P.O. Box 16451, Hattiesburg, MS 39404-6451 or 629 North Main Street, Hattiesburg, MS 39401
About MRPA

The Mississippi Recreation and Park Association (MRPA) is a statewide, non-profit service organization. Our members are dedicated to advancing parks, recreation, and environmental efforts that advance the quality of life for every Mississippians. Our members work closely with state and local recreation professionals, park agencies, associated corporations with the industry and citizens groups to publicize and support state and local recreation opportunities.

To give parks and recreation professionals the tools to better serve the public, our three districts offer special educational opportunities including field and turf management and playground safety workshops. MRPA hosts an annual conference in the fall each year. Certified professionals can earn continuing education credit at all of these events.

MRPA members receive weekly Newsbites that keep them informed about events, activities and trends that affect the profession. Join our statewide efforts to promote healthy Mississippians, sustainable resources and community cohesiveness.

The Mississippi Recreation and Park Association recognizes the National Recreation and Park Association’s Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) certification. The program is designed for the beginning to mid-level professional. Attaining the CPRP designation shows that you have met education and experience qualifications, and illustrates your commitment to the profession as well as your knowledge and understanding of key concepts within parks and recreation. For more information or to apply for certification email certification@nrpa.org.  

Our Team Members
  • Sheila Runnels
    Sheila Runnels

    Tupelo Parks and Recreation P.O. Box 3608 Tupelo, MS 38803 sheila.runnels@tupeloms.gov 662-841-6440

  • Alex Wilcox
    Alex Wilcox
    Immediate Past President

    Tupelo Parks and Recreation P.O. Box 3608 Tupelo, MS 38803 alex.wilcox@tupeloms.gov (662) 841-644

  • Darcie Crew
    Darcie Crew

    Jackson County Recreation Department 5400 Ball Park Road Vancleave, MS 39565-9554 darciecrew@gmail.com 228-826-5330

  • William Pochop
    William Pochop

    Starkville Parks & Recreation 405 Lynn Lane Starkville, MS 39759 662-323-2294 wpochop@starkvilleparks.com

  • Mike Young
    Mike Young
    District I Representative

    City of Oxford 310 S 15th Street Oxford, MS 38655 mikeyoung@oxfordparkcommission.com 662-232-2391

  • Chandra Fontenot Broomfield
    Chandra Fontenot Broomfield
    Distric II Representative

    Clinton Department of Therapeutic Recreation Wood Activity & Therapeutic Center P.O. Box 156 111 Clinton Blvd. Clinton, MS 39060 601-924-6387 cbroomfield@clintonms.org

  • Cheryl Bell
    Cheryl Bell
    District III Representative

    Biloxi Parks and Recreation P.O. Box 775
    Biloxi, MS 39533 cbell@biloxi.ms.us

  • Cole Smith
    Cole Smith
    Member at Large

    Cole Smith Director of Parks and Recreation City of Richland Tel: 601-487-9991 csmith@richlandms.com

  • Brittany Roberts
    Brittany Roberts
    MTRA Representative

    Woodland Village Nursing Center 13743 Windwood Drive Gulfport, MS 39503 225-397-2497 broberts@wvnc.net

  • Jason McKnatt
    Jason McKnatt
    Citizen Board Member

    MUSCO Sports Lighting 10 Peachtree Lane Madison, MS 39110 (601) 402-1080 jason.mcknatt@musco.com