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

info@mopark.org \\ Tel: 573.636.3828 

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Board Leadership

Executive Committee:

President: Phil StilesJC Parks

Incoming President: Gabe Huffington, Columbia Parks & Rec

Past President: Miki McKee Koelsch, Webster Groves Parks & Rec

Secretary/Treasurer: Michael Biedenstein, St. Louis County Parks

Directors at Large:

     Amy Boyd, (20-22) Des Peres Parks & Rec

     Dennis Dovel, (20-22) Blue Springs Parks & Rec

     Kim Hedgpeth, (20-22) Kirkwood Parks & Rec

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

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

Northwest Region (1)

DirectorJustin Merkey, Gladstone Parks & Rec

Director-Elect (22-23): Jody Siemer, KC Parks

Past Director: Nathan Musteen, Raymore Parks & Rec

Northeast Region (2)

DirectorJoey Wilmes, Columbia Parks & Rec

Director-Elect (22-23): Leslie Keeney, Moberly Parks & Rec

Past DirectorAngie Toebben, Jefferson City Parks & Rec

Southwest Region (3)
Southeast Region (4)

DirectorHeidi Johnson, Lamar Parks & Rec

Director-Elect (22-23): Sarah Coulter, Springfield-Greene County PB

Past DirectorJon Carney, Springfield-Greene County PB

DirectorMike Lueck, Wentzville Parks & Rec

Director-Elect (22-23): Joseph Seastrom, Ferguson Parks & Rec

Past DirectorChris Cholley, Bridgeton Parks & Rec


Aquatics Section

PresidentClara Scott, Sedalia Parks and Rec

President-Elect (22-23): Vacant

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Park Resources Section

PresidentSusan Jankowski, Great Rivers Greenway

President-Elect (22-23): Vacant

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Sports Section: 

PresidentMissy Morarity, JC Parks

President-Elect (22-23): Morgan Tangen, Grandview Parks & Rec

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Young Professionals Section

PresidentPaul Kettenbach, St. Louis County Parks

President-Elect (22-23): Brittanie Propes, Smithville Parks & Rec

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