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.







Gary Gates

Gary Gates, CPRP

Executive Director


Sarah Veile, CPRP

Assistant Executive Director

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Heather Rice

Membership & Marketing Specialist

Our Address
Office Hours

2018 William Street

Jefferson City, MO 65109

Monday – Friday  8:00AM – 4:30PM

info@mopark.org \\ Tel: 573.636.3828 

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Board Leadership

Executive Committee:

President: Miki McKee KoelschWebster Groves Parks & Rec

Incoming President: Roosevelt LyonsKansas City Parks & Rec

Past President: Brian Schaffer, Des Peres Parks & Rec

Secretary/Treasurer: Mike Snyder, Columbia Parks & Rec

Directors at Large:

     Dave Musgrave, (19-21) Ferguson Parks & Rec 

     Eilien Ramirez, (19-21) Crestwood Parks & Rec

     Amy Boyd, Des Peres Parks & Rec

     Dennis Dovel, Blue Springs Parks & Rec

     Kim Hedgpeth, KirkwoodParks & Rec     

Northwest Region (1)

Director: Nathan Musteen, Raymore Parks & Rec

Director-Elect (21-22): Justin Merkey, Gladstone Parks & Rec

Past Director: Nate Williams, Excelsior Springs Parks & Rec

Northeast Region (2)

Director: Angie Toebben, Jefferson City Parks & Rec

Director-Elect (21-22): Joey Wilmes, Columbia Parks & Rec

Past DirectorJanet Godon, Columbia Parks & Rec

Southwest Region (3)
Southeast Region (4)

Director: Jon Carney, Springfield-Greene County PB

Director-Elect (21-22): Heidi Johnson, Lamar Parks & Rec

Past DirectorJennafer Mayfield , Republic Parks & Recreation

Director: Chris Cholley, Bridgeton Parks & Rec

Director-Elect (21-22): Mike Lueck, Wentzville Parks & Rec

Past Director: James Boyd, Webster Groves Parks & Rec


Aquatics Section

President: Jende Smith, St. Joseph Parks & Rec

President-Elect (21-22): Sarah Coulter, Springfield-Greene Cty Park Board

Park Resources Section

President: Peter VanLinn, St. Charles Parks & Rec

President-Elect (21-22): Susan Jankowski, Great Rivers Greenway

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Sports Section: [July Meeting Agenda]

President: Brittany Johnston, Liberty Parks & Rec

President-Elect (21-22): Kendra Beaver, Excelsior Springs Parks & Rec

Young Professionals Section

President: Cassie Brandt, Columbia Parks & Rec

President-Elect (21-22): Paul Kettenbach, St. Louis County Parks