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Clayton Plans Beer Garden In Shaw Park

Food, beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks will be offered

The Century Garden area in Shaw Park will be the site of Clayton’s new beer garden, opening for business Memorial Day weekend. photo by Diana Linsley (click for larger version)
April 25, 2012
Visitors to Shaw Park in Clayton will have another dining and entertainment option this summer now that city officials have authorized a beer garden in the park.

During a discussion session on April 10, Gary Carter, economic developer for the city of Clayton, presented the idea to the board of aldermen. He told the board that two areas within the park were being considered for the beer garden: near the ice rink, or in the park's Century Garden area.

A number of factors were discussed, including the cost of necessary upgrades, access to restrooms, food storage and prep areas, and visibility.

The board ultimately gave its approval to proceed with the beer garden in the Century Garden area, located between the ice rink and the pool.

An initial investment of approximately $10,000 is needed; $4,000 of that will cover the installation of pavers on the ground to accommodate tables and increased foot traffic. Funds originally earmarked for the purchase of office furniture will be re-allocated to help pay for the upgrades.

The beer garden will be operated by the Clayton Parks and Recreation Department. RFPs (requests for proposals) will be issued by the city for a food vendor to service the beer garden and the Shaw Park Pool. Officials anticipate that the revenue generated from the vendor contract will recover the beer garden costs.

Currently, plans are for the beer garden to open Memorial Day weekend and stay open through Labor Day. At minimum, the area will be open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and will feature food, beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks. Hours of operation on other days of the week may be added, depending on response. The area will seat approximately 45 people.

Clayton's Parks and Recreation Director Patty DeForrest said the possibility of having live music is also being explored.

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