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Patty DeForrest
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Patty DeForrest

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Party in the Patch

Celebrate fall in Shaw Park with your neighbors at the annual Party in the Patch on Friday, October 16 from 6:00 – 8:30 pm. Kids’ activities include games, crafts, inflatables, hay rides, and a hotdog dinner. Call 314-290-8500 to register.

Hanley Park Expansion

The City of Clayton is thrilled to announce the expansion of one of the City’s beloved neighborhood parks with the acquisition of 7612 Westmoreland Avenue. Located adjacent to Hanley Park, site of the Historic Hanley House Museum, the property will increase the size of the park to nearly 1.25 acres. Read more.

St. Louis Community Foundation Moves to Oak Knoll Park

The City of Clayton is proud to welcome the St. Louis Community Foundation as the new tenant at the #2 Oak Knoll building. The Foundation assists St. Louisans with the preparation and implementation of charitable-giving plans and provides resources and direction to other local nonprofits. They expect to move into the space mid-2016 after some building renovations and plan to make the mansion once again available for private events. More at

Shred Day

The Clayton Chamber of Commerce is hosting Shred Day in Shaw Park on Wednesday, October 7 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. This free event provides the community with a safe and secure resource to shred confidential personal and business documents. Anyone can bring up to six boxes to be shredded on-site by a certified Cintas employee. For more information call the Clayton Chamber of Commerce at 314-726-3033.

Youth Basketball Registration

Clayton Youth Basketball League will accept team and individual registrations through Friday, October 23. League practices will begin in mid-November with games starting in January. For information and forms, visit

Haunted High Tea

Join us for a special afternoon tea at the Historic Hanley House on Saturday, October 24. All ages are welcome to enjoy ghoulish treats and spirited fun at this haunted tea service. Click to register.

STL Half Marathon

The annual St. Louis Half Marathon, Clayton Police 5K & Youth Run will be held Sunday, November 1 beginning at 7:30 am at The Center of Clayton. Registration for the event is available online at

Picture Yourself at Hanley Park

The Historic Hanley House is part of a fun photo contest through the Missouri History Museum. The contest, inspired by the “A Walk in 1875 St. Louis” exhibit, encourages participants to visit locations around the region that date back to St. Louis's Guilded Age. The program kicks off Labor Day weekend and runs until February. For more details, visit

Fall Parks and Recreation Guide

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Accessibility to All Citizens

LogoWe welcome individuals of all abilities to enjoy our facilities and programs. If you or someone you know requires assistance, let us know at the time of registration or at least 2 weeks before participation. For more information, contact Mary Furfaro, Coordinator of Inclusive Services at (Voice) 314-505-8607 (TDD) 1-800-735-2966.