On November 29, 1959 the Missouri Recreation Association and the Missouri Recreation and Park Society merged forming the Missouri Park and Recreation Association (MPRA). MPRA serves as the voice for parks and recreation in Missouri on the local, state and national level.
The nonprofit association, whose members work to provide opportunities for all the state’s citizens to enjoy quality leisure activities, is dedicated to promoting public support for parks and recreation and public awareness of the contribution of recreation to a balanced life.
The association works to ensure the growth and improve the quality and accessibility of urban and rural parks, open spaces and recreational lands, facilities and programs for all Missourians. It promotes research and information dissemination on park, conservation, recreation and leisure issues.
MPRA strives to maintain high standards of professional ethics and practices by promoting continuing education for its membership. The association encourages the support of college and university curricula to enhance research and assure a well-trained stream of future professionals.
MPRA cooperates with public, private and voluntary agencies to assure provision of quality park, recreation, and conservation programs.
MPRA is governed by a board of directors elected by the general membership. The association maintains a headquarters office with a full-time staff in Jefferson City. MPRA is an affiliate member of the National Recreation and Park Association.
Our Mission... To advocate the quality of life through effective use of parks and recreation opportunities, education, and resources.
2018 William Street
Jefferson City, MO 65109
Monday – Friday 8:00AM – 4:30PM
\\ Tel: 573.636.3828
President: Brian Schaffer, Des Peres Parks & Recreation
Incoming President: Miki McKee Koelsch, Webster Groves Parks & Rec
Past President: Chad Shoemaker, Mexico Parks & Recreation
Secretary/Treasurer: Mike Snyder, Columbia Parks & Recreation
Northwest Region (1)
Director: Nate Williams, Excelsior Springs Parks & Rec
Southwest Region (3)
Director: Jennafer Mayfield , Republic Parks & Recreation
Director-Elect: Jon Carney, Springfield-Greene County Park Board
Directors at Large:
Steve Clark, Webster Groves Parks & Recreation
Gabe Huffington, Columbia Parks & Recreation
Jody Siemer, Kansas City Parks & Recreation
Dave Musgrave, Ferguson Parks & Recreation
Eilien Ramirez, Crestwood Parks & Recreation
Northeast Region (2)
Director: Janet Godon, Columbia Parks & Recreation
Director-Elect: Angie Toebben, Jefferson City Parks & Recreation
Past Director: Cassie Brandt, Columbia Parks & Recreation
Southeast Region (4)
Director: James Boyd, Ballwin Parks & Recreation
Director-Elect: Chris Cholley, Bridgeton Parks & Recreation
Past Director: vacant
Leisure Educators Section President: Hugh Gibson, Missouri State University
Student Section President: Jason Young, University of Missouri