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The Montana Trails, Recreation and Park Association is comprised of professionals in the parks & recreation field dedicated to improving your quality of life! Members of the organization are affiliated with local, county, state and federal agencies and businesses.

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Parks are iconic staples in community. Recreation brings community together. Trails connect community to nature for that much needed outdoor time. Parks and Recreation matter so much to our livelihood. Numerous studies have provided information linking improved mental/physical health, community involvement, and economic benefits with he presence of trails, recreation, and parks. Yet, funding and road blocks constantly threaten these important entities. We are on a mission to help Montana preserve and utilize our parks, trails, and recreation resources across the state while supporting the growth of our professional industry behind the scenes of these beloved areas and programs.

Support MTRPA

Your parks, your recreation, and your trails need your support! Our membership opportunity gives individuals, groups, organizations, and commercial businesses the chance to support their state’s parks and recreation association. By becoming a member of the Montana Trails Recreation and Parks Association, you are supporting mission. Learn more about membership.


We hold an annual MTRPA Conference in the spring and a fall conference at Montana League of Cities and Towns inviting park and recreation entities and affiliates to learn, grow, and come together on current topics in the field. This provides education, networking, and community growth opportunities for professionals, businesses, and organizations across the state.

Legislative Platform

We must make our voice heard to influence polices and persuade elected officials to support recreation, parks, and trails! Our legislative chair provides our board with legislative updates and the board evaluates to support or oppose these items. Help us be heard by becoming a member, get Legislative Updates, or subscribe to our email newsletter.

Member of NRPA

The MTRPA represents our beautiful state of Montana as member of the National Recreation and Parks Association. Visit to learn more.

Board of Directors

Our MTRPA Board of Directors are working hard towards our mission educating members and non members of the MTRPA with valuable resources to support our state’s recreation and parks.

Mike Whitaker– Director
Billings Parks & Recreation Dept.
390 North 23rd Street
Billings, MT 59101

President Elect
Mitch Overton – Director
Bozeman Parks & Recreation
415 North Bozeman Ave
Bozeman, MT 59715
(406) 582-3222

Past President
Chad Fincher – Director
Kalispell Parks & Recreation Dept.
P.O. Box 1997
Kalispell, MT 59903

Maria Butts – Director
Whitefish Parks & Recreation Dept.
504 Central Ave
Whitefish, MT 59937

Danielle Beaudin
Missoula Parks & Recreation Dept.
600 Cregg Lane
Missoula, MT 59801

Chris Waite
Billings Parks and Recreation
390 North 23rd Street
Billings, MT 59101

Advisory Team
Donna Gaukler – Director
Missoula Parks & Recreation Dept.
600 Cregg Ln.
Missoula, MT 59801

Advisory Team
Craig Marr
Helena Parks & Recreation Dept.
316 N. Park Avenue
Helena, MT 59623

Advisory Team
Pat Doyle – Marketing & Communications Mgr
Montana State Parks
PO Box 200701
Helena, MT 59601
Trails Representative
Bob Walker – Montana Trails Coalition
Student Liason
University of Montana
32 Campus Drive #1234
Missoula, MT 59812
Marian Permann – Aquatics Facilities Supervisor
Great Falls Parks & Recreation
Great Falls, MT 59403


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Sponsors, vendors, members, volunteers, and board members make our efforts possible. Want to get involved? Become a member and contact us.