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Ward Park Ribbon Cutting

National Trails Day
Saturday, June 4
11 a.m.
1000 SW 22nd Street 


 I invite you to join the Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department for the ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony at Ward Park. 


The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. and will be held at the south entrance to the park in the 22nd Street parking lot.


Residents are encouraged to lace up their walking shoes or bring their bikes to help Blue Springs Parks & Recreation kick-off National Trails Day 2011 on June 4.

For more information about the upgrades to Ward Park, click here

Public Art Update

"Inspired Visions"
2011 Temporary Exhibit
June 16, 6-8 p.m.
Adams Dairy Landing Shopping Center
1050 NE Coronado Dr.

Join us for the dedication of the "Inspired Visions" 2011 Temporary Art Exhibit sponsored by the Blue Springs Public Art Commission and RED Development.

This event is free and open to the public.

Corks & Canvas
Art & Wine Walk
June 18, 4-8 p.m.
Downtown Blue Springs

Join us for the first annual Corks & Canvas Art & Wine Walk in Downtown Blue Springs.  This free community event will feature over 15 artists and wineries.
Community Events
Car Cruise Night
Saturday, June 4
5 p.m. to dark
Downtown Blue Springs

Classic car cruise night is back!  Join us for this free event in Downtown Blue Springs.

For more information, click here.
night ride 

Night Bike Ride


Saturday, June 11
11:30 p.m.
Centennial Pool-Plex
2401 NW Ashton Dr.

Experienced cyclists of all ages welcome. Not a timed event, ride at your own pace. Music, snacks, and prizes at the end of the ride. Helmet and front light required.

For more information, click here.

City Furlough Day

Friday, June 17


The City of Blue Springs will observe a citywide furlough day on Friday, June 17. The City will officially be closed except for essential public safety services. 


All city buildings will be closed, including the city-operated state license bureau located at City Hall. Police Headquarters will remain open to support essential public safety services.


For more information, click here.

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Around Town

A bi-weekly message from your Blue Springs Mayor and City Council
 Mayor Carson Ross
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.


In Blue Springs, the summer season means the start of many activities for a variety of people. 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
Now that the weather has begun to warm, I hope you visit some of the beautiful parks in Blue Springs.  Walk or bike the trail at Gregory O. Grounds Park, a beautiful way to experience a walk around Lake Remembrance.  Try your hand at the Disc Golf Course this summer at Wilbur Young Park.  The course is open daily and is free to the public.


The Music in the Park Concert series kicked-off off their concert season with record crowds last week!  We hope that you join us this weekend for a double-header with Rain Dogs beginning at 4 p.m. and Grammy-nominated musician and producer David Mayfield Parade at 6:30 p.m. at Rotary Park at Railroad Lake located at 500 NW Vesper.  This free event concert series features a different band every Sunday night from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  To see the complete 2011 concert lineup,  click here.


I encourage you to register for the Let's Move! Community Summits that will be held on June 18 and July 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Blue Springs Freshmen Center.  This is a community-wide effort and we need your ideas and input to help us solve the problem of childhood obesity in our community.  This is an ambitious goal, but by joining together, I am confident we can do it!  Register today by following this link and filling out this form.  You can call StandUp Blue Springs at (816) 478-4500.

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.

Are You Prepared?
Severe Weather Week


Severe weather in our area is on the rise and damaging thunderstorms and tornadoes have become common in the Midwest. 


Did you know that outdoor warning sirens are not designed to be heard when inside your home or business?  Below are three ways you can become better prepared if severe weather strikes our area.

  • Weather Radios  Weather radios sold in local retail outlets receive broadcasts directly from the National Weather Service and can be programmed to alert you of severe weather in your area.  For more information about weather radios, click here.
  • CodeRED  Blue Springs residents can sign up for the CodeRED Emergency Notification & Weather Warning System. This system allows us to notify residents of emergency situations that require immediate action.  The Weather Warning System is a severe weather early warning service that will call your contact number and deliver an alert message shortly after a warning is issued by the National Weather Service for your area.  To sign up for this free service, click here.  You can also sign up by calling the CodeRED hotline at (816) 220-2633.
  • Family Emergency Plan   Disasters can happen anytime and anywhere. When disaster strikes, you may not have much time to respond. In a large-scale disaster, local officials and relief workers will not be able to reach everyone immediately. Help could come in hours, or it may take days. Create a family disaster plan now - before disaster strikes!  Create your personalized Family Disaster Plan by clicking here.

With all of the recent storms in May, you may have heard about Emergency Management Agencies like the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) or Missouri's State Emergency Management Agency who is responsible for coordinating the rescue and recovery efforts in Joplin, Mo.  


We here in Blue Springs are covered by the Central Jackson County Emergency Management Agency (CJCEMA).  The CJCEMA consists of the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District, the cities of Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Lake Tapawingo and surrounding unincorporated areas.  You can follow the CJCEMA on Twitter by clicking here and become a fan on Facebook by clicking here.

Joplin Disaster Information 
Joplin relief team


Last week, the Police Department received an official request from the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) for personnel to provide disaster aid in Joplin, Mo.  The original team of 1 commander and 5 officers spent 5 days in Joplin providing security and traffic control.  


That team has since returned to Blue Springs and we received an additional request for aid and 2 more Blue Springs officers are currently in Joplin for the next 3 days to support the recovery efforts.  


Thank you to the officers who volunteered to go down and help our fellow Missourians in Joplin.  I would also like to extend our sympathy to the entire community of Joplin as they cope with the devastation and loss of life and best wishes as they begin to rebuild their community. 


Many of you had contacted me about how to help Joplin.  SEMA has requested that all donations (financial/blood/shelter volunteers) be coordinated through the American Red Cross and the United Way. For more information on how to donate or volunteer to storm victims in Joplin, click here.

Let's Move! Community Summits
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Let's Move! Community Summits

Saturday, June 18 and Saturday, July 9 

8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Blue Springs School District Freshman Center 

2103 NW Vesper, Blue Springs, MO 64105 


In March, I had the honor of announcing that Blue Springs had officially become a Let's Move! city.  This initiative was created by First Lady Michelle Obama and the Department of Health and Human Services as part of a national effort to raise a healthier generation of children.


I would like to invite you to attend the two citizen-led summits on June 18 and July 9. These sessions are being facilitated by StandUp Blue Springs and will be similar to those that helped develop the Dog Park at Grounds Park and the Disc Golf Course at Wilbur Young Park.


The Let's Move! Blue Springs initiative is following a plan outlined by Dave Wright, President of StandUp Blue Springs, for engaging citizens of Blue Springs to develop and implement innovative ideas for improving the health of the children throughout the community. At the completion of these summits, a prioritized list of projects linked to the Let's Move! goals, teams committed to seeing these projects through, as well as a plan for implementing the projects will be in place.  


I talk a lot about civic engagement and this is your chance to get involved!  Registration is required to attend the free community summits. To register, call the StandUp Blue Springs office at (816) 478-4500 or follow this link and fill out the form.

Codes Compliance Reminders
overgrown lawn

As we move into the summer, I wanted to remind everyone of a few seasonal code compliance topics.  

  • Resident Lawns  Lawns should not exceed 8 inches in height. Eradicate any poison ivy on the premise of your residential property.
  • Tree Limbs  Limbs that overhang the sidewalk or street must be trimmed. Call Public Works at (816) 220-0195 if you have questions about limbs in the rights-of-way of streets. 
  • Brush Piles  Brush piles must be removed and properly disposed of. Open burning is not permitted within City limits. 
  • Trash Containers  Trash for pick up should be placed no further than 5 feet from the home. Curbside pick up is prohibited. All trash must be contained at all times.
  • Inoperable Vehicles  Must be stored inside a garage or removed from the premises. For inoperable vehicles in the street, contact the Police Department at (816) 228-0150. Commercial vehicles weighing more than 6 tons, boom and tow trucks are not permitted in residential districts.
  • Parked Vehicles  Parking of cars and trucks is not permitted on grass and lawns. Recreational Vehicles (RV's) can be stored in driveways, side yards or rear yards if access is available.
  • Fence, Deck and Pool Construction  A new deck, fence or pool construction requires a City building permit. All pools holding 24 inches of water or more, including inflatable pools, must have a permit from the Codes Administration Department.
  • Garage Sale Signs  Garage and yard sale signs must be placed on your own property. They may not be posted on public utility/light poles or on public rights-of-way of streets. These signs do not require a permit. Signs cannot be posted on premises for longer than 3 days per sale.
  • Home Childcare Businesses  All in-home childcare businesses require a business license issued by the City of Blue Springs. Business licenses can be obtained at City Hall.
  • Disposal of Refrigerators  When disposing of refrigerators or airtight containers, always remove the container door or secure the door with a chain and lock.

If you have any questions or concerns, call Codes Administration at 220-4565.

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.