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Patty DeForrest
Director of Parks and Recreation
Patty DeForrest

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This Month at Shaw Park Ice Rink

Now open!  Visit for hours and rates.

New Year's Eve Skate - Celebrate the final day of the year with outdoor ice skating at Shaw Park Ice Rink. The rink will be open from noon until 11:00 pm for fun and holiday cheer.

Gift Ideas

Looking for the perfect gift this year? Parks and Recreation gift certificates are great for all ages and can be used on any parks and recreation program, membership or admission. Give that special someone the gift of new skills, new friends, and health! For more information, visit the Welcome Desk at The Center of Clayton or call 314-290-8500.

The Enhance Clayton Parks program provides an opportunity to purchase a tree or park bench to honor or remember a friend or loved one. These make excellent gifts for the person who has everything. Each purchase is marked by a plaque with the name of the person to whom the tree is dedicated and the date of the gift. A letter and certificate will be sent to the individual or organization notifying them of the honor. For more information visit

Winter Classes

Winter is a great time to get a head start on swim lessons, burn some calories with fitness classes, or take the fun outside with ice skating lessons. To see a full list of available classes, visit

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.