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Corks & Canvas
Events Around Town
July 4th Celebration
New Park Ordinances
Development Update
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 Summer Camp

  June 3 - August 2

Baumgardener Park

2401 NW Ashton Drive


 Calling all kids ages 5-12! Join us for summer camp!  There is still time to enroll campers for summer time fun!  To see Summer Camp photos, click here.

Campers will go on safaris, play fun games, conduct exciting science experiments, explore nature, try out new sports and make new friends. Campers can be registered for individual weeks or for the entire summer.


For more information, click here or call (816) 028-0266.

 Veterans Way Memorial Donation 

Recently, the Blue Springs HyVee donated over $375 to the Veterans Way Memorial.  


I would like to say a big "THANK YOU!" to HyVee for their donation to bettering the Veterans Way Memorial.  If you haven't had a chance, I invite you to visit the memorial located in Pink Hill Park.

 Upcoming Blood Drives

blood drive

Community Blood Drive

July 8, noon to 4 p.m.

Public Safety Building

1100 SW Smith Street

Click here to register


Did you know that the Community Blood Center needs to collect 580 units of blood daily to meet the needs of area hospital patients? 


I urge you to help us with the upcoming Community Blood Drive.  Signing up is easy!  Click above to register online or call Kim Nakahodo at (816) 655-0497.

 Alex's Lemonade Stand a Huge Success!

Wow!  I am always amazed at the generosity of the Blue Springs Community.  This year, the Blue Springs Alex's Lemonade Stand raised over $14,000!!


I want to thank everyone that stopped by the Blue Spring HyVee or volunteered for this amazing organization.


I had a great time meeting this year's childhood cancer hero, Cooper Gray. Cooper is an amazing kid and he will be in my thoughts and prayers as he progresses through his treatment.


I look forward to a day that childhood cancer is eradicated from our world.  To learn more about Alex's Lemonade Stand, click here.


Upcoming Events

Farmers Market

 Saturday, June 22

Saturday, June 29


concert at the park

Music in the Park Concert Series

Rotary Park at Railroad Lake


 Sunday, June 23, 6-8 p.m.

Knuckle Busters


Join us as the Elsea Smith Band (Blues/Rock) takes the stage.  Presented by Lamar's Donuts.


Sunday, June 30, 6-8 p.m.

Tracy Allison & The Drive


Join us as Tracy Allison & The Drive (Country) takes the stage.  Presented by Fletcher's J Bar S Western Wear.




 Street Flick - A Shark Tale


Cosponsored with the downtown area merchants, Blue Springs Parks & Recreation presents a unique outdoor movie night in historic downtown Blue Springs.  

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets, and get comfortable for a relaxing evening.


Missouri State Senator Will Kraus

Town Hall Meeting

June 27, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Mid-Continent Public Library, South Branch
2220 S Highway 7


Join Missouri Senator Will Kraus for a Town Hall Meeting to hear a recap of activities in Jeff City followed by a question and answer session.

 Let's Move! Saturdays!

  Title Boxing
1821 SW Highway 7
June 22, 10-11 a.m.
Fitness activities for kids ages 8 an up.  Signed waivers are required.

   Blue Springs Family YMCA
June 29, noon to 3 p.m.
Join us for open swimming.
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This summer shaping up to be wet and stormy, then beautiful, and finally hot.  We have seen quite a bit of severe weather around the country and I just want to remind everyone to sign up for CodeRED if they have not already done so.  This free service will alert you when severe weather is in our area.  To sign up for CodeRED, click here.


There are many events happening here in Blue Springs in the next few weeks!  This Saturday from 2-8 p.m. in Downtown Blue Springs is the third annual Corks & Canvas event and the City's annual fireworks display is Thursday, July 4 at Peve Stadium with a special concert sponsored by Country 94.1 KFKF-FM!


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.

Corks & Canvas 

Join Downtown Alive! for an afternoon of strolling, wine tasting and art viewing in Downtown Blue Springs. This event features live music, downtown merchants, restaurants and area food trucks. This event is free and open to the public; wine samples for guests 21 years of age and older.

Events Around Town


Harley Davidson 15th Anniversary Celebration

On June 14, I along with the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce helped Blue Springs Harley Davidson kick off their 15th Anniversary Party!  We really appreciate Blue Springs Harley Davidson calling our city home and I can't wait to help them celebrate more anniversary parties to come!




Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament

Speaking of the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce, the First Lady Eloise joined me for an afternoon of golf at the 28th Annual Chamber Golf Tournament on June 6 at Adams Pointe Golf Club.  


The Adams Pointe Golf Club features a unique layout, skillfully carved out of natural landscape and, I might add, superior playing conditions!  For more information about the Golf Club, click here.



Blue Springs Kids Triathlon

Congratulations to all of the young athletes that participated in the Blue Springs Kids Triathlon on June 15!  More than 100 kids competed this year and each participant received a completion medal. 


To see the 2013 Kids Triathlon results, click here.  To see more photos from the Kids Triathlon, click here.  I would like to say thank you to all of the participants, volunteers and sponsors from this year's event.

July 4th Celebration

The fourth of July holiday means many things to many people.  For me, it's a time to honor those who have given their life so that we could have our freedom.  It's also a time for families to gather together and celebrate our independence.  This tradition also involves a very popular American pastime... fireworks.  



Hours of fireworks discharge within city limits are July 1-3, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and July 4, 10 a.m. to Midnight.  The Police Department will increase street patrol and law enforcement measures over the weekend to make sure residents are complying with the City's Fireworks Ordinance


New this year is a ban on Aerial Luminaries.  On May 6, 2013, the Blue Springs City Council unanimously approved a City ordinance banning the sale, distribution, possession and ignition of Aerial Luminaries, commonly known as Chinese Sky Lanterns, Sky Lanterns, Hawaii Lanterns, Flying Luminaries, etc.   This ordinance was recommended by the Public Safety Citizens' Advisory Board.


Aerial Luminaries are paper lanterns containing a small candle or other fuel that heats air inside of the lantern causing it to rise several hundred feet in the air and remain airborne until the heat source dissipates to the point that they descend.

I encourage you to "Be a Good Neighbor."  Being a Good Neighbor means being mindful of your Blue Springs neighbors, the environment and the appearance of our community - disposing of all debris after discharging fireworks. We need everyone's help to keep our community operating as a clean, safe and enjoyable place to live and celebrate. 


City's Fireworks Display 

I hope to see you at the City's Fireworks Display on Thursday, July 4 at Peve Stadium, 2000 NW Ashton Drive.  This year, we have quite the show lined up for you!  Country 94.1 KFKF-FM will be presenting Columbia Nashville recording artist Tyler Farr!!  6 Degrees West will kick off the free show at 7 p.m.  The fireworks display begins around 9:30 p.m.  This show is free and open to the public.

New Park Ordinances 


At the Monday, June 17 City Council Meeting, we approved several new park ordinances for the City of Blue Springs.  The following is a summary of some of the specific ordinances:


Section 900.020 - Hours

Parks shall be open from 6 a.m. until Midnight daily with the exception of Hidden Valley Sports Complex.


Section 900.030 - Speed Limit

The speed limit upon any roadway or in any parking lot within a City Park shall be 10 miles per hour.


Section 905.030 - Regulation of Trash

It is unlawful to dispose of personal trash in any park whether placed in a barrel, ground, lake stream, parking lot, etc. except for trash that is part of a park facility use.


Section 905.040 - Overnight Camping

Overnight camping is not allowed in any park without the written consent of the Parks and Recreation Department.


Section 905.050 - Solicitation, Sales and Commercial Use

No person shall sell or offer for sale or advertise any goods, merchandise or any product, service or other goods for commercial purpose.  As well, no one shall engage in the use a sports facility or park for the purpose of instruction for physical fitness or sports instruction which a fee is charged unless granted written permission from the Parks and Recreation Department.


Section 910.030 - Operation of Motor Vehicles in City Parks

No motor vehicle is to be operated in a park except upon designated drives, roads and parking lots unless authorized by the Parks and Recreation Department.


Section 910.040 - Operation of Self-propelled Vehicles within Public Parks and Upon City Property

It will be unlawful to operate motor scooters, motor bikes, motorcycles or any self propelled vehicle upon city property including trails except for roads and parking lots.  Vehicles required for handicapped assistance are exempt from this requirement.


Section 910.120 - Offenses Related to Sporting Events, Coaches, Parents, Spectators and Conduct

Conduct at sporting events by coaches, parents, spectators that result in the form of an outlined assault will now have basis for sentencing of monetary as well as imprisonment.  As well, Harassment of a sports official, player, parent or spectator for the purpose of frightening or disturbing is not tolerated and may be ground for arrest.


Section 910.150 - Smoking in Parks

Smoking of tobacco products is prohibited in all facilities and locations within a City Park except designated parking lots.


If you have any questions or concerns about the new or revised ordinances, call Parks & Recreation at (816) 228-0137.


Walmart Neighborhood Market

On June 12, I joined the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce to help cut the welcome ribbon at the new Walmart Neighborhood Market located at 1700 N Highway 7.


During the ceremony, store manager Lamar presented a check from the Walmart Foundation to our Central Jackson County Emergency Management Agency (CJCEMA) for $2,000 in support of our Community Emergency Response Team (CERT.)  This team is made up of local residents that have gone through special training in basic disaster response, fire safety, light search and rescue, and disaster medical operations.  This training is offered for free through CJCEMA.  If you would like to sign up, send Sgt. Allen Kintz an note by clicking here.


We welcome Walmart's new Neighborhood Market to the Blue Springs community and look forward to working with them in the future.




Woods Chapel Road Update

Phase 1 of the Woods Chapel Road project is really coming together nicely.  I am not sure if you have driven through the corridor lately, but crew have been working on landscaping and pavement markings.


Right now, crews are working on:

  • New signal light heads and wiring work continues on the stop lights along the corridor
  • Landscaping along the westbound I-70 off ramp
  • Decorative rock veneer on the retaining walls of the I-70 corridor
  • Asphalt surfacing on Woods Chapel Road from the South Outer Road to Castle Drive
  • Pavement marking on the new asphalt.
Notice:  Carl Felt Drive will be closed at Woods Chapel Road for over one month beginning July 1, weather permitting.  This will allow the reconstruction of the southbound lanes of Woods Chapel Road.  Traffic will be detoured onto 36th Street to the South Outer Road.  In conjunction with this closure, traffic will me moved from the west side of the bridge to the east side of the bridge.  When we make this change, the road narrows to only two lanes, which will increase congestion during peak periods.  We ask that if possible, motorists utilize Little Blue Parkway or Highway 7 for the next 6 weeks.

Please take caution as you move through this area as work crews may be making adjustments.  As always, please note the the speed limit along Woods Chapel Road has been reduced to 25 miles per hour and that fines will be doubled in the construction zone.  We want to ensure that is project is safe for both motorists and workers.


The Oaks at Woods Chapel Road (CVS)

Construction on the new CVS continues and the contractor is working on both the building and site infrastructure, including a new detention basin. 

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.