231 South Brentwood Blvd., Clayton, MO, 63105 / Cake artist: Rich Brooks / Cake sponsored by Town & Style
Established in 1935, Shaw Park is the city of Clayton’s oldest park. It is also the largest park, at 47.47 acres. The park was established by then-Clayton mayor Charles Shaw, who was given credit for leading Clayton through the Great Depression in the 1930s. (Relation to Henry Shaw is unknown) Areas of the park include 10 tennis courts, 9 ball fields, 3 playgrounds and two sand volleyball courts. Special places inside Shaw Park include the outdoor Aquatic Center, which has an Olympic-sized pool, an adult fitness area, and some gardens including the Century Garden.
Cake placement date: March 13
Where is the cake now?: The cake was sold at an auction from the Clayton Century Foundation, where the proceeds went to enhancing the city of Clayton. The auction ran throughout the month of February 2015, in which both the Shaw Park and Hanley House cakes were being bid on. It ended on February 27, and now both cakes are on private property.
Rich Brooks, the cake’s artist, on painting the cake: “Shaw Park was particularly hard cake to paint. It was a facility for ice-skating and aquatic sports. Lots of diving boards, swimmers and ice skaters were represented on the cake. A wonderful contemporary, sculptural tree established within a flower garden bed was a focal point of the painting. There were tennis courts and walking paths as part of this wonderful blue and blue and blue cake. This cake represents part of the heart of Clayton, Missouri.”