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About Parks and Recreation

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 Department Director 

Patty DeForrest Photo

Patty DeForrest, CPRE



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 (PDF)

CAPRA Accredited LogoClayton Parks and Recreation earned national accreditation in 2012 and re-accreditation in 2017.  National accreditation through CAPRA (Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies) 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.

Armstrong-Crumb, Sarah Museum CoordinatorParks and Recreation(314) 290-8598 ext. 8733
DeForrest, PattyDirector of Parks and RecreationParks and Recreation(314) 290-8464
Egel, ValerieAdministrative ManagerParks and Recreation(314) 290-8502
Elmestad, AlexFoundation AdministratorCommunity Foundation, Parks and Recreation(314) 290-8553
Herbig, KarenAquatics SupervisorParks and Recreation(314) 290-8572
Krewson, DanMarketing SpecialistParks and Recreation(314) 290-8512
Magee, PatrickAthletic & Facilities SupervisorParks and Recreation(314) 290-8510
Metzger, GeniHorticulturistParks and Recreation(314) 290-8714
Reno, DanAssistant Fitness SupervisorParks and Recreation(314) 290-8509
Rice, LoriRecreation ManagerParks and Recreation(314) 290-8511
Siering, ToniAssistant Director of Parks & RecreationParks and Recreation(314) 290-8506
Smysor, MaloryCoordinator of Inclusion ServicesParks and Recreation(314) 290-8507
Stover, ToddAssistant Membership SupervisorParks and Recreation(314) 290-8533
Troy, MollyFitness SupervisorParks and Recreation(314) 290-8514
Ucinski, DeniseAdministrative SpecialistParks and Recreation(314) 290-8516
Whipple, JustinSuperintendent of ParksParks and Recreation(314) 290-8554
Willey, DavidAssistant Athletic and Facilities SupervisorParks and Recreation(314) 290-8508