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Fieldhouse Membership Rates
Mayor's Medal of Valor
Masonic Cornerstone Ceremony
Helping You Open and Grow Your Business in Blue Springs
Dancing with the Chamber Stars
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National Public Works Week Celebration
Thursday, May 14
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Public Works Facility
500 S.E. Sunnyside School Road

Come out to celebrate the hardworking men and women of the Public Works Department  and learn how they maintain the city.
* Demonstrations
*Equipment Displays
*Face Painting
*Free Food
Attendees will have the chance to win prizes submitted from over 20 local and regional companies. 
For more information, contact the Public Works Department at 816-228-0195.
14th Annual Fallen Officer Memorial Service
  Fallen Officer Memorial Service
Friday, May 15, 3 p.m.
Municipal Annex
1304 W. Main Street

The Blue Springs Police Department will host its 14th annual "Fallen Officer" Memorial Service at the Municipal Annex  on 1304 W. Main Street.

 The event is part of the National Police Memorial Week, which officially runs from May 11-16.  In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. 


Please join us as we honor the Officers and their families who have given everything to keep us safe. 

Wounded Warriors Benefits Breakfast
 Benefit Breakfast
Saturday, May 23
8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Blue Springs Elks Lodge #2509
100 N.E. Brizendine

This event is to support those wounded in combat and is free to all guests with military ID or DD-214. Non military guests are asked to make a $5.00 donation.

This breakfast is being held at part of the 6th annual tour and it is focused on raising funds to provide mobility equipped vehicles for wounded vets by engaging communities and giving them a chance to show their support of military families. 

 All proceeds go to Wounded Warrior Family Support program. For more information about this program, click here.


 An equipped 2015 Ford Explorer will travel across 48 states and through 150 cities stopping to let the public sign the vehicle to show their support. 

The vehicle will be stopping in the Greater Kansas City area on May 21, 23, 24 and 25. Click here for more details. 

Upcoming Parks & Recreation Events   

Summer Day Camp

Reserve your child's spot today!


Kids ages 5-12 are invited to attend the 2015 Blue Springs Summer Day Camp. Activities include games, crafts, fieldtrips and more!

Camp runs from June 1 to August 14. Before and After Care is included in camp session fees.


Summer Day Camp Times:

Before Care 7a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Day Camp Session 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

After Care 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.


To register or for more information about Summer Day Camp weekly themes,

click here.





Fishing Derby

Saturday, May 16

Rotary Park, 600 W Vesper Street


Come out for the 25th Annual Blue Springs Fishing Derby. This event is open to children ages 5-14 and is free of charge! Participants will need to bring a fishing pole and bait.


Prizes will be given to winners of the casting contest and for the largest fish caught in each category.


For more information, click here.

 Smith Street Closed

 Monday, May 11 Smith Street was closed from 11th to 12th Street to

to accommodate construction on the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building.


This street closure is expected to be in place for the next 3-4 months. The closure is in place to keep construction for the Public Safety Building on schedule for the fall 2015 opening.  

 Lifetime Influential Award


I am pleased to share that I have been listed as one of the 100 most influential Kansas Citians for 2015 in the Kansas City Globe Newspaper.  


This title along with the Lifetime Influential Award are presented to leaders in the Greater Kansas City area who promote and execute initiatives to better their community and I am pleased to be in that number.

 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.

TaJazz School of Dance
1100 NW Knox
May 16, Noon to 1 p.m.
 Jazz leaps & turns, ages 6+

Lunar Bowl
2001 NW Highway 7
May 16, Noon to 2 p.m.
One free game of bowling, clean tennis shoes required

Club 7 Fitness
 1241 SW Highway 7
May 23, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Kids Fit Boot Camp , fitness activities, open gym for adults

Blue Springs Family YMCA
1300 Adams Dairy Parkway
May 23, Noon to 3 p.m.
Open swim with adult photo ID. Kids 5 and under must have a parent in the pool. Parents must supervise kids for the duration of the event 
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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.

There are a number of things to celebrate in Blue Springs!


Membership opportunities have been announced for the Blue Springs Fieldhouse, scheduled to open this fall. There are a number of fitness and recreational opportunities for all and you can read more about it in this issue.


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Below you can read more about upcoming events that the entire family can enjoy! We will be hosting our Public Works Week celebration this evening and this weekend the annual Corks & Canvas Art and Wine Walk will be taking place in the downtown corridor. See more details below.


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

Fieldhouse Membership Rates

I am pleased to share that membership rates have been set for the new Blue Springs Fieldhouse.

Designed with families in mind, the facility will offer fitness and recreational opportunities for all. Some features include: 

  • State-of-the-art fitness center
  • Advanced workout equipment
  • On-demand or instructor-led classes
  • A Child Watch room
  • Locker Rooms
  • Free Wi-Fi access
  • Four hard-surfaced courts
  • Aerobics studios
  • Spin studios

Current membership opportunities are as follows:

  • Adult (18-59) memberships are $25 a month.
  • Couple memberships are $40 a month.
  • Youth (3-17) memberships are $15 a month.
  • Household memberships (total of four members) are $55 a month with the option of a plus one.
  • at an additional $15 a month.
  • Senior (60+) memberships are $20 a month.
  • Senior couple memberships are $35 a month.

All of these options allow the entire family to enjoy the Fieldhouse together!

Construction crews are currently working diligently to prepare the Fieldhouse for the fall 2015 grand opening.


For more information, please click here or view the video below.


Blue Springs Fieldhouse Update
Blue Springs Fieldhouse Update
Mayor's Medal of Valor
On Wednesday, May 6, I attended the John Nowlin Elementary D.A.R.E. graduation where I awarded the Mayor's Medal of Valor to veteran Keith Zimmerman.
Keith served in the 104th Timberwolf Division of the United States Army during World War II from 1943-1945. He served for two year, four months and 21 days; he served on foreign soil for ten months and seven days. Keith was invited to the ceremony by a graduating student who lives next door to the veteran and wanted to honor him.
As a fellow United States Army veteran, Vietnam Combat Infantry,  it was my pleasure to recognize someone who has proudly served their country.
I would also like to say a big congratulations to the 2015-2016 D.A.R.E. graduates of John Nowlin Elementary and thank you to our Blue Springs Police Department for leading this program!
Masonic Cornerstone Ceremony

On Saturday, May 2, I had the honor of being a part of the Masonic Cornerstone Ceremony for the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building.


The Grand Lodge of Missouri, Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons with the assistance of Blue Springs Lodge #337 A. F. & A. M. unveiled the cornerstone to the public safety building.  Various Masonic officers ensured the cornerstone is square, plumb (straight) and level, then anointing the cornerstone with grain to symbolize prosperity, wine to signify strength and oil representing peace.

Special thanks to the community members who attended including Chief of Police Wayne McCoy, Deputy Chief Bob Muenz and Councilmember Jeff Quibell.

The Public Safety building is part of the third and final phase of the Public Safety Sales Tax Initiative that was passed by Blue Springs residents in 2011. Completion is scheduled for fall 2015.

Helping You Open and Grow Your Business in Blue Springs

On Saturday, May 2, The City of Blue Springs along with the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Blue Springs Economic Development Council hosted our second 'How to Open and Grow Your Business' Expo.


Attendees were able to discuss business plans, zoning requirements, licensing issues and start up suggestions with representatives from local banks, the Chamber, the City's Community Development Department and other regional organizations.


A special thanks to all of the organizations that were present and made this event a success: City of Blue Springs; Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce; Blue Springs EDC; Grow Blue Springs; Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Centers; University of Missouri Extension; Mid-Continent Public Library; Blue Springs Downtown Alive!; the Full Employment Council,
Blue Ridge Bank and Trust Co., and the Greco Agency of Farmers Insurance Group. 


For more information about starting or growing your business, click here.

Dancing with the Chamber Stars

Please come out for a day of dancing and entertainment for the annual Dancing With the Chamber Stars event on Thursday, May 21 hosted by the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce.


There are eight teams competing to become the 2015 champion by raising the most money.  


One dollar equals one vote and donations can be made online by clicking here. Simply click on one of the names in red then click "vote here" to donate. You can also donate at the event and you can give more than once!


Reservations are required. Tickets are $370 for a table of 10 or $30 per person. To make a reservation contact the Chamber at 816-229-8558 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. 

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.