Roscoe Righter, director of Blue Springs Parks and Recreation

Roscoe Righter, director of Blue Springs Parks and Recreation

1 Blue Springs is known for its park system. What’s new since last year, and what’s upcoming? We opened the dog park in Grounds Park in July of 2007, and it has been very popular. We also opened up Lake Remembrance for fishing in the past year, which again is quite popular. We are in the middle of building a new playground in Blue Springs Park, the first of its kind in our system. We completed a study in regard to our future aquatic facilities and a new Strategic Plan for the Department. We have some new art in Rotary Park and at Vesper Hall in conjunction with the Public Art Committee.

2 How long have you held your current position?  I began as the first director on Monday, Feb. 5, 1979. So that means I have been here for 29.5 years. Back then we were a small department just handling the Parks & Recreation issues, today we also handle Buildings and Grounds, golf course and Public Art Commission.

3 What are some of the gems in the park system? Any parks that are exceptional but not as well known? Rotary Park at Railroad Lake is the most popular park in our system. Hidden Valley Park is one of the busiest with all the youth league games, clinics, and tournaments. It was the first of its kind in the metro area when it opened in 1993. A future gem will be Grounds Park, when the various phases are all constructed and begin to be utilized, it will rival both Rotary and Hidden Valley Park as to the amount of use and visitors.