The City of Blue Springs was recently named a “Community for All Ages,” which recognizes its work to become more age friendly. The recognition program encourages communities to respond positively to the rapid increase in the older adult population and to adopt policies and programs that make the region a great place for residents of all ages to live and age well. This program is administered by the Mid-America Regional Council, KC Communities For All Ages and the First Suburbs Coalition.
The basic idea behind communities for all ages is to create and foster an active, caring and welcoming community that promotes respect, diversity and inclusion of all ages and cultures. This approach is intended to improve quality of life for all residents. The Kansas City region’s demographic makeup is changing. Over the next 30 years, the population of the Greater Kansas City region is expected to expand from today’s two million to an estimated 2.7 million.
The Blue Springs community has a vision for a vibrant, mixed-use downtown that is the economic and social heart of the community. The concept has been achieved through years of intense community discussion, including Downtown Alive!, citizens’ visioning efforts titled, “Out of the Blue, Into the Future” and “Renew the Blue” and efforts of various community partners, including the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce.