News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Public Safety Citizens’ Advisory Board Meeting – Discussion on Funding Public Safety in Blue Springs

clock October 7, 2010 16:59 by author Jeff Quibell

BLUE SPRINGS
PUBLIC SAFETY CITIZENS
ADVISORY BOARD

Tuesday, October 12, 2010
6:00 p.m.
City Hall East Conference Room
903 W Main St
Blue Springs, MO 64015
AGENDA


1. Call meeting to order
2. Approve minutes from September 21, 2010 meeting
3. Review Mayor's Task Force Recommendations Update
4. Update from City Staff regarding Public Safety Tax
5. Review recommendation for new Youth Member
6. Review/approve recommendation regarding equipment/training database
7. Update on plaque for Chris Lievsay
8. Future schedule
9. Visitors
10.Adjourn


The Wall That Heals – Blue Springs event a success

clock October 6, 2010 15:16 by author Jeff Quibell

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CITY OF BLUE SPRINGS, MISSOURI

PRESS RELEASE

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: October 6, 2010

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

The Wall That Heals – Blue Springs event a success

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – The Wall That Heals – Blue Springs event held in Pink Hill Park from September 30 – October 3 was a success. During the four exhibit days, over 50,000 people gathered in Pink Hill Park to remember loved ones, share their experiences with others and learn more about the Vietnam War era.

The event registered over 2,000 Vietnam Veterans for their choice of a commemorative medal, lapel pin or patch to thank them for their service to our country. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs registered over 160 new veterans for benefits and the “Put a Face With a Name” campaign collected 123 photos during the event. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund collected $10,651.73 at The Wall That Heals – Blue Springs event, the highest amount collected in a host city to date.

“Blue Springs was honored to host The Wall That Heals; we set a new standard by giving each Vietnam Veteran a Commemorative Medal. Thank you to the many sponsors and hundreds of volunteers who helped make this event possible,” said Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross. “This event is near and dear to my heart, I served in Vietnam as a US Army Combat Infantryman from 1967-68. I was extremely pleased to have a member of my unit in Vietnam travel from Columbus, Georgia to support me on Saturday.”

The City of Blue Springs, Blue Springs Public Art Commission, Blue Springs School District and area businesses and veterans’ organizations formed a partnership to bring the traveling exhibition of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall to Blue Springs.

“Many of our veterans found healing, signed up for benefits, connected with family and friends and gained pride in themselves and their country,” says Eleanor Frasier, chairman of the Public Art Commission. “It was wonderful to see our community come together and give Vietnam Veterans the homecoming they deserve.”

The Wall That Heals is the traveling half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The exhibition is organized by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, the organization charged with preserving The Wall in Washington, D.C., and its vast legacy. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., has the names of the more than 58,000 soldiers who were killed or missing in the war.

National sponsors of the tour include Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Charitable Trust, Federal Express, Geico, New Century Transportation, Harley-Davidson Foundation and Target Corporation. Local sponsors included ATK, Hy-Vee, KFKF-FM and The Examiner.

For more information on The Wall That Heals, contact Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager at (816) 655-0497, visit the Web site, www.bluespringswallthatheals.net or Wall That Heals Blue Springs on Facebook.

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Citizens’ Police Academy hosts Shop with A Blue Springs Cop for Christmas

clock October 6, 2010 15:07 by author Jeff Quibell

clip_image004 Blue Springs Citizen’s Police Academy

Alumni Association

SHOP WITH A BLUE SPRINGS COP 2010

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Business Owner,

The Blue Springs Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association is requesting your support as we partner with the Blue Springs Police Department for our Shop With a Blue Springs Cop event that will occur this December 2010. We are excited to live in a city where the business owners are actively involved in helping our community be a quality place to live and we know that your gracious donation will continue tradition as we seek to provide gifts for underprivileged Blue Springs children and their families in time for the holidays.

In December of this year Blue Springs Police Officers will accompany 10 children that attend Blue Springs schools and take them to Target to shop for Christmas gifts. The officers will help the children as they select gifts ensuring that everyone in the children’s family are thought of, as well as encourage the children to purchase something for themselves. This is generally the hardest part as the children typically try to purchase gifts for everyone except themselves. This exciting experience is just the beginning of the event.

In addition to purchasing the gifts with the officers, the children will also participate in:

· wrapping the presents with the Officers and volunteers from the community

· visit with Santa

· eating breakfast with volunteers and Officers

· visit with Kansas City area sports players

· visit with a mascot from one of the Kansas City area sports teams

We would greatly appreciate if you would be willing to sponsor this event, and partner with the Alumni Association and the Blue Springs Police Department as we support children in need in our community. We understand that you take great lengths to consider who to donate to as we approach the holiday season, especially when our economy is not at its strongest. We would welcome a donation of any amount as a blessing to the children we are trying to help and the community as a whole.

All sponsors who choose to support this event will be recognized at our Spaghetti dinner fundraiser in early November, as well as the various media outlets we use to advertise the event including the Alumni Association website, the City of Blue Springs website, the Mayor’s Newsletter, the Chamber of Commerce Newsletter, the Blue Springs Examiner, and the Blue Springs Journal. For more information please contact Officer David Brotherton at (816) 918-7955 or our website www.bscpa.org.

Sincerely,

BSCPA Alumni Association

 

 

 

 

 

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Silent Auction Donation Form

BLUE SPRINGS CITIZEN’S POLICE ACADEMY ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

SHOP WITH A BLUE SPRINGS COP 2010

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Silent Auction - November 12, 2010

If you would like to donate an item to be auctioned:

Please contact

Tish Bennett – 816.228.0139 Day – 816.716.4242 Cell

Name: ________________________________________________________________________________

 

Address: ______________________________________________________________________________

 

 

City/State/Zip: _________________________________________________________________________

Phone Number: ________________________________________________________________________

 

 

Email Address: ________________________________________________________________________

Value of item: $___________________

 

 

BSCPA Alumni Association “Shop With A Blue Springs Cop”
Complete and mail to: Attn: Shop With A Blue Springs Cop, 205 SW 11th St, Blue Springs, MO 64015
 
 
THANK YOU FOR PARTNERING WITH US TO MAKE THIS CHRISTMAS A HOLIDAY THE CHILDREN WILL NEVER FORGET!!
 
 
 
 
 

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General Donation Form

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SHOP WITH A COP 2010

 

Please make check payable to: BSCPA Alumni Association “Shop With A Blue Springs Cop”

Name: ________________________________________________________________________________

 

Address: ______________________________________________________________________________

 

 

City/State/Zip: _________________________________________________________________________

Phone Number: ________________________________________________________________________

 

 

Email Address: ________________________________________________________________________

Amount Enclosed: $___________________

 

 

Checks should be made payable to: BSCPA Alumni Association “Shop With A Blue Springs Cop”
Complete and mail to: Attn: Shop With A Blue Springs Cop, 205 SW 11th St, Blue Springs, MO 64015
 
 
THANK YOU FOR PARTNERING WITH US TO MAKE THIS CHRISTMAS A HOLIDAY THE CHILDREN WILL NEVER FORGET!!

Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Newsletter – October 2010

clock October 6, 2010 11:15 by author Jeff Quibell

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There is a wide variety of playground equipment and things to do at Rotary Park at Railroad Lake.  This picturesque park makes for an enjoyable experience for the whole family.

Newsletter - Vol 4, Issue 9

October, 2010

Welcome

We are pleased to have the opportunity to tell you about some of the programs and services that we have to offer.  We hope that you are able to take part in some of them during your valuable leisure time.

 
 
 

BBQ Blaze-Off

Halloween Events


The Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department is offering not one, but two Halloween activity opportunities for safe trick-or-treating this holiday season.  'Boo' Springs Harvest Fest will be held on Saturday, October 23rd, outdoors on Main Street between 10th and 12th Streets in downtown Blue Springs.  Trick-or-Treat Street will be held on the following Sunday, October 31st, inside Vesper Hall.  Both events offer lots to do in addition to trick-or-treating. 
For more information..........

 
 
 

Pooches in the Pool

Pooches in the Pool,

It's For the Dogs

A great day was had by all, especially the dogs, at the Pooches in the Pool event at Centennial Pool.   A total of 116 dogs of all shapes, sizes and breeds enjoyed the pool water.  This event was planned for dogs to enjoy the water, and other dogs, but also to generate funds for the city's off-leash dog park located at Grounds Park.  With the end of the summer outdoor pool season, this was a great activity to have prior to the draining of the pool.  Besides jumping into the main pool to swim, the dogs were able to play in the wading pools water features and also encouraged to go down the water slide.  A total of $765.00 was raised during the event.  If you want to contribute toward the off-leash dog park, please contact us at 816-228-0137.  For more information on our off-leash dog park and RUFF (Responsible Unleashed Fun for Fido, you can visit their website at www.ruffbluesprings.org.
Dog Park Benefits:

Dog parks build community - Neighbors get to know each other, which leads to civic involvement and stronger neighborhoods.

Dog parks promote good canine citizens - Well-exercised, well-socialized dogs are far less likely to be aggressive or develop undesirable behaviors.

Dog parks provide a safe place for elderly and disabled citizens to exercise their dogs.

Dog parks provide opportunities to educate the public in dog behavior and responsible pet ownership.

Dog parks prevent conflicts between dog owners and park user groups such as joggers or small children.

Dog parks encourage compliance with leash laws.

 
 
 

Renaissance Festival

"Big O's" BBQ Team is Barbeque Blaze-Off Grand Champion

Thousands of barbeque lovers sampled, rubbed, smoked, and sauced meats during the annual Barbeque Blaze-Off this past weekend in Blue Springs. The 27th annual event drew a large crowd Friday night to the event before the rains hit. Saturday had a steady crowd but was pretty much devoted to judging entries in numerous categories, ranging from desserts to sausage, chicken, pork, ribs, pork brisket and overall best rankings.  This year's event also featured a public tasting called Buck-A-Bone.  Twelve teams and vendors participated is this Community Services League fundraiser.

More information and winners names........

 
 
 

Centennial Pool

New Aqua-Aerobics Fitness Class at Centennial Pool

Aqua-Aerobics is a new water exercise class designed to get you moving in the water.  This class is faster paced (more aerobic) than our Swimnastics classes offered at Centennial Pool-Plex.  Aqua-Aerobics classes are held on Saturdays from 12 noon to 1 pm. It's available to all adults wanting to improve cardiovascular fitness, toning, and overall health. The instructor is Cortney Hines.  The Centennial Pool-Plex is located at 2401 NW Ashton Drive on the Blue Springs High School Campus.
Participants can attend any or all classes Swimnastic/Aqua-Aerobics classes offered in the weekly schedule for $4 per visit or you can purchase a 20-class Swimnastics Aerobics Discount Card for $75 ($3.75 per class).

 
 
 

Fall Activity Guide

Fall Activity Guide

Check out the fall issue of the Parks & Recreation of Blue Springs activity guide. Click on the activity guide cover icon to view or download what we have to offer you. The 28 page activity guide will inform you of our many fun and exciting activities, services and facilities that we have to offer.

Come join us in the fun.

 
 
 

Recycling Center

Bits and Pieces

-Blue Springs Car Cruise Nights

-The Ultimate Test of Golf. Spooktacular Scramble

-Road Runners- Vesper Hall

-Blue Springs Theatre Auditions

-Theme Park Tickets are Available

-Recycling Center at Pink Hill Park

-Facility Rental Opportunities

More Information.....

 
 
 

Music in the Park

Photos of the
Month

September Photos.....

 
 
 

Health and Fitness Tip

Healthy Lunchtime:  Instead of eating a heavy lunch, put together something light and easy and go for a walk during the nice fall days.  You can sip on a protein drink or snack on fruit while enjoying a nice brisk walk before heading back to your work.  You will feel refreshed and more invigorated for your afternoon tasks.

 
 
 

Quote to Live By

"Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out if they've got a second.  Give your dreams all you've got and you'll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you."

                                              -William James

 
 
 

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

- Halloween Events

- Pooches in the Pool

- Big O's BBQ Grand Champion

- Fall Activity Guide

- Bits and Pieces

- Photos of the Month

- Health & Fitness Tip

- Quote to Live By

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Activity Guide  - Fall

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Blue Springs Holds Annual Electronics Recycling Event - October 9

clock October 6, 2010 09:48 by author Jeff Quibell

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CITY OF BLUE SPRINGS, MISSOURI

PRESS RELEASE

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: October 5, 2010

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Public Information Officer

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

Blue Springs Holds Annual Electronics Recycling Event - October 9

Blue Springs, Mo. – The City of Blue Springs is teaming up with Surplus Exchange of Kansas City to sponsor its annual electronics recycling event on October 9 from 8 a.m. to Noon, in Pink Hill Park, 2715 Park Road, Blue Springs. The 2010 Electronics Recycling Event is open to all residents and businesses from Blue Springs and surrounding areas. Residency is not required to participate in this event. The 2009 Electronics Recycling Event collected more than 39,000 pounds of unwanted electronics including personal computers, printers and TV units.

“As families upgrade to flat screen TV’s and newer computers, the used TV’s and monitors end up in landfills. This electronic waste is of concern because of the toxicity and carcinogenicity of some of the substances” said Jim Holly, event coordinator.

Electronic waste includes toxics such as lead, mercury and cadmium and carcinogenic substances such as PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls). A typical computer contains 6% lead by weight. Without proper disposal, these substances can end up in landfills where there is a potential for the toxins to eventually end up in the water or air.

“Because of the community’s great support, our electronics recycling events continue to be well received, collecting a significant amount of electronics to be recycled” said Holley. “It’s wonderful to see the level of involvement and concern our community has in doing their part to help preserve our environment.”

The following fees will apply in order for proper recycling of the electronics:

  • TV's - $10 for 19" or under, $15 for 20"-27", $20 for 27" and up and $30 for console TVs
  • Computer Monitors:  $10
  • Small Items (Desktop Printer/Fax/Scanner)  $5
  • Free Items:  Most other home electronics including CPUs, keyboards, mice, VCRs, CD players and stereos, cell phones, pagers and hand-held video games or devices
  • Items containing refrigerant or have broken bulbs will not be accepted. Light bulbs, lamps and appliances are also not accepted.

For specific item questions, call Surplus Exchange at (816) 472-0444. This event is presented by the City of Blue Springs Community Development Department. For more information about the event, call the City’s Recycling Hotline at (816) 228-0228 or visit www.bluespringsgov.com/recycling. The City welcomes volunteers for the electronics recycling event. To sign up as a volunteer to assist in unloading cars, please call (816) 220-4504.

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Mizzou Reaching Out to Grad Students

clock September 3, 2010 12:21 by author Jeff Quibell

- PRESS RELEASE -

Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation

 
 

Blue Springs, MO- Sept 3, 2010-

For more information, contact:

Ann Judd

Blue Springs EDC

816-228-0210

ajudd@bluespringsedc.com

 

Mizzou Reaching Out to Grad Students

The following video story was aired on Kansas City's Fox4News on Thursday, September 2, 2010.

BLUE SPRINGS, MO - More students are looking to stay closer to home to further their education, and as a result the University of Missouri is bringing a unique program to the metro area as specialized graduate classes are now underway at the new Mizzou Center in Blue Springs.
FOX 4's John Pepitone is Working for You with the report.

Click on the following image:

For more information about The Mizzou Center and/or the Missouri Innovation Park, checkout our website at www.bluespringsedc.com/innovation.aspx.

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Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation

1600 NE Coronado Drive

Blue Springs, MO  64014

www.ThinkBlueSprings.com

   
 

Blue Springs EDC | 1600 NE Coronado Drive | Blue Springs | MO | 64014


Hy-Vee to present a $15,000 check to The Wall That Heals

clock September 3, 2010 12:17 by author Jeff Quibell

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CITY OF BLUE SPRINGS, MISSOURI

MEDIA ALERT

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE:              September 3, 2010

CONTACT:      Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

                        Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

                        Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

Hy-Vee to present a $15,000 check to The Wall That Heals – Blue Springs, Mo.

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – The City of Blue Springs, Blue Springs Public Art Commission, Blue Springs School District and area businesses and veterans’ organizations have formed a partnership to bring the traveling exhibition of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall to Pink Hill Park Thursday, Sept. 30 to Sunday, Oct. 3.

Hy-Vee, an employee-owned supermarket chain, has agreed to be a lead partner for the event. Steve Molosak, the Blue Springs store director, will present a $15,000 check on behalf of the entire Kansas City area Hy-Vee store group to Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross on Tuesday, September 7, in a special ceremony at 10 a.m. The check presentation will be in front of Blue Springs City Hall, 903 W. Main Street.

“We are honored to be a lead partner in this event for our Blue Springs community and for all Kansas City area Vietnam Veterans,” said Nancy Pagel, Kansas City Hy-Vee Marketing Director, a company known for extending into the neighborhoods and communities they serve. “Hy-Vee stores have a long history of honoring Veterans and this is just one more way we can give thanks for their service to our country.”

“We are grateful to Hy-Vee for being one of the lead partners of The Wall That Heals event. Hy-Vee has been an excellent corporate partner in many Blue Springs community events.  Thank you again to Hy-Vee for helping us say, ‘Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans, Welcome Home’,” said Mayor Carson Ross.

“The Vietnam memorial has inspired and healed many people. But not everyone can get to Washington, D.C. to see it. So, we’ve worked for many years to bring it here,” says Eleanor Frasier, chairman of the Public Art Commission. “We invite all Vietnam War veterans to come see The Wall That Heals in Blue Springs, and all parents and children to participate in the events to learn about this important time in America’s history.”

The funding for the Blue Springs “The Wall That Heals” is all by donations. All funds are set up with the Truman Heartland Community Foundation, a 501-C-3 organization.

For more information, contact Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager at (816) 655-0497, visit the Web site, www.bluespringswallthatheals.net or Wall That Heals Blue Springs on Facebook.

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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

Email:      knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

www.bluespringsgov.com


Beware of Roofing Scam. Call Your Local Police Department If You Have Information on the Perpetrators

clock September 1, 2010 16:57 by author Jeff Quibell
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CITY OF BLUE SPRINGS, MISSOURI

POLICE DEPARTMENT

MEDIA ADVISORY

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1100 SW Smith Street Blue Springs, MO 64015 Phone: 816.228.0150 Fax: 816.228.0147

Website: http://www.bluespringsgov.com

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE:

August 31, 2010,

CONTACT:

PIO/Detective Troy Pharr

 

Public Information Officer (Police Dept.)

 

Phone: 816-228-0212, Cell 816-935-2678

 

Email: tpharr@bluespringsgov.com

tpharr@bluespringsgov.org

Blue Springs case number:

2010-07756 & 2010-07762

Subject:

Stealing over $500.00 by Deceit.

Who:

Two Blue Springs home owners.

What:

Payment made for new roof however work never done.

When:

Home owners approached and paid for new roofs on 07/13/2010 and 07/14/2010.

Where:

1300 block of SW Skyline Drive, Blue Springs, Mo.

280 block of NW Westbrooke Circle, Blue Springs, Mo.

Blue Springs Missouri Police Department News

Two Blue Springs home owners have become the victims of an unscrupulous business by pre-paying for new roofs, but then the work was never done. On July the 13th and the 14th the victims were contacted by a person alleging that he represented American Shingle. The representative told each of the victims that they needed new roofs and he offered the services of American Shingle. The sales person told each victim that they needed to pre-pay the entire amount of the job up front before the work could be started. The total loss between both victims is over $9,700.00. Both checks were cashed and they have not seen anyone from American Shingle since.

Both cases are being investigated by the Blue Springs Police Department’s Investigations unit. If you have any information that would assist with these investigations, please call the Police Department at 816-228-0150.

Blue Springs Police Chief Wayne McCoy notes that you should be cautious about pre-paying for services in advance. While some legitimate businesses do require a down payment on large jobs, too often it can mean that there is a potential for loss with the work never getting done. Please check sources to verify that a business is legitimate; going on-line to search often yields surprising results.

If you have become a victim of a similar theft please notify your local Police Department along with the local office of the Missouri Attorney General.


Parks and Recreation of Blue Springs Newsletter – September 2010

clock August 31, 2010 15:14 by author Jeff Quibell
 

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"Restless Recovery"

The above piece of art named "Restless Recovery" is one of four art projects currently on view at Pink Hill Park.  The four piece display is titled "Time and Place".  For more information on the Blue Springs Public Art Commission and public art in Blue Springs visit bluespringsgov.com and click on commissions.

Newsletter - Vol 4, Issue 8

September, 2010

 
 
 

Welcome

Fall is just around the corner and school has started.   You would think that things would slow down in Parks & Recreation.  Not so.  We have lots of things planned to keep you and your family entertained during your leisure time.  Check out what we have to offer you.  We hope to see you in one of our programs, events or facilities. 

 
 
 
 

Director, Roscoe Righter

Ward Park to See Improvements!

I have been holding off making the following announcements until I knew for sure they were actually going to happen.  One is being funded by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds from the Federal Government, while the other is funded by the City.  Both were originally scheduled to be started earlier this spring and finished by this date.  However, in these economic times, you don't count on anything until it happens and both have been delayed several times.  
The first project funded by ARRA stimulus funds will be used to remove and rebuild the existing trail and transportation connections within Ward Park.  We will be removing the existing 4' asphalt trail that was built in 1980 and replacing it with a new 8' foot wide asphalt surface.  In addition, we will be adding a new section of trail on the west end that will connect to Quarry Road.  When completed, the new trail will connect on the south side of Ward Park at 22nd Street, to the north side of the park at 22nd Street, and at Quarry Road on the west.  We will install two new bridges on the west end.  Some sections of the old trail will not be rebuilt as they are not necessary for the transportation aspect of the trail.   Work on the bridges has already started while work on the trail is to begin within the next couple of weeks.  We expect construction to take about two months with good weather.  This project started in December of 2009 with the submittal for a grant from to the Mid -America Regional Planning Commission.  
Our second improvement involves the creek near the east end of Ward Park.  Several years ago we stabilized a section of the creek in the middle of the park.  Over the past several years, the creek has eroded up stream from the stabilized section, which if it  continues to erode, will jeopardize various park facilities in the future.   We plan to award the contract for this project in late September with work taking about two weeks.  Work will require the removal of the eroded areas, placement of rip-rap rock, installation of gabion baskets (galvanized wire baskets filled with rock), and planting of native plant materials with matting to secure the embankments.  Once completed, this should protect the embankment in the future. 
While we are under construction, Ward Park will remain open.  We ask that you remain out of the construction zones.  Please forgive our mess, but when completed, we hope you will enjoy the new improvements. 

                                             By Roscoe Righter, Director

 
 
 

BBQ Blaze-Off

Barbeque

Blaze-Off

Without question, this is one of the favorite community events of the year! The Blaze-Off will take place on Friday, September 10, and Saturday, September 11 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 www.bluespringsblazeoff.com.  

 
 
 

Pooches in the Pool

Pooches in the Pool

We're opening the Centennial Pool-Plex for the dogs!

Saturday, September 18, 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.

 
 
 

Renaissance Festival

  Renaissance Festival

Tickets Sold

Once again we will be selling Kansas City Renaissance Festival tickets at a discounted price.  Adult tickets are sold for $14.00 each and children tickets being sold for $8.00 each.  
What: 2010 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 4th thru October 17th. 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.

 
 
 

Thriller Production Dance

Learn the dance moves and 'zombie march' made famous in the Michael Jackson video.

Performance October 31st at 6:15 pm before doors open for "Trick or Treat Street" and October 29th at 10:45 am, Vesper Hall.  The instructional dance classes are open to all ages and held at Vesper Hall, 400 NW Vesper Street.  The classes are held from 5:30 to 6:30 pm, October 7th, 17th, 21st, and 28th.  The fee is $30.00 per person.  This four class session is taught by Karen Hedges, long time instructor. Slick soled shoes are required for all classes. 

 
 
 

Fall Activity Guide

Fall Activity Guide

The fall issue of the Parks & Recreation of Blue Springs activity guide is now available. Click on the activity guide cover icon to view or download what we have to offer you. 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 our many fun and exciting activities, services and facilities that we have to offer.

Please click on the Ativity Guide cover to check us out.

 
 
 

Recycling Center

New Recycling Center Located at Pink Hill Park

The City of Blue Springs is pleased to announce that our new recycling center is now open for public use.  The recycling center is located in the northwest corner of Pink Hill Park, 1201 NW Park Road.  Park Road is one mile north of Interstate 70, on the west side of Missouri Highway 7.  The hours of operation are Wednesdays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and on Saturdays & Sundays from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  The Recycling Center Hotline is 816-228-0228.
The opening of the recycling center is the result of years of planning beginning in 2006 with the city's Solid Waste Management Commission making the center one of its primary goals.  A majority of the funds to build the center came from a grant from the Mid-America Regional Council's Solid Waste Management District, which receives its funds from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the taxes collected from solid waste haulers dumping in the landfills.
The Blue Springs recycling center will be staffed so someone will be available to assist with unloading recyclables.  Items should be pre-separated by type for these bins:
    -    Glass (does not need to be color sorted
    -    Aluminum
    -    Plastic No. 1 (bottles)
    -    Plastic No. 2 (containers)
    -    Plastic Nos. 3-7 (containers)
    -    Steel and tin cans (such as vegetable and fruit cans)
    -    Paper (office, shredded, newspaper, magazines)
    -    Cardboard (corrugated) and paperboard (like cereal

          boxes)
Plastics are labeled on the bottom of the container.  Caps should be removed from all plastics and thrown away (they are not recyclable)
Access to the recycling center is free of charge to everyone, including Blue Springs residents and non-residents.  The center is gated so be sure to come during open hours.  Do not leave recyclable at the gate.  There are cameras to watch for those who dump there trash.  We now offer a convenient way for Blue Springs to GO GREEN.

 
 
 

Bits and Pieces

- Vesper Hall Programming

- Road Runner Day Trips

-Youth Swimming Lessons - Progressive Instruction Program

- Swimnastics Aerobics

- Therapeutic Swim

- Blue Springs Car Cruise

- 2010 Adams Pointe Golf Club Special Event Calendar

- Facility Rental Opportunities - Centennial Pool, Vesper Hall & Adams Pointe Golf Club

More Information.....

 
 
 

Mud Volleyball Tournament

Photos of the
Month

 

August Photos.....

 
 
 

Health and Fitness Tip

Riding a Bike - When you ask many adults when the last time they rode a bike is, they cannot answer. Although bicycling is a favorite pastime, many adults do not take advantage of this great option for exercise.  Not only does bike riding exercise the body and build a stronger cardiovascular system, it allows you to get out and enjoy nature, fresh air, and new sites.  Check out Blue Springs bike trail system and discover what great trails Blue Springs has to offer.

 
 
 

Quote to Live By

"You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation."

                                                            -Plato

 
 
 

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

- Ward Park to See Improvements

- Barbeque Blaze-Off

- Pooches in the Pool

- Renaissance Festival Tickets

- Thriller Production Dance

- Fall Activity Guide

- New Recycling Center Opens

- Bits and Pieces

- Photos of the Month

- Health & Fitness Tip

- Quote to Live By

Quick Links

Activity Guide Fall

Register for Programs Now

Parks & Recreation

Web Site

Blue Springs FIT Web Site

Past Newsletters

Adams Pointe

Golf Club

Join Our 

Mailing List /

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Contact Information

Parks & Recreation Department 

903 W Main Street

Blue Springs, MO 64015

816-228-0137

 

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Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Newsletter

clock August 1, 2010 14:55 by author Jeff Quibell

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Little Spring to Your Life

Gazebo in Rotary Park

The gazebo in Rotary Park at Railroad Lake is a beautiful setting for picnics, exercising, weddings, and is the site for our Music in the Park Summer Concerts series.  Rotary Park is one of the most used in the Blue Springs park system. 

Newsletter - Vol 4, Issue 7

August, 2010

Welcome

We are pleased to have the opportunity to tell you about some of the programs and services we have to offer.  We hope that you are able to take part in some of them during your valuable leisure time.

Director, Roscoe Righter

Bike Riding, an Important Mode of Transportation 

                   By Roscoe Righter

In the earlier 1990's, the city started planning for its bike routes and trails system.  In the late 90's, the plan was on paper and a grant was applied for to construct the first phase.  In 2000 the grant was awarded, and finally in the fall of 2009, the construction was completed on Phase I.  Of course we have worked over the years to include pieces of the trail plan along various city streets as they were built, such as Adams Diary Parkway, Moreland School Road, and Duncan Road. 
Blue Springs was a much smaller town in the 80's as we began discussing this topic; in fact we were similar to Brunswick, Maine which was 21,000 in the 1990's when they began their bike and trail project.  They started with a 2.5 mile trail which cost the town $270,000.00.  Most citizens felt it was a waste of funds and that no one would use it.  According to the town manager in a recent article, they could not keep people off of it during construction.  This also happened to us as we built the Grounds Park trail.  In the past decade, their system has continued to grow and is now ranked as one of the national most bike friendly towns in the US according to the League of American Bicyclists.  I think one day Blue Springs could be considered for this honor. 

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

 
 
 

Mud Volleyball

Mighty Mud Volleyball Tournament

On Saturday, August 7th the annual Mighty Mud Volleyball Tournament will be held at Hidden Valley Park from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  If you haven't had a chance to see this muddy event, come out and see how it's played.  Each mud pit is about the size of a regulation volleyball court, but seems a lot bigger when playing in the mud. Each pit has approximately one foot of mud with another one foot of water which comes up to the participant's knees.  The dirt below becomes mush and the player's mobility is limited and it's hard to get footing.  Anyone with athletic ability can have fun no matter if they have a lot of experience playing volleyball or not.  This is one of our most popular sporting events with 25 teams playing each year.  Put this event on your calendar to come out and enjoy watching the muddy mess. It isn't all bad since there are showers available for participants to clean up and spectators also if you get too close to the action. 

 
 
 

Pool Hours

Centenial Pool Hours Modified

With the Blue Springs School District scheduling to start school operations on Wednesday, August 18th, Centennial Pool-Plex will be closed weekdays while school is in session.  Open swimming will be closed weekdays:  August 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 30, 31, September 1, 2, and 3.  On weekends, the hours of operation will remain the same from 12:30 to 7:00 PM. Other programs and lessons will not be affected.

 
 
 

  Senior Transportation

The City of Blue Springs offers transportation services for Blue Springs residents 60 years and older. The City has an agreement with OATS Transportation Services for medical and/or shopping trips within Blue Springs as well as door to door pick-up and return to Vesper Hall 50/Plus Community Center. The City's Parks & Recreation Department manages the agreement with OATS, Inc.

Door-to-door transportation to and from essential shopping and medical appointments began in February of 2007.  This van transportation service is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Individuals can start making reservations on the 15th of each month for reservations for the next month.  Reservations can be made up to 3:00 pm, the day before the appointment.

Service is provided to individuals 60 and older with a Blue Springs address. Service is also provided to persons ages 50 to 59 that are disabled. Transportation will be provided to destinations within city limits.  The OATS van can carry up to eleven (11) passengers and is wheel chair accessible.  The service is available from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Telephone reservation service will be provided by OATS staff from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.

To make reservations, call OATS, Inc. at 816-380-7433 during office hours. Reservations will be accepted on a space-available basis up to 3:00 pm the day before the requested appointment.  Individuals should call the OATS office and ask for a driver to be at his or her home on the requested date and time. The trip is placed on the driver's schedule, and the day of the appointment, the driver will park in front of the individual's home or other designated location to pick-up the individual. The driver will return the individual to his/her home or designated location at an agreed upon time. The cost is $3.00 per person for each one-way trip. Riders are asked to provide the correct change as OATS Drivers do not carry change. Drivers will assist with carrying sacks of groceries and essentials as requested.

 
 
 

Maintaining Excellence

Blue Springs is known for providing quality parks and facilities to the public.  This is accomplished through carful planning, hard work and dedication.  To guide and sustain the efforts of the parks, buildings and grounds staff in maintaining excellence we have developed a mission statement and a set of core values. 
Mission Statement:  Parks, Buildings and Grounds Division
"To focus efforts toward the maintenance and rehabilitation of city parks, buildings, open spaces, facilities and landscaping to provide safe, efficient, cost effective and aesthetically pleasing opportunities."
Core Values for Excellence:

We have Passion:  vision, excitement, enthusiasm, zeal or obsession that compels us and gives purpose, reason and strength to accomplish our goals and is the driving force that motivates us to achieve.
We have Integrity: based on honesty, honor, reliability, and trustworthiness to guide in making decisions.  The purpose within ourselves to do what is right.
We are Respectful:  in the way we conduct ourselves personally and professionally.  We have regard and respect of others.
We are Disciplined:  with the ability to maintain the direction of our thoughts and actions.
We are Tenacious:  with a mind set toward accomplishment, holding firmly with purpose with a desire to overcome obstacles.  We don't quit.

 
 
 

Music in the Park Concert Series

Our summer long free park concert series runs through Labor Day weekend, September 6th. 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:  Heartland Financial Group, 1st MidAmerica Credit Union and The Examiner Newspaper.  
August 1st - Loose Change,
                  Variety, presented by St. Mary's Hospital
August 8th - Rail Dogs,
                   Blues & Rock, presented by Phillips Construction
August 15th - Trampled Under Foot,
                   Blues, presented by Trouser Mouse Bar & Grill
August 22nd - Mighty Moe-Joes,
                   Variety, presented by Cosentino's Price Chopper -                      South Store
August 29th - Nace Brothers,
                   Variety, presented by Cosentino's Price Chopper -

                       North Store 
September 5th - Double the fun with two bands!

Doghouse Daddies, 4:30 PM
                    Blues, presented by Good Year Service Center

                       of Blue Springs

Cold Blue Band, 7:00 PM
                    Blues, presented by Dales Automotive Collision  

                       Repair Center

 
 
 

Adams Pointe Golf

Adams Pointe Golf Club Annual Pass

Pro-rated 40%

Enjoy unlimited playing privileges with GPS cart and range balls for 40% off the regular rate!  That's right, we have pro-rated our remaining annual passes for the 2010 season so that you can finish your year playing all the golf you want!  Visit the 'Annual Passes & Special Programs' portion of our website for complete package details and pricing.

 
 
 

Adams Pointe Golf

Bits and Pieces

- Vesper Hall Programming

- Road Runner Day Trips

- Swimnastics Aerobics

- Therapeutic Swim

- 2010 Adams Pointe Golf Club Special Event Calendar

- Facility Rental Opportunities -

          Centennial Pool, Vesper Hall, Adams Pointe Golf Club

           and Parks

More Information.....

 
 
 

Archery classes held at

Pink Hill Park

Photos of the
Month

August Photos.....

 
 
 

Health and Fitness Tip

Walk the Dog:  Instead of just opening the back door to let the dogs out, put them on a leash and go for a nice walk.  They will appreciate the new scenery and you are doing yourself a great justice.

 
 
 

Quote to Live By

"Always leave enough time in your life for something that makes you happy, satisfied, even joyous.  That has more of an effect on economic well-being then any other single factor."

                                                -William James

 
 
 

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

- Bike Riding, an Important Mode of Transportation

- Mud Volleyball Tournament

- Pool Hours Modified

- Senior Transportation

- Maintaining Excellence

- Music in the Park

- Annual Golf Pass Pro-rated 40%

- Bits and Pieces

- Photos of the Month

- Health & Fitness Tip

- Quote to Live By

Quick Links

Activity Guide Summer

Register for Programs Now

Parks & Recreation

Web Site

Blue Springs FIT Web Site

Past Newsletters

Adams Pointe

Golf Club

Join Our 

Mailing List /

Opt Out

Contact Information

Parks & Recreation Department 

903 W Main Street

Blue Springs, MO 64015

816-228-0137

Parks & Recreation Department | 903 W. Main Street | Blue Springs | MO | 64015