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, CPRP
Sarah Veile, CPRP
Assistant Executive Director
Membership & Marketing Specialist
2018 William Street
Jefferson City, MO 65109
Monday – Friday 8:00AM – 4:30PM
firstname.lastname@example.org \\ Tel: 573.636.3828
President: Phil Stiles, JC 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)
Director: Justin Merkey, Gladstone Parks & Rec
Director-Elect (22-23): Jody Siemer, KC Parks
Northeast Region (2)
Director: Joey Wilmes, Columbia Parks & Rec
Director-Elect (22-23): Leslie Keeney, Moberly Parks & Rec
Past Director: Angie Toebben, Jefferson City Parks & Rec
Southwest Region (3)
Southeast Region (4)
Director: Heidi Johnson, Lamar Parks & Rec
Director-Elect (22-23): Sarah Coulter, Springfield-Greene County PB
Past Director: Jon Carney, Springfield-Greene County PB
Director: Mike Lueck, Wentzville Parks & Rec
Director-Elect (22-23): Joseph Seastrom, Ferguson Parks & Rec
Past Director: Chris Cholley, Bridgeton Parks & Rec
President-Elect (22-23): Vacant
Park Resources Section
President: Susan Jankowski, Great Rivers Greenway
President-Elect (22-23): Vacant
President: Missy Morarity, JC Parks
President-Elect (22-23): Morgan Tangen, Grandview Parks & Rec
Young Professionals Section
President: Paul Kettenbach, St. Louis County Parks
President-Elect (22-23): Brittanie Propes, Smithville Parks & Rec