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5-Year Dedicated Parks Maintenance Sales Tax Initiative
Helping Oak Grove
Helping Oak Grove
Blue Springs School District Recognition
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 St. Pat's Day Parade
40th Annual 'Shortest and Smallest' 
St. Patrick's Day Parade
Friday, March 17
The Soda Fountain
1112 W Main Street 

The parade route starts at the Soda Fountain and ends across the street to the Keg.  Pre-parade festivities begin at 8 a.m. with coffee and donuts.  
 The Library's Future: Community Stakeholder Discussion

Thursday, March 30, 7-8 p.m.
Mid-Continent Public Library 
Blue Springs South Branch
2220 Highway 7

The Blue Springs South Branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library will be holding a community stakeholder meeting to gather resident input on increasing services, growing collections and improving many of the library's buildings. Please register for this event by clicking here.

The North Branch will hold a meeting on April 20. 
 Honoring Those Who Served
Thursday, March 30,  2 p.m.
Veterans Way Memorial
2715 Park Road

The Blue Springs Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, the City of Blue Springs and program partners will host a community-wide event honoring Vietnam Veterans  to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of the United States involvement in the Vietnam conflict on March 29, 1973. Vietnam veterans will be presented with a commemorative pin. 

 Let's Move! Saturdays
These events are free and open to the public, unless noted.

To view the entire winter schedule, click here

CrossFit Ceberus
200 NW 11th Street
March 11. 10-11 a.m.
Kids Yoga

Rink Ratz
513 SW Keystone Dr
March 11, 7-9 p.m.
Open Roller Skating

3713 Highway 40
March 18, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Inflatable Activities (Clean socks required)

Blue Springs Family YMCA
1300 Adams Dairy Pkwy
March 18, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Open Swim with adult photo ID.  Kids 5 and under must have parent in the pool. Parents must supervise kids for the duration of the event. 
City of Blue SpringsNews Happenings
Around Town
A bi-weekly message from your Blue Springs Mayor and City Council
Hello and welcome to News Happenings Around Town, your on e-stop source for city information and news updates including information that's im portant to you.
As you may be aware, our neighbors in Oak Grove, Missouri were recently hit by a tornado. Thankfully no lives were taken but they have a long road of recovery ahead.  Please read this edition to learn how your help can be most effective in their time of need. 

I also encourage each of you to keep reading to learn about the 5-Year Dedicated Parks Maintenance Sales Tax Initiative that will be on your April ballots. I strongly believe that as a community we have the power to create an even better future for our City. 

As always, please continue sharing this timely publication and spreading the word about the good things in the City of Blue Springs. 
5-Year Dedicated 
Parks Maintenance Sales Tax Initiative

On Tuesday, April 4, Blue Springs voters will be asked if the City should impose a sales tax of one-half of one percent (1/2 of 1%) for five (5) years, for the purpose of providing funds for local parks for the City. 

The proposed 5-year dedicated parks maintenance sales tax initiative will be funded by residents and non-residents making retail purchases in Blue Springs.  The ½ cent sales tax adds 25 cents for every $50 spent in Blue Springs and would raise approximately $3 million dollars annually.

Please view this short video for more information about this sales tax initiative and how it will affect Blue Springs. You can also see more details on our website by clicking here. 
Helping Oak Grove

Earlier this week residents in the neighboring city of Oak Grove, Missouri were hit by an E-3 Tornado which damaged over 500 homes.  If you would like to help, you can drop off donation items at:

Blue Springs 
Community Services League 
200 SW 10th Street, Blue Springs from 9 a.m. to Noon, Mondays and Wednesdays 

Independence Community Services League

404 N Noland Road from 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m., Mon.-Fri.

Grain Valley 
Community Services League
207 W Walnut Street, Grain Valley from 9 a.m. to Noon; 1-4 p.m. on Wednesdays. 

Anyone wishing to volunteer is asked to do so through the United Way of Greater Kansas City by visitin g o r calling 2-1-1. Volunteers are asked to check in before their pre-scheduled time slot at the New Life Church located at 801 SW 1st Street, Oak Grove, Mo.
Yard Waste Collection Extended Hours

37910 E Pink Hill Road
Oak Grove, MO 64075

Monday - Friday 
7 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Saturday & Sunday 
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Due to recent events, the collection center has opened early with the support of county and city associates from Blue Springs and Grain Valley who have volunteered their time to help their neighbors.

These extended hours will be available to all Jackson County residents until Sunday, March 19. The Yard Waste Collection Center will be free for all county residents with identification.

Recycled limbs and leaves will be accepted in paper lawn and leave bags. Items not accepted aluminum can, glass, hazardous waste, metal, plastic bottles, tires or trash. For more information,  click here.

Blue Springs School District Recognition

In late February, three Blue Springs School District schools were ranked in the top 25 public elementary schools by the Niche company. There were 341 public schools included in the assessment and each school was evaluated based on the district, culture & diversity, academics and teachers. 

Congratulations to the following schools:

Lucy Franklin Elementary

William Bryant Elementary 

William Yates Elementary

I am proud of the students and staff who continue to make Blue Springs a great place to live and learn! 
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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 of 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.