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Patty DeForrest
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Patty DeForrest

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The Center of Clayton will be closed again tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 26. We have made arrangements for Center of Clayton members to go to The Heights (8001 Dale Ave. in Richmond Heights) or The Lodge (1050 Des Peres Road in Des Peres) during this time.

We currently plan to reopen on Friday, Nov. 27 at 9 a.m. with regularly scheduled hours and will keep you informed of any changes to that schedule.

Additionally, the Shaw Park Ice Rink will be closed this weekend and will open for its first public skate of the season on Friday, Dec. 5, weather permitting.

Clayton Dog Park Opens to Non-Residents

Dog park memberships are now available to non-residents and the business community. The decision was made in an effort to increase socialization at the park and provide an opportunity to include the non-residents who live near the park. Applications, requirements and rates are available 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.