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Nixa Parks Director receives Missouri Parks & Recreation Associate Fellow Award

Post Date:03/08/2019 5:00 PM

Matt Crouse, Director of Nixa Parks and Recreation, has been honored with the Missouri Park and Recreation Association’s Associate Fellow Award at their annual conference on February 28, 2019 in Branson, MO.

Link to video profile of Matt Crouse produced by MPRA.

Matt Crouse MPRA Associate Fellow Award

The following is from a March 7 press release from the MPRA:

Matt Crouse has made his hometown community his passion through living, working, and most importantly, playing in Nixa, MO. He stands out as a leader in the field and to his staff members by jumping into the thick of the work and applying himself to anything he would ask others to do. That's just something he considers part of the job. His focus on teamwork takes a backseat to the authority and status that comes from being the Director of Parks and Recreation. He is approachable and supportive which has greatly changed the paradigm in which the community views the department.

His multi-faceted approach to parks and recreation is unique among the field. His ability to utilize strategic planning, customer focused operations, a business-like mind set allows Nixa Parks and Recreation to thrive while maintaining a community atmosphere.

As a well know member of the community, he holds the trust and respect of community members. A simple trip across town can end up being a connection opportunity. He never misses a chance to help his community members meet their goals, identify community needs, and instill trust. His character strengths are perfectly matched for his role in parks and recreation-we all know he is a woo-er of the people with a charismatic leadership style. He is an example of leadership that makes the field of parks and recreation stronger.

About the Missouri Park and Recreation Associate Fellow Award:

The Missouri Park and Recreation Associate Fellow Award is given to up to two members of the association each year. The recipient must have at least three years of experience as a leader, instructor, supervisor, or a combination of same in the field of parks and recreation. The recipient must also contribute to the association and display leadership. For more details, the MPRA Awards code can be found at

About the Missouri Park and Recreation Association:

The Missouri Park and Recreation 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 recreation lands, facilities and programs for all Missourians. It promotes research and information dissemination on parks, conservation, recreation, and leisure issues.