Matt Crouse, Director of Nixa Parks and Recreation, was honored with the Missouri Park and Recreation Association’s Associate Fellow Award at the organization’s annual conference, held in Branson on Feb. 28.
Crouse made the community of Christian County his passion through living, working, and most importantly, playing in Nixa.
Crouse was recognized for standing out as a leader in the field of parks and recreation. He became Nixa’s parks director in 2014.
“He is approachable and supportive which has greatly changed the paradigm in which the community views the department,” a statement from the Missouri Park and Recreation Association reads. “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.”
Crouse was commended for helping Nixa Parks and Recreation develop public trust and internal leadership.
“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,” the statement reads.
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.
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.