completely rebuilding, depending on its condition.  We also move many of the displays around so the same thing is not always in the same place.  Shortly after Thanksgiving, check out the displays in the following locations:  I-70 and 7 Highway, I-70 and Adams Dairy Parkway,  I-70 and Woods Chapel Road, 40 Highway and 22nd Street and Adams Dairy Parkway and R.D. Mize.

We hope that you enjoy the holiday displays.  The Parks & Recreation staff are looking forward to constructing additional fun and creative displays.


Bits and Pieces

-Free Holiday Christmas Luncheon for Seniors

-Free Holiday Christmas Brunch for Seniors

-Candy Creations for Kids:  Candy Santa

-Letters from Santa's Elves

-American Heartland Theatre: Plaid Tidings

-Chipping of the Green, Christmas Tree Recycling Program

-Online Program Registration

-Theme Park Tickets are Available

-Recycling Center at Pink Hill Park

-Facility Rental Opportunities

More Information.....


Boo-Springs Harvest Fest

Photos of the

Halloween Fun Photos.....


Health and Fitness Tip

Snack Wisely:  You have heard that snacking can aid in weight loss, give you an energy boost, and tide you over in between meals, but that doesn't mean grazing in the potato chips all day.  Compose your midmorning and midafternoon snacks of small portions of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds.  Time your snacks two or three hours after your last meal to keep you from being ravenous when your next mealtime arrives.


Quote to Live By

"The end of labor is to gain leisure."

                                    -Aristotle (384-322 BC)        


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

- Does Play Really Have Any Value?

- Rented Christmas: The Musical

- Holiday Lights Bus Tour

- Breakfast With Santa

- Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting

- Holiday Displays are Homegrown Creativity

- Bits and Pieces

- Photos of the Month

- Health & Fitness Tip

- Quote to Live By

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