Blue Springs budgets $35M for a new aquatics center

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – The City Council commits millions of dollars in funding to a new aquatics center, park upgrades, and infrastructure improvements in the new budget.

Blue Springs City Council members adopted a budget of nearly $ 110 million for the next fiscal year on September 19, it took place on October 1.

The biggest part of the budget will pay for capital improvements throughout the city, including $35 million to build an aquatics center.

Renderings show the building will include a cold water lap pool with a rock climbing wall and waterfall. There is also a diving platform and a warm water lifestyle pool. The lifestyle pool will include a current channel that can be used for aqua training, swimming lessons and physical therapy sessions.

Indoor splash pads, water slides, steam rooms and hot tubs are also expected to be included.

Outside, there will be a 40-foot slide tower offering multiple water slides, a wave pool, a lazy river and a play structure for children, according to the city. YouTube channel.

The city hopes to break ground on the aquatic center near Northeast Mock Avenue and Northeast Sunnyside Lane in November. The facility is expected to open in May 2024.

The city said millions in funding for the project would be raised by bonds. The bond will be repaid through a voter-approved Parks Sales Tax.

Blue Springs budgeted another $8 million from the Park Sales Tax to maintain city parks through 2023.

In addition, the city hopes to spend about $5 million to improve city streets, plus funds for water and sewer system improvements in 2023.

“Our core and essential services always receive the highest priority in making funds, but all budget decisions present unique challenges due to the City’s limited resources,” said City Administrator Mike Ekey. “However, this budget makes clear to our citizens the value they receive every day from their tax dollars.”

Blue Springs publishes its budget online be transparent in how it plans to spend taxpayer money.

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