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Fall Fun Festival
Outstanding Citizen Award.
2015 Eastern Jackson County Municipal Challenge Winners
Blue Springs School District Update
Parks & Recreation: Relocation and Charter Membership
2015-16 Proposed City Budget
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Taste of Blue Springs

Saturday, September 12
4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Blue Springs High School Commons

Join the Blue Springs Historical society as they host the first Annual Taste of Blue Springs. You can enjoy a wide variety of delicious offerings from over 30 local restaurants with the purchase of a $10 ticket in advance and a $12 ticket at the door.

For more information, click here

St. Jude Dream Home Viewing
Saturday, September 12
121 S.W. Shores Drive
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Construction on the St. Jude Dream Home is complete and the public is welcome to view the home!
For more than 20 years, the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway has raised more than $290 million for treatment of young patients with catastrophic disease. To learn more about St. Jude, click here

I am pleased that Blue Springs has been chosen for the second year in a row by St. Jude  as a location for one of their Dream Homes. What an honor! 
Fall Yard Waste Recycling

As lawn work begins in preparation for the change of seasons, residents can recycle their grass clippings, leaves and tree limbs for a nominal fee at the nearby Eastern Jackson County Yard Waste Collection Center.
The facility is located at 37910 E. Pink Hill Road, Oak Grove, Missouri. You can drop off yard waste every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Payment can be made with a credit or debit card, no cash accepted. Proof of residency is required.
Another option is creating compost from your leaves and grass c lippings. For more information on getting started, click here . Be sure to follow all city Codes requirements for composting and call our Codes Department at (816) 220-4565 if you have questions.

Charging Station in Blue Springs
The Blue Springs Hy-Vee is home to one of the electric vehicle charging stations installed by Kansas City Power & Light Company (KCP&L). KCP&L has partnered with ChargePoint to provide more than 1,000 of these stations across the Greater Kansas City area.
These stations will provide free charging to plug-in vehicles for the first two years. Drivers can simply park in the designated EV charging spots and plug-in their vehicles while they shop.
C onstitution Week 

Meet a Royals Player 
Tuesday, September 8
11 a.m.
Plowboys BBQ
3111 S Missouri 7    
Come out to Plowboys BBQ as they host #47 Kansas City Royals pitcher Johnny Cueto!

 Johnny will not be able to sign autographs but the event is open to the public and attendees will have the chance to enter to win an autographed #47 Johnny Cueto.
 Let's Move! Saturdays!
  These events are free and open to the public, unless noted.

To view the entire spring/su mmer schedule,  click here.

Club 7 Fitness
1241 SW Highway 7
September 5, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Kids Fit Boot Camp, fitness activities, open gym for adults.

Rink Ratz
513  SW Keystone Drive
September 5, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Open roller skating

Thunder Dome Athletics
2505 SW Highway 20, Ste. C
September 12, 10-11 a.m.
Kids speed & agility clinic, ages 8+

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Around Town
A bi-weekly message from your Blue Springs Mayor and City Council
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.


City offices will be closed in observance of Labor Day on Monday, September 7. Our Public Safety staff will continue with normal operations and you can call (816) 225-0151 for non-emergency police services. 


The first scheduled City Council Meeting has been moved to the following Wednesday, September 9. It will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Municipal Annex located at 1304 W. Main Street. 


Keep reading to learn more about what's happening in Blue Springs including details about our annual Fall Fun Festival and options for fall recycling.


As always, please continue sharing this timely publication and spreading the word about the good things in the City of Blue Springs.

Fall Fun Festival
The Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce proudly presents the 46th annual Blue Springs Fall Fun Festival!
This street festival is FREE admission and is geared toward families, featuring a carnival, live performances, more than 280 traditional and unique vendors plus tasty food options!
Each year the Blue Springs Fall Fun Festival presents one of the largest parades in Eastern Jackson County and I will once again be riding along. This year's parade, themed "In the Spirit of Blue" , will be held on Saturday, Sept 19 at 10 a.m. with the route beginning on Vesper, over to 15th Street to Main to 10th then over to RD Mize where it ends.
For more information, contact the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce at (816) 229-8558.
I hope to see you there!
Outstanding Citizen Award
Photo by The Two McClouds Photography

I am proud to announce that the 2015 Truman Heartland Community Foundation Outstanding Citizen Award recipient is Blue Springs resident Linda Landahl Edison.

The Outstanding Citizen Award honors area citizens in our communities who, thanks to their service and charitable support, have made significant contributions to the places where we live and work. 
A Blue Springs residents for many years, Linda has proudly taught for the Blue Springs School District for 39 years and served the community as a member of the Park Commission for over 20 years. Her actions helped shape the Parks and Recreation Department, bringing positive change and constant improvement, including City bond initiatives and the Vesper Hall accreditation and re-accreditation processes.
Thank you again to Linda for her contributions. Her years of dedication have given others the chance to experience a more vibrant Blue Springs.
2015 Eastern Jackson County Municipal Challenge Winners

I am pleased to share that The City of Blue Springs brought home the trophy for the 2015 Eastern Jackson County Municipal Challenge!

This year's Challenge began in March and ended in August after more than ten competition style games among six neighboring municipalities including Grain Valley, Independence, Lee's Summit, Oak Grove, Pleasant Hill and Raytown. The plaque will be housed at City Hall until next year's competition.

Special thanks to our teammates from the City of Pleasant Hill who helped propel Team Blue Springs/Pleasant Hill to number one!
Blue Springs School District Update

Back On-Air

As the 2015-2016 school year begins, we can look forward to the students of Blue Springs High School and Blue Springs South returning on-air productions.  
JAG TV, a Blue Springs South production, is entering its sixth season and you can view their first episode for 2015-1 6 by clicking here.
Wildcat TV, of Blue Springs High School, has also started their school year and their fourth season a welcome to students that you can view by clicking here .
Both stations act as a hands-on learning experience for students for radio and television production while providing viewers with information about the community. 

Canned Food Drive

This week is Community Unity Week for the Blue Springs School District. This annual canned food drive will support the  Blue Springs Community Services League , an organization that aims to provide relief to our community members in need.

Parks & Recreation: Relocation and Charter Membership

The Administrative Offices of the Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department have relocated to our newly renovated Fieldhouse at 425 N.E. Mock Avenue.
Support for Water Services, Business Licensing and City Administration are still housed at City Hall. 

Parks' offices are open to the public and residents can come in person and speak with Parks representatives from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday Friday. 

Visitors can also sign-up for Charter Membership opportunities at the Fieldhouse until this Friday, September 5th. 

Parks Administration services offered out of the Fieldhouse include:

* Fieldhouse sign-up
* Class registration
* Purchase of season passes to regional amusement parks
* Friends of Parks information
* Shelter/gazebo rentals
* Recreation program information
You can also register online 24/7 by visiting
Once complete, the Fieldhouse will offer 76,000-square-feet of indoor recreational space including a state-of-the-art fitness center, group exercise and child watch options.
2015-16 Proposed City Budget

The 2015-16 Proposed Budget Manual was submitted to City Council on August 1.  This proposed budget, the City's current and past budgets can be viewed by clicking here .

The public hearing and first reading for the FY 2015-16 Budget will be on Sept. 9 and the second reading and approval will be on Sept. 23.

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.