BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. -- Blue Springs residents have a new opportunity to get into shape.
A new city-run indoor sports facility opens Monday.
Blue Springs bought the building where the facility is located last year so they could turn it into a place where families could go and work out.
The building used to be Sports City, so the infrastructure was already built – but the city still had to do a lot of work inside to transform it into a state-of-the-art workout facility.
City officials ripped out the batting cages and spent $6-million total to buy the building and make renovations.
Former Park Commission Chairwoman Linda Edison also made a sizable financial donation to make this happen.
Two years ago, Blue Springs residents indicated on a citizen satisfaction survey that they wanted an affordable recreational facility.
But voters in Blue Springs decided against raising the sales tax by half a cent to finance a $35-million facility.
When city officials saw Sports City was available for purchase, they jumped on the opportunity – and now instead of spending $35-million, they’ve spent $6-million to essentially get the same end result.
"What our intention was here was to try to bring as much technology into it because society is going to a lot of technology," says Dennis Dovel, Blue Springs Parks and Rec Director. "So were trying to use all the innovative opportunities that are out in the world today and try to bring them into the facility to keep people entertained and connected."
Membership rates are $25 per person a month or $55 for a family of four.
To learn more about hours and rates, click here.