Blue Springs commits $35 million to new aquatics center

Blue Springs commits $35 million to new aquatics center

BLUE SPRINGS, Missouri. In the new budget, the city council is allocating millions of dollars for a new aquatics center, park upgrades and infrastructure repairs.

On Sept. 19, Blue Springs City Council members adopted a nearly $110 million budget for the next fiscal year. It enters into force on October 1.

Most of the budget will go toward capital improvements to the city, including $35 million to build an aquatics center.

Renderings show the building will include a cool water pool with a climbing wall and waterfall. There will also be diving platforms and a pool with warm water. The lifestyle pool will include a current channel that can be used for water exercises, swimming lessons and physiotherapy sessions.

An indoor splash pad, water slide, steam room and hot tub are also expected to be included.

Outside, there will be a 40-foot tower with water slides, a wave pool, a “lazy river” and a play structure for children, according to city officials. YouTube channel.

In November, the city plans to break ground on an aquatics center near Northeast Mock Avenue and Northeast Sunnyside Lane. The facility is expected to open in May 2024.

The city authorities announced that millions of funds for the project will be raised through bonds. The bonds will be repaid with a voter-approved parks sales tax.

Blue Springs has earmarked another $8 million in park sales tax to support city parks through 2023.

In addition, the city plans to spend about $5 million on street improvements throughout the city, as well as funding for water and sewer improvements in 2023.

“Our core and essential services are always given the highest priority in allocating funds, but all budget decisions present unique challenges due to the city’s limited resources,” said City Administrator Mike Eki. “Nevertheless, this budget makes clear to our residents the value they receive every day from their taxes.”

Blue Springs has posted its budget online be transparent about how he plans to spend taxpayers’ money.

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