For plenty of fun and space to play, the Blue Springs Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of activities.

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For plenty of fun and space to play, the Blue Springs Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of activities.
“Our parks are clean and safe,” Director of Parks and Recreation Roscoe Righter said. “We provide a lot of events, from concerts to special events for the kids. There’s always something going on in Blue Springs parks.”
The Parks and Recreation Department allows any of its shelters to be reserved for up to five hours at a time.  The smaller shelters are $15 for the five-hour period, and the larger ones are $30.  Picnic kits can be rented in addition to the shelters or by themselves. The kits include a whiffle ball and bat, a soccer ball, football, Frisbee, horseshoes and a volleyball and net. The cost per kit is $16.50 with the rental of a shelter and $27.50 without a shelter reservation.

Baumgardner Park
2401 N.W. Ashton Drive
There are plenty of features to keep the whole family occupied. Home of the Centennial Pool-Plex, Baumgardner Park is named after the late mayor Dale Baumgardner. It has a shelter house, two sand volleyball courts, four tennis courts, a playground and barbecue areas.  Entry into Centennial Pool-Plex is $5 for ages 4 and up and $3.50 after 5:00 p.m.

Blue Springs Park
2204 S.W. South Ave.
The park sits on 14 acres and includes a lighted baseball field and lighted tennis courts. The handicapped accessible park also has barbecue grills, two shelters and a sand volleyball court.

Burrus Old Mill Park
112 N.W. Woods Chapel Road
Burrus Old Mill Park is a 14-acre park with two lighted football fields, a basketball court, a pair of tennis courts and a sand volleyball court. The handicapped accessible park includes two shelters, picnic tables, play equipment and a horseshoe pit.
It is also home to the city’s original skate park which is a 7,500-square-foot pad complete with 11 types of modular equipment. The equipment includes ramps, grind rails, boxes, stairs, and more. A small fence is being built around the skate park to keep garbage from flying in and to prevent skaters from going into the street. The skate park closes at dark.

Franklin Smith School Park
609 S.W. Clark Road
Feature of this park include 4 acres of park with a playground, a baseball field and two soccer fields.

Gregory O. Grounds Park
1901 N.E. Jefferson St.
Named after the former mayor and current county legislator, this park is in its growing stages as Blue Springs’ newest park. By fall 2007, Grounds Park will feature a trail at the northern part of Lake Remembrance. Missouri Department of Conservation now allows fishing in the lake, but fishing licenses are required.
The trail will wrap all the way around the lake for walking, biking, skating, jogging and pushing strollers.
Along the trail, fishing docks, a wetland education area, restrooms and benches are planned for construction.
The fishing area itself, should be opened last year. Blue Springs first dog park also opened last year. Plans for the park also include a skate park and a soap box derby track.

Hidden Valley Park
6500 N.W. Valley View Road
This is the place to go for a day of sports. The 116-acre park includes three baseball fields, nine softball fields, three lighted football fields and a volleyball court. Handicapped accessible, the park features picnic tables, barbecue grills, a lighted shelter and a playground.
Restrooms, water fountains and electrical outlets are also available.

James Walker School Park
214 E. Walnut St.
This 8-acre park features a basketball court, a practice ball field, a soccer field and a walking/jogging trail.
The park is also home to the city’s second skate park, a 4,500-square-foot concrete skate plaza with several different features.
Keystone Park
2214 S.E. Keystone Drive
Keystone park is a great spot to go during all seasons. The 42-acre park includes a shelter, picnic tables, two lighted softball fields, barbecue grills and a walking/jogging trail. A sledding hill is also available during winter months.

Pink Hill Park
2715 N.W. Park Drive
The 40-acre park with handicapped accessibility features shelters, picnic tables and a horseshoe pit. The park also includes facilities for all types of sports with a sand volleyball court, two tennis courts, three lighted baseball fields, two lighted football fields, two soccer fields and a BMX bike track.

Rotary Park at Railroad Lake
600 N.W. Vesper St.
Rotary Park sits on 12 acres of parkland. The park includes two shelters, picnic tables, a sand volleyball court, a basketball court, three tennis courts, a fishing area and a walking/jogging trail. From March to September of 2008 Rotary Park will host an art exhibit.

Ward Park
1000 S.W. 22nd St.
Featuring 13 acres of picnic tables, barbecue grills, two shelters, a basketball court, a playground, two tennis courts and a walking/jogging trail,  is also handicapped accessible.

Wilbur Young Park
1200 S.E. Taylor Road
Young Park has 40 acres featuring a shelter house, barbecue grills, a playground and a picnic area. A basketball court, softball field, baseball field, two sand volleyball courts and six tennis courts are also available.

Woods Chapel Park
401 N.W. 39th St.
This park sits on 10 acres of parkland featuring picnic tables, play equipment, a fishing area and a sledding hill during the winter.
All information provided by www.bluespringsgov.com. For more information or maps of city parks, call 816-228-0137, or visit www.bluespringsgov.com and click on the Parks and Recreation link.