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Patty DeForrest
Director of Parks and Recreation
Patty DeForrest

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Current News

Junior Tennis Carnival

Kids ages 3-17 can join the pros at Shaw Park Tennis Center on Saturday, May 23 from 10:30-noon for fun tennis games, prizes, pizza and sno-cones! Pre-registration for the event is $10 (code 18331), or $15 that day. For more information, contact Head Pro, Carolyn Kramer at 540-819-4719 or

Park Land Needs Assessment

Planning Design Studio is currently conducting a Park Land Needs Assessment for the City of Clayton to evaluate the recommendations in the Parks and Recreation Master Plan related to the City’s need for land and open space. Residents are invited to attend a Stakeholder discussion session on Monday, June 1st from 6:15 – 7:00 p.m. at The Center of Clayton or complete a brief online survey. Topics will include changes that have taken place over the last eight years that have affected open space in Clayton as well as considerations that are being discussed related to the implementation of the Downtown Master Plan and other parcels of open land in Clayton.

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

Shaw Park Aquatic Center

Summer in Clayton isn’t complete without soaking up the sun at Shaw Park Aquatic Center. The area’s most popular pool opens on May 23 and memberships are now available at The Center of Clayton. Lines get longer as Memorial Day draws near, so get your pass today!

Summer Camps

What are your children doing this summer? Clayton summer camps begin June 1 and include aquatics, enrichment and sports opportunities. The 2015 camp information and registration is available at The Center of Clayton and online at Be sure to fill out the 2015 Emergency Contact Form and return it to The Center to begin the registration process.

Summer at The Center

Stay active on rainy days or avoid the heat and humidity with a Summer Membership to The Center of Clayton, valid May 11 through August 31. Find more information at

Considering a membership for tennis, swimming and The Center? Platinum membership may be perfect for you! Platinum gives you access to all Clayton recreation facilities throughout the year. Find more information 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.