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Street Flicks
How to Train Your Dragon
Saturday, July 22
Activities begin at 7:15 p.m., movie begins at dusk
Downtown Blue Springs

This free event is something the whole family can enjoy!  Bring lawn chairs and blankets, get cozy and relax!

For more information, click here.

Music in the Park

Sunday, July 17
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Livy High (Alternative)
Rotary Park at Railroad Lake

Sunday, July 24
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Rail Dog (Blues & Rock)
Rotary Park at Railroad Lake


This free concert series features a different band every Sunday night. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and food or drink. Concessions are also available.  

To see the full concert schedule, click here.
National Night Out Against Crime
August 2
6-9 p.m.
11th & Smith Street
Downtown Blue Springs
Join us for the 13th annual National Night Out Against Crime!  
This event will have food, fun and great information on crime prevention.
For more information about this event, click here.

Public Art Crawl

July 15, 6-9 p.m.

The Crawl begins and ends at Vesper Hall

400 NW Vesper
Blue Springs, Missouri

10th & Main Street

Downtown Blue Springs


Join us as we celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the Public Art Commission!

The trolleys will be visiting 30 of the 36 public artworks displayed in Blue Springs. 

Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the Parks & Recreation counter in City Hall or by calling (816) 228-0137.  

Excessive Heat

We have opened Vesper Hall as a Cooling Center when a excessive heat warning for Jackson County is issued by the National Weather Service. 

Blue Springs residents can find refuge from the extreme heat at Vesper Hall during normal operating hours of Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday/Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

To see other Jackson County Cooling centers, click here or contact the United Way at 2-1-1 and receive a list of near-by cooling stations by providing your zip code.   

Community Paper Shredding Event

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July 30, 9-11 a.m.
10th & Main Street
Downtown Blue Springs


Bring your unwanted documents to this drive-up paper shredding event!  Residents are permitted up to four paper grocery bags of documents to be shred on-site.   

All paper collected will be recycled.    


This event is sponsored by the City of Blue Springs and the Blue Springs Solid Waste Management Commission in cooperation with the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce and Blue Springs Downtown Alive! group.   

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Around Town

A bi-weekly message from your Blue Springs Mayor and City Council
 Mayor Carson Ross
Hello and welcome to News Happenings Around Town, your one-stop source for City information and news updates, including those items most important to you.
I hope everyone had a safe and fun Fourth of July weekend.  If you missed the City's fireworks display, you can see the last 5 minutes by clicking here.  I want to thank those residents who were "Good Neighbors" and observed the hours that fireworks are legally allowed and disposed of the fireworks debris afterwards.  There is still time to be a "Good Neighbor" and properly dispose of fireworks debris if you have neglected to do so last weekend.


It has been very hot here in Blue Springs lately.  We opened Vesper Hall as a Cooling Center in response to the excessive heat warning for Jackson County issued by the National Weather Service.


Heat is the No. 1 weather-related killer.  Please be sure to pay special attention to senior citizens, young children, those with health or breathing problems and outdoor pets. 


The Music in the Park Concert series continues to be very popular.  Concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. at Rotary Park at Railroad Lake located at 500 NW Vesper.  These free event concerts series feature a different band every Sunday night from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  To see the complete 2011 concert lineup,  click here.


As always, please continue sharing this timely publication and spreading the word about what's good and going on in the City of Blue Springs.

Construction Around Town
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I want to give you an update on the 2008 Voter-Approved Bond Issues.  Construction is in full swing on the Colbern Road & Highway 7 intersection.  This project will widen Highway 7 adding turn lanes, center islands and provide signal improvements.  


For more information on the street improvements included in the Bond, click here.



Construction continues on the Sni-A-Bar Wastewater Treatment Facility and the expansion project is approximately 60 percent complete.

This expansion will help us meet new regulatory requirements and provide additional capacity for our City for the next 20 years.  This project is on track and is expected to be completed in Spring 2011.


For more information on the sewer improvements included in the Bond, click here.


There has been quite a bit of construction for new and existing businesses here in Blue Springs recently.  Here are a few photos to show the construction updates on these projects: 


 Jack in the Box

Jack in the Box at the intersection of Highway 7 and Mock Avenue. 



QuikTrip located just north of the I-70 interchange on Highway 7.



The new home of the HyVee store located at Highway 7 & Highway 40.



Ground has broken on the new Chick-fil-A located at the Adams Dairy Landing Shopping Center.



Lifestyle buildings at Adams Dairy Landing Shopping Center.

Let's Move! Update

Photos from the July 9 Let's Move! Summit. Special Guests included Representative Jeanie Lauer and Mayor Pro Tem Chris Lievsay.


































I want to give you a quick update on where Blue Spring is with the year-long Let's Move! Initiative.  StandUp Blue Springs has now facilitated four summits with over 100 residents to develop and implement innovative ideas for improving the health of the children throughout the community. 


On July 9 Citizen Summit, participants prioritized more than 150 ideas that were generated in the previous Citizen Summit.  Through a multi-voting approach the group narrowed the list to 8 initial project ideas. 


The project ideas are:

  • Community-wide fitness event 
  • Community Gardening
  • Expansion of the Blue Springs School District Back Snack program
  • Girls on the Run
  • Healthy Foods in Schools/Nutrition Classes in the Schools 
  • Let's Move! Saturdays
  • Livable Streets with Walking Trails
  • Let's Move! Signage/PR 

Summit participants were organized into Let's Move! Workgroups to plan and implement the 8 initial project ideas.  It's important to remember that these are just the first round of projects selected for the Let's Move! initiative.  As ideas are implemented, additional ideas from the list and new ideas will be addressed by the Let's Move! Workgroups.  


I encourage anyone who is interested in becoming involved in any or all of the project ideas to contact StandUp Blue Springs office by email or by calling (816) 478-4500.

Missouri Municipal League Quilt
MML Quilt


As many of you know, I am the President of the Missouri Municipal League.  Last week, Blue Springs hosted the traveling "Growing Our Communities Together" Quilt, commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Missouri Municipal League.

This queen-sized, custom designed quilt was on display in the lobby at City Hall.  The quilt was created by Thomas Farnam, a 32-year-old craftsman who lives in Creve Coeur, Mo.  The design represents two predominant and equally important landscapes within our state - urban and rural.

I hope you have found this issue of News Happenings Around Town to be both informative and timely for your City information needs. Is there anything we missed? Do you have questions about any of the articles from this issue? Share your thoughts with me and the City Council by calling City Hall at (816) 228-0110. Know that we truly value your time and support for our City and hope you join us for the next issue of News Happenings
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Carson Ross, Mayor
City of Blue Springs
The City of Blue Springs is a unique community where families, visitors and businesses share a special quality of life and an abundant spirit of community closeness and cooperation. 
Our number one goal is to ensure that our residents, visitors and patrons receive quality customer service and attention with every program and service the City provides. Just as you stand by a community that strives to meet your family's needs, we promise to do our best to meet these needs and anticipate what's best for you and our community, to the best of our ability.