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Patty DeForrest
Director of Parks and Recreation
Patty DeForrest

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Shaw Park Aquatic Center End of Season Schedule

The End of Season Schedule for Shaw Park Aquatic Center is now available! Shaw Park Aquatic Center and The Center of Clayton pass holders can enter Shaw Park Aquatic Center, The Center of Clayton, Maplewood Family Aquatic Center & The Heights Recreation Center at NO CHARGE. Guests of members must still pay the appropriate guest fee.

Food Drive

The City of Clayton and the School District of Clayton are partnering with Operation Food Search to assist families in Ferguson and its surrounding communities. Non-perishable food items and toiletries can be dropped off at The Center of Clayton as well as City Hall, school buildings and the Clayton Firehouse through September 9. More information.

Shakespeare in the Streets

Shakespeare is coming to Clayton this fall! For the first time, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis performances will take to the streets of Downtown Clayton with three, one-hour street performances to showcase the combined talents of local residents and professional actors. North Central Avenue will be where an artful adaptation of Shakespeare’s As You Like It will be performed FREE on September 18, 19 and 20. For more information, visit

Full Moon Flashlight Tour

On Friday, September 19, grab your flashlight and head over to the Historic Hanley House Museum at 7:00 pm for a special moonlight tour. Enjoy S’mores and share a story with Hanley House interpreters and your fellow tour-goers. More information.

Shred Day

The Clayton Chamber of Commerce will host Shred Day presented by Commerce Bank on September 24 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in Shaw Park. Clayton businesses and residents can bring papers to Shaw Park Drive for free shredding.


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.