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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.


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Gary Gates

Gary Gates, CPRP

Executive Director

Sarah Veile

Sarah Veile, CPRP

Assistant Executive Director

Heather Rice

Heather Rice

Membership & Marketing Specialist

Our Address

Office Hours

2018 William Street

Jefferson City, MO 65109

Monday – Friday  8:00AM – 4:30PM \\ Tel: 573.636.3828 

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Board Leadership

Executive Committee:

President: Gabe Huffington, Columbia Parks & Rec

Incoming President: Jeff Stubblefield, Maryville Parks & Rec

Past President: Phil Stiles, JC Parks

Secretary/Treasurer: Michael Biedenstein, NRPA

Directors at Large:

     Tera Baker, (21-23) Bridgeton Parks & Rec

     Cassie Brandt, (21-23) Columbia Parks & Rec

     Alyssa Groeteke, (22-24) Wentzville Parks & Rec

     Rodney Sadler, (22-24) Kirksville Parks & Rec   

     BJ Staab, (22-24) Liberty Parks & Rec   


Northwest Region (1)

DirectorJody Siemer, KC Parks

Director-Elect (23-24): Brittany Johnston, Liberty Parks & Rec

Past Director: Justin Merkey, Gladstone Parks & Rec

Northeast Region (2)

DirectorLeslie Keeney, Moberly Parks & Rec

Director-Elect (23-24): Seth Cooke, Mexico Parks & Rec

Past DirectorJoey Wilmes, Columbia Parks & Rec

Southwest Region (3)
Southeast Region (4)

DirectorJill Simmons, Springfield-Greene County Park Board

Director-Elect (23-24): Katie Buford, Nixa Parks & Rec

Past DirectorHeidi Johnson, Lamar Parks & Rec

DirectorJoseph Seastrom, Ferguson Parks & Rec

Director-Elect (23-24): Amy Hays, Maryland Heights Parks & Rec

Past DirectorMike Lueck, Wentzville Parks & Rec


Aquatics Section

President: Kayla Volker, St. Peters Parks & Rec

President-Elect (23-24): Brandon Stortz, Midwest Pool Management


Park Resources Section

President: Jon Carney, Springfield-Greene County Park Board

President-Elect (23-24): Vacant

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Sports Section: 

PresidentMorgan Tangen, Grandview Parks & Rec

President-Elect (23-24): Joey Wilmes, Columbia Parks & Rec

Young Professionals Section

PresidentBrittanie Propes, Smithville Parks & Rec

President-Elect (23-24): Katelyn Haniford, Ferguson Parks & Rec

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