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Parks & Recreation

February 2012

Issue: # 2


Walking trail at Rotary Park

Add a Little Spring to Your Life

We are planning activities and events to help you stay active and fit this winter. Take this time to prepare for spring and be ready when it arrives, it's just around the corner.


In This Issue

From the Director

Valentine Dance

Transportation Service

Winter Activity Guide

Centennial Pool Under New Management

Bits and Pieces

Photos of the Month

From the DirectorDennis Dovel

By Dennis Dovel

Blue Springs Parks and Recreation Department is as diverse as the community it serves. As in so many other aspects of life, the key to running a successful department is having the ability to strike a balance between young and old, tradition and innovation, and the needs of one versus the needs of the community. Keeping this in mind, we will continually strive to honor the past while embracing the challenges of the future, and to serve an entire community while maintaining meaningful connections with individual participants.

Blue SpringsParks and Recreation has a long standing reputation for providing the citizens of Blue Springs with quality park facilities, trails and programs. As I start my tenure as the Director of Parks, Recreation, Building and Grounds for Blue Springs, I do so with a passion to advance the department and expand on the tradition established. We will continue to work with our residents, council, park commissioners and city staff to determine what improvements will not only further the department, but the city as a whole. 

Read more.....


Daddy/Daughter and Mother/Son Valentine Dance

Friday, February 10 &

Saturday, February 11th

February is Valentine's month and love and affection is blooming at Vesper Hall.  Mothers and sons are kicking off the month of love with a Valentine Dance on Friday, February 10th and fathers and daughters follow on Saturday, February 11th, from 6:30 - 9:00 pm.  Boys and girls ages 4 and older, along with their mothers and fathers, are invited to an evening of entertainment, DJ music, dancing, and a catered full-course dinner.  Professional pictures to commemorate the event will be available for an additional cost. 

This special event will be held at Vesper Hall, 400 NW Vesper Street.  Doors open at 6:00 pm.  The cost is $20.00 per person.  Deadline for registration is February 6th, so call 228-0137 to register today.  There is a maximum of 60 couples per night.


Transportation Service

Transportation service is provided within the city limits of Blue Springs on Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  This service is available to Blue Springs residents with a disability or for those age 60 years of age or older.   Popular destinations are grocery stores, shopping centers, beauty shops, food pantries, doctor appointments and restaurants.  Cost for this service is $3.00 for each one-way ride. 

Transportation is also available to and from Vesper Hall, Monday - Friday at no cost.  Pickup is usually between 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. with a return time between 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Transportation is provided by OATS.  To make an appointment for either of these options call 816-380-7433 (OATS Transportation) at least one day in advance. 


Winter/Spring  Activity Guide

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!

Daily operations of the Centennial Pool-Plex are now 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...


Bits and Pieces

  • Daddy/Daughter & Mother/Son Valentine Dance
  • Rock Climbing
  • Introduction to Martial Arts
  • Watercolor Painting
  • Ceramics for Kids
  • Fencing
  • Knitting
  • Aqua Aerobics, Swimnastics,& Therapeutic Swim
  • Recycling Center at Pink Hill Park
  • Facility Rental Opportunities

More Information.....


Photos of the MonthChili Dog Dinner

January Photos


Quote to Live By :

"To enjoy the glow of good health, you must execise."

Gene Tunney


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

Mother/Son Valentine Dance

Daddy/Daughter Valentine Dance

Indoor Garage Sale

Hot Shot Contest

Blather, Blarney & Balderdash 

Blather,Blarney & Balderdash

March 9-10 and 15-17

7:30 p.m.

March 11 & 18

2:00 p.m.

Blue Springs High School Auditorium

2000 NW Ashton Dr.

$8 Adults

$7 children 12 & under & seniors 65 and over


Featured Links

Activity Guide

Register for Programs

Park & Recreation Web site

Past Newsletters

Adams Pointe 
Golf Club