Blue Springs, Mo. – The City and Blue Springs Park Commission are seeking input from residents and community members regarding the future of parks and recreation in Blue Springs.
In January, the Parks & Recreation Department will kick-off a 10-month process to evaluate the needs and desires of the community and create its first Parks and Open Space Master Plan. The plan will be developed through multiple forms of community input, including public meetings, focus groups and a statistically-valid survey.
“We believe input from the Blue Springs community will be a critical factor to the success of developing our first Parks & Open Space Masterplan,” said Mayor Carson Ross. “Once complete, this document will help guide future policy decisions, projects and the future of our parks system and recreational programming.”
The first public meeting will be held on Thursday, January 21 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Blue Springs Freshman Center Commons Area located at 2103 NW Vesper, Blue Springs, Mo.
“We welcome community residents, business owners, sports groups, and any other parties interested in the park to share their ideas,” said Parks & Recreation Director Dennis Dovel. “We’d like to know what you like about our parks system, what changes they’d like to see and what amenities are important to you and your family.”
The City has retained the consulting team of GreenPlay, LLC, a national parks, recreation, and open space consulting firm, to assist with the development of a comprehensive Parks and Recreation Master Plan. Once a draft is completed, the master plan will be available to the public for review and comment prior to adoption. The City expects the plan to be completed by October 2016.
The City of Blue Springs Parks system is made up of 14 developed public parks, 6 undeveloped parks and an 18-hole golf course. In total, the parks system has 678 acres of park land located throughout the Blue Springs community.
For more information about the parks and recreation master plan visit www.bluespringsgov.com/parksmasterplan, email email@example.com or call 816-228-0137.
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