January 2012

Issue: # 1


Happy New Year

Happy New Year

The staff at  Parks & Recreation wishes you a very Happpy New Year. We look forward to working with you to take advantage of the opportunities and to meet the challenges ahead.


In This Issue

Winter Activity Guide

Centennial Pool Under New Management

Chipping of the Green

50-Plus Fitness & Wellness Week

Chili Dog Dinner

Youth Sports & Recreation Expo

Bits and Pieces

Photos of the Month

Winter/Spring  Activity Guide

JUST OUT:  The 2012 winter/spring issue of the Parks & Recreation of Blue Springs activity guide is now available. The 23 page activity guide has been mailed to every Blue Springs resident along with the City's Blue Springs Magazine. All 50-Plus activities and programs occurring at Vesper Hall Community Center are also included in the Parks & Recreation activity guide.

Please click on the activity guide cover above to see the many fun and exciting activities, services and facilities we have to offer during the next few months.


Centennial Pool Under

New Mangement

Centennial Pool-Plex

Meet Me At The Blue!

Beginning January 1, 2012 daily operations of the Centennial Pool-Plex will be managed by the Blue Springs School District. Bill Shalley is the new pool manager and has a long time affiliation with the Pool-Plex.

Registration for classes and events will take place at the Blue Springs High School, 2000 NW Ashton Drive, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or call 229-3459.

Find out more...


Chipping of the Green

Drop off your Christmas tree after the holidays at the designated area in Pink Hill Park's west parking lot. Only trees with tinsel and ornaments removed will be accepted.

Recycle Your Cardboard

Don't throw away all those Christmas boxes, recycle them. The recycling center is open on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to accept your cardboard boxes and other recyclables.

Find out more...


50-Plus Fitness and Wellness Week

Weight Room

Get fit in the New Year during our Fitness and Wellness Week at Vesper Hall Community Center!  All new visitors, ages 50 and over, can exercise for free.  New participants will receive free weight room passes that are good for the week of January 9th through January 13th.  Try the elliptical rider, the dual use strength machine, bicycles, treadmills, and/or free weights.  A regular month pass is $15.00, a regular day pass is $3.00 and a year pass is $120.00.  Try it all for free this one week!

Free exercise classes are available with a canned food donation during Fitness and Wellness Week.  Check out any drop-in exercise class in exchange for a can of food per class. All donations benefit the Midwest Foster Care Food Pantry. Classes include, Crosstrainer Aerobics, Stretching Exercise, Tai Chi, Yoga for Beginners and Beyond, as well as Wii Sports. Call Vesper Hall at 228-0181 for class dates and times.

Available during regular business hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8 am - 9 pm, Wednesday and Friday, 8 am - 5 pm.


It's For the Dogs - Chili Dog Dinner & Silent AuctionChili Dog Dinner

R.U.F.F. (Responsible Unleashed Fun for Fido) Blue Springs is holding a Chili Dog Dinner and Silent Auction on Saturday, January 21st from 5:30 - 7:00 pm at Vesper Hall, 400 NW Vesper Street. Come and feast on chili dogs with assorted toppings, desserts, and beverages. This will be lots of fun for the whole family with a live Deejay and entertainment included.  Other activities include a silent auction, door prizes, raffle drawings, and a demonstration by the Missouri Search & Rescue K-9 Unit. All proceeds benefit the Blue Springs off-leash dog park located in Gregory O. Grounds Park. Cost is $6.00 per adult and $4.00 per child 12 years of age and under. Children 3 years and under are free.

You can pre-register with Blue Springs Parks & Recreation, City Hall, 903 W Main Street, Blue Springs, MO 64015.  Call the Parks & Recreation Offices at 228-0238 for additional information.

More Information.....


Youth Sports & Recreation Expo

Youth Sports & Recreation ExpoThe Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department will be sponsoring the 20th Annual Youth Sports and Recreation Expo, Saturday, January 28th, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.  This event will be held at Adams Pointe Conference Center, 1400 NE Coronado Drive.  The Expo is a great opportunity for kids, parents, coaches and area residents to register for spring and summer programs. Some of the participating programs are baseball, softball, football, basketball, BMX, martial arts, gymnastics, fencing and there are a variety of activities and resources to learn about.  It also gives everyone involved with sports and recreation a chance to meet with the various representatives.  One of the biggest attractions is the appearance of T-Bones Mascot Sizzle and Chiefs KC Wolf.  We hope to see your family and friends out at Adams Pointe Conference Center enjoying this time saving and informative family event.  Don't miss this opportunity to see new products and to meet with the representatives of the various youth athletic organizations.


Bits and Pieces

  • Daddy/Daughter & Mother/Son Dance
  • Ballet & Jazz
  • Social Dance
  • Belly Dance
  • Aqua Aerobics, Swimnastics, & Therapeutic Swim
  • Vesper Hall New Years Eve Party
  • Chipping of the Green
  • Recycling Center
  • Facility Rental Opportunities

More Information.....


Photos of the MonthHoliday Exprss

December Photos


Quote to Live By :

"Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity."

John F. Kennedy


Our Mission:

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.


We hope you have found this issue informative. If you have questions about any of the articles from this issue, please email or call us at (816) 228-0137. We look forward to seeing you at some of the activities and programs we are offering this month. Go out and enjoy your parks. 


Blue Springs Parks and Recreation


Upcoming Events

50+ New Year's Eve Party

50+ Fitness & Wellness Week

Chili Dog Dinner

Youth Sports & Recreation Expo

50+ New Year's Eve Party 


December 31

7:30 - 11:30 p.m.

Vesper Hall

400 NW Vesper Street

$10 in advance

$15 at the door

Call 228-0181

Featured Links

Activity Guide

Register for Programs

Park & Recreation Web site

Past Newsletters

Adams Pointe 
Golf Club