News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Stuff to do in Blue Springs This Weekend (8/19-8/21)

clock August 16, 2011 15:00 by author Jeff Quibell

Music in the Park Concert Series – Sunday, Aug 21 at Rotary Park located at 400 NW Vesper.  This free concert series features a different band every Sunday night. This week Lipriddle (classic rock/alternative) takes the stage at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.  Bring lawn chairs, food/drink or concessions available. To see the complete 2011 concert lineup, see the attached flier.

Centennial Pool-Plex –  Open 12:30-7 p.m. daily.  The pool, located at 2401 NW Ashton Drive, features a zero depth wading pool w/water features and two giant waterslides. Admission $5.  Adult Aqua-Aerobics class at 11 a.m., cost is $4.

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 these and other activities sponsored by Blue Springs Parks & Recreation visit www.bluespringsgov.com/parks, or call the Department Office 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

www.bluespringsgov.com/parks


Blue Springs Pooches in the Pool

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

imageWe’re opening the Centennial Pool-Plex for dogs!

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When: Saturday,
September 17, 2011
Noon - 3:00 p.m.
Where: Centennial Pool-Plex
2401 NW Ashton Dr.
Cost: $6.00 per dog

This popular dog swim is a benefit for the Blue Springs off-leash dog park. Before
draining the outdoor public pool for the season, this event will allow an opportunity for unleashed dogs (four-legged swimmers only) to play and swim freely in the fenced
outdoor pool area.

All dogs must have current vaccinations and have a collar on at all times. Outside
the fenced area of the pool, leashes are required on all dogs. To register in advance or for additional information, contact the Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department at (816)  228-0137. Walk-in registration will be accepted up to a maximum capacity of 100 dogs.

To Register Call 228-0137, visit www.bluespringsgov.com, or stop by City Hall, 903 W Main Street,


Parks & Recreation seeks public input on bike and trail routes

clock August 8, 2011 10:37 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: August 8, 2011

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

Parks & Recreation seeks public input on bike and trail routes

Blue Springs, Mo. – Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department will hold a series of three public hearings in regard to future plans for bike and trail routes within the City.  The City recently completed construction and opened phase I of its bike and trail system over a year ago.  The current planning process is designed to gather public opinion about facilities constructed in phase I and to solicit input for the next phase of development. 

Schedule for public hearings will be from 6-7:30 p.m. on the following days:

Thursday, August 11 District 1 Brittany Hill Middle School, 2701 NW 1st Street

Thursday, August 25 District 2 Blue Springs Freshman Center, 2103 NW Vesper Street

Thursday, September 8 District 3 Cordill-Mason Elementary School, 4001 SW Christiansen Road

The open house format and information will be identical at each hearing so if residents cannot attend the hearing in their district they are encouraged to attend one of the other hearings.  Participants will have the opportunity to review the current bike route and trail locations, chart on maps where they would like to see future improvements, and complete a short survey to help determine their personal or family use/interest, and priorities for the next phase. 

We encourage the public to attend, everyone from serious or recreational cyclists to novice trail users are welcome.  Information gathered at these public hearings will be used in the future to develop and project budgets for additional phases of construction. 

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Residents, Police Step Out to Stop Crime

clock July 27, 2011 10:19 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 | P: 816.228.0150 | F: 816.228.0147 | www.bluespringsgov.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: July 27, 2011

CONTACT: Allen Kintz, Blue Springs Police Department

Phone: (816) 228-0178

Email: akintz@bluespringsgov.com, or

Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: (816) 655-0497

Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

Residents, Police Step Out to Stop Crime

13th Annual National Night Out in Blue Springs, Free Food, Games and Safety Information

Blue Springs, Mo. – The Blue Springs Police Department’s Community and Youth Outreach Unit are sponsoring its twelfth annual National Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday, August 2, 2011, from 6-9 p.m. at 11th and Smith Street in downtown Blue Springs. This free family event brings together residents, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials for an evening focused on crime prevention and safety.

Among the participating organizations are: Central Jackson County Fire Protection District, Lee’s Summit Underwater Rescue and Recovery Team, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, CodeRED, Let’s Move! Blue Springs and many more.

Councilman Dale Carter, Blue Springs native and morning show co-host for Country 94.1, KFKF will emcee the event’s main stage. Entertainment includes a magic exhibition by former Mayor Steve Steiner, a musical performance by the Holy Hill Baptist Church Youth Choir and dancers from TaJazz School of Dance.

“National Night Out is an important outreach event that allows our officers to personally interact with our community,” says National Night Out Coordinator Sgt. Allen Kintz of the Blue Springs Police Department. “It’s the perfect family outing, with information about crime prevention, health and safety, as well as free food, games, prizes, live entertainment featuring local performers, and much more.”

Mayor Ross encourages residents to take part in this year’s National Night Out activities saying they are, “an important step to strengthening the crime prevention partnership between police, residents and the community at large.”

“National Night Out is a free event that gives residents the opportunity to meet Blue Springs officers and civilians working to keep our community safe. By stepping out on a unified front, we’re sending a message to criminals letting them know that Blue Springs’ neighborhoods are organized and fighting back to prevent crime in our community.”

Blue Springs National Night Out sponsors include: Target, UMB Bank, Price Chopper, Sonic, Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce, Kennedy’s Custom Jewelers, 3 Suns Cruise and Tours, Kleinschmidt’s Western Store, Blue Springs Fitness, China One, Panera Bread, Texas Roadhouse, Rancho Grande, Family YMCA Blue Springs, Union Station, 1st Bible Baptist Church, The Cake Pan and Lamar’s Donuts.

For additional information about the Blue Springs National Night Out Against Crime event including scheduled vendors and performances, visit www.bluespringsgov.com/nno or call (816) 228-0178.

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National Night Out was created by the National Association of Town Watch to spotlight the role of the community in crime

and drug prevention. The first event took place 27 years ago. Last year, an estimated 34 million people attended National

Night Out events in more than 10,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases

worldwide. For more information about National Night Out and the National Association of Town Watch, visit

www.nationaltownwatch.org/nno.

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Stuff to do this weekend in Blue Springs (July 8-10, 2011)

clock July 7, 2011 08:28 by author Jeff Quibell

Vesper Hall Ice Cream Social (50-Plus)  – Friday, July 8, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Vesper Hall, 400 NW Vesper Street. Enjoy ice cream, cakes & pies with live musical entertainment. Donations accepted for Vesper Hall Site Council.

Blue Springs Let’s Move! Citizen Summit – Saturday, July 9, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Blue Spring School District Freshman Center, 2103 NW Vesper Street. Join the Blue Springs initiative & help us build generations of healthy citizens.

Music in the Park Concert Series – Sunday, July 10 at Rotary Park located at 400 NW Vesper.  This free concert series features a different band every Sunday night. This week the Vantage Point (Top 40) takes the stage at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.  Bring lawn chairs, food/drink or concessions available.

Centennial Pool-Plex –  Open 12:30-7 p.m. daily.  The pool, located at 2401 NW Ashton Drive, features a zero depth wading pool w/water features and two giant waterslides. Both daily admission fee and summer membership passes are available.


Blue Springs Events for June 24th through June 26th 2011

clock June 23, 2011 14:43 by author Jeff Quibell

Street Flick – Free activities and outdoor movie Friday, June 24, 7:15 p.m. - Kids activities, 8:45 p.m. - The Karate Kid. 12th Street & Main Street in Downtown Blue Springs. Bring lawn chairs and blankets, bleacher seating also available. Pre-movie activities include chalk art with feature artist Doug Bennett. Also face painting, bounce house, games, and kids crafts.

Music in the Park Concert Series – Sunday, June 26, at Rotary Park located at 400 NW Vesper.  This free concert series features a different band every Sunday night. This week the Elsea Smith Band (blues & rock) takes the stage at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.  Bring lawn chairs, food/drink or concessions available.

Blue Springs Centennial Pool-Plex –  Open 12:30-7 p.m. daily.  The pool, located at 2401 NW Ashton Drive, features a zero depth wading pool w/water features and two giant waterslides. Both daily admission fee and summer membership passes are available.

For additional information on these and other activities sponsored by Blue Springs Parks & Recreation visit www.bluespringsgov.com/parks, or call the Department Office at (816) 228-0137.


Music in the Park Concert Series–Southbound takes the state at 6:30pm on Sunday June 12

clock June 12, 2011 10:34 by author Jeff Quibell

Music in the Park Concert Series – Sunday, June 12, at Rotary Park located at 400 NW Vesper.  This free concert series features a different band every Sunday night. This week, Southbound (variety) takes the stage at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.  Bring lawn chairs, concessions available.


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

clock June 1, 2011 13:26 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: June 1, 2011

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

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 www.marc.org.

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 rrighter@bluespringsgov.com. For more information about Blue Springs bike routes and trail systems, visit www.bluespringgov.com/parks.

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Holiday Weekend Activities

clock May 26, 2011 15:08 by author Jeff Quibell

On Saturday, May 28 from 12:30-7 p.m. we invite you to join us at the kick-off event for the Centennial Pool-Plex!  The pool, located at 2401 NW Ashton Drive, will be free to the public for this one-day event.  The pool will be open 12:30 – 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday as well.  Both daily admission and membership passes are available.

On Sunday, May 29, the Music in the Park Concert Series returns to Rotary Park located at 400 NW Vesper!  This free event concert series features a different band every Sunday night from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The Krazy Kats will kick-off the 2011 season.  To see the complete 2011 concert lineup, open attached.

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

www.bluespringsgov.com/parks


Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Newsletter–June 2011

clock May 25, 2011 10:12 by author Jeff Quibell
 

Add a

Little Spring to Your Life

Centennial Pool-Plex opens May 28th. Bring your family and enjoy a free day of fun.

Newsletter - Vol 5, Issue 5

June 2011

 
 
 

Summer is finally here.  We are excited about bringing you a variety of fun and challenging leisure time opportunities.

Have a great summer at the park!

 
 
 
 

Director, Roscoe Righter

Grounds Park - A fine place to spend a little time
By Roscoe Righter

Now that our weather is at least bouncing between spring and summer, activity at Grounds Park is picking up.  I thought our public might be interested in some general information related to the "O".  You may be wondering what I am referring to as the "O".  Well the official name of the park is Gregory O. Grounds Park.   We have started referring to the park as the "O", it is shorter and a catchy reference.  It's like; I will meet you under the "Clock", which most Kansas Citizens know is Union Station.  Or the "K" is short for Kauffman Stadium. So if you hear someone refer to the "O" in Blue Springs, think of Grounds Park. 

The park is 106 acres total with 54 surface acres of water named "Lake Remembrance", surrounded by 52 acres of park land.  It has been open for about four years, with fishing and the trail opening more recently.  The oldest feature is the Dog Park facility.  Thirty acres of the 52 acres of land were donated to the City for park purposes.

Read on for more information....

 
 
 

Centennial Pool-Plex

Season Pool Pass On Sale

It's time to purchase your summer swimming season and save some money.  Purchase your Centennial Pool-Plex preseason pass now through Memorial Day and you can save 5%.   In addition to these savings you will also receive FREE GUEST PASSES for each pass purchased before Memorial Day.  Receive 2 FREE single day guest passes with the purchase of a Season Family Pass and 1 FREE single day guest pass with the purchase of a Season Individual Pass.  These are good anytime during the 2011 summer swim season.
You know that it is going to be a hot summer.  The best time to purchase your season passes for summer fun and exercise is now.
Season pass prices and Early Bird discounts:
                                                                  May
                                 Regular Price           5% Discount

Resident Family(4)*         $120.00                  $114.00           

Resident Individual              70.00                     66.50
Non-Resident Family (4)*   150.00                    142.50
Non-Resident Individual       95.00                      90.25
*Maximum of two (2) adults per family pass, 21 years of age or older.  Additional household adults will be required to purchase an Individual season pass.  Additional family members over four (4) will be charged $15.00 for Residents and $16.00 for Non-residents.
FREE DAY AT THE POOL: Come and check out what Centennial Pool-Plex has to offer by attending our annual FREE DAY AT THE POOL on Saturday, May 28th.  Bring the whole family for a free day of fun at Centennial Pool-Plex.

 
 
 

Street Flicks

Street Flicks -  The Karate Kid

Come out and enjoy a free movie in Downtown Blue Springs on Friday, June 24th! Bring your family and friends to the Blue Springs Street Flicks located between 12th and Main. It will be an enjoyable night with a little something for everyone! Co-sponsored with the Main Center Merchants and the Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department, we are excited to present the movie The Karate Kid. Activities for children will begin at 7:15 PM and the movie begins at dusk. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets, and get comfortable for a great relaxing evening.

Make plans for our upcoming free downtown Street Flick: How to Train Your Dragon - July 22nd.

 
 
 

Skateboard Competition

Skateboard Competition

Come out and enjoy the annual "Skate Park Competition" at Old Mill Park on Saturday, June 18th. The competition will start at 10:00am and end approximately 2:00pm.  The competition will have three levels:
1)  10 & under
2)  Intermediate (at least 18 months experience)
3)  Expert (two years or more experience)
The cost is only $10.00 per participant.  Prizes will be awarded, which will consist of skate boards, wheels, bearings, beanies and skate clothing. There also will be a product toss at the end of the event. Skaters will be judged on time runs and best trick.  There will be only 20 spots available at each level.  During the event, helmets will be required along with signed waivers.  This event continues to do well, especially with the help or our sponsors, Elks 2509 of Blue Springs.  During the event, there will be music and concessions.  I encourage people of Blue Springs to stop by and watch the excitement and see the skaters perform their different tricks.
Pre-registrations are recommended.  Contact the Parks & Recreation Office, 228-0137.  

Waiver Form......

 
 
 

Night Bike Ride, June 14th

Night Bike Ride

Experience a truly unique group night bike ride through the streets of Blue Springs on Saturday, June 11th with a rain date of Saturday, June 18th.  Experienced cyclists of all ages are welcome and may choose between a 14 mile or 19 mile route.  Both will start at 11:30 pm at the Centennial Pool-Plex, 2401 NW Ashton Drive.  This is not a timed event so ride at your own pace.  Journey through downtown Blue Springs, the historic district, and out to Adams Dairy Parkway.  The roads will be marked and police officials will monitor the busy intersections with volunteers at most of the turn points.
Pre-registration ends June 1, 2011; the cost is $20 per cyclist.  Registration after June 1 will cost $25 and does not guarantee a T-shirt. Contact the Parks & Recreation Department or The Bike Stop Bicycle Store for an entry form.  Front lights, tail lights, and helmets are required.  Music, snacks and beverages as well as prizes donated by area merchants await registered participants at the end of the route. Proceeds benefit bike trails in Blue Springs.
Preregister with Parks & Recreation, by phone with Visa, Discover, or Master Card, on line at www.bluespringsgov.com, by mail or in person at City Hall, 903 W. Main Street.  Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  For additional information call the Parks & Recreation office at 228-0137.
Map and Event Brochure.....

 
 
 

Music in the Park

Music in the Park

Our 15 week long free park concert series starts Memorial Weekend May 29th. 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:  1st MidAmerica Credit Union, MDonalds of Blue Springs, McCarthy Blue Springs Nissan, Blue Springs & Lake Lotawana Optimists and The Examiner Newspaper.  
May 29th - Krazy Kats, 50's & 60's,

presented by Zuvers Real Estate Services of Blue Springs
June 5th, 4-6 pm  - Rain Dogs, Bluegrass/Blues/Folk,

presented by Cavanuagh Pet Hospital

June 5th, 6:30-8:30 pm  - David Mayfield Parade, Americana,

presented by Fletcher's J Bar S Western Wear
June 12th  - Southbound, Variety,

presented by Blue Springs Elks 2509
June 19th  - BluzBenderz, Blues,

presented by Tandem Paving
June 26th  - Elsea Smith Band, Blues & Rock, 

presented by Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce   


For a complete list of summer concerts........

 
 
 

Mad Science

Bits and Pieces

- Line Dance & Social Dance

- Beginner Jazz Dance

- RAD Training

- Youth Tennis Lessons

- 50+ Day Trips

-Kids on the Rock Climbing Camp

-Crazy Chemistry

- Facility Rental Opportunities

More Information.....

 
 
 

Easter Eggs-travaganza

Photos of the
Month

May Photos.....

 
 
 

Health and Fitness Tip

EAT LOCALLY - It's true, you don't have a lot of time to grocery shop and the food you buy needs to provide the biggest nutritional bang for your buck. Eating locally and seasonally is the best way to ensure you are cooking with nutrient-dense ingredients. Foods that are imported from other countries or trucked in from across the nation lose their vitamins and minerals along the way. Visiting your local farmers market or co-op will not only improve your diet, it will also leave a smaller carbon footprint on the environment. To further support your farming community and feed your family well, buy grass-fed meats and poultry from local farming families.

 
 
 

Quote to Live By

"Play for grown people is recreation-the renewal of life; for children it is growth-the gaining of life."
                                              -Joseph Lee

 
 
 

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

- Grounds Park

- Discount Summer Swim Pool Passes

- Street Flicks

- Skatepark Competition

- Night Bike Ride

- Music in the Park

- Bits and Pieces

- Photos of the Month

- Health & Fitness Tip

- Quote to Live By

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