This Year's Project:
About Our Organization
The above photo illustrates why I am supporting Big Give Gage fundraising project: Improving Blue Springs One Property At A Time. The photo was taken of Jo Plihal in 2016 when she and her two sons Clark and Mike Plihal volunteered to do landscaping at the Chief Standing Bear, Blue Springs Trailhead. The Blue Springs Trailhead is just one of many projects Improving Blue Springs One Property At A Time has worked on over the last four years.
Clark Plihal who is a former resident of rural Blue Springs and now resides in Wood River. He donated his equipment, fuel and landscaping expertise over multiple days so a pollinator garden, wild prairie and arboretum could be developed at the Chief Standing Bear, Blue Springs Trailhead to be enjoyed by the public. For the last four years the Blue Springs Trailhead has been maintained by dedicated volunteers: Kevin Holiday, Patti Novotny, Janet Morris, Larry and Shirley Anderson to name just a few. Holiday and Andersons have donated time, fuel and equipment to mow and maintain the trailhead.
Since 2016 Improving Blue Springs One Property At A Time has coordinated a number of projects to improve the quality of life in Blue Springs and its rural area.
- · Partnered with the City of Blue Springs to remove 30 unsightly properties consisting of homes, abandoned vehicles, mobile homes, garages and other small structures
- · Maintains and mows five parcels of land consisting of 12 lots to be developed for future housing (Rex Adams and Dan Disney have utilized their own mowers and fuel to maintain these lots)
- · Planted over 60 trees and shrubs at the two city parks, Chief Standing Bear Trail, Blue Springs Trailhead and future housing lots through the support of Nebraska Forest Service/Nebraska Statewide Arboretum and Bluebirds Across Nebraska
- · Acquired grants through Gage County Foundation, Raymond and Betty Eisenhauer Bequest Fund and Norris Power Goodwill Fund to install new lights, upgrade the electrical system and landscaping at the Blue Springs Park tennis court area
- · Developed in cooperation with Bluebirds Across Nebraska and the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum the pollinator garden, wild bird habitat, native prairie and memorial garden at the Chief Standing Bear, Blue Springs Trailhead
These and many other projects would not have been possible without the dedication of a core of volunteers who have dedicated their time, equipment and personal finances to achieve and maintain these projects to make Blue Springs a better place to live now and in the future.
Improving Blue Springs One Property At A Time was organized in 2016 and was officially registered as a 501 C-3 nonprofit May 16, 2017. It is located in Blue Springs, NE. The nonprofit consists of 17 volunteer residents and former residents whose mission is to: Promote a clean, healthy and safe community environment to live in by developing partnerships and the utilization of conservation practices to enhance the quality of life and affordable housing in Blue Springs and its rural service area. Since 2016, Improving Blue Springs One Property At A Time has partnered with the city of Blue Springs to remove over 30 unsightly properties consisting of homes, abandoned vehicles, mobile homes, garages and other small structures. It has helped citizens with limited resources to remove brush, tires and debris from their properties and helped with city parks revitalization and cleanup.
Commercial Zero Turn Mower
Improving Blue Springs One Property At A Time purchased and maintains three parcels of land consisting of 12 lots that once consisted of abandoned structures. These lots are being maintained to make them more appealing to purchase for future housing. Maintenance of these lots is currently done by four volunteers utilizing their own mowing equipment which has caused a lot of wear and tear on their equipment at a personal cost to them. The money requested would be used towards the purchase of a commercial zero-turn lawn mower to mow 12 lots, the Chief Standing Bear Trail, Blue Springs Trailhead and any future lots purchased to enhance the quality of life in Blue Springs.