News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Blue Springs Parks & Rec Upcoming Holiday Season Special Events

clock December 14, 2011 10:57 by author Jeff Quibell

Holiday Express Train Wed. Dec 21, 4 pm – 7 pm. Main Street RR crossing at 12th downtown Blue Springs. Free. Santa Claus in a KCS six car lighted & decorated train.

Chipping of the Green, Christmas Tree Recycling Program Dec 26 – Jan 15. Drop off location is Pink Hill Park, 2715 NW Park Road. Safe & environmentally friendly way to dispose of your Christmas tree.

New Years Eve Party at Vesper Hall Sat. Dec 31, 7:30 pm.  $10 in advance. The party, hosted by BSP&R Dept staff, is geared to adults ages 50 and over but all welcome.

Chili Dog Dinner & Silent Auction Sat. Jan 21, 5:30 - 7 pm. Vesper Hall.  $6 adult, $4 age 12 & under, 3 & under free. This is a fund-raiser for the Blue Springs Dog Park

Dennis Dovel named as new Director of Parks and Recreation

clock December 9, 2011 11:42 by author Jeff Quibell




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


DATE:              December 9, 2011

CONTACT:      Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

                        Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651-6449


DennisDennis Dovel named as new Director of Parks and Recreation

Blue Springs, Mo. – Dennis Dovel has been named as the new Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Blue Springs effective Tuesday, January 17.  Steve Willman, operations manager, has been serving as interim director since long-time director Roscoe Righter retired in September 2011.

“Dennis is a proven parks and recreation professional with great experience,” said City Administrator Eric Johnson.  “I am confident he will provide the vision and skills necessary to lead the Parks and Recreation Department established by Roscoe into its next chapter of excellence.”

As the director, Dovel will direct, plan and oversee the work of the Parks and Recreation Department, including 19 parks consisting of 816 acres of land and an annual budget of over five million dollars.  In addition to the highly utilized and widely recognized parks system, Dennis will also serve as the liaison to the City’s Public Art Commission.  The Parks & Recreation Department also manages the Buildings & Grounds Divisions for the City.

“I am very excited to be able to serve a vibrant and growing community like Blue Springs,” said Dovel.  “Over the years, Blue Springs has created an excellent parks system and I look forward to working with the City Administrator, City Council, the Park Commission, staff, and many other community stake-holders to continue its tradition of high-quality parks and recreation services.”

Prior to accepting this position, Dovel served as the Director of Parks and Recreation Department for the City of Liberty, Mo.  Over the course of his 23 year parks and recreation career, Dovel has served as the Sports Complex Manager for the City of Liberty, Mo., the Superintendent of Recreation for Jackson County, Mo., and held various recreation program coordinator roles.

Dovel is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism.   He is a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional by the National Recreation and Park Association and a member of the National Recreation and Park Association and the Missouri Parks and Recreation Association.


Blue Springs Parks & Recreation’s December 2011 Newsletter

clock December 1, 2011 16:40 by author Jeff Quibell

Click the following link to view the December Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Newsletter

$25,000.00 Matching Donation from anonymous Blue Springs couple to Save Our Depot!

clock November 30, 2011 10:16 by author Jeff Quibell


Contact: Mary Potter

Phone #: 816-797-4870

Date: November 28, 2011

Who:  Blue Springs Historical Society ~ Save Our Depot

What: $25,000.00 Matching Donation from anonymous Blue Springs couple

When:  Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A Blue Springs couple signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a money match of $25,000.00 to save the Blue Springs 1926 Chicago & Alton Depot.  A check will be given to the Blue Springs Historical Society, Inc. ~ Depot as soon as the $25,000.00 donation match is raised.  As president of the Blue Springs Historical Society, Mary Potter said, “I couldn’t believe all of the zeros after the $25.”  Since early August, volunteers and supporters have raised over $5,000.00 through donations, two silent auctions and one fundraiser.   Potter added, “I had no idea there were other individuals who felt as strongly as I do about saving this important piece of our Blue Springs history”.  The Depot represents why Blue Springs moved from the valley of Woods Chapel to the top of the hill when the Chicago & Alton Railroad laid the tracks and built a depot in 1879.   Mary met with the couple in mid-November to sign the document accepting the couples’ generous donation to the Depot.  Greg Grounds, former Blue Springs Mayor and Jackson County Legislator, is donating his time and professional expertise as an attorney to the organizations.   

The couple, with an enthusiasm for trains and depots, wishes to remain anonymous.  When the Blue Springs couple saw the dedication of individuals to save the depot, they decided a money match would encourage the community’s individuals, businesses and civic organizations to donate larger sums of money to save the Depot. 

The Blue Springs Historical Society ~ Depot has agreed upon an amount with Patton, Inc. to move the Depot from its current location on downtown Main Street to a nearby downtown park.  The payment to the mover, Doyle Patton, is $16,000.00.  To replace the concrete slab foundation will cost approximately $4,000.00.  This projected cost includes the foundation forms, rebar, concrete, gravel and grading. Contractor Steve Greer has volunteered to oversee this part of the project.  He is donating his talent and time.  The Blue Springs Historical Society ~ Depot is asking for construction companies to donate materials or to donate the materials at a discounted cost.  Since the Historical Society is a 501c3 non-profit, donations are tax deductible.  

The Save Our Depot group has spoken with the Blue Springs School District about construction students helping with the concrete slab.  This would be overseen by professional concrete layers. 

After the Depot is moved to its new site, Kansas City Southern Railway will donate $5,000.00 toward the restoration.  Their generous donation along with donors to meet the moving cost of $20,000.00 will meet the anonymous donors $25,000.00.  Then the restoration on the outside of the Depot begins with $30,000.00.  The Blue Springs Historical Society ~ Save Our Depot has had Keith Albarelli, a master electrician, volunteer to do the all electric wiring and Zucca Roofers was volunteered to replace the composition roof.  The group needs a skilled plumber, an insulation company, and outside painting company to volunteer their skills and materials at a reduced cost to finish the outside of the Depot.  After these are finished, the stucco will complete the outside. Potter said, the Save Our Depot will begin the inside restoration.  She said the inside of the Depot is described as being in above average condition. 

Matching Donation should be mailed to Blue Springs Historical Society ~ Depot, P.O. Box 762, Blue Springs, MO 64013.

Potter said the Historical Society ~ Save Our Depot is asking supporters to attend the Blue Springs City Council presentation on Monday, December 5th at 6:30 p.m. at the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building, 1103 S.W. Smith Street, Blue Springs 64015.  This will be the meeting as to whether the Depot gets approval to move the Depot to Central Park.  This park is located in downtown east of the railroad tracks and south of Walnut Street.  Currently the park is undeveloped except for the community garden that began in fall 2011.  Potter would like for supporters to either wear red or white or a Chicago & Alton Blue Springs, MO sweatshirt.

Weekend Activities 10/22-1023

clock October 20, 2011 17:45 by author Jeff Quibell

Farmers Market – Saturday, October 22 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 11th and Main Street.  The market specializes in home grown fruits, vegetables, flowers, meats and many other items that are grown or made by hand.  For additional information visit

Let’s Move! Saturdays! Rotary Park at Railroad Lake – Saturday, October 22 from 10 a.m. to noon.  Join us at the Shelter # 1 on the northeast side of park near Vesper Hall for an Arbor Walk and/or Kids Fit Class. This event is free and open to kids of all ages.

Centennial Pool – Saturday, October 22 – Aqua-Aerobics from 11 a.m. to noon for $4 and Lap Swimming from 11 a.m. to noon for $3. 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.

Pam Buck

Superintendent of Recreation

Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department

City Hall, 903 West Main Street

Blue Springs, Missouri 64015

Office (816) 228-0238

Mobile (816) 645-0287

Blue Springs Womens Civic Club Supports Our Community

clock October 20, 2011 17:41 by author Jeff Quibell

On September 26, 2011 The Blue Springs Womens Civic Club along with Roscoe Righter, Parks and Recreation Director, dedicated a park bench with a ribbon cutting ceremony at Lake Remembrance, Greg Grounds Park. With the generous donations of past members and the hard working on going efforts of current membership, the BSWCC continues to support the community of Blue Springs and the surrounding area. You can contact us for more information at
"To Serve is Our Privilege, To Find a Way, Our Responsibility"

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clock October 19, 2011 14:58 by author Jeff Quibell


Contact: Shirl Quick 220-0232

On behalf of the Blue Springs Historical Society



True Blue Gospel Bluegrass Band

The Blue Springs Historical Society is sponsoring a Fundraising Benefit Concert on November 4th at 7:00 pm at the First Baptist Church on the corner of Main Street and 15th Street to raise funds to save a part of our local history by relocating the Blue Springs Chicago & Alton Depot!

True Blue Gospel Bluegrass Band will perform some of your favorite songs with the best of the true spirit of Bluegrass music heard in our area. Their Bluegrass Band has performed at the Fall Fun Festival in Blue Springs, the Santa-Cali-Gon Days Festival in Independence, and many other local fairs and festivals. Lead singer, Larry Ellis is a professional performer and outstanding fiddle player and he performs weekly in a Country Music Show in Pleasant Hill, Missouri.

The Colonial Hills Children’s Choir will also be featured during the Benefit Concert performing a railroad song complete with Engineer Hats and Train Whistles! The Blue Springs Historical Society has these whistles and hats, along with Save the Train Depot sweatshirts for sale at the Dillingham-Lewis Museum at 101 SW 15th Street in Blue Springs as part of their fundraising effort.

Admission for the Bluegrass Fundraising Benefit Concert is $10 per individual or $20 per family. Admission will be taken at the door. Benefit funds will help move the Blue Springs Chicago & Alton Depot to another location. The railroad played a significant role in the present location of Blue Springs, as the town moved up the hill from Woods Chapel Road and Walnut to it’s present location to be near the railroad tracks for better commerce.

This Benefit Concert allows you to be a part of this historical effort to save an important piece of the history of Blue Springs. For Benefit information, contact Shirl Quick at (816) 220-0232 or the Blue Springs Historical Society Website:

Ground Breaking ceremony for the Blue Springs Community Garden

clock October 12, 2011 15:04 by author Jeff Quibell

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – Let’s Move! Blue Springs will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the City’s first community garden on Thursday, October 13 at 8:30 a.m. The Blue Springs Community Garden is located in Central Park on the corner of Walnut and 10th Street.

“This groundbreaking marks an important step in making community gardens available to all our residents to enjoy,” Mayor Carson Ross said. “This new Blue Springs Community Garden is a shared effort and will help add vibrancy and aesthetic appeal to the City. Community gardening provides great physical activity, increases access to affordable healthy fresh produce, and brings our residents closer together.”

Approximately 35 plots and 5 raised plant beds will be available to residents for rent for the 2012 grow season. The 2012 grow season will be spring through fall, dates to be determined. The community garden will have water access and participants will be able to plant both vegetables and flowers in their plots. Plots will be available on a first-come-first-served basis.

“This community garden was something that ranked as a high-priority in the Let’s Move! Citizen Summits conducted by StandUp Blue Springs this summer,” said Dave Wright, President of StandUp Blue Springs and Chair of the Blue Springs Let’s Move! Steering Committee. “This is an amazing example of what citizens pulling together to address a common cause can accomplish and will most certainly yield great benefits for Blue Springs and its residents.”

Mayor Carson Ross, Dave Wright, StandUp Blue Springs and Dena McLean, Blue Springs Park Commission Chairman will participate in the groundbreaking ceremony, along with other community leaders.

“I am excited about this partnership between Let’s Move! Blue Springs and the Park Commission, and the opportunity to bring this wonderful asset to downtown Blue Springs,” said Dena McLean. “This garden fills a need in the community and provides a great use of Central Park.”

If you are interested in renting a plot in the Blue Springs Community Garden, contact Parks and Recreation at (816) 228-0137 for more information.

The Blue Springs Community Garden is a joint effort between the City of Blue Springs, Mo., Let’s Move! Community Garden Committee, StandUp Blue Springs, the University of Missouri Extension Office and the Boy Scout Troup 58 and 332 Eagle Scout Projects.

About Let’s Move! Blue Springs

At the July 9 Citizen Summit facilitated by StandUp Blue Springs, participants prioritized more than 150 ideas that were generated in the June 18 Summit. Through a multi-voting approach the group narrowed the list to these initial project ideas.

The project ideas are:
• Backpack Food program
• Children’s Triathlon
• Community Gardening
• Community 5K Training
• Expansion of Girls on the Run in Blue Springs
• Healthy Schools
• Let's Move! Saturdays
• Livable Streets
• Let's Move! Marketing and Public Relations

Residents are encouraged to join these workgroups by calling StandUp Blue Springs at (816) 478-4500 or emailing Several workgroups are seeking additional members

Blue Springs was officially designated as a Let’s Move! Community in March 2011. The Let’s Move! Blue Springs initiative is part of a national effort to raise healthier generations of citizens. This initiative is a comprehensive approach to engage the many sectors that reach children, including parents, families, schools, community leaders, municipalities and businesses. The Let’s Move! goals are based on four pillars: 1) make healthy family choices, 2) create healthy schools, 3) provide access to healthy, affordable food; and 4) promote physical activity.


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Blue Springs Parks & Rec September 2011 Newsletter

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

Add a

Little Spring to Your Life

Baumgardner Park Playground

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

Newsletter - Vol 5, Issue 8

September 2011


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


Director, Roscoe Righter

People, Places and Progress - A Strategic Plan

By Roscoe Righter

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

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

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

Read on for more information ....


Barbeque Blaze-Off

BBQ Blaze-Off

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


Pooches in the Pool

Pooches in the Pool

We're opening the Centennial Pool-Plex

for the dogs!

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


Trail at Grounds Park

Bike & Trail
Public Hearing

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

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

Bike and Trail Survey


Fall Activity Guide

Fall Activity Guide

is here!

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


Renaissance Festival

Renaissance Festival Tickets On Sale Now!

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


Concert in the Park

Music in the Park

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

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

presented by Good Year Blue Springs Service Center

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

presented by Adams Dairy Landing


Brain Dance Bits and Pieces

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

- Sewing for Adults & Children

- RAD Training

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

- Older Adult Transportation
- Facility Rental Opportunities

More Information.....


Mud Volleyball

Photos of the Month

August Photos


Health and Fitness Tip

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


Quote to Live By

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


Mission Statement

"It is the mission of the

Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department

to serve the public's well-being by providing

quality leisure opportunities through the research, establishment, implementation and maintenance

of a comprehensive parks, recreation,

buildings and grounds system."



In This Issue

- People, Places and Progress

- BBQ Blaze-Off

- Bike & Trail Hearing

- Renaissance Festival Tickets

- Music in the Park

- Bits and Pieces

- Photos of the Month

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Activity Guide Fall

Register for Programs

Parks & Recreation Web Site

Past Newsletters

Adams Pointe Golf Club

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pam Buck

Superintendent of Recreation

Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department

City Hall, 903 West Main Street

Blue Springs, Missouri 64015

Office (816) 228-0238

Mobile (816) 645-0287