Director of Parks and Recreation
Parks and Recreation
All that Glitters and Skate with Frosty
This Friday beginning at 6:00 pm, holiday merrymakers will be treated to free horse drawn carriage rides, carolers and fun giveaways and activities at participating businesses at The Crescent on Carondelet. Also, stop by the Shaw Park Ice Rink to Skate with Frosty - free admission, skate rental, and treats in the warming hut. Enjoy the fireworks display at 8:00 p.m. in Shaw Park.
Ball fields 3 and 4, located near Parkside Drive, will undergo renovation beginning in November that involve grading, sodding, and the installation of an irrigation system. This project will improve the quality of the park and create a better playing surface for youth sports leagues. The fields are expected to reopen by the beginning of the youth baseball/softball league in March 2014.
Shaw Park Ice Rink Now Open
Public Skating Hours for the 2013-2014 season are as follows:
Friday 4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Additional public skate hours are held on dates that the Clayton School District does not have classes. Stick and Puck and Freestyle sessions are also held throughout the week. For more information on hours and admission to Shaw Park Ice Rink, visit www.claytonmo.gov/rink.
Programs start at the Rink on Saturday, November 30, weather permitting! Youth skating lessons, adult skating lessons, and adult hockey are all available. For information about dates and times, visit our online registration site.
Looking for the perfect gift this year? Parks and Recreation gift certificates are great for all ages and can be used on any parks and recreation program, membership or admission. Give that special someone the gift of new skills, new friends, and health! For more information, visit the Welcome Desk at The Center of Clayton or call 314-290-8500.
Tree and Bench Program
The Enhance Clayton Parks program provides an opportunity to purchase a tree or park bench to honor or remember a friend or loved one. These make excellent gifts for the person who has everything. Each purchase is marked by a plaque with the name of the person to whom the tree is dedicated and the date of the gift. A letter and certificate will be sent to the individual or organization notifying them of the honor. For more information visit www.claytoncenturyfoundation.org.
100 Mile Challenge
Congratulations to the over 30 members of the Clayton community who have already completed the 100 Mile Challenge and received their Centennial gift. We have almost 70 more gifts to give out! To participate, sign up at the Welcome Desk to walk or swim 100 miles by the end of the year.
Dog Park Membership
Memberships are on sale at The Center of Clayton for residents only. To get your membership, please have the following information ready when you enroll:
- A current Resident Advantage Card or application with an unpaid utility bill.
- Dog Park Membership Application
- Proof that your pet:
- is spayed/neutered
- has a current rabies vaccination
- has a current bordatella vaccination
Annual membership will be valid April through March and will cost $80 for the first dog and $60 for the second dog. Since the dog park will open after the start of the season this year, the rate will be prorated to a lower amount. Each pet will be given a tag at registration and members will be provided with the code for the main gate.
About Parks and Recreation
The Parks and Recreation Department's Mission is "To improve the quality of life for our citizens through the provision of comprehensive leisure services and recreational opportunities to individuals of all ages, abilities, and interests in a safe, healthy, and pleasant environment."
The Department of Parks and Recreation is divided into two divisions - The Recreation Division and The Parks Division. The Recreation Division’s responsibility is to oversee the development, expansion, and implementation of a wide array of programs, services and facilities and coordinate seasonal employees and personnel as well as volunteers. The Parks Division is responsible for effective and efficient maintenance services for park grounds, recreational facilities, park equipment and vehicles, park landscaping services, construction projects and special event support for the Recreation Division and the City of Clayton.
Parks and Recreation Organization Chart
|Clayton Parks and Recreation earned national accreditation in 2012. National accreditation through CAPRA is an extensive multi-year process, which includes the completion of an application and detailed self-assessment report, a site visit by a committee of experienced park and recreation professionals, and a final assessment completed by the agency and the Commission. Accredited agencies must fully meet 36 standards deemed fundamental to a quality agency and at least 92 of the remaining standards representing elements of effective and efficient park and recreation operations.|
Accessibility to All Citizens
We 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 days before drop-in use. For more information, contact Mary Furfaro, Coordinator of Inclusive Services at (Voice) 314-505-8607 (TDD) 1-800-735-2966.