News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Kansas City Star recommends a yes vote for Blue Springs Parks

clock October 24, 2013 10:49 by author Jeff Quibell

The Star’s recommendation

Vote for better parks in Blue Springs

Updated: 2013-10-24T00:54:35Z

October 23

Blue Springs is one of the few large Missouri cities without a dedicated tax for parks improvements and one of the few in the Kansas City area without a community center.

City officials have put together a strong plan that would dramatically change that equation.

On Nov. 5, voters are being asked to approve a permanent, half-cent sales tax increase that would raise $3 million a year to finance parks-related projects, including a new recreation center.

The Star recommends a “yes” vote on the question.

Mayor Carson Ross recently praised the city’s park commission for spending a great deal of time evaluating the city’s needs. Members spoke to longtime residents as well as high school students to determine what activities and amenities would appeal to them.

Clear, sensible priorities emerged for this forward-looking community.

• Better maintain the city’s current parks, trails, tennis courts, playgrounds and shelters.

• Construct a community center that appeals to all ages with activities such as an indoor aquatic center, basketball and volleyball courts, an indoor track, meeting space and teen center.

Add park programs for seniors and others, and complete trails and improvements such as youth soccer fields in three existing parks.

Under a different city administration, Blue Springs officials tried but failed to pass a parks-related tax in 2001. The city has added about 4,000 people since then, and the need has grown to maintain aging parks and trails. Meanwhile, several area cities have built their own community centers.

Blue Springs voters should take advantage of this opportunity to invest in public assets that make the city attractive to residents and businesses.

Stuff to do this weekend–July 20-21

clock July 18, 2013 14:36 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs Farmers Market – Saturday, July 20 from 7 a.m. to noon in downtown Blue Springs .  Home grown fruits, vegetables, meats and other items for sale that are locally grown or made by hand.

Let’s Move! Saturdays – Saturday, July 20 11 a.m. to noon. Dynamic Dance, 1901 SW Hwy 40 – Sock Hop Dance Party, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Watson Rolladium, 513 WE Keystone Drive. Open roller skating.

Music in the Park Concert Series – Sunday, July 21, 6-8 p.m. in Rotary Park at Railroad, 400 NW Vesper Street . Featuring Knuckle Busters – blues & rock  sponsored by B2 Lighting FX.

Centennial Pool-Plex – Open noon to 7 p.m. daily.  25-yard Indoor, 50-meter outdoor pool featuring two water-slides, and zero-depth wading pool area with children’s water features. The pool-plex is located at 2401 NW Ashton Drive .

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

For additional information visit or call the Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department at (816) 228-0137.

Red, White and Blue Springs - City Fireworks Features Fun Fireworks and Music

clock July 1, 2013 14:24 by author Jeff Quibell





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


DATE: July 1, 2013

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449


Red, White and Blue Springs! City Fireworks Features Fun, Fireworks and Music

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – The City of Blue Springs invites residents to an Independence Day celebration on Thursday, July 4 at Peve Stadium, 2000 NW Ashton Drive. Guests are welcome to arrive as early as 6:30 p.m. to get a good spot and concessions will be available for the event.

The City has partnered with KFKF-FM Country 94.1 to present a special concert beginning at 7 p.m. featuring Columbia Nashville recording artist Tyler Farr with special guest 6 Degrees West kicking off the free show.

The fireworks display will begin after the concert at 9:30 p.m. Watching a professional fireworks display is a safe, family-friendly way to enjoy the holiday – and it’s free! In case of inclement weather, the display will be moved to Friday, July 5.

This year’s display is sponsored by the City of Blue Springs, KFKF-FM Country 94.1, the Blue Springs McDonalds and the Blue Springs Courtyard by Marriot.


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8th Annual Pooches on the Parkway!

clock May 7, 2013 09:13 by author Jeff Quibell


Sunday, May 19, 2013

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Young Park

1200 SE Adams Dairy Parkway

Our 8th annual event features a leisurely dog walk at 9 a.m. then stop by the exhibit area to view dog related products, services, and adoption groups. Watch demonstrations and join in various games and contests which makes this one of our most popular events!

Click here for event information and registration

Summer Day Camp Registration Begins March 1st

clock February 18, 2013 12:18 by author Jeff Quibell

News from the City of Blue Springs



903 W Main Street Blue Springs, MO 64015 
|  P: 816.228.0137 |  F: 816.228.7592 | 

Registration for summer day camp begins March 1st.   Register for one week or the entire summer. Camp includes field trips, swimming, games, crafts and more!
Summer Camp Information
For questions or more information, call Parks and Recreation at
(816) 228-0266.


Chairman of Quanta Services, Inc. Contributes $20,000 to Veterans Way Memorial

clock February 5, 2013 15:40 by author Jeff Quibell



DATE:              February 5, 2013

CONTACT:      Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

                        Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449


Chairman of Quanta Services, Inc. Contributes $20,000

to Veterans Way Memorial

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – Quanta Services, Inc., of Houston, Texas, has made a donation of $10,000 to the Veterans Way Memorial and John R. Colson, Executive Chairman of Quanta Services, donated an additional personal check of $10,000.   John’s parents, Gene and Clarice Colson, farmed the land that later became Pink Hill Park where the Veterans Way Memorial will be located.  

When informed of the Veterans Way Memorial, Colson said, “I’m glad to help fund a permanent memorial to honor our veterans, and to have it placed in the area where I once lived is especially humbling.  I am honored that my donation will enhance this amazing memorial.”  John has been very supportive of veterans and veterans’ organizations. 

“We are proud of the accomplishments of a Blue Springs resident who first learned his work ethic on the family farm and then used his knowledge and experience to form a world-wide enterprise.  We welcome John Colson’s generous donation to help honor veterans who served our nation,” said Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross.  “The Veterans Way Memorial will raise patriotic awareness and appreciation of all veterans who served in the armed services and will be a location where youth can better understand the historical significance and impact of wars on our nation.”

Colson and his two sisters attended Blue Springs schools.  John Colson graduated from Blue Springs High School in 1965 (class size of 100 students) and the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1969.  After a tour of duty in Vietnam with the U.S. Army, John was hired by PAR Electrical Contractors, Inc. in North Kansas, working his way up from surveyor to president and owner.  In 1997, John began the process of bringing together three specialty electrical contractor companies to form Quanta Services, Inc. and became the company’s first Chief Executive Officer. 

Quanta Services is a leading provider of infrastructure services for the electric power, natural gas and pipeline, and telecommunication industries. Quanta went public on the New York Stock Exchange in February 1998 under the ticker “PWR”.  John Colson became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 2002 and Executive Chairman in 2011.  John has been instrumental in expanding the company from a $150 million domestic company to an international company with offices around the world and annual revenues of approximately $6 billion.

The Veterans Way Memorial is located in Pink Hill Park where “The Wall That Heals” was exhibited in 2010.  It will serve as a place of remembrance for those who made the ultimate sacrifice as well as honor the living veterans who served our nation with valor and courage.

The Veterans Way Memorial is being funded by private donations.  All funds are set up with the Truman Heartland Community Foundation, a 501-C-3 organization.  For more information, contact Eleanor Frasier, Veterans Way Memorial Chair at (816) 655-0490 or visit the memorial’s Web site,


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


Twitter:  bluespringsgov

Weekend Activities in Blue Springs 10/16-10/28 plus 5k Run/Walk Coming Soon!

clock October 25, 2012 14:58 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs Farmers Market – Saturday, Oct 27 from 7 a.m. to noon in downtown Blue Springs.  Home grown fruits, vegetables, meats and other items for sale locally grown or made by hand.

Trick or Treat Main Street – Saturday, Oct 27 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Downtown Blue Springs.  Mini Parade at 10 a.m. Trick or Treating, games, Haunted Maze & inflatable following.

“Boo” Springs Trick or Treat Night Wednesday, 10/31, 6 – 8 p.m. at Vesper Hall, 400 NW Vesper Street. Trick or Treating, crafts, not-so-spooky room for kids 10 and under.

Centennial Pool – Open Saturday, Oct 27 for lap swimming 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. The pool is located at 2401 NW Ashton Drive.

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



For additional information visit or call the Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department at (816) 228-0137