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Patty DeForrest
Director of Parks and Recreation
Patty DeForrest

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Dive-In Movie

On Friday, September 4 at 8:00 pm, bring a personal raft to Shaw Park Aquatic Center and relax to a showing of the classic film The Goonies! Residents with advantage card and season pass holders enjoy free admission, and guests are $10.

Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting Rescheduled

The September Parks and Recreation Commission meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday, September 9, 2015 due to holidays.

Shaw Park Aquatic Center End of Season

The End of Season Schedule for Shaw Park Aquatic Center is now available! Beginning August 17, Shaw Park Aquatic Center and The Center of Clayton pass holders can enter Shaw Park Aquatic Center, The Center of Clayton, Maplewood Family Aquatic Center & The Heights Recreation Center at NO CHARGE. Guests of members must still pay the appropriate guest fee.

Picture Yourself at Hanley Park

The Historic Hanley House will have special open hours this weekend to mark the start 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

Harvest Moon Celebration

Bring the family to Hanley Park on Saturday, September 26 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm to celebrate the Harvest Moon. Sample Pumpkin Spiced Ale, join a pumpkin carving contest, taste a few delights of the harvest and take a flashlight tour of the Historic Hanley House at this free event. Tree-climbing with Adventure Tree will also be available on a limited first come, first served basis.

Now Hiring

Clayton Parks and Recreation and The Center of Clayton are hiring for a wide range of positions this fall including Welcome Desk Attendant, Lifeguard, Youth Sports Official and more. See the full list of openings at

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.