Jackson County Parks, Recreation and Recycling is pleased to announce the opening of Blue Springs Recreational Area for the 2010 season on Saturday, May 29. The hours of operation will be 11:00 am to 6:00 pm Tuesday through Sunday. The park will be open on Monday, May 31, for Memorial Day, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Monday, September 6, for Labor Day 10:00am to 6:00 pm. On the 4th of July hours will be 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. For more information you can call 718-0437 or 482-2114.
The rules for the park are as follows:
● All radios must be turned off upon entering the park.
● Portable radios must be used with headphones.
● No alcohol allowed. No weapons.
● No profanity.
● No pets, except service animals.
● Proper swimwear must be worn, including, but not limited to: no swimming in blue jeans, no thongs (guys or girls), no underwear can be visible.
These rules will be enforced and patrons may be removed from the park for violation of any of these rules.
According to Chuck Hatcher, Director of Parks and Recycling, “We have created at Blue Springs Park the same type of family atmosphere that many of us enjoyed when we were growing up.
The park has a concessions stand for all food or beverage needs. You can rent canoes, kayaks and paddleboats. For the swimmers, we have tube rentals available. For the younger kids we have a multi –station playground. For the older kids and adults we have an official beach volleyball court. We have just about anything you could want at a swimming facility”.
We are so fortunate to have such a great facility in our community! Last year the park had over 35,000 visitors, and this year they expect to surpass that number. Pavilions are also available for rent, but you need to call quickly, because they are going fast. Last year they had over 1,500 visitors on Memorial Day, so if want to get a good spot, you had better come early. The park opens at 10:00 am on holidays. All lifeguards are Red Cross Open Water Certified, and regular security patrols are conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.
All boaters should remember the No Wake Zone in the park area. This no wake zone is from the buoy line located just south of twin caves to the fence at the swimming facility. “This is to allow Fish and Wildlife to help monitor the water in the Blue Springs Recreational Area” Hatcher said. “It also provides more safety for our canoes, paddleboats and swimmers. Everyone should check the requirements for boating and snorkeling before entering this area. We are looking forward to another great year.”