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Patty DeForrest
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Patty DeForrest

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Summer Camp

It’s not too late to sign up for this year’s camps! Our camps are offered week by week through the end of summer break. Find all the information you need to plan your summer at

Inaugural Baseball/Softball Clinic

Join the City of Clayton as we host the Inaugural Baseball Clinic on the newly renovated Shaw Park Fields #3 and #4!  This FREE event will take place on Sunday, August 10 from 2:00pm-3:30pm.  The staff at Ozzie Smith’s Sports Academy will lead players through fun baseball/softball workouts including hitting, fielding and throwing.  The registration deadline is Friday, August 8th however everyone registered before August 3rd will also receive a FREE Inaugural Clinic T-Shirt.  Drinks and snacks will also be provided.  Please use Code #17282. Event Flyer.

Youth Triathlon

The J. Buck's Clayton Kids Triathlon presented by Companion will take place in Shaw Park on Sunday, August 3 at 8:00 am. The event is for children ages 7-14 and will consist of three legs – swim at The Center of Clayton, bicycle in Shaw Park and run on the Centennial trail.

Participants will be divided into two age divisions, 7-10 and 11-14 year-olds. The distances that each age group will complete are as follows:

  • SWIM: 100 yards / 200 yards
  • BIKE: 1.5 miles / 3 miles
  • RUN: .5 mile / 1 miles

For more information on this fun, family-friendly day, visit the event site.

Dog Park Update

Renovations have been completed at the Clayton Dog Park and we have reopened for our furry friends! Decomposed granite now covers much of the area that had previously been a muddy mess. Plus, two splash pools and a tunnel have also been added to the large dog area to enrich the park experience for our four-legged members. All improvements were funded through donations to the Clayton Century Foundation.

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 drop-in use. For more information, contact Mary Furfaro, Coordinator of Inclusive Services at (Voice) 314-505-8607 (TDD) 1-800-735-2966.