Point of View

Excelsior Springs, Missouri

The Stick that stirs the Drink

"Life without play is a grinding, mechanical existence organized around doing the things necessary for survival. Play is the stick that stirs the drink...Play is the vital essence of Life" Dr. Stuart Brown


The official definition of play: engage in activity for enjoyment & recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose. Children deprived of independent play often pay the price in decreased social & emotional well-being. Conversely, adults who remain playful throughout life have better longevity.


Playing For Keeps from KPJR Films examines the value of play through a health lens, featuring high performing individuals who prioritize play as essential to a happier life. "The film is a wonderful showcase of the importance of play in our daily lives, and now more than ever highlights how the power of play can reduce stress, activate a healthy lifestyle, & create meaningful community connections. The Pandemic is a reset. While we are reinventing how we go to work and school, let's not lose our sense of fun. Excelsior Springs is blessed with Play Masters, the Community Center, Parks & Recreation, Golf, Downtown Excelsior Partnerships, and many of our small businesses know how to safely PLAY FOR KEEPS.

Week of December 14th - Recovery Phase 2, Step 2+

CCPHC Order - Masks are required indoors until further notice; 50% occupancy; groups limited to 10

Tuesday 11am - 2pm Free COVID Testing @ Crescent Lake Christian Center

Tuesday 4PM - Municipal Court

Friday 7:30am - Council Work Session

5-Minute Community Survey

Thrive Excelsior is committed to increasing the quality of life and life expectancy in Excelsior Springs and in turn strengthening our whole community. If you live, work, or play in Excelsior Springs, we want to hear from you! Take our annual community survey today at https://bit.ly/ESThrive20

Worthy of Mention

The annual service awards luncheon was postponed this summer, in hopes pandemic conditions would improve before the end of the year. Because we are still not gathering in groups, City Council members are making visits to each work site to recognize our employees for their years of service. This year awards go to:
  • Danny Hagar, Police Communications Officer, Monty Berndt, Assistant Grounds Superintendent, & Brad Smith, Assistant Fire Chief - 35 Years
  • Joe Maddick, Assistant Fire Chief - 25 Years & Nate Conyers, Storm Water Coordinator - 15 Years
  • Marla Ellison, Finance Accounting Clerk, Sarah Davis, Fire Administrative Assistant & Andy Starkenbaum, GIS - 5 years of Service.

Key Project Updates

  • CARES funding made it possible to acquire cleaning equipment & temperature scanning device for the Community Center. Laptops & docking stations purchased so staff can work remotely if needed are ready for use.
  • Clay County Senior Services targeted services to address social isolation, nutrition programs, technology, & transportation. The Excelsior Springs Senior Center is seeking funds to curb isolation among our seniors.
  • Plans for Lynn Park Apartments & Medical Marijuana dispensary are under review.
  • The Hall of Waters was featured in Citizen's Institute for Rural Design's (CIRD) newsletter. CIRD is located in West Virginia.
  • The Missouri Emergency Rental Arrears Program (ERAP) provides relief to property owners & tenants impacted by COVID-19. ERAP is offering assistance for up to six (6) months of past-due rent directly to landlords on behalf of qualified tenants. For more information on this program, please visit https://www.mohousingresources.com/erap.

Choose Your Attitude!

Thankful for Broadway Bar & Grill's wings, D.I.C.K.S for serving the BEST Coca Cola & great biscuits/gravy & Ventana's smothered chicken! Thankful for our police, EMS & firefighters. Thankful to live in a small town with light traffic & quiet neighborhoods. So thankful for our teachers, support staff & administrators doing their best in these uncharted waters. Superheroes they are! Thankful for all the doctors & nurses at the hospital & also the medics on the fire dept. Found comments on Facebook Thankful Thursday.