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Patty DeForrest
Director of Parks and Recreation
Patty DeForrest

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Current News

Clayton Century Foundation Announces Gift for Shaw Park

The Clayton Century Foundation has announced a major gift for improvements to the northern corner of Shaw Park. Read Full Press Release.

Now Hiring

Clayton Parks and Recreation is currently hiring for year round positions at The Center of Clayton as well as summer seasonal positions at Shaw Park Aquatic Center. For a complete listing of current openings, visit

Dog Park Memberships

The new dog park season has begun. This year, membership availability has been expanded to the first 300 dogs and is open to non-residents. Find all needed forms at

Taylor Park Playground Survey

The playground at Taylor Park is due to be replaced in the next year, and the Parks and Recreation Department would like your help. You are invited to complete this short survey about features that would make the new playground the best fit for the neighborhood.  Survey closes April 30. Start Survey

Historic Hanley House

Tours of the Historic Hanley House are available regularly on Saturdays and Sundays through the summer. Learn about the man who originally built the road and take a glimpse into the nineteenth century life here in Clayton. Find more details at

The annual Spring Herb Sale will be held on Saturday, April 25 from 9:00 am – 11:00 am. This is a great opportunity to buy your spring herbs and support the museum. More details can be found at

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

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.