Member Biography

Robert J Hall

Robert J. Hall is known throughout the Park and Recreation field as one of the top professionals. Beginning his career in 1960 as a recreation leader in St. Louis, Missouri, he successfully advanced himself over several years, serving in positions as Community Center Director in St. Louis, Missouri; Director of Parks and Recreation in Kirkwood, Missouri; Superintendent of Recreation & Cultural Services for St. Louis County Parks and Recreation Department; Associate Director for St. Louis County Parks and Recreation Department and in 1995 he was appointed Director of St. Louis County Parks and Recreation Department. In 1998, he retired from the St. Louis County Parks Department to accept the position of Executive Director for Gateway Parks and Trails 2004 and has been instrumental in the successful creation of the Metropolitan Park and Recreation District and Metro East Park District, an intergovernmental cooperation in Missouri and Illinois to develop a series of interlinking parks and trails, a concept never before done in the country.

Bob received certification as a Certified Leisure Professional in 1994, and is an Alumnus of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He has served in a myriad of both local and national professional affiliations including Board of Governors for Fair St. Louis; President, Missouri Park and Recreation Association; Chairman, Great Lakes Regional Council; Fellow International Federation for Park & Recreation Administration; Chairman, NRPA National Forum; Trustee, National Recreation and Park Association; Chairman, International Affairs Committee, National Recreation and Park Association; President, American Academy for Parks and Recreation Administration and many more. In 1999 he received the honor from his peers of being elected as President to the National Park and Recreation Association. He served as delegate to four conferences for the National Recreation Association of Japan, in 1996, 1998,1999 and 2000, and the relationships he has developed between the National Recreation and Park Association and the National Recreation Association of Japan will be considered as one of his greatest accomplishments.

Bob has been recognized for his many accomplishments by being the recipient of numerous awards including Outstanding Professional, Great Lakes Regional Council; Fellow, Missouri Park and Recreation Association; Bi-State Chapter Service Award, American Red Cross and Amateur Skating Union of U.S. Award, Missouri Skating Association.

Proudly serving his community, and the nation, in the park and recreation field for 40 years, Robert J. Hall will continue to be known as one of the most outstanding professionals and leaders among his peers.