News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Copper Thieves Strike Hidden Valley Park Softball Fields

clock May 17, 2011 12:07 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 W: www.bluespringsgov.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: May 16, 2011

CONTACT: Detective Jeremy Dickstein

Phone: 816.228.0261 or 816.214.7970

Email: jdickstein@bluespringsgov.com

Copper Thieves Strike Hidden Valley Park Softball Fields

Blue Springs, Mo. – On Monday, May 16, 2011, at about 9:00 a.m., City of Blue Springs Parks & Recreation employees discovered that sometime over the weekend of May 13th through May 16th copper thieves caused property damage and stole a substantial amount of copper wiring from Hidden Valley Park, 6500 NW Valleyview Road.

Blue Springs Parks & Recreation determined that the unknown suspect(s) pried open 26 light fixtures and stole the underground copper used to illuminate several softball fields and the parking lot. At this point, the cost to the City in property damage and stolen wiring is unknown, however is considered significant.

The Blue Springs Police Department Investigations Bureau is currently investigating the incident to attempt to identify and prosecute the individuals responsible. Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Sergeant Joe Fanara at 816-228-0153, Police Dispatch at 816-228-0151, or any Blue Springs Police Officer.

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Parks & Recreation Director announces retirement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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6th Annual Pooches on the Parkway set for May 15th

clock May 11, 2011 07:35 by author Jeff Quibell

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6th Annual Pooches on the Parkway!
Sunday, May 15th, 2011
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm
Wilbur Young Park

1200 SE Adams Dairy Parkway in Blue Springs

(adjacent to Blue Springs South High School)

Sponsorship & Vendor Opportunities Available

For more information go to http://www.ruffbluesprings.org/events


Add a Little Spring to Your Life–Parks & Rec Newsletter April 2011

clock March 28, 2011 13:11 by author Jeff Quibell
 

Add a

Little Spring to Your Life

Blue Springs

Parks & Recreation Department  Newsletter

Adams Pointe Golf

Think Spring! Think Green!

Adams Pointe Golf Course

club house.  Adams Pointe is a 18-hole

public course.  For tee times call

816-220-3673.

Newsletter - Vol 5, Issue 4

April 2011

 
 
 

Welcome 

It is time to start enjoying the long awaited warmer weather of spring and to begin thinking about the hot and sunny days of summer.  We hope that you enjoy what we have to offer you, your family and friends.  Please visit our web site at www.bluespringsgov.com/parks.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Roscoe Righter, Director

Arbor Walk Placed in Rotary Park

Our annual Arbor Day event will be held this year on April 23rd, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm in Shelter #1 at Rotary Park at Railroad Lake, on Vesper Street.  This is something our Department has been doing for many years with our goal to help educate our citizens on the right choice of trees for their yard, and how to care for those trees.  Blue Springs is proud of our urban forest, our street trees, and our landscapes.  We have been certified as a Tree City USA community for the past twenty-one years.  We received the Governor's Tree Scape Award in 1996.  We received the 2008 Roadside Excellence Award from the National Roadside Vegetation Management Association for our landscapes on public roads and streets.  Please drop by on March 23rd in Rotary Park if you have tree related questions or need information.

With this article I am very pleased to announce we are opening and dedicating a new park feature in Rotary Park at Railroad Lake, on April 23rd.  Through hard work and effort of our staff and an intern student, we have been successful in securing a $5,000.00 grant to create the first "Arbor Walk" in our park system. The grant from the Missouri Department of Conservation, Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) Grant is paying for the establishment of forty (40) trees with educational plaques to help educate our public on various native trees for your home or business. 

For more information......

 
 
 

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Summer Pool Pass Sales Begin in March,

15% Off

The best time to purchase your summer swimming season pass is in March.  Centennial Pool-Plex preseason pass discounts of up to 15% off, begins on March 1st.  During the month of April you can save 10%, and in the month of May through Memorial Day, 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 discounts:

Early Bird Discounts

Regular Price March -    April -    May

Resident

Family (4)*     $120.00           $102.00   108.00   114.00          

Resident

Individual        $ 70.00           $  59.50    63.00     66.50

Non-Resident

Family (4)*     $150.00           $127.50   135.00   142.50

Non-Resident

Individual        $ 95.00            $ 80.75    85.50     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.

Daily Admission Fees: Daily Open Swim is $5.00 for ages 4 and up. Twilight Open Swim (after 5:00 pm) is $3.50. Lap Swim is $3.00 and limited to swimmers 13 years and over. Youth ages 13 to 17 must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older. You can save 20% when buying an Admission Ticket Coupon Book (10-daily admission tickets @ $40.00 or 20 daily admission tickets @ $80.00).

 
 
 

Easter Mother and child

Easter
Egg-Stravaganza

Egg Hunt

The annual Easter Egg-stravaganza is Saturday, April 16, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. This free annual event is cosponsored with the Blue Springs Rotary Club. Activities include a train ride around the lake (sponsored by the Blue Springs Optimist Club), play structures, and face painting.  The egg  hunt begins at 11:00 am with four hunting areas: 2 & under, 3 & 4 year-olds, 5 & 6 year-olds and 7 & 8 year-olds. Bring cameras for personal photos with the Easter Bunny and the characters from The Wizard of Oz. Rotary Park at Railroad Lake is located east of 7 Highway on Vesper Street.  This event will be held rain or shine.

Click to view flyer.....

 
 
 

Family at Rotary Park

Community-Wide Family Week

April 17th - 23rd

It's called

"Putting Families First!"

It's an award winning program for honoring, encouraging,

promoting, supporting and building stronger families.

This year's theme is "Our Home is like a Disney Movie because..."

Family Week activities include:

Parks & Recreation Scavenger Hunt

Participants will be given a list of eight area parks with questions about something(s) in each park. The deadline to turn-in the completed entry form is April 22 (not a timed event). The returned entries will then be entered in a drawing. The first two entries drawn that are completed and correct will be declared the winners. $150 in cash prizes will be awarded. Contact the Parks & Recreation Department for rules and an entry form.

Family Photo Exhibit

Capture that special moment with your family spending time together and submit the photo to be exhibited at Vesper Hall during Family Week.  There will be a drawing for cash prizes for those submitting photos. Entries are due April 15.  Contact the Parks & Recreation Department for rules and an entry form.

Family Time Contest

Families complete an entry form for each 30 minutes they spend together in a family activity during the week. Entry forms can be picked up and deposited in a designated location at area businesses, including Blue Springs City Hall. At the end of family week, a drawing will be held from each location. The total prize value at each business is over $200. 

  •     "Family of the Year" Recognition and Dinner
  •     Art and Essay Contests
  •     City-wide entertainment, restaurant, and  business            specials for the family.

For more information about Family Week, go to www.jacksoncountyfamilyweek.org

 
 
 

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Your Guide to Parks and 

    Facilities

Have you ever wondered what parks and facilities are offered in Blue Springs?  Did you know that there are thirteen developed park areas that you can enjoy totaling 596 acres?  We have 18 park shelters and one gazebo, which, for a fee, may be reserved.  For reservations requiring a special condition or use a "Special Use Permit" is required to be filled out and approved. 

Besides shelters we have many other amenities to make your visits to our parks enjoyable.  Amenities such as barbeque grills, play equipment, walk/jog trails, horseshoe pits, skateboard parks, sand volleyball courts, tennis courts, streams, ponds, lakes and fishing to name a few of what is available.  We also have a 220 acre 18 hole Adams Pointe Golf Course as part of our park system.

To find out more information on all that we have to offer and the park locations, please open up the attached flyer titled "Your Guide to Parks and Facilities".  We hope that you are able to visit some, if not all, the parks and facilities in the Blue Springs. 

 
 
 

Blue Springs FIT

Community

Fitness Survey

Offered by

Blue Springs F.I.T.

Blue Springs F.I.T. (Families In Training) is a program designed to get the entire community excited about healthy lifestyle choices.  Blue Springs F.I.T. is focused on dealing with a variety of health issues including childhood obesity, as well as making Blue Springs a healthy and fit community in ways that are fun and simple to implement into everyday life.

Blue Springs F.I.T. is in need of your help in planning future fitness and health programs in Blue Springs.  A community Fitness Survey has been developed to aid gathering this important information.  They are asking that you help by taking this short Fitness Survey.

Your survey participation and responses are anonymous as they are tracked by a third party survey company.

Thank you for your help in making Blue Springs a better place in which to live.

Click here to take the Blue Springs F.I.T. Community Fitness Survey.....

 
 
 

Bits and Pieces

Tennis Racket

Tennis lessons held at Metro East Tennis Center

- Beginner & Beginner Plus Line

   Dances

- Social Dance

- Youth Tennis Lessons

- Pee-Wee Power Tennis Lessons

- Vesper Hall Programming

- Road Runners Day Trips

- Swimnastics Aerobics

- Therapeutic Swim

- Aqua-Aerobics

- Facility Rental Opportunities

More Information.....

 
 
 

Art Show

Photos

of the
Month

Fun Photos.....

 
 
 

Health and Fitness Tip

Jogging or Walking:  Both jogging and walking are GREAT ways to get fit.  Not only do they tone the muscles, relieve stress, create a healthier heart, and improve lung capability, they make you look wonderful, which in turns helps you get excited about doing other exercise for fitness.  Warm weather is here, get outside and enjoy a good jog or walk.

 
 
 

Quote to Live By

"Recreation is not only for the time.  Recreation is forever afterword.  Each person has his memory chest."

                    - Howard S. Braucher 

 
 
 

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

- Arbor Walk Placed in Rotary Park

- Summer Pool Pass Sales

- Easter Egg-stravaganza Egg Hunt

- Community-Wide Family Week

- Your Guide to Parks & Facilities

- Bits and Pieces

- Photos of the Month

- Health & Fitness Tip

- Quote to Live By

Quick Links

Activity Guide-Winter/Spring

Register for Programs Now

Parks & Recreation Web Site

Past Newsletters

Adams Pointe Golf Club Web Site


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Contact Information

Parks & Recreation Department 

903 W Main Street

Blue Springs, MO 64015

816-228-0137

www.bluespringsgov.com/parks

 


Just a reminder that this is the last week to register for the Blue Springs spring softball program

clock March 14, 2011 12:18 by author Jeff Quibell

News from the City of Blue Springs

 
 

CITY OF BLUE SPRINGS, MISSOURI
PARKS & RECREATION

903 W Main Street Blue Springs, MO 64015 |  P: 816.228.0137 |  F: 816.228.7592 | 
W: www.bluespringsgov.com/parks

Just a reminder that this is the last week to register for the spring softball program.  Attached is league information and registration form.  Registration can be taken over the phone with Visa, Discover or MasterCard at 816-228-0137 or fax your registration information to 816-228-7592.  Leagues are filling up fast, so call today!
http://www.bluespringsgov.com/DocumentView.aspx?DID=2006.
For questions or more information, call Parks and Recreation at (816) 228-0137.

 

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

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

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CITY OF BLUE SPRINGS, MISSOURI

MEDIA ADVISORY

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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: March 6, 2011

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

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

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

Health and Human Services (HHS)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1) Help parents make healthy family choices;

2) Create healthy schools;

3) Provide access to healthy and affordable food; and

4) Promote physical activity.

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

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

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Responsible Unleashed Fun for Fido host the 3rd Annual Chili Dog Dinner & Silent Auction on January 15, 2011

clock January 10, 2011 10:41 by author Jeff Quibell

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3rd Annual Chili Dog Dinner & Silent Auction, Saturday January 15th, 2011.

5:00-7:00 pm at Vesper Hall, 400 NW Vesper St.

Adults:  $7.00       Children:  $4.00    3 and under are free

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Dinner includes:

Chili and chili dogs with a variety of toppings, Beverage (iced tea, coffee or lemonade) & Dessert


Annual Lighting of Mayor’s Christmas Tree, December 7

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

City of Blue Springs Press Release

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Newsletter–December 2010

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

Add a

Little Spring to Your Life

Best Wishes

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

Newsletter - Vol 4, Issue 11

December, 2010

 
 
 

Welcome 

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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Roscoe Righter, DirectorDoes Playing Really

       Have Any Value?

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

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

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

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

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

 
 
 

Rented Christmas: The Musical

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

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

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

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

Phone: (816) 228-5806
Website: www.bluespringscitytheatre.com
E-Mail: carpentercage@comcast.net

 
 
 

Crown Center

Holiday Lights

Bus Tour

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

 
 
 

Breakfast with Santa

Breakfast with Santa

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

 
 
 

Mayaor's Christmas Tree Lighting

Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting

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

 
 
 

Holiday Displays are Homegrown Creativity

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

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

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

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

 
 
 

Bits and Pieces

-Free Holiday Christmas Luncheon for Seniors

-Free Holiday Christmas Brunch for Seniors

-Candy Creations for Kids:  Candy Santa

-Letters from Santa's Elves

-American Heartland Theatre: Plaid Tidings

-Chipping of the Green, Christmas Tree Recycling Program

-Online Program Registration

-Theme Park Tickets are Available

-Recycling Center at Pink Hill Park

-Facility Rental Opportunities

More Information.....

 
 
 

Boo-Springs Harvest Fest

Photos of the
Month

Halloween Fun Photos.....

 
 
 

Health and Fitness Tip

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

 
 
 

Quote to Live By

"The end of labor is to gain leisure."

                                    -Aristotle (384-322 BC)        

 
 
 

Mission Statement

"It is the mission of the

Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department

to serve the public's well-being by providing

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

of a comprehensive parks, recreation,

buildings and grounds system."

 
 
 

 

In This Issue

- Does Play Really Have Any Value?

- Rented Christmas: The Musical

- Holiday Lights Bus Tour

- Breakfast With Santa

- Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting

- Holiday Displays are Homegrown Creativity

- Bits and Pieces

- Photos of the Month

- Health & Fitness Tip

- Quote to Live By

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Park Commission Wednesday, November 3, 2010

clock November 3, 2010 10:15 by author Jeff Quibell

Meeting Notice

There will be a meeting of the Park Commission

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

6:00 pm

City Hall
East Conference Room
903 West Main
Blue Springs MO

For more information call the Parks Department at (816) 228-0137.
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