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Patty DeForrest
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Patty DeForrest

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This Month at Shaw Park Aquatic Center

Celebrate Independence Day at Shaw Park Aquatic Center. The fun filled day will include live music, BBQ, bomb pops and family favorite pool games.

Beginning Friday, July 17 at 4:00 pm through Sunday, July 19 at 4:00 pm, Wally Lundt's 48th Annual Clayton Senior Open Water Polo Tournament will be held in the dive tank. Cheer on Clayton’s adult league as they take on teams from around St. Louis in this remarkable display of athleticism. The dive tank will be closed during the event.

On Saturday, July 25, the Clayton lifeguards will conduct a mock rescue demonstration that highlights the skills of your strong and dedicated lifeguards. Make sure to tell them how much you appreciate the important job that they do.

CCF Speaker Series: Summertime at the Hanley House

Join the Clayton Century Foundation in Hanley Park on Wednesday, July 15 at 7:00 pm for the continuation of the CCF Speaker Series. Sarah Umlauf will deliver a brief presentation from the front porch of the Historic Hanley House and look at the lives of the Hanley family members during the summer months at their farm as told through original family letters and journals. Following the talk, guests will be invited to tour the museum. The presentation and tour are free and open to the public.

Shaw Park Tennis Center Daytime Programs

Shaw Park Tennis Center offers a fun selection of programs on weekday mornings geared toward women and juniors. Women can participate in classes ranging from drills to cardio from 9:30 to 11:00 am each day. Juniors can enroll in week long tennis camps each week through the end of July. More information can be found on the Tennis Club guide at

Youth Sports Deadline

Youth volleyball and soccer leagues will accept team and individual registrations through Friday, July 24. League practices will begin in mid-August with games starting in September. For more information, visit

Youth Triathlon In August

The City of Clayton, The Center of Clayton and Big Shark Bicycle Company are proud to host the second annual Clayton Kids Triathlon on Sunday, August 16, 2015. Kids ages 7-14 can try their first triathlon with a swim in the pool at the Shaw Park’s pool, a bike ride Shaw’s paths and run on the Centennial Greenway trail. Learn more 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 weeks before participation. For more information, contact Mary Furfaro, Coordinator of Inclusive Services at (Voice) 314-505-8607 (TDD) 1-800-735-2966.