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Patty DeForrest
Director of Parks and Recreation
Patty DeForrest

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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

Shaw Park Ice Rink

Shaw Park Ice Rink is scheduled to open the day after Thanksgiving, November 28, weather permitting. Public Skating Hours for the 2014-2015 season are as follows:

Friday 4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Additional public skate hours are held on dates that the Clayton School District does not have classes. Stick and Puck is also held throughout the week for those interested in practicing hockey skills. For more information on hours and admission to Shaw Park Ice Rink, visit

Ice skating lessons start at the Rink on Saturday, November 29, weather permitting! Sunday and Monday night adult hockey also begins that weekend. For information about dates and times, visit our online registration site

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.