BLUE SPRINGS, MO. – Blue Springs Parks and Recreation Department will celebrate the Grand Opening of its newest playground at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16 at Rotary Park, 600 NW Vesper St.“We’re very excited about the train-themed design of this playground and how it draws from the history of Rotary Park and Railroad Lake where the old steam engines would come through and fill the engines with water,” said Dennis Dovel, Director of Blue Springs Parks and Recreation. “It is our goal to make Blue Springs Parks and Recreation a destination for our kids and families. Providing them with the opportunity to play naturally in outdoor settings to develop their creativity, imagination, problem solving and collaboration skills. All made possible by our residents and community through the dedicated Parks Sales Tax passed in April 2017.”
Today parents can take their children to Rotary Park’s newest playground to burn off steam. The playground, designed for children age 5 to 12 has a train for climbing as well as a train station with ladders, monkey bars and two slides – including the tallest slide installed at any Blue Springs Park to-date. The child-safe play surface also features railroad crossing signs and railroad tracks.
And in keeping with the city’s goal for inclusivity, this latest playground has a global motion device that works like a merry-go-round with netting to enable participation by children with special needs.
The playground renovation is part of several Blue Springs park improvements made possible through the voter-approved 2017 1/2-cent Parks Sales Tax.
“This latest playground is one of many signs that the City of Blue Springs is on the move and on the right track,” Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross said. “The Parks Sales tax has enabled us to start completing deferred maintenance parks projects that positively impact on the quality of life for our residents.”
Other projects projected to be completed this summer are the tennis courts at Blue Springs Park and Pink Hill Park, the playground at Ward Park, Woods Chapel Park Trail, Duncan Road Trail and Baumgardner Park Trail.
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