Tom Lovell announces retirement after 38 years at the helm of LS Parks Dept.

The Lee’s Summit Parks & Recreation Board wishes to announce the retirement of our Administrator, Tom Lovell. Tom has served Lee’s Summit Parks & Recreation for nearly 38 years and is now ready to pursue some of his many other interests and passions (including his four grandchildren). While we are sincerely happy for Tom in this new season of life, it is also with heartfelt sadness to not have him as a part of the LSPR team.

from Lee's Summit Parks & Recreation news release

Under Tom’s leadership, the Lee’s Summit Parks & Recreation system grew from 12 employees to 42 full-time employees, hundreds of part-time and seasonal employees, and an equal number of contractors. We have also grown our volunteer support to over 3,300 volunteers providing 98,324 hours of service each year. Our open space inventory has grown from 250 acres to over 1,200 acres. There are now 77 miles of trails, 30 neighborhood parks, three community centers, and a water park.

The attendance in these parks and facilities is now over 1 million a year and growing.

We all share the pride in having won the prestigious National Gold Medal Award for Park and Recreation Excellence. Only three cities in the State of Missouri have received this award. 

Additionally, we have maintained 14 years of full national accreditation through three rigorous on-site reviews. In the state of Missouri, only three other cities have achieved this distinction.

Finally and most important, the staff and Board have built an engaged, skilled, passionate team of volunteer leaders and staff that are second to none. The real measure of this accomplishment will be our ability to pursue “The Legacy for Tomorrow... Continues” with the same vigor and diligence that brought us to this juncture in the history of Lee’s Summit Parks & Recreation.

God Speed, Tom Lovell! You'll be missed, but not forgotten.