Blue Springs is an ideal place to raise a family. Only 19 miles from downtown Kansas City, it was founded in 1880. Although it has a population of 55,000 today, and is still growing at the rate of 1.5% per year, Blue Springs still retains much of its “small-town feel”—and was recently ranked by CNN/Money Magazine as #49 on its list of 100 Best Places to Live in the U.S.
An award-winning 22 parks + green space.
Blue Springs is the home of a nationally recognized park system, with an astonishing 18 city parks, spanning 678 acres—where families can hike, bike, picnic, play, and skateboard, with another 4 parks in development. Residents also enjoy Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area and Nature Center, with 1,071 acres of woodlands, fields, and ponds, and 7 different hiking trails. Almost 80% of Burr Oaks is on forested land.
Access to great hunting, fishing, and camping.
1.3 million visitors each year visit Fleming Park, with 7,800 acres of recreational space. Developed originally in the 1950s, residents of Blue Springs enjoy 1,690 acres of water with Lake Jacomo and Blue Springs Lake—as well as 2 full-service marinas, and 2 public campgrounds. There are also boat ramps, a ranger station, hiking trails, a fishing pond, the Kemper Outdoor Education Center, and Blue Springs Beach.
Excellent sports facilities—for kids and adults alike.
This town is crazy about sports. The Hidden Valley Sports Complex hosts many outdoor sports tournaments with its 116 acres of athletic fields—including 3 football fields, 7 soccer fields, 9 softball diamonds, and 5 different concession stands to refresh guests. The new Blue Springs Fieldhouse has 76,000 sq. ft. of indoor recreational space, with everything from a 6,500 sq. ft. fitness center, to 2 walking tracks, a spin studio, and 4 hard courts. The Blue Centennial Pool-Plex offers year-round water fun with an indoor pool, outdoor pool, waterslides, and zero-depth pool for the littlest swimmers.
Unique historical treasures.
Kids and adults alike enjoy the nearby Fort Osage National Historic Landmark, reconstructed to its 1812 appearance—and designed to teach visitors about 19th century military, civilian, and Native American life. The Fort holds several popular events each year, such as Flag Day and Independence Day. History lovers will also like the Dillingham-Lewis House Museum and the 1926 Chicago & Alton Train Depot, which is currently being restored into a new museum. At Missouri Town 1855, “live” interpreters dressed in 1850’s costume show off their 25 historic buildings of houses, barns, blacksmith shops—and even working farms with rare livestock breeds.
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