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City Purchase Expands Downtown Parking Options
2013 Temporary Public Art Exhibit "Evolve"
Blue Springs Kids Triathlon
Girls on Fire Summer Camp
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 Blue Springs Harley Davidson 15 Year Anniversary Weekend

 June 14, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

June 15, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Blue Springs Harley Davidson

3100 NW Jefferson


Blue Springs Harley Davidson is celebrating their 15th Anniversary with a huge party!  The Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce and I will be helping them kick off their Anniversary Weekend on June 14 with a ribbon cutting and proclamation.


Blue Springs Harley Davidson will be the home to the Kenny Chesney No Shoes National Tour Pre-Party on Friday, June 14 and the celebration continues all day on Saturday, June 15.


For more information, visit Blue Springs Harley Davidson's website by click here.

 Work Express Clothing Drive

 Community Service League's Work Express Program 

Clothing Drive

Friday, June 14 from 5-7 p.m.

Christine's Salon, 704 Main Street


 Join the American Business Women's Association's Dynamic Connections Chapter and Christine's Salon for a clothing drive.


This drive aims to supply women graduating the Work Express Program with professional clothes to aid them for upcoming job interviews.

 Summer Camp

  June 3 - August 2

Baumgardener Park

2401 NW Ashton Drive


 Calling all kids ages 5-12! Join us for summer camp!

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.

 Upcoming Blood Drives

blood drive

  Battle For Blood

June 7, noon to 4 p.m.

Public Safety Building

1100 SW Smith Street

Click here to register


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 two upcoming Community Blood Drives.  Signing up is easy!  Click above to register online or call Kim Nakahodo at (816) 655-0497.

Upcoming Events

Farmers Market

 Saturday, June 8

Saturday, June 15


concert at the park

Car Cruise

June 14, 6 p.m. to dark
Downtown Blue Springs


Cruises and back and better than ever thanks to our cosponsors Mid-America Mustangers and Blue Springs Ford. They will be held the second Friday of the month, April through August, from 6 p.m. until dark. 


Located in Downtown Blue Springs on Main Street between 10th & 12th Streets, come out and enjoy the sight of Custom Vehicles, Custom Cars, Muscle Cars, Trucks, and Hot Rods! 

 Let's Move! Saturdays!

  Dynamic Dance
1901 SW Highway 40
June 8, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Join us for Project Shimmy: American Tribal Style Belly Dancing.

Action Martial Arts
2416 S Highway 7
June 8, 2-3:30 p.m.
Join us for kids kickboxing and cross training.  Ages 7-13, capacity 25 participants.  Register at (816) 224-4105.

   Watson Rolladium
June 15, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Join us for open roller skating.
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School is out and summer is in full swing here in Blue Springs!  Summer may be the beginning of a much needed family vacation, a time for yard work and home improvements, or a chance for the kids to enjoy a day at the Centennial Pool-Plex.  To learn more about the pool, click here

The Music in the Park Concert series continues to be very popular here in Blue Springs.  This free event concert series features a different band every Sunday night from 6-8 p.m. at Rotary Park.  To see the complete 2013 concert lineup, click here.


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.

City Purchase Expands Downtown Parking Options


The City is currently in the process of purchasing the America's Community Bank's satellite parking lot located on the east side of Smith & 11th Street. We have reached an agreement with America's Community Bank and hope to close on the property in 60-90 days. The parking lot has 34 spaces and will increase the number of available free downtown public parking stalls to over 220 spaces.


Parking availability has been a major concern for downtown businesses and the Downtown Alive! revitalization group. I want to personally thank Wes Condron and America's Community Bank for helping us develop a long-term solution to our downtown parking needs.


The City plans to combine the newly acquired parking lot with the adjacent municipal parking lot to create a new, expanded public parking lot with over 90 spaces.  


This new public parking lot will be landscaped and incorporate architectural and engineering design elements to serve as an attractive and highly functioning addition to the downtown corridor; serving local businesses, municipal needs and special events.


Construction on the expanded public parking lot will coincide with renovations to the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Campus expected to begin this fall.

2013 Temporary Public Art Exhibit "Evolve"
Top Left: "Evlove" by John Bannon; Top Right: "Moving the Stars" by E. Spencer Schubert; Bottom Left: "Turn Around" by Georgianna Krieger; Bottom Right: "Fortitude III" by Mark Kruncke.


Have you seen the 2013 Blue Springs Art Commission temporary public art exhibit yet?  The "Evolve" exhibit features four original artworks located in Downtown Blue Springs.


"Evlove" by John Bannon
Artist Statement: The theme of Evolve is very appealing to me.  All of my work incorporates this concept because I feel it is the role of the artist to present new ways of seeing the world in order to inspire positive ideas about our life and our future.  I chose the name "Evlove" which is the exhibit theme spelled backwards.

Location: Front entry of City Hall, 903 W Main Street.


"Moving the Stars" by E. Spencer Schubert

Artist Statement: Moving the Stars takes the very serious proposition that every action has a reaction, and view it through the lens of a whimsical gesture.  The piece is a simple musing on the idea that every gesture, no matter how small, has an impact on the universe.

Location: SW corner of Kwik Kopy, 1201 W Main Street. 


"Turn Around" by Georgianna Krieger

Artist Statement: Do you remember looking at the sky when you were a kid?  Did you spin around and around to make yourself dizzy until you fell down?  Turn Around is about the dizzy connection between today, tomorrow and yesterday.  She is giddy joy and a spirit of hope and the sadness of change and loss along the way.  She is spinning in the past, spinning in the present, spinning in the future.  As the sweep of her arms billows out in the wind items from her past and future fall onto the weeks around her.



"Fortitude III" by Mark Krucke


The Blue Springs Public Art Commission will be hosting a dedication ceremony for Evolve on June 12 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Kwik Kopy Printing, 1201 W Main Street.


Evolve The exhibit will be on display until September 30.  For more information about the exhibit, click here.


 Do you have a child between the ages of 4-14?  Let's Move! Blue Springs is hosting the second annual Blue Springs Kids Triathlon presented by the Blue Springs Hy-Vee on Saturday, June 15. 


This year features four brackets for participants 4-14 years old.  A new Novice bracket is especially designed for kids new to the triathlon circuit.


Triathlon has three age divisions:


Tri for Tots (ages 4-5) - $20 registration fee
Swim 20 yards, Bike .25 mile and Run .25 mile.

Novice (ages 6-10) - $35 registration fee

Swim 25 yards, Bike 1.25 miles and Run .53 mile.

Competition Division (ages 6-10) - $35 registration fee
Swim 100 yards, Bike 2 miles and Run 1 miles.  


Competition Division (ages 11-14) - $35 registration fee

Swim 200 yards, Bike 4 miles and Run 2 miles.    

The registration date has been pushed back to June 12.  For more information, click hereTo register, click here.

Girls on Fire Summer Camp 


The Blue Springs Police Department's Community & Youth Outreach Unit, in partnership with the Blue Springs Fitness Center, is offering a free, half day, week long summer workshop for girls ages 12-17 for residents or students of the Blue Springs School District.

Corks & Canvas 


Corks & Canvas

June 22, 2-8 p.m.

Downtown Blue Springs


The Corks & Canvas Art & Wine Walk is coming back to Historic Downtown Blue Spring on Saturday, June 22 from 2-8 p.m., brought to you by Blue Springs Downtown Alive!

Join us 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.

This year's event features over 15 local artisans and multiple area wine makers providing a variety of local body, bouquet and fruity flavors for the disseminating palate to distinguish. Festival attendees will have the opportunity to explore downtown merchants, buy original artwork and discover new favorite wines to enjoy at home.

This event is made possible by the generous support of Downtown Alive, Blue Springs Parks & Recreation, Christine's Salon at 7 and Main, Memories on Main Street Tea Room & Caf´┐Ż, Print Graphics, Billups & Snyder Associates Insurance Agency, America's Community Bank, Foster Dental Care and DataPros.

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.