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Capstone Award Winner
Blue Springs Education Foundation
Veteran Service Award
Development Update
Parks Master Plan Survey Deadline
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Public Safety Annual Report
The Public Safety Citizen's Advisory Board 19th quarterly report is now available online. To view, click here
Bond Issue
On April 5th a no-tax increase bond renewal will be on the ballot for the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District.
For questions regarding this issue or more information, please call 816-229-2522.
Upcoming Parks & Recreation Events
    Easter Egg-Stravaganza
Saturday, March 19 
 10 a.m. to Noon
Rotary Park

Bring the family and enjoy this free annual event! 

Activities include egg hunt, petting zoo, play structures and face painting. Egg hunt areas are split by age: ages 2 and under, ages three and four, ages five and six; ages seven and eight. 

   Spring Break Day Camp
Monday, March 28 - Friday, April 1
 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
$35 per day or $120 for the week

Have some fun with Blue Springs Parks & Recreation during the Spring Break! 

Activities include healthy risk taking and leadership challenges to help children grow while building self-confidence and respect.  

Click here to register. Registration deadline is March 21. 

Community Services League Fundraising
Wednesdays in March
Rink Ratz
513 SW Keystone Drive

Help Rink Ratz collect goods for the Blue Springs Community Services League! If participants donate any item from this list between 7-9 p.m. they will receive $1 off of the admission price.

All donations collected will be given to the Blue Springs Community Services League to help those in need within our community. 

This fundraiser is part of the 2016 Blue Springs Leadership Class project. 
St. Pat's Day Parade
39th Annual 'Shortest and Smallest' St. Patrick's Day Parade
March 17, 9 a.m. 
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 donut.
Easter Brunch
Sunday, March 27
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  
Adams Pointe Conference Center
1400 NE Coronado Drive
Blue Springs, MO 64014

$21.95 for Adults plus tax and 15% service charge
$10.95 for children ages 4-10 plus tax and 15% service charge
FREE for children 3 and Under
Call 816-228-8100 for reservations.
Honoring Our Heroes
Tuesday, March 29
1 p.m.
Veterans Way Memorial

This program commemorates the 50th anniversary of the end of the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam conflict. 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/spring schedule, click here.

TaJazz School of Dance
1100 NW Knox
March 12, 11 a.m. to Noon
Dance Class, ages 3-5

Club 7 Fitness
1241 SW Highway 7
March 19, 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
March 19, 7-9 p.m.
Open roller skating
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 one-stop source for city information and news updates, including those items most important to you.

There are a number of accomplishments to celebrate and I would like to highlight our Blue Springs Fieldhouse and the new Public Safety Building on receiving awards from the Kansas City Business Journal. Keep reading to learn more.      
In this issue you will also be able to view the current Public Safety Citizen's Advisory Board quarterly update, the Planning Commission's 2015 report and other events like our upcoming Easter Egg-Stravaganza.

As always, please continue sharing this timely publication and spreading the word about the good things in the City of Blue Springs.
Capstone Award Winner
Top photo (left to right): Robert Gensler of Kansas City Business Journal, Mayor Carson Ross, Blue Springs Police Chief Wayne McCoy and Rob Roberts of the Kansas City Business Journal.
Bottom photo (left to right): Robert Gensler, Mayor Carson Ross, Parks & Recreation Director Dennis Dovel and Rob Roberts. 

On Friday, March 4 I was pleased to receive two plaques on behalf of the City of Blue Springs during the 2016 Capstone Awards .  

This award ceremony is a yearly event by the Kansas City Business Journal. For ten years, these awards have honored outstanding real estate and development projects in the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan area. For the work done in 2015, the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building received the Capstone Award for Green Design and our very own Fieldhouse was named a Capstone Award winner in the Community Impact category. 

I am proud to live in and lead such a great community that has made these awards possible! 
Blue Springs Education Foundation
Because of You
Blue Springs Education Foundation Gives Back Video

On Tuesday, March 1 the Blue Springs Education Foundation held their annual Spring into Giving breakfast and highlighted some of the major 
achievements  of the students and staff of Blue Springs School District in 2015. 

Some acco mplishments include:
  • Missouri Teacher of the Year - Linda Glasgow
  • 2015 High School Football Coach of the Year- Greg Oder 
  • First band from Missouri to place in the top 10 at Bands of America -Blue Springs High School Golden Regiment Band
Congratulations to the Blue Springs Education Foundation on another year of providing our Blue Springs schools with innovative opportunities for staff to  enhance  their skills and students to increase their knowledge.
Veteran Service Award

Congratulations to our own Ed 'Doc' Golden on receiving the Veterans Service Award from Lt. Governor Peter Kinder

This award is presented to veterans who provide exemplary volunteer service to their community. Winners received the award, a Veterans Service Award lapel pin and an official declaration from the lieutenant governor's office. Award recipients were chosen from around the county and only 25 awards are given out nation wide. 

'Doc' has served the Blue Springs community for more than 20 years with the Blue Springs Police Department and the VIPS program.   He has shown outstanding dedication to serving and advancing the Blue Springs community for which he received a Civic Leadership Award in 2010. I am pleased to know such a stellar member of the Blue Springs Community.

Thank you for all that you do! 
Piccadilly Gala

The Alive! in Wonderland Piccadilly Gala is fast approaching.  You still have the opportunity to support  Downtown Alive!  during this annual event and their efforts to revitalize downtown Blue Springs.
Tickets are $50 each and include dinner and one drink ticket. Table sales are also available. For ticket information, contact Cindy Miller, Downtown Alive! Executive Director at 816-228-2300 or 816-808-7553. 
Development Update

Construction continues on Coronado Center, located on NE Coronado Drive and Adams Dairy Place. 

The 10,125 square foot office building will primarily house  Reece Nichols with 8,095 square feet of office space. An  additional 2,030 square foot tenant space is on the west end of the building.

Click here to view the 2015 Planning Commission Annual Report and find more information about developments around town. 
CJCFPD Training Opportunity

The Central Jackson County Fire Protection District (CJCFPD) is recruiting for the next Citizen's Fire Academy this spring.

This program is for individuals who are 18 and older that live or work within CJC's protection areas and want to learn about fire services through hands-on training with CJC firefighters and paramedics. Some things that will be covered in the course include: ladders, hose streams, fire behavior, hazardous materials and rescue capabilities to name a few topics. 

Participants will meet once a week from 6-9 p.m. for ten weeks starting April 12. Application forms are available at Station #3, 805 NE Jefferson, Blue Springs, MO 64014. You can also email or call 816-229-2522..   
Parks Master Plan Survey Deadline

The Blue Springs Parks and Recreation Department is in the early stages of developi ng a Parks Master Plan and is currently gathering input from the public. Residents who were randomly selected and received a letter should go online and complete the survey by the end of this week.

A community wide survey for ALL to access will be available on Monday, March 14. 
City Government on CTV-7
Check out what's new and going on in Blue Springs, 24 hours a day,  7 days a week by tuning into CTV-7. You can watch Comcast Cable channel 7 or AT&T U-verse Channel 99.

To watch videos of past Blue Springs events, check out the City's YouTube page by clicking here 
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.