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New Business in Blue Springs
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 Officers Down 5K and Community Day

Sunday, August 26
8 a.m. to Noon
Blue Springs High
2000 NW Ashton Drive 

Community members are invited to register for the Officers Down 5K . This nationwide  event is to recognize officers who put their lives on the line daily to keep our communities safe and honor those who have fallen in the line of duty. The day will include a 5k run walk, a kids fun run, and a community day where we will have vendors, police cars, STAT, and K9 Demos among other things. 

Click here to register for this event. Please note you must register no later than August 13 if you would like to get an event day dri-fit t-shirt. To stay updated about the event, join the Facebook event page by clicking here. 

This event is being held in partnership with the Blue Springs Police Department and the Blue Springs School District Department of Public Safety
  Music in the Park 

Tell'n Lies (Variety Motown, Classic Rock & Blues)
Sunday, July 30
6-8 p.m.
Rotary Park 

You and your family can enjoy a relaxing evening outdoors with free, live musical entertainment, thanks to our corporate sponsors: McDonald's , 1st MidAmerica Credit Union, Rotary Club of Blue Springs and St. Mary's Medical Center.

The summer concert season brings a variety of blues, rock, classics and country favorites that will appeal to the whole family. Concessions will be available or bring your own picnic to beautiful Rotary Park in Blue Springs.

 Movies In The Park

Friday, August 4
7:30 p.m.- Activities
Movie at Dusk
Rotary Park 

Grab a blanket, a lawn chair, family, friends, and head to Rotary Park to enjoy a free outdoor movie and popcorn under the stars. 

Movies are family friendly and begin at dusk. They are shown on a huge inflatable screen with a state-of-the-art projection and sound system.
 Let's Move! Saturdays
These events are free and open to the public.

To view the entire spring/summer schedule, click here.

GAGE Center
1101 NW Jefferson
July 29, 1 -3 p.m.
LM!S 6th Birthday Celebration

Dynamic Dance
1901 NW Highway 40
Aug 5, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Dance Class

Lunar Bowl
2001 NW 7 Higway
Aug 5, Noon to 2 p.m.
One free game of bowling
(clean tennis shoes required)
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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 on e-stop source for City information and news updates including information that's im portant to you.

I want to express my deepest sympathies to the Cobb family on the loss of long time Blue Springs business, civic and community leader Garry Cobb, founder of Lunar Bowl. The Cobb family suggestes memorial contributions be made to the Blue Springs Education Foundation in lieu of flowers. 

Those of you living in the C2 neighborhood are invited to join our Community Development Department as they hold their meeting for C2 residents from 6-7:30 p.m. this evening. It is an opportunity for dialogue about the long-term development of our community. Keep reading to learn more. Speaking of dialogue, all residents are welcome to attend the annual Proposed City Budget Work Session taking place on August 17th. 

There is more information about the work session in this edition along with information about  our City's 2017 Civic Leadership winner and how you can help our Blue Springs Police Department during the national Officers Down 5k and Community Day. 

As always, please continue sharing this timely publication and spreading the word about the good things in the City of Blue Springs. 
Civic Leadership Award
Left to right: Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross, Honoree Bill Essmann and Riverside Mayor, Missouri Municipal League President Kathleen Rose

On Thursday, July 20  Blue Springs hosted the 2017 Missouri Municipal League West Gate Civic Leadership Banquet. This banquet is hosted yearly by various Missouri municipalities who meet in a select city to honor exceptional civic leaders in from their communities.

It was my pleasure to not only host this great event but to present Blue Springs' 2017 Civic Leader award to Bill Essmann. 

Bill Essmann was honored for his dedication to the Blue Springs community including serving on several boards and commissions. In 2017, Bill was appointed as the Citizens for Quality Parks and Healthy Lifestyles Committee Chairperson for the 5-Year Dedicated Parks Maintenance Sales Tax initiative.  Essmann's determination was key in the committee's successful passage of the April 2017 election campaign for a one-half cent sales tax for Parks Maintenance in Blue Springs.  In 2011, Bill lead the resident committee in the successful passage of the Public Safety Sales Tax that has allowed the City to address public safety equipment, infrastructure and personnel.

I sincerely appreciate Bill's passion and dedication to the betterment of the Blue Springs community. It was my pleasure to honor him with this distinguished award.

C2 Neighborhood Meeting

Thursday, July 27
6-7:30 p.m.
Blue Springs High School (library)
1200 SE Adams Dairy Pkwy

Community Development will be chatting with residents in the  C2 neighborhood which spans the area east of Highway 7 between Interstate 70 and Moreland School Road.  On Thursday, the talk will focus specifically on residents in the section spanning from area south of AA Highway. The goal of these conversations it to begin a Community Dialogue and seek input for a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, & Threats) Analysis. This is the third conversation in a series of meetings for this area. 

If you are unable to attend,  please visit Community Development at City Hall located at 903 W. Main Street, Blue Springs, Mo. Residents and Business owners can also email staff directly with input. Please reach out to Matt Wright, AICP at  or Karen Findora at
New Business in Blue Springs

I am happy to share that I was able to attend the July 20 ribbon cutting for the first Kneader's Bakery and Cafe in the state of Missouri and it is located right here in Blue Springs! You can visit this location Monday - Saturday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. for a variety of sandwiches, soups, salads, pastries and more. 
Proposed City Budget Work Session

Thursday, August 17
6-8 p.m.
Journagan Family Community Room 
1100 SW Smith Street

The The 2017-18 Proposed Budget Manual will be submitted to City Council on August 1 and will be on the City's website for review on that date.  Following that presentation, a public meeting will be held to allow community members the chance to ask questions about the proposed budget. 

The City's current and past budgets can be viewed by  clicking here.
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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.