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Initiative Details
If approved on November 5, 2013, the 1/2 cent sales tax will provide funding for:

Deferred Park Maintenance
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The 2013 Parks Assessment Report identified over 15 million dollars in deferred maintenance and infrastructure issues in our parks system.  This comprehensive audit examined and cataloged the condition of not only the parks, but the playgrounds, shelters, ball fields, trails and equipment of our public spaces.  To see the 2013 Parks Assessment Report, click here.

The Park Commission has prioritized the deferred maintenance and infrastructure issues in our parks system.  To see the Project List with cost estimates the Park Commission prioritized, click here.

Proposed Projects Include:
  • Fund an Annual Trail Repair Program
  • Repairs at Hidden Valley Sports Complex
  • Shelter replacement at Pink Hill Park
  • Replacing the smaller playground at Rotary Park
  • Repairing the tennis courts at Baumgardner Park

Community Center
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The proposed initiative will fund the construction and operation of a 85,000 square foot Community Center along Adams Dairy Parkway.  The proposed community center design was established as a result the recent Feasibility Study process.  This process consisted of several meetings involving a steering committee, private business owners, community partners, multiple public meetings, community center experts, city staff and survey results.  To view the Feasibility Study Final Report, click here.

The proposed Community Center amenities include:

  • Indoor Aquatics Center with a leisure pool, lap pool, therapy pool, lazy river, water slides, water spray play structure and a water rock climbing wall
  • Indoor multi-purpose basketball/volleyball courts
  • Indoor walking/running track
  • Meeting, event, class and community rooms
  • Group exercise, aerobics and dance space
  • Child watch space
  • Fitness room and cardiovascular area
  • Indoor stage/performing arts space
  • Children's Indoor playground
  • Outdoor amphitheater
  • Teen Room

Future Park Land Development and Program Expansion
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The City owns approximately 200 acres of undeveloped park land throughout Blue Springs.  The Future Park Development Fund is designed to develop new parks, playgrounds, shelters and ball fields to meet the needs of our growing community.  As our community grows, so will the need to purchase additional parcels of land for park development.  To see a map of undeveloped park land, click here.

The Program Expansion component will fund annually:
 
  • $150,000 to expand Senior programing, address Vesper Hall maintenance and expand Senior transportation services
  • $50,000 to support performing and visual arts
  • $30,000 scholarship assistance to families for parks programing and community center membership.

Oversight
Revenues from the proposed parks sales tax are only to be used for parks purposes.  The tax cannot be used for other General Fund programs or services.   This proposed funding would not replace current General Fund allocations for parks.

The Parks Commission, made up of Blue Springs citizens, will be charged with oversight of the tax.  If approved, the Parks Commission will make regularly scheduled reports to the City Council on spending of funds collected by the tax and report on performance goals.  These reports would be posted to the City's website for review.

City of Blue Springs
903 West Main Street
Blue Springs, MO 64015

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