Clayton 2013A centennial is a significant milestone. It represents the culmination of achievement and progress. After all, if an entity or community has not been successful in adapting to a changing environment, then it cannot survive over time.
The city of Clayton is fortunate to be thriving on the eve of its hundredth anniversary, because of committed individuals who worked hard through the decades to further a vision. Clayton was created as the seat of St. Louis County government in 1877, yet it was years before business and political leaders determined that incorporation was needed. On April 7, 1913, Clayton was granted a charter. That critical juncture set the stage for growth and prosperity. Read More
Residents and businesses now have the opportunity to come together to mark this momentous occasion for our community. Together, we can honor our past, promote the present and help lay a foundation for our shared future.
In January 2012 , Clayton resident Charlie Brennan served as host for a kick-off discussion about how to celebrate our city’s centennial. Great ideas were generated, and many have been incorporated into the planning for 2013. Overall goals for the year are to recognize the high quality of life in Clayton and to engage a wide range of citizens.
The approach is two-fold: to “centennial-ize” existing activities as a way to economize in the current environment and capitalize on the things Clayton does best, and to create a few special memorable and multi-generational events.
With the combined efforts of support from the City, Clayton Century Foundation, partnering regional organizations and business sponsors, the centennial year will create awareness and unity though family activities, new project dedications and speakers that promote our public art, history, parks, businesses and neighborhoods.
Look for the centennial emblem everywhere! Wear it! Volunteer to help!
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CENTENNIAL CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED! click here to view the names of the winners.
|Upcoming Centennial Events
On the occasion of Clayton's hundredth anniversary, we encourage residents, businesses and institutions to join neighbors in the celebration and in the year-long series of centennial events and activities.
||Party of the Century
You may be thinking about Memorial Day, but you should be making plans for the day after Thanksgiving! November 29, 2013 is the City's Centennial Homecoming, an event for people of all ages (21 and up) to get together for intriguing conversation & hip-shaking fun to celebrate community.
|Centennial Photo Galleries
Click the image to the left to view a slideshow of historical photos of Clayton over the last 100 years a well as more recent photos from Centennial events throughout the community.
|Clayton, Missouri: An Urban Story
To commemorate our community’s centennial, we are excited to announce the publication of Clayton, Missouri: An Urban Story by Mary Delach Leonard with Melinda Leonard, a public historian. This richly illustrated, coffee-table book tells Clayton’s story from the very beginning, through newspaper reports, anecdotes, resident voices, timelines, and fun facts, plus photographs of nostalgic images of the city’s past and modern community scenes.
Click here for more information and to order your copy.
Park of the Month - Wydown Park
Grab a coffee in the morning from Starbucks or frozen yogurt at Chill after school and enjoy some peaceful time in this beautiful landscaped park. Wydown Park is a unique urban space. Completely renovated in 2002, this park offers visitors a diversity of experiences.
The brick column entry to the park is flanked by seasonal gardens welcoming visitors to an open patio area with cafe style tables & chairs. There is a winding sidewalk through the cozy .5-acre level parcel. The outside of the walk is bordered by a stone walled garden containing a diversity of flowering shrubs, continual blooming perennials, flowering trees and annual flowers that are changed seasonally. The open grassy area in the center is a space for children to run and play. The park also contains the stone sculpture "Youth" by sculptor Todd Frahm. A number of flowering containers highlight the park with seasonal color.
Wydown Park is located just east of Hanley Road on Wydown Boulevard, in the Wydown Business District. Designed with year round interest and recognized by the Missouri Botanical for its participation in the Plants of Merit program, Wydown Park has become a gathering place for the surrounding neighborhood.
Click here to read more about Wydown Park.
For more information on any centennial related event contact Janet LeMay at 314-802-7763 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.