News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Blue Springs Agriculture Science students planting flowers at Baumgardner Park

clock May 31, 2010 20:36 by author Jeff Quibell

IMG_4936 IMG_4939The Blue Springs Agriculture Science students have been working on planting flowers at Baumgardner Park. The class is a Landscape Design class, which is made up of Junior and Senior Ag Science/FFA members.










ATK Small Caliber Systems to present a $15,000 check to The Wall That Heals

clock May 28, 2010 14:27 by author Jeff Quibell

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – The City of Blue Springs, Blue Springs Public Art Commission, Blue Springs School District and area businesses and veterans’ organizations have formed a partnership to bring the traveling exhibition of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall to Pink Hill Park Thursday, Sept. 30 to Sunday, Oct. 3.  The exhibit will be free to the public and includes a special welcome home to all Vietnam War veterans. 
“This famous Vietnam memorial has inspired and healed many people. But not everyone can get to Washington, D.C. to see it. So, we’ve worked for many years to bring it here,” says Eleanor Frasier, chairman of the Public Art Commission. “We invite all Vietnam War veterans to come see The Wall That Heals, and all parents and children to participate in the events to learn about this painful time in America’s history.”

ATK, which operates the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant adjacent to Blue Springs, has agreed to be a lead partner for the event.  Mark Hissong, the vice president and general manager, will present a $15,000 check to Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross on Tuesday, June 1, in a special ceremony at 1 p.m. to launch the major fund drive for other sponsorships.  That event will be in front of Blue Springs City Hall, 903 W. Main Street.

“We are honored to be a lead partner in this historic event for our community of Blue Springs and for all Kansas City area Vietnam Veterans,” said Mark Hissong, of ATK Small Caliber Systems, the operator of the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant. “This plant supported these soldiers with more than 14 billion rounds of ammunition during the conflict. As we continue to support today’s modern day war fighter, we’re proud to give Vietnam Veterans the welcome home they deserve.” 

“We are grateful to ATK for being one of the lead partners of The Wall That Heals event.  Blue Springs is fortunate to have excellent business partners to help bring this exhibit to our community,” said Mayor Carson Ross.

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

For more information, contact Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager at (816) 655-0497, visit the Web site, or Wall That Heals Blue Springs on Facebook.
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Blue Springs Centennial 50-meter outdoor pool closed for Memorial Day Weekend

clock May 28, 2010 14:26 by author Jeff Quibell

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – Due to mechanical problems, the 50-meter outdoor pool at the Blue Springs Centennial Pool Plex, 2401 NW Ashton Drive, will be not be open this Memorial Day Weekend.  The 25-yard indoor pool, outdoor wading pool and concession area will be open from 12:30-7 p.m. on Saturday, May 29, Sunday, May 30 and Monday, May 31.  Lounge chairs will be added to the concession and grass area for those wanting sun exposure.

The Centennial Pool Plex will be closed Tuesday, June 1 through Wednesday, June 2 while the Blue Springs RIV District Schools are in session. 
The Centennial Pool Plex will reopen for the summer session on Thursday, June 3 pending mechanical problems being resolved.  The summer operating hours for the Centennial Pool Plex are 12:30-7 p.m. daily.
For more information contact Steve Willman, Parks and Recreation Operations Manager at (816) 228-0237.
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Best Time to Purchase Your Summer Pool Pass is Now!

clock May 21, 2010 12:18 by author Jeff Quibell

Now is a Great Time to Purchase

Your Summer Centennial Pool Pass!

You know that it is going to get hot this summer and the Centennial Pool-Plex will be the place to be for your leisure fun.  By purchasing your pass before Memorial Day you will receive 5% off the purchase price.  Purchase your family summer pass by Memorial Day and also receive two free single day guest passes to take friends to the pool.  You will receive one free single day guest pass with each individual summer season pass purchased.

See the attached flyer to get more information on the Centennial Pool-Plex and how to save money purchasing your summer season pool passes.  

See you at the Pool.


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

Disk Golf Course to open May 22 at Wilbur Young Park

clock May 17, 2010 15:46 by author Jeff Quibell

Disk Golf Course to open May 22 at Wilbur Young Park

Blue Springs, Mo. – Blue Springs’ first disk golf course will officially open May 22 at Wilbur Young Park, 1100 SE Adams Dairy Parkway.

Based on traditional golf, disc golf is a fast-growing sport where players throw a flying disc into a metal basket with catch chains. The player that completes the course making the fewest number of throws of the disc wins. The discs are specially designed for various shots of the game – from drivers to mid-range discs to putters.

The Young Park Disc Golf Course is an 18-hole median length, technically difficult course.  The course is geared for both the family and more skilled players. Located in the woods of the north end of Wilbur Young Park, the course is challenging as players must maneuver their shots around trees and over water.

This course is free to the public and open daily from sun up to 10 p.m.  Blue Springs Parks and Recreation Department will host instructional clinics, lessons and tournaments annually.  Score cards can be downloaded from the City’s website at

Blue Springs received a $49,500 grant from the Land and Water Conservation Fund of the National Park Service and $6,500 from the Blue Springs Rotary Club for construction of the course; in addition the City Council approved $18,263 from City funds.  Dr. Brouse of the Blue Springs School District assisted in writing the grant application and the Kansas City Flying Disk Club assisted in the course and signage design.  The Building Trades class of Blue Springs High School helped construct the tee pads and the Boy Scouts of America Troop # 58 and Blue Elk District helped in the construction of a bridge and mulching the paths.  Parks Maintenance staff provided labor for general construction.  Special thanks goes to Blue Springs resident John Theiss, who volunteered countless hours in the planning and layout of the course and City of Blue Springs employee, Randy Cooper for coordinating volunteer efforts with the Boy Scouts of America.

The disc fling and unveiling of the entry sign will officially open the Wilbur Young Park Disk Golf Course at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 22, at Wilbur Young Park.  Souvenir disks will be given to attendees of the dedication.

The first tournament, “The Eastern Front” will be held Sunday, May 23.  The tournament is a double-round and each participant will get a special collector disc.  Check in is at 8:30 am with event beginning at 9:45. To register for the tournament or for information, visit or call (816) 471-3472 (Disc Golf World).  

For more information on this new facility, contact Roscoe Righter, Director of Parks and Recreation at (816) 228-0137 or email to


City’s Parks are a Great Asset

clock May 13, 2010 10:35 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs parks offer great diversity, with a variety of recreational opportunities for all ages. Located throughout the city, tucked into quiet neighborhoods as well as larger, sports-oriented parks, they are truly one of the treasures of Blue Springs.

Frequent exercise is beneficial for our health and mental wellbeing, and walking is a great choice. The Blue Springs parks system includes many walking trails. One of the newest is located at Gregory O Grounds Park at the northeast corner of the Adams Dairy Parkway and the I-70 interchange. This new paved walking trail is ten feet wide and encircles Lake Remembrance, and is a beautiful tree-lined trail, with excellent views of the lake. As you walk along the Eastern side, you pass one of the other popular features of this park, the Blue Springs Off-Leash Dog Park.

The dog park is resulted from the efforts of a small group of citizens who attended a leadership seminar hosted by StandUp Blue Springs in 2005. This group formed an organization called RUFF (Responsible Unleased Fun for Fido, which developed a relationship with the Blue Springs Parks department and set about the task of raising private funds to share in the cost of the development of the dog park. The city of Blue Springs provided the land, the parking lot and the clearing of the woods and brush, with support from RUFF for amenities such as water fountains, park benches, upgrades to the fencing, the dog wash area and the new small dog area recently added.

With the addition of the small dog area, the park now has two separate unleashed areas, one for average to large dogs and one for dogs that weigh less then 25lbs. This allows for better safety for the smaller dogs, and both areas include water fountains and park benches. You can access the larger park from the walking trail or from the parking lot on 20th street.

For the 5th year, RUFF will hold its main fundraiser, Pooches on the Parkway, at Wilbur Young Park near Blue Springs South High School on Sunday May 16th from 11am to 4pm. Funds raised at this event will be used to improve the pond attached to the park, providing better access and water quality for the dogs that enjoy swimming and exploring. A complete schedule of events and activities is available on the RUFF website. Please bring your 4-legged companions for a walk on the parkway to raise funds to improve this special asset in our city.

Wilbur Young Park also offers one of our newest park features in Blue Springs, a disc golf course. This 18 hole disc golf course will open later this month and will host its first tournament on May 23, 2010. You can find more information about the course and the tournament at You can find information about all of the parks Blue Springs has to offer on the city website at

Join us for Pooches on the Parkway – May 16 2010

clock May 5, 2010 09:19 by author Jeff Quibell


Free admission - Bring your dogs – Held rain or shine!

Sunday, May 16, 11 am to 4 pm Wilbur Young Park, 1100 SE Adams Dairy Parkway

(adjacent to Blue Springs South High School)

1, 2, & 3 Mile Fun Walk starts at 1 pm (fee required)

Dog Contests—Best Licker, 11:30 am; Flyball Demo, 3pm Costume, 12:30 pm; & Stupid Pet Tricks 2:30 pm. Sheep Herding Demos

Agility Clinic, 12 pm & 2 pm Doggie Speed Trap

Good Citizen Tests Dog Products & Services

Designated Off-Leash Dog Park Dog Adoptions

KC Disc Dogs Demo, 11 am & 2:15 pm Concessions available

Fun Walk fees include a commemorative T-shirt and hospitality packet. To pre-register & receive reduced fees for the walk and for additional information contact Blue Springs Parks & Recreation at (816) 228-0137 or go to the Parks & Recreation Web Page at


clip_image004 Watch as these dogs defy gravity and make amazing in-flight Frisbee catches. Time, 11:30 am & 2:15 pm.


This is a great new relay competition for dogs that is quickly gaining popularity across the country. Made of 4 dogs per team, watch as they race relay style, to the finish line. Time, 3:00 pm.


To enter the Fun Walk, Good Citizen Test, Agility Clinics or Dog­gie Speed Trap:

• Mail to: Blue Springs Parks & Recreation 903 West Main Street Blue Springs, MO 64015

• Register On-line at:

• In person at: Parks & Recreation City Hall, 903 West Main Street Hours are Monday—Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

• By phone with Visa, Discover, or MasterCard 816-228-0137

• On the day of the event: Wilbur Young Park, 1100 SE Adams Dairy Parkway

FUN WALK Bring your pooch along and choose between a one-mile, two-mile, or three-mile stroll down Adams Dairy Parkway. This walk will benefit pond improvements for 2010 at the Blue Springs off leash dog park. Entrants will receive a T-shirt and a “goodie bag.” (Those registering the day of the event are not guaranteed a shirt.)

The Fun Walk will start and end at the entrance to Wilbur Young Park. There will be water/rest stations along the way. The cost for the Dog Walk is $20 due by May 10, or $25 day of the event.

CANINE GOOD CITIZEN TEST If your dog has some basic training and good manners, he or she may be eligible for an award from the American Kennel Club. The C.G.C. Program is designed to reward dogs that have good manners. The program stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic manners for dogs. Dogs that pass receive a certificate (suitable for framing) from the AKC. Your dog must pass all 10 exercises ( to become a Canine Good Citizen. Rabies certificate is required. The cost is $4 in advance and $6 day of event.

AGILITY CLINICS No Experience Necessary! Here’s your chance to introduce your dog to all the fun they can have in this fast-paced sport. This 45­minute “hands- on” clinic will introduce you to the obstacles, rules, safety practices, and training techniques; everything you need for you and your dog to start in Agility! The cost is $8 in advance and $12 day of event.

Agility Clinic #1……………….12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Agility Clinic #2 ………….…… 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

DOGGIE SPEED TRAP This new fun event gives you the opportunity to see just how fast your dog can run. One dog handler will take the dog down a 30—40 foot enclosed run. Another handler calls the dog and as he runs, a speed gun is used to ‘clock’ his running speed. A “Speeding Ticket” will then be issued. This event will be on go­ing from 11:00 am—4:00 pm. Cost is $2.00

Entry Form Follows:


Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Newsletter – April 2010

clock March 30, 2010 11:55 by author Jeff Quibell

Add a

Little Spring to Your Life



Young Park shelter and playground is a perfect place to have a picnic.  Call us to see what other amenities are available to make your reservation a great success.

Newsletter - Vol 4, Issue 4

April 2010



It is time to start enjoying the long awaited warmer weather of spring and to begin thinking about the hot days of summer.  We hope that you enjoy what we have to offer you, your family and friends.


Parking Lot at Grounds Park Closed for Repairs

clock March 28, 2010 14:57 by author Jeff Quibell


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


DATE: March 26, 2010
CONTACT: Roscoe Righter, Parks & Recreation Director

Phone: 816.228.0187


Parking Lot at Grounds Park Closed for Repairs

Blue Springs Parks and Recreation Department will be closing the parking lot off Jefferson Street in Gregory O. Grounds Park for repairs.  Gregory O. Grounds Park is located in the northeast corner of Blue Springs, north of I-70 and east of Adams Dairy Parkway.  Work will begin Monday, March 29th and is scheduled to take two weeks depending on weather.  There will be no parking permitted in the lot during that time due to excavation and equipment on site.  The area along the lake shore between the lake and parking lot will also be off limits due to the construction and safety issues.  We apologize for this inconvenience and will work to complete the project as quickly as possible.

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