January 21, 2023
By Joe Snook
Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation Administrator
Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation (LSPR) is excited to share with our community that former LSPR Administrator, Tom Lovell, will be inducted into the Missouri Recreation and Parks (MRP) Hall of Fame in February.
Tom’s induction into the MRP Hall of Fame is a testament to his impact on our community and his influence and contributions to the parks and recreation profession at the state and national levels. Tom’s 44-year career included leadership positions with three departments; service on several local, regional, and national boards; teaching at National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) schools and local universities; countless presentations at state and national conferences; and published articles in trade publications.
Tom’s contributions impacted thousands of parks and recreation professionals around the country, who then influenced their communities. Lee’s Summit was fortunate to have Tom serve as our Administrator for 38 years. His efforts over that time grew the park system from 12 employees to 42, added 950 acres of park land, 77 miles of trails, three community centers, 18 parks and one aquatic center. LSPR achieved accreditation and was also awarded NRPA’s prestigious “Gold Medal” award under Tom’s leadership.
Joe Snook, LSPR’s Administrator, states, “Tom’s vision, leadership, and dedication inspired his staff, the countless volunteers who served on the Parks and Recreation Boards, and our community to create an award-winning and nationally-respected parks and recreation system. His contributions extended well beyond Lee’s Summit, inspiring park and recreation professionals throughout the country. We couldn’t be prouder and more excited for his induction into the MRP Hall of Fame.”