Whitburn Park is located in the Clayshire Neighborhood at the southwestern edge of the City of Clayton. This 1/8 acre park is a level, passive space with mature trees and flowering shrubs. A table is available for a picnic in the shade, as well as benches for you to take a break.
Located at the far south end Francis Place just north of Clayton Road in the Clayshire subdivision, Whitburn Park is nestled near the busy Clayton and Brentwood intersection that fronts the St. Louis Galleria, Boulevard shopping center, and Metro-link station.
Platted as a park in the original Clayshire design, the area was no more than a grassy median when the subdivision opened in 1945. Thirty years later, in 1975, subdivision trustees lobbied to close the east end of Whitburn Drive to prevent thru-traffic. The vacant space that resulted was for many years maintained by the City of Clayton’s department of Public Works. Since the subdivision contains a mix of single-family homes, condominium units, and apartment buildings, many with no balconies or patios, residents of the southern end of the neighborhood used the open lot as a makeshift park, even though it had never been dedicated or maintained as such.
In August 2004, Clayshire resident Diane DuBois contacted Patty DeForrest, Director of Parks and Recreation, with the idea to turn the underutilized green space into a passive park. Ms. DuBois thought that the creation of a new park in Clayshire would add excitement to the upcoming sixtieth anniversary of the subdivision. DeForrest examined the area, decided that it was well-suited for park space, and passed the idea on to Michael Schoedel, then the City Manager. Schoedel was intrigued, and the decision to designate the open space as parkland was voted on by the neighborhood committee and approved by the Board of Aldermen. The Park was dedicated in the summer of 2005 with a neighborhood celebration.
The newest Clayton park, Whitburn Park enabled Clayton’s Parks & Recreation department to meet an important quality of life objective of increase public greenspace. Now overseen by the parks department and its horticulture staff, Whitburn Park features trees, flower beds, benches, and picnic tables and provides a community space for Clayshire subdivision residents. It is a popular site for neighborhood gatherings and is frequented by residents looking to relax and enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings.