• Adams Dairy Parkway 'best location' for possible community center

  • If a community center is built in Blue Springs, the most desirable location would be along Adams Dairy Parkway.

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  • If a community center is built in Blue Springs, the most desirable location would be along Adams Dairy Parkway.
    The Blue Springs City Council heard a presentation on the feasibility study of such a facility during its meeting Tuesday. The goal of the presentation was to give council members an update on the study and where it will go from this point.
    “Over the last three months, a team of consultants have been meeting to determine the feasibility of constructing a community center within Blue Springs,” said Dennis Dovel, parks and recreation director or the city. “We have also had a steering committee that have assisted us with the findings.”
    Terry Berkbuegler, one of the consultants on the project, said the city was considering two sites for a potential community center - the White Oak Shopping Plaza and a 12-acre site in the future Missouri Innovation Park, just south of the Mizzou Center.
    While the White Oak site is centrally located within the city, Berkbuegler said the innovation park site makes more sense. Not only would the current shopping center at Missouri 7 and U.S. 40 have to be demolished to make room for a community center, but a commuter lot would also have to be relocated. He said the Adams Dairy site is a clean slate with only the standard grading and land preparation that would have to be completed before construction would begin. In addition, the consultants believe there are better uses out there to revitalize the almost empty shopping center.
    “The visibility to the area is very strong with the traffic up and down Adams Dairy Parkway,” Berkbuegler said. “This could also be a catalyst for development there and a catalyst for job growth in the area.”
    The consultants presented conceptual drawings of what a possible community center might look like on the Adams Dairy site. Coming in at almost 85,000 square feet, amenities would include a Child Watch area; an indoor playground; a game room; staff offices; a catering kitchen; a gymnasium striped for two middle school basketball courts and a high school court overlay and aerobic studios. The large community/event room in the building would have the ability to be separated into three, 1,200-square-foot rooms. As one open space, it could accommodate up to 240 people. The Blue Springs Parks and Recreation Offices would also be relocated to the community center in the plan.
    The natatorium, which would be in the south portion of the building would include a 200-foot lazy river; a 200-foot slide; a whirl pool; a rock climbing wall into a deep section of water; an adult fitness therapy pool; a lap pool and a separate alcove that would house a water play area.
    Berkbuegler said the location, which is south of the Adams Point Golf Course, also offers opportunities for some outdoor activities.
    Page 2 of 2 - “There are opportunities for trails through the wood areas and connects well with the biking and walking trails on Adams Dairy Parkway,” he said. “We think it fits really well with the area.”
    The steering committee and consultants  will have one more meeting later this spring before making a final presentation to the city council in April.
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