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Patty DeForrest
Director of Parks and Recreation
Patty DeForrest

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Community Day Save-the-Date

This year’s Clayton Community Day will have an extra special meaning. On May 3 from 9:00 – 11:30 am, the celebration will be held at the Historic Hanley House and will include the annual herb sale as well as a time capsule burial. Join your neighbors and elected officials to witness history! For more information, visit the calendar.

Now Hiring

Clayton Parks and Recreation is now hiring for a variety of seasonal and ongoing positions at The Center of Clayton and Shaw Park.  Openings include lifeguard, fitness attendant, swim instructor, youth league umpire, seasonal parks laborer, Center welcome desk attendant, and more. Visit for a complete list.

Summer Programs

The chill is finally starting to leave the air and so it is time to start thinking about summer fun!  Summer camps, tennis lessons, swimming lessons and softball leagues are just the tip of what makes summer in Shaw Park so amazing.  Members and residents can now register for summer programs which begin as early as April 27.   View the Recreation Guide online 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 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.