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Patty DeForrest
Director of Parks and Recreation
Patty DeForrest

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Current News

Dog Park Memberships

The new dog park season has begun. Membership is available to the first 300 dogs and is open to residents, non-residents and the corporate community. Find all needed forms at

Host Your Event in Shaw Park

Summer is right around the corner and that means it’s time to start planning your group gathering in Shaw Park. Pavilions and picnic sites are available for rental to everyone, with discounts for Clayton residents and the corporate community. Find out more at

Pool Season is Near!

Shaw Park Aquatic Center has a long standing tradition of bringing the entire local community together to celebrate summer with sun, water and liveliness. Our beloved pool opens on May 28 at the start of Memorial Day weekend. Season passes are available to everyone and are on sale now at The Center of Clayton. Get your pass early to avoid the lines on opening weekend.

Picnic in the Park – Save the Date

Join Clayton Parks and Recreation and the Clayton Century Foundation at Picnic in the Park on Sunday, June 5 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. We will have activities for all ages including live music by Javier Mendoza, the Bubble Bus, inflatables, crafts by Perennial, lawn games and food trucks!

Happy Campers

Summer will be here before you know it. Our summer camps begin the day after Memorial Day – May 31, and that is only 4 weeks away! We have a wide variety of choices including SCUBA, Mad Science, Fencing, Basketball and Tennis. Explore your child’s options at

Those who are looking for a traditional day camp should also check out the School District of Clayton’s SummerQuest program. They feature a robust list of enrichment opportunities between June 6 and July 15. Find out more at

Weatherproof Your Fun

While the summer is a great time to get outside, sometimes it can be too hot, humid or rainy to enjoy the outdoors. Weatherproof your family’s summer with a Summer Membership to The Center of Clayton. Summer memberships are on sale now and provide full member privileges, including access to the extended swim and Youth Activity Center hours, from May 14 through August 31. Find more details at

Take advantage of all of the buildings in Shaw Park and save some money with a Platinum Membership. Find more information at

Summer Programs

Spring air brings to mind all of the fun to be had in Shaw Park this summer. Summer camps, tennis lessons, swimming lessons and softball leagues are just the tip of what makes summer in Shaw Park so amazing. Members and residents can now register for summer programs which begin at the end of April.

Printable Summer Guide PDF (3 MB)

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.