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Join MPRA today and take advantage of the countless benefits an MPRA membership provides.

Membership renewals for 2024 open October 1, 2023!

MPRA Career Center

Visit the MPRA Career Center and view current job and internship offerings for park and recreation professionals in Missouri and surrounding areas.

MPRA Calendar

View and register for events and educational opportunities on MPRA's online event calendar.

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Log into the MPRA Member InfoHub to update your contact information, search directories, make payments, and much more. 

Useful Resources

From legislative information and the ticket consignment program to scholarships and certification reimbursements, the MPRA Resource Center has the info you need.

We are Missouri Parks and Recreation!

Missouri Parks and Recreation Association (MPRA) is a nonprofit association formed in 1959 to ensure growth and improve of the quality and accessibility of urban and rural parks, open spaces and recreational lands, facilities and programs for all Missourians.

MPRA also serves as the voice for parks and recreation in Missouri on the local, state and national level. MPRA strives to maintain high standards of professional ethics and practices by promoting continuing education for its membership.

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Volunteer With MPRA

The MPRA Sections have open section leadership positions (President and Secretary/Treasurer) and are seeking candidates for the next election. If interested, click the section name below to email the current leadership and let them know.

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Spring AFO & CPSI

The Missouri Park and Recreation Association, in conjunction with the National Recreation and Park Association, offers premium certification programs in swimming pool operations and playground safety. Register now for the spring Certified Playground Safety Inspector course held on March 26-28, 2024 in St. Charles, MO and the Aquatics Facility Operator course held virtually on April 9-10, 2024.

February 2024 Member Spotlight

"Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Everyone makes them, but it shows that you are trying. Own up to it and learn from it. When you make the really bad ones, you tend to do it only once as it makes a giant impression. When it has been resolved, try to get a good night’s rest, put it in the rear-view mirror, and prove yourself the next day."

- Maggie Martin, St. Louis County Parks

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MPRA Member



  • Continuing Education Opportunities
  • Annual Conference & Expo
  • Certifications
  • Scholarships/Certification Reimbursement

CONNECT with Parks & Recreation Professionals

  • Member Directories
  • Professional Staff Assistance
  • Leadership Opportunities
  • Sections of Interest
  • Member Forums

Ways We COMMUNICATE with Members

  • MPRA Magazine
  • Monthly Newsletter


  • MPRA is the recognized voice of parks, recreation, and leisure services in Missouri and work with policymakers to represent the need of our members.