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Clayton Moves Ahead In Determining Future Of Ice Rink

One proposal is to cover the ice rink, allowing it to be used year round for skating and other events. (click for larger version)
February 29, 2012
Clayton officials will apply for a grant to help in the final stages of deciding what to do with the Shaw Park ice rink, one of several projects that could be supported by the Clayton Century Foundation. The foundation has helped find funds for several ongoing projects across the city.

On Feb. 14, the Clayton Board of Aldermen agreed to apply for a $4,000 grant from the St. Louis County Municipal Parks Grant Commission. The grant would be used to hire a consultant to collect public input toward final plans for the Shaw Park ice rink. The total cost of the public engagement process is expected to cost about $6,000. The city would pick up the additional $2,000.

City staff, residents and officials have been looking at issues with the ice rink since 2007 when it had to be closed for a season to perform repairs. A citizens task force was formed to examine the rink's future. In 2010, the city updated its master plan for Shaw Park, which refined some of the proposals presented by the task force. One of the results was a proposal to cover the ice rink, allowing it to be used year round for skating and other events such as sports and farmers markets.

Aldermen heard from Parks and Recreation Director Patty DeForrest, who said that one idea in the Shaw Park update, an amphitheater, had been removed. The amphitheater has now been incorporated into possible ideas for the ice rink.

In the background information that board members received on the resolution for the grant application, they were also told that a new concept has been proposed to remove the existing building and rink and replace both with a modern structure that "opens up the view into the park and afford a better drop off and entranceway to the site."

DeForrest said that finalization of plans for the rink is a two-phase project, with public engagement as the first phase, and the second phase to include items such as a marketing and feasibility study as well as architectural renderings.

City officials have stated that they hope to have a final plan in place for the city's 100th anniversary in 2013. The Clayton Century Foundation (CCF) was started several years ago as a fundraising mechanism for that event. At the Feb. 14 meeting, Mayor Linda Goldstein said the ice rink is one of the items on a "wish list" that they hope the foundation can address.

DeForrest said there are already several projects going on throughout the city that were aided at least in part by funds developed by the CCF. Among those are a recreational trail and nature garden in Shaw Park, a pavilion at Hanley Park, the acquisition of a major art piece for Shaw Park, and a permanent pavilion at Shaw Park. DeForrest said the pavilion should be finished by the end of the year and was funded in part by a grant by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

In addition to the ice rink, DeForrest said other projects the city hopes the Century Foundation can get to are improvements to the Center of Clayton and continued improvements to the Hanley House. The back porch is in need of substantial work, and if possible the city would like to build a new porch. She said a member of the Hanley family has pledged to contribute $25,000 toward the project if the city can match it.

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