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Thursday, May 21, 2009


The Jackson County Parks, Recreation and Recycling is pleased to announce that they will be opening Blue Springs Recreational Area for the 2009 season on Saturday, May 23. The hours of operation will be 11:00 am to 6:00 pm Tuesday through Sunday. They will be open on Monday, May 25, for Memorial Day, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Monday, September 7, for Labor Day. 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 enjoyed the family atmosphere that we had when we all were growing up. The park has a concessions stand for any food or beverage needs. There you can rent canoe, 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 like this! Last year we had over 27,000 visitors, and we expect to surpass that number. We also have pavilions for rent, but you need to call quickly, because they are going fast. Last year we had over 2,000 visitors on Memorial Day, so if want to get a good spot, you better come early, we open at 10:00 am on holidays. We will also have security patrols 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 provides more safety for our canoes, paddleboats and swimmers. Everyone should check the requirements for boating and snorkeling before entering this area."

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