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 A 'Running Across America' participant makes a stop in Blue Springs

On April 28, Chris Nicholas was greeted by Blue Springs Sgt. Mike Russell and escorted to the Courtyard by the Marriott.  Courtyard staff welcomed Nicholas as he travels across the US to fund raise for the Children's Miracle Networks Hospital.
Chris Nicholas is currently Kansas and has a goal of raising $5,000 for the charity.

 Upcoming Events

Fishing Derby
May 12, 9-11 a.m.
Registration begins 
at 8:30 a.m.
Rotary Park at Railroad Lake
600 NW Vesper

Time to get out those fishing poles!  This derby is geared toward children ages 5-14.  The lake will be stocked with catfish, sunfish and blue gill fish.  This free event is co-sponsored with the Blue Springs Sunset and Lake Lotawana Optimist Clubs.

Be sure to bring your fishing pole and bait!  For more information, call (816) 228-0137.

Storytime in the Park
May 19
10 a.m. to noon
Railroad Lake at Rotary Park
600 NW Vesper

Come daydream with us at Rotary Park!  We will discuss whether animals daydream and where animals sleep.  This event will celebrate National Kids in the Parks Day with fun crafts, games and a bounce house.

Bring your blanket and meet us at Shelter #1.  This free event is co-sponsored with the Blue Springs Branch of Mid-Continental Public Library.

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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.
This time of year is always exciting with students celebrating graduations and families gearing up for vacations.   


Exciting things are happening here at the City as well.  I announced last week at the EDC annual meeting that the City has purchased  24 acres South of R.D Mize Rd. and East of Adams Dairy Parkway.  This strategic purchase will allow the City to control land and work with our Development partners to market and build the 60,000 sq. ft Mizzou Center.  We hope to start construction on the Mizzou Center this Fall and cut the ribbon by the first quarter of 2014. 


This partnership between the City, MU and the EDC represents a shared long-term economic development strategy for Blue Springs.  This cutting-edge strategy will enable us to create jobs for the future and provide opportunities for collaboration with the Kansas City Business Community.


I also announced that the City recently purchased the old lumber yard in downtown Blue Springs.  This property gives us the ability to meet several short and long term goals and position us for future growth.


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.
"Connections" 2012 Temporary Art Exhibit


Jet Stream (top), Intersection (middle left), Magnolia Bluff (middle right) and Dual Nature II (bottom)


Have you seen the 2012 Blue Springs Art Commission temporary public art exhibit yet?  The "Connections" exhibit features four original artworks located along major corridors here in Blue Springs.


Jet Stream by Nichole Beck
Description: Three dimensional painted steel sculpture consisting of a large welded square with a large hole in the center and a long curving beam of steel which passes through the hole of the square.  
Location: NE quadrant of I-70 and Highway 7


Intersection by Steve Elliott

Description: Stainless steel sculpture with intersecting lines.

Location: SE corner of Adams Dairy Parkway and AA Highway.


Dual Nature II by Cecilia Lueza
Description: A whimsical free-standing sculpture made of aluminum and urethane that creates the illusion of movement and dimension through form and color.  
Location: Median area along Highway 40, near 19th Street.


The exhibit will be on display until September 30.


To learn more about the exhibit, click here.

Bike Day in Blue Springs!


Let's Move! Blue Springs has proclaimed May 19 as the official "Bike Day in Blue Springs!"  I hope to see you at one of these free events: 


Let's Move! Saturdays!
May 19, 10 a.m. to noon
Bike Safety Education and Ride  

Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building, 1100 SW Smith Street
The Blue Springs Bike Patrol will be giving bike safety education and leading a ride through downtown Blue Springs.
Let's Move! Saturdays!
May 19, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Let's Move! Nature by Bike  

Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, 1401 NW Park Road
Trail riding on your bicycle offers many opportunities to discover nature and to create lasting memories with your family. Join us on the Little Blue Trace for an exhilarating morning ride, then rest under the shade trees at the midway point to share a sack lunch and some activities before we head back to the trailhead.
Registration required at 816-228-3766(Families)
Pointe of Hope Kids Connect Bike Event
May 19, 10 a.m. to noon
Pointe of Hope Church, 1215-A N Highway 7, (816) 220-2609
Join members of the Blue Springs Bike Patrol for some bike safety tips and enjoy a kid's play area. This event will also feature a kid's 'trike-a-thon' and donations will benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  This event is targeted for preschool to mid-elementary school kids.
All of these events are free and open to the public.  Please provide your own bikes/trikes for these events and helmets and safety gear are recommended.  


If you are not able to attend any of these event, but would like to learn more about the trails & bike paths here in Blue Springs, click here.

11th Annual Fallen Officer Memorial Service


On Friday, May 18, 2012 at 4 p.m., the Blue Springs Police Department will host its 11th annual "Fallen Officer" Memorial Service at the multi-purpose room of the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building located at 1100 SW Smith Street in Blue Springs. 


The event is part of the National Police Memorial Week, which officially runs from May 13-19, 2012.  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.  


This year's theme is "Respect, Honor and Remember" with Pastor Dave Ferneau as the guest speaker.  A gun salute, the playing of taps, and a release of peace doves are expected to be a part of this year's ceremony.  


The BSPD Fallen Officer Memorial Service is one of the most moving events of the year, with Officers, civilians and community friends honoring those who have given their lives across the nation to ensure our safety.   


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

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.