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It's always time for fun in Palm Desert.

Are you one of the thousands of Palm Desert residents who came to escape the cold and ended up making it "home?" Smart move! Palm Desert is a major center of growth and vitality in the Coachella Valley. Because it is centrally located, you needn't drive far to enjoy the best shopping, dining, entertainment and, of course, recreation. The District's Palm Desert Community Center, parks and First Tee Golf Course are bustling with activities to satisfy all ages and interest levels. From ballroom dancing and skateboarding, to a state-of-the-art Aquatics Complex, Get Your Fun On here in Palm Desert! Click here to view the latest version of DRD's Activity Guide for your community.

To contact your Palm Desert DRD Community Services Coordinator, please call (760) 347-3484.

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  • Fun Zone Rentals

    Plan your next social or business meeting or gathering at the Center. It's close by, affordable and flexible for many types of events.

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  • Tot Programs

    Your children are eager to learn about the world and themselves. DRD's activities for tots help them grow emotionally and physically, surrounded by caring instructors who emphasize fun and learning in very visual and hands-on ways. One thing is certain: they'll never be bored!

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  • Dance

    Ballet, Ballroom, Belly Dancing and all that jazz keep kids and adults active. Adults and first-time dancers as young as three can learn graceful techniques and movements to music that act as a foundation for future dance classes.

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  • Art & Music

    From the tiniest fingers to teens who want to learn to read music and play their favorite songs on guitar, we aim to keep it fun!

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  • Health & Fitness

    Ready to break a sweat or melt off pounds? Join the hottest trend in fitness with sizzling hot Zumba and Salsaerobics for active adults. Lace up your athletics shoes and get ready to make working out fun!

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  • Martial Arts

    Share the intensity of a sport that dates back thousands of years, with life lessons that ring true today. Children will learn self-discipline, physical and mental conditioning, sportsmanship, self-defense, integrity and world-class competitive skills.

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  • Community Events

    The Coachella Valley is a community of diversity, heritage and tradition. The Desert Recreation District celebrates and honors all that is unique and special about our area by sponsoring community events throughout the year. DRD helps make family time meaningful and fun.

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  • Camp & After School

    When school is out, the fun is on! There is no need to sit around the house trying to keep busy. Join in the fun in one of our After School and Camp programs. After School programs provide a safe, fun and social environment for students to play games, work on art projects, get exercise through physical activities and even do homework! When on break from school, our unique camps offer kids exciting adventures, education, explorations and sports. Out of school? The fun is on!

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  • Sports

    Get your game on! Learn new sports, join a league, perfect your skills and have fun! The District offers a full range of team and individual sports throughout the year. Our diverse sports activities are a great way to stay active, make new friends and focus on fun. Everyone wins!

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  • Golf

    Golf is the unofficial "sport" of the Coachella Valley. It is enjoyed by all, young and old, single digit or duffer. The District helps make golf accessible and fun for everyone.

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Palm Desert Activities



Palm Desert Community Center & Gymnasium

43-900 San Pablo Avenue, Palm Desert, CA 92260
Hours: M-F 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
(760) 568-9697




Centrally located in the Coachella Valley, Palm Desert is at the heart of many of the District's recreational activities and programs. Residents of all ages and interests come together at the Palm Desert Community Center to have a good time.

Get your annual DRD Get Fit Pass today! It gives you free access to our fitness facilities in Indio, La Quinta, Palm Desert and North Shore. Palm Desert Residents pay only $50 per year! 

Community Center

The Community Center is the hub for year-round fitness, recreation and classes. Work out and stay motivated with personalized training and customized workouts. Take classes to learn something new or to refine your skills.

  • Basketball courts
  • Volleyball courts
  • Racquetball courts
  • Multi-Purpose room
  • Weight room
  • Tiny Tot room

Community Meeting Space

Meet near home! No need to travel far for your next meeting or get-together. You can stay in Palm Desert!

  • Large multi-purpose meeting room 
  • Access to tables and chairs
  • Full kitchen
  • Serving window
  • Beautiful view of Palm Desert Civic Center Park
  • Moveable stage available
  • Tiny Tot room also available for rental

To rent the multi-purpose room at the Palm Desert Community Center, please call (760) 568-9697 or click here to reserve online now!

Palm Desert Civic Center Park

Enjoy outdoor events and play time with friends and family, while taking in our beautiful park with panoramic mountain views. Make this THE place to be!

  • 5 outdoor picnic pavilions
  • Amphitheater
  • Aquatics Center
  • Basketball courts
  • Beach volleyball courts
  • Concession stand
  • Dog park
  • Grassy areas with seating
  • Holocaust memorial
  • Playground
  • Pond
  • Public art
  • Rose garden
  • Sand volleyball courts
  • Skate park
  • Softball fields
  • Tennis courts
  • Walking path

Palm Desert Civic Center Skateboard Park

Practice your Backslide or Ollie North or just have a good time in Palm Desert's only Skateboard Park. Get your DRD Fun Pass today, only $5 for the entire year! Get yours at the Palm Desert Community Center. There are no residency restrictions. Children under 18 must have their parents present to purchase their pass.

Skate Park Rules

  • A valid Skate Park card must be purchased for $5 and must be presented to use the Skate Park.
  • A Parent or Guardian must sign a waiver for children under the age of 18.
  • Elbow Pads, Knee Pads and a Helmet must be worn at all times in the Skate Park.
  • Children under the age of 11 must be accompanied by an adult in the Skate Park.
  • Skating is permitted Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
  • Bicycles are permitted on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays.

Hours of Operation

During the Desert Sands Unified School District (DSUSD) School Year, the Skate Park hours are: 

Monday through Friday 2 to 9 p.m.

Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

During Summer Vacation, the Skate Park Hours are:

7 Days per Week 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.


Bike day we have on Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday

Skate days Monday ,Thursday , Friday & Saturday


Portola Community Center

45-480 Portola Avenue, Palm Desert, CA 92260
Hours: M-F 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
(760) 568-2560






Two multi-purpose rooms with tables, chairs and kitchen are available for rental, exclusively to non-profit organizations. Contact us for details.

The Golf Center at Palm DEsert

74-945 Sheryl Avenue (off Cook Street),
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Open Daily - call for hours or more information
(760) 779-1877

The First Tee Golf Course is open to players of all ages and levels of experience. Enjoy the recently renovated grass tee driving range, 9-Hole Par 3 Golf Course and Chipping and Putting Greens, amidst a backdrop of panoramic mountain views.


Private Lessons

Stop by our Pro Shop to talk with our golf professionals about lessons. You can also compare your scores against official standards established by the Southern California Golf Association and work on your short game.





Event Scheduling

Host your next group business golfing event or fundraising tournament at The First Tee. Our golf professionals can help make your event a great success.







Free Clinics

Every Wednesday, The First Tee hosts a free Golf Clinic for all ages and levels. Our Coaches will help you improve your golf swing, chipping and putting. Come on down!



Parks & Ball Fields

The city of Palm Desert Recreation and the Desert Recreation District partner to bring residents the best possible facilities and amenities and activities that benefit all ages, such as: skate boarding, swimming, basketball, volleyball, tennis, soccer and softball.

Private individuals, groups or organizations can reserve a ball field for a company softball game, baseball practice or pick-up soccer game. Find out more about Ball Field use, procedures and DRD Fun Zone Rentals.

Freedom Park

77-400 Country Club Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92211

6 a.m. - 10 p.m.

  • 2 Basketball courts
  • Multi-fields for tournaments
  • Concessions
  • Dog park
  • Community vegetable garden
  • Loop walk
  • Large multi-purpose field 60 x 100 yards: i.e. soccer, football
  • Small multi-purpose field 15 x 30 yards: i.e. soccer, football
  • Picnic grounds
  • Skate park
  • Pickleball courts
  • Volleyball
  • Public art & water feature
  • Playground
  • Grassy area

Olsen Ball Field

43-005 Magnesia Falls Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260

(760) 568-9697
Hours: 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.

  • Playground
  • Baseball field
  • Soccer field

Palm Desert Soccer Park

74-734 Hovley Lane
Palm Desert, CA 92260

(760) 568-9697
Hours: 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.

  • Multiple soccer fields for tournaments
  • Concessions
  • Disk golf
  • Loop walk
  • Shelter

University Park

74-802 University Park Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Hours: 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.
(760) 568-9897

  • Dog park
  • Grassy area
  • Shelter
  • Playground
  • Picnic areas

Cahuilla Hills Park

45-825 Edgehill Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Hours: 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.
(760) 568-9697

  • Pickleball courts
  • Walking path




City of Palm Desert Parks & Other Services

The City of Palm Desert actively promotes a healthy lifestyle for all ages. Residents and visitors can go hiking or biking on Palm Desert's many scenic mountain trails and play sports, swim, golf and picnic at its well-groomed parks. For information call (760) 346-0611 or click here for more information.