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Blue Springs Parks & Recreation March Newsletter

clock February 23, 2010 11:43 by author Jeff Quibell

Add a

Little Spring to Your Life

Centennial Pool-Plex,
The warmer weather in March will bring colorful flowers like these in front of the Centennial Swimming Pool.

Newsletter - Vol 4, Issue 3

March 2010

Welcome

Spring is fast approaching and we hope that you will take advantage of the variety of programs, activities, services and facilities that we have for you, your family and friends.  Check out what we have to offer this month.

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Recycle your Christmas Tree at the Annual Chipping of the Green!

clock December 3, 2009 14:22 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: 816.228.0137 — F: 816.228.7592 — W: www.bluespringsgov.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: December 3, 2009

CONTACT: Steve Willman, Operations Manager

Phone: 816.228.0237, Cell: 816.935.2685

Email: swillman@bluespringsgov.com

20th Annual Chipping of the Green Christmas Tree Recyling Program

Beginning December 26th, the Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department will offer its annual “Chipping of the Green” Christmas Tree Recycling Program for the community. The program runs through Sunday, January 17th, and is free to individual residents that would like to dispose of their used Christmas trees in a safe and environmentally friendly manner. Commercial vendors may also participate for a nominal fee.

Residents may take their used tree, with all ornaments, tinsel and plastic wrapping removed, to Pink Hill Park, 2715 Park Road, located just west of 7 Highway, anytime daily from 8:00 am until 6:00 pm. Trees will be accepted for drop-off at the west parking lot, near the Park Maintenance Garage. Following the completion of the program, the trees will be chipped by departmental staff into fertilizer mulch for use with trees and plant beds throughout the park system.

Do make sure to remove all Christmas tree trimmings. Most trimmings – tinsel, lights, ornaments, and others are reusable. Trimmings left on the tree can contaminate mulch, pollute water, harm wildlife and cause litter problems.

Since 1990 the program has disposed of 25,482 trees.

For further information, contact the Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department at (816) 228-0137.

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.

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Holiday Home Decorating Contest

clock December 3, 2009 14:21 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: 816.228.0137 — F: 816.228.7592 — W: www.bluespringsgov.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: December 3, 2009

CONTACT: Pam Buck, Superintendent of Recreation

Phone: 816.228.0238, Cell: 816.645.0287

Email: pbuck@bluespringsgov.com

Holiday Home Decorating Contest

“Tis the Season” to decorate your home exterior for the Blue Springs Holiday Home contest. Do you or someone you know living in Blue Springs, go all out decorating their home and lawn with holiday lights, wreaths, and/or figurines? If so, nominate them for the new “Spirit of the Week” Holiday Decorating Contest. Each week, one home that displays extraordinary holiday spirit will be recognized. A picture of the winner will be displayed in the Blue Springs Examiner newspaper and on the Parks & Recreation Web site. Be on the lookout for the brightest and best decorated home in Blue Springs or enter your own home. The winning homes will be chosen on December 1, 8, 15, & 22. Contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 228-0137 to register your favorite pick of the season.

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.

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Holiday Express Train Comes to Blue Springs on December 14

clock December 3, 2009 14:19 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: 816.228.0137 — F: 816.228.7592 — W: www.bluespringsgov.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: December 3, 2009

CONTACT: Pam Buck, Superintendent of Recreation

Phone: 816.228.0238, Cell: 816.645.0287

Email: pbuck@bluespringsgov.com

Holiday Express Train

Santa will cruise into town on the Kansas City Southern Railroad Holiday Express Train on Monday, December 14 at approximately 4:00 pm. Board the train to visit Santa Claus and tour train cars with seasonal displays. Hot refreshments will be available and families will have the opportunity to come in from the cold and enjoy a host of activities in the nearby First Baptist Church Blue Springs Student Life Center at 1405 Main Street. All activities are FREE.

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.

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Parks & Recreation Newsletter September 2009

clock September 8, 2009 12:08 by author Jeff Quibell

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to Your Life

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Newsletter - Vol 3, Issue 8

September 2009

Welcome

Fall is just around the corner and school has started.   You would think that things would slow down in Parks & Recreation.  Not so.  We have lots of things planned to keep you and your family entertained during your leisure time.  Check out what we have to offer you.  We hope to see you in one of our programs, events or facilities. 

Director, Roscoe RighterPeople, Places and Progress -

Working the Plan

By Roscoe Righter

In the fall of 2007, the Parks & Recreation Department set out to create its third strategic plan. Two earlier plans were adopted in 1995 and 2000. We invited over sixty-five organizations, businesses, civic clubs, and citizens to develop the plan over three meetings. We had forty accept our invitation with an average attendance of around thirty per meeting. The end result was a report submitted to the Park Commission and City Council in March of 2008 for their adoption. The plan was entitled "People Places and Progress".

This volunteer committee reviewed and discussed the results from the 2007 Citizen Survey, data from the National Recreation and Park Association, information from the Missouri Park and Recreation Association, statistics and information from the City and Parks & Recreation Department, and statistics on nation wide trends.

Five topics were highly discussed, which where; (A) the need for an additional aquatic center, while maintaining and updating the current one, (B) the south and east parts of the community need more parkland, (C) there needs to be a recreation center to act as a central location for the community, (D) there is a desire for a performing arts center, and (E) trails need to be completed and connected to various resources.

Five official goals resulted from the planning process, which are; (A) build new and maintain current facilities to serve our growing community, (B) provide parks and open spaces that would meet the City's standards, (C) provide programming that meets the needs of all age groups and persons with special needs, (D) implement strategic plan with adequate resources, and (E) enhance and promote the image of the Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department. Each goal had from one to several objectives framed to help achieve the goal.

Read on for more information....

 
 
 

BBQ GrillBBQ Blaze-Off

The Blue Springs Barbeque Blaze-Off is a state championship barbeque contest that takes place annually the first weekend after Labor Day. The event hosts over 75 cooking teams, requires over 90 judges and attracts an ever growing crowd of spectators each year. A committee of volunteers works year round planning for this special weekend in September. The longtime contest slogan, "Good times, Good friends and Great barbeque!" reflects the committee's commitment to cooking teams, judges and everyone that comes out to experience the event. The 2009 Blaze-Off will be held Friday and Saturday, September 11-12, at Hidden Valley Park Sports Complex. Hidden Valley Park is located at 6500 NW Valley View Road in Blue Springs, MO.

This will be the 26th Annual Barbeque Blaze-Off. The first Blaze-Off was held in 1984 and hosted seven teams competing under the downtown water tower during the City's Fall Fun Festival. Since then, we have changed the contest date to precede the Fall Fun Festival, moved to an even larger location and grown to over 75 teams. Also, we continue to increase the opportunities for the general public to participate and enjoy the event.

$1 Buck-a-Bone tickets can be redeemed for food and beverages throughout the event. A beer garden is open both days and soft drinks and water are also available. Barbeque contest teams can sell their choice of food - samples, full meals, side dishes, dessert - priced at one or more Buck-a-Bone tickets. A portion of the proceeds from Buck-a-Bone ticket sales is also donated to Community Services League. The stage will be filled with local groups providing music Friday night and all day Saturday.

A charity salsa contest is open to the public on Saturday, September 12th. The public, as well as barbeque teams, can enter homemade salsa that is judged by anyone that purchases a $1.00 Buck-a-Bone ticket. An individual may purchase as many tickets (vote as many times) as they wish.

 
 
 

Renaissance FestivalRenaissance Festival Tickets Sold

We will once again, through the Missouri Park and Recreation Association Theme Park Ticket Program, be selling Kansas City Renaissance Festival tickets at a discounted price.  Adult tickets are sold for $13.00 each and children tickets are being sold for $7.00 each. 
What: 2009 Kansas City Renaissance Festival gates are awaiting to open for the 33rd 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 5 thru October 18. The Front Gate ceremony begins at 9:45 am. Gates are open from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm, rain or shine.
Where: Fifteen minutes and five hundred years from downtown Kansas City. 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. 

 
 
 

Fall Parks & Recreation

Activity Guide

JUST OUT:  The fall issue of the Parks & Recreation of Blue Springs activity guide is now available. The 24 page activity guide is being mailed to every Blue Springs resident as an insert of the city's Blue Springs Magazine. The activity guide will inform you of our many fun and exciting activities, services and facilities that we have to offer.

Please check us out.

 
 
 

Dedicate a TreeDedicate a Tree Program

Mid September through October are great months to plant trees.  We offer a "Dedicate a Tree Program" which allows an individual or group to purchase a tree of their choice and then "dedicate" that tree in honor of an individual or group for planting at their favorite Blue Springs park site.  A personalized "Dedicate a Tree" certificate will be provided, as well as the tree being tagged with dedication information.  Selected tree species must be chosen from a preferred tree list and must meet the landscaping needs of the chosen park site.  

Attached is a "Dedicate a Tree" application form and information.

 
 
 

Fishing DockImprovements to Gregory O. Grounds Park

This park has seen the majority of our system wide improvements this summer with several projects being completed.  A portion of the shoreline that had eroded has been restored.  An 80-foot long wooden bridge with custom steel hand/safety railing system now connects the east and west sides of the park. A 12' by 18' fishing dock has been installed on the east side of the lake through a cooperative project with the Missouri Department of Conservation.  July 2 marked the addition of a small dog park just north of the existing dog park.  A ten foot wide, 1.5 miles of asphalt trail now starts at the parking lot on Jefferson Street goes north where it connects to the restrooms, dog park, fishing dock and to the trail leading to Duncan road and the bridge.  It then crosses to the west side of the park and follows the shoreline around and connects to the sidewalk on the east side of Adams Dairy Parkway.  Still being worked on is the expansion to the dog park parking lot and repairs to the Jefferson Street parking lot are now taking place.
Lake Remembrance is now open for fishing.  Fishing regulations are posted, a Missouri fishing license is required and regulations are enforced by the Missouri Department of Conservation.  The lake is not open for boating or swimming at this time.

See what we have accomplished.

 
 
 

GOOD SPORTS: Parenting Tips

1.  Remember the games belong to the kids, and the top priority is to have fun.

2.  Let your kids take the lead in talking with their coaches when issues arise.

3.  Keep your own frustrations in check during tense moments at their games.

4.  Encourage your kids to play and try as many sports as they want, but be aware of burnout.

5.  A successful youth sports program depends on everyone in the community pitching in.

 
 
 

Adams Pointe Golf

Bits and Pieces

Blue Springs Car Cruise Nights

Dance Classes

Golf Tournaments at Adams Pointe

Storytime at Blue Springs Park

Theme Park Tickets are Available

Parks and Recreation Activity Guide

Vesper Hall "GoodTimes" Activity Guide

Facility Rental Opportunities

Details.....

 
 
 

Photos of the Month

Mud Volleyball Tournament

August Photos.....

 
 
 

Health and Fitness Tips:

Sports Injury, Before it's a Problem - Instead of taking an injury through rehabilitation after it is an injury, why not rehab before.  You can actually take preventative measures before you indulge in a sport or activity by ensuring you stretch properly.  This will help strengthen as well as stretch muscles, which in turn, helps reduce unnecessary injuries.

 
 
 

Quotes to Live By:

"The people who drive themselves further once the effort gets difficult are the ones who will win."

                                      Unknown

 
 
 

Mission Statement

"It is the mission of the Blue Springs

Parks & Recreation Department to serve the publics 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

- Renaissance Festival Tickets Sold

- Fall Activity Guide, Just Out

- Dedicate a Tree Program

- Improvements to Grounds Park

- Good Sports, Parenting Tips

- Bits and Pieces

- Photos of the Month

- Health and Fitness Tips

- Quotes to Live By

Quick Links

Register for Programs Now

Parks & Recreation

Web Site

Past Newsletters

Adams Pointe

Golf Club

Web Site

Join Our 

Mailing List /

Opt Out

Contact Information

Parks & Recreation Department 

903 W Main Street

Blue Springs. MO 64015

816-228-0137

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


BBQ Blaze Off on Sept 11 and 12 at Hidden Valley Park

clock September 8, 2009 12:06 by author Jeff Quibell

BBQ GrillBBQ Blaze-Off

The Blue Springs Barbeque Blaze-Off is a state championship barbeque contest that takes place annually the first weekend after Labor Day. The event hosts over 75 cooking teams, requires over 90 judges and attracts an ever growing crowd of spectators each year. A committee of volunteers works year round planning for this special weekend in September. The longtime contest slogan, "Good times, Good friends and Great barbeque!" reflects the committee's commitment to cooking teams, judges and everyone that comes out to experience the event. The 2009 Blaze-Off will be held Friday and Saturday, September 11-12, at Hidden Valley Park Sports Complex. Hidden Valley Park is located at 6500 NW Valley View Road in Blue Springs, MO.

This will be the 26th Annual Barbeque Blaze-Off. The first Blaze-Off was held in 1984 and hosted seven teams competing under the downtown water tower during the City's Fall Fun Festival. Since then, we have changed the contest date to precede the Fall Fun Festival, moved to an even larger location and grown to over 75 teams. Also, we continue to increase the opportunities for the general public to participate and enjoy the event.

$1 Buck-a-Bone tickets can be redeemed for food and beverages throughout the event. A beer garden is open both days and soft drinks and water are also available. Barbeque contest teams can sell their choice of food - samples, full meals, side dishes, dessert - priced at one or more Buck-a-Bone tickets. A portion of the proceeds from Buck-a-Bone ticket sales is also donated to Community Services League. The stage will be filled with local groups providing music Friday night and all day Saturday.

A charity salsa contest is open to the public on Saturday, September 12th. The public, as well as barbeque teams, can enter homemade salsa that is judged by anyone that purchases a $1.00 Buck-a-Bone ticket. An individual may purchase as many tickets (vote as many times) as they wish.


News from Blue Springs Parks & Recreation

clock August 2, 2009 09:56 by author Jeff Quibell

Please excuse the formatting below.  My blog site did not support the same formats as the newsletter!

Jeff Quibell

Add a Little Spring to Your Life

Old Mill Park

Newsletter - Vol 3, Issue 7

August 2009

Welcome

We are pleased to have the opportunity to inform you about some of the many programs and services we have to offer.  We hope that you are able to take part and enjoy some of them during your valuable leisure time.

Director, Roscoe RighterPark Maintenance

  - A Job Well Done

By Roscoe Righter

Blue Springs is known to have one of the best Parks & Recreation Departments in the metro area.  When our residents or visitors go to one of our parks, they generally will experience clean, safe, and attractive facilities.  Most people never give a thought to what it takes in the way of maintenance for our system to look or perform the way it does........

More Information.....

Volunteer BanquetVesper Hall Volunteers

Many individuals give back to their community but few give back to the extent of the volunteers at Vesper Hall. On June 24th, 176 volunteers were honored for their contributions to the older adult programs sponsored by the Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department. Volunteers and their guests were treated to appetizers, an awards ceremony, and entertainment by a popular 50's & 60's Retro Music Band, The Krazy Kats. Vesper Hall was decorated with the retro theme and some participants dressed in costumes from the 1950's through 1970's reflecting the 2009 "Lasting Memories" theme.  Our Vesper Hall volunteers have contributed hours totaling 12,422 during the last volunteer year. This reflects a grand total of 121,545 hours since Vesper Hall opened its doors in 1993.

For More Details....

Centennial PoolSummer Pool Hours  

   Shortened

 

With the Blue Springs School District scheduling to start school operations on Tuesday, August 18th, Centennial Pool-Plex will be closed weekdays while school is in session.  The closed days is also due to financial budget cuts due to the poor economy.  Closed weekday dates:  august 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 31, September 1, 2, 3 and 4.  On weekends the hours of operation will remain the same at 12:30 to 7:00 PM. Other programs and lessons will not be affected.

Starting August 10th the Blue Springs High School swim team will begin afternoon swim team practices at Centennial Pool. These practices will affect some areas to be closed to public use during summer open swimming times. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday's August 10th through 17th the swim team will have access to 1/2 of the indoor pool and outdoor pool from 2:45 to 5:00 PM. The public will have access to 3 lanes in the indoor pool and one diving board, 4 lanes in the outdoor pool with the two water slides and the wading pool during these periods.

End of Summer Schedule

The GiftThe Gift

By Bill Landrum,

Vesper Hall Volunteer 

"36"
That's a three, six!!
Thirty-six individuals, families and businesses have made donations to Vesper Hall this past year. Their gifts have funded many projects that, among other things, give light and sound to our members.The Gift

This issue of "the gift" says thank you to our friends.  We also invite you to consider one of the projects on the Gift Tree.........

More Information....

Your Guide to Parks

  and   Facilities

 

Have you ever wanted to know how many city parks are available in Blue Springs or where they are located?  How about how many shelters are available to rent, where are they, how many will they seat, are there grills, water or electricity available.  Are there nearby trails, ball fields, ponds or streams?  Maybe you would like to know where there are ball fields, basketball courts, tennis courts or playground equipment.  Answers to these questions and more are available in our publication titled "Your Guide to Parks and Facilities". 

Your Guide to Parks and Facilites

Bits and Pieces

Music in the Park Concert Series

Blue Springs Car Cruise Nights

Mighty Mud Volleyball Tournament

Dance Classes

Adams Pointe Golf Club Specials

Theme Park Tickets are Available

Parks and Recreation Activity Guide

Vesper Hall "GoodTimes" Activity Guide

Facility Rental Opportunities

Details on Bits and Pieces.....

Please Don't Feed the Geese Please, Do Not Feed the Geese

 

Caution: Feeding Waterfowl may be Harmful!

Regular feeding can cause dependency on people for food, conflicts with people and spread of disease. If you care for waterfowl, here's what you can do to help them retain their "wildness" and maintain their well-being. . . .

  • Stop feeding them!  They don't understand the problem..........  You do.
  • Learn more about waterfowl by visiting a library, nature center, State Wildlife Refuge. . . then teach others what you know.
  • Preserve the spirit of America by allowing waterfowl to stay wild ......observe and appreciate them from a distance.

Fun at Centennial Pool Photos of the Month

Wet fun at the Centennial

Pool-Plex.

July Photos.....

Health and Fitness Tips:

COOL DOWN:  Just as warming up for exercise is important, cooling down after exercise is just as important.  Once you have completed your workout, take five to 10 minutes to walk, or stretch to allow your body to cool down.  This is very important for the muscles and joints and for the heart and lung.

Quotes to Live By:

 

"Always leave enough time in your life for something that makes you happy, satisfied, even joyous.  That has more of an effect on your economic well-being then any other single factor."
-Paul Hawkens

 

Mission Statement

"It is the mission of the Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department to serve the publics 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

- Park Maintenance

- Vesper Hall Volunteers

- Pool Hours Shortened

- The Gift

- Your Guide to Parks and Facilities

- Bits and Pieces

- Do Not Feed the Geese

- Photos of the Month

- Health and Fitness Tips

- Quotes to Live By

Quick Links

Register Now

 

Parks & Recreation

Web Site

Past Newsletters

Adams Pointe Golf Club

Join Our Mailing List

/ Opt Out

 

Contact Information

 

Parks and Recreation Department 

903 W Main Street

Blue Springs. MO 64015

 

816-228-0137


Much to do in the summertime

clock June 17, 2009 20:25 by author Jeff Quibell

Concert in the Park 001 Concert in the Park 002 When I was growing up, my family often went for a Sunday afternoon drive. It gave us an opportunity to be together and to see what was happening in town. Recently Wanda and I went out for a drive to enjoy some quality time together and see what was happening in Blue Springs.

While downtown, we noticed where the farmers market sets up just south of Main on 11th each Saturday from 7 a.m. through noon. I know that sometimes we forget this wonderful resource in our community. It has a variety of produce grown by local farmers.
Starting this Friday, at 12th and Main, the city will sponsor free movies. Reminiscent of going to the drive-in movie, this event is an opportunity to get out with your family and enjoy a movie, compliments of Comcast and the Main Center Merchants of downtown Blue Springs. This week’s “Street Flick” will be “The Spiderwick Chronicles.” Activities such as face painting, games, and fun craft projects also are available, all beginning at 7:15 p.m.

Our Parks and Recreation Department also hosts free outdoor concerts on Sunday evenings at Rotary Park, sponsored by local businesses. The hills of the park will fill with our residents as they listen to the excellent musical entertainment.

The Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce is hosting the June 28 concert, showcasing some of our local businesses and providing free ice cream and cookies for the public. You can learn more about the concerts at www.bluespringsgov.com/parks or just drop by and join your neighbors each Sunday evening!

Recently Blue Springs announced that the annual fireworks display had been canceled. Those of you who are looking for an alternative fireworks display should consider attending the Sugar Creek display this year. The Heritage Philharmonic will be performing a selection of patriotic music during the fireworks. I will be playing my cello and hope to see you there!

On our tour of the city, we drove by the new Adams Dairy Landing Shopping Center. I recently learned that Target is scheduled to open on Oct. 11. The Target building is looking nearly complete, and the four-sided architecture is very nice. Although there hasn’t been a formal announcement, I also noticed a sign on the restaurant strip that would suggest that a Chipotle restaurant might be locating in the center along I-70. It is exciting to see so much opportunity in our city!


City Cancels Annual Fireworks Display

clock June 15, 2009 14:23 by author Jeff Quibell

News from the City of Blue Springs

CITY OF BLUE SPRINGS, MISSOURI
MEDIA ADVISORY

903 W Main Street Blue Springs, MO 64015 |  P: 816.228.0110 |  F: 816.228.7592 | 
W: www.bluespringsgov.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: June 15, 2009

CONTACT: Merideth Parrish, Public Information Officer

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.935.4176

Email: mparrish@bluespringsgov.com

City Cancels Annual Fireworks Display

Location and Budget Issues - Factors for Event Cancellation


Blue Springs, Mo. –
The City of Blue Springs recently announced that it will not hold its annual fireworks display for the 2009 Independence Holiday. Each year, the City hosts the free event for citizens of Blue Springs and surrounding communities at the Blue Springs High School Peve Football Stadium, on Independence Day (July 4).

Roscoe Righter, Director of Parks and Recreation said the decision to cancel this year’s fireworks display is two fold, citing “location and budget issues as two primary reasons for the cancellation.” Earlier this year, the Blue Springs School District successfully passed a bond issue for the expansion and structural improvements to several of its schools, including Blue Springs High School.

“The current fireworks display location at Blue Springs High School is and will be under construction throughout the summer, thus eliminating the parking, stadium and bleachers normally used for the July 4th exhibit,” said Righter.

“As this is a popular event for not only our immediate community, but throughout the entire metropolitan region, it was necessary to find a site suitable for accommodating such large numbers of people and to properly handle any parking, traffic and citizen safety issues. Unfortunately, no acceptable or safe alternative site was located for this year’s display.”

Recent financial trends were also part of the City’s decision to cancel the annual fireworks display. “Cancellation of the 2009 fireworks display also comes at a time when city staff and officials are carefully monitoring budget resources and looking for ways to trim line items in many areas” said City Administrator Eric Johnson.

“Although funds were allocated for this event and were preserved in the annual budget, foregoing the event this year will provide some immediate budget relief” said Johnson.

Administrator Johnson also stated that the City is appreciative of the support and cooperation shown by the Blue Springs School District in their history of working with the City to host its annual fireworks event. “We are certainly grateful for the relationship we’ve shared with the School District, and look forward to returning to Peve Stadium in 2010.”

Mayor Carson Ross said he is supportive of the City’s decision to cancel this year’s event, and encourages citizens to enjoy the Independence Day holiday through a variety of alternative resources offered both within and outside the City.

“As we have done every year, we will continue to promote the City’s annual Be a Good Neighbor Fireworks Education Campaign, which encourages citizens to purchase and discharge their own fireworks safely and responsibly within Blue Springs city limits” said Mayor Ross.

“We are one of few cities within the region that permits the discharge of fireworks within the City. While we are unable to produce a community-wide fireworks display for our citizens this year, we still want them to enjoy the celebration of the holiday here in Blue Springs.”

The following are some of the communities within the Kansas City Metropolitan area that are hosting fireworks displays, parades and other events that the public can attend this fourth of July:

1. Lee’s Summit - Legacy Blast

  • Where: Legacy Park. Enter through the south entrance of Legacy Park will open at 6:00pm & close at 9pm.
  • When: Saturday, July 4.
  • Guide Tip:  A free fireworks event choreographed to music. Food vendors, entertainers & inflatables will be on site before the fireworks For more info call LSPR at (816) 969-1500 

2.  Oak Grove - Celebrate Freedom and the 4th of July Fireworks

· Where: Webb Park

· When: Saturday, July 4th, Activities start at 6:00 pm, Fireworks sill start at 10:00 pm

  • Guide Tip: An event with several children's games, vendor booths, inflatable games, music, entertainment and fireworks out at Webb Park. Event co-sponsored by New Life Assembly of God and the Oak Grove Chamber of Commerce.

3.  KC Riverfest

  • Where: Berkley Park on the River between the Broadway and Paseo bridges.
  • When: Ongoing events July 3rd and 4th. Fireworks at 10pm, Friday.
  • Ticket Info: $5. Kids 12 and under are free.

4.  Parkville 4th of July Fireworks and Festival

· Where: English Landing Park, Parkville, Mo. Fireworks shot over Missouri River.

· Time: Approximately 9:30 pm

· Guide Tip: Shuttles are offered from 6pm-midnight to and from Park Hill South High School and Park University.

5.  Corporate Woods Star Spangled Spectacular

  • Where: Corporate Woods, I-435 and College Blvd @ 109th/Mastin.
  • Time: 9:30 pm

6.  Independence Fireworks Display at the Mormon Visitor Center

· Where: Mormon Visitor Center, 937 W. Walnut, Independence, Mo.

· Time: 9:30 pm

7.  Worlds of Fun

Worlds of Fun has one of the longest standing 4th of July celebrations in the metro. Watch fireworks
     from within the park or by parking close by. Event starts at 10pm.

8.  Booms and Blooms Fest at Powell Gardens

· Note: Booms and Blooms will be held July 3rd, 2009.

· Where: Powell Gardens, 1609 NW US HWY 50, Kingsville, MO, 64061

· When: July 3rd; Activities throughout the day, starting at 9am. Fireworks begin at dusk.  

9.  Smithville Marina Fireworks Display

Smithville Marina holds its annual festivities with a huge display shot off the Smithville dam. View at
     the marina, by boat, or at the Smith's Fork Park.

· Where: Smithville Lake, Smithville, MO. Smith Fork Park is located at 1601 DD Highway.

· When: Dusk, July 4th.

Residents can look for additional information regarding the Blue Springs Be a Good Neighbor Fireworks Education Campaign, to arrive in homes by June 29, 2009. Additional information can also be found at www.bluespringsgov.com/fireworks.

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4th Annual Pooches on the Parkway set for May 17, 2009

clock May 13, 2009 12:29 by author Jeff Quibell

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This fun event raises money for improvements at the Blue Springs off-leash dog park.  Bring your pooches on Sunday, May 17th from 11-4 at Young Park in Blue Springs. 1, 2, or 3 mile walk, pet related vendors, agility demonstrations and much more.  See our Events page for more details.