20th annual palm desert senior games and international sports festival will be held february 4 - 9, 2020
january 22, 2020
The 20th anniversary of the Palm Desert Senior Games and International Sports Festival is this year, and the games begin in just two weeks!
grand reopening of the golf center at palm desert
november 1, 2019
DThe Golf Center at Palm Desert, home of The First Tee of the Coachella Valley, has undergone a major overhaul and is celebrating its grand reopening on Wednesday, November 13.
FALL FUN FOR THE FAMILY
September 30, 2019
As the weather begins to cool a little from the hot days of summer, Desert Recreation District has plenty of fun, action, and good times for thw whole family this Fall.
2020 Palm desert sr games registration now open
september 11, 2019
Registration has just opened for the 20th annual Palm Desert Sr. Games and International Sports Festival.
north shore community park reopens this weekend
august 2, 2019
Desert Recreation District is thrilled to share that the North Shore Community Park is reopening this weekend, August 3, for everyone to enjoy.
local teen selected to compete at pebble beach
july 23, 2019
First Tee of the Coachella Valley teen Braden Bernaldo has bee selected to compete in PGA Tour this September.
local business owner stephen little donates to Desert recreAtion district
July 18, 2019
Stephen Little, CEO of Claro Pools, donated $5,000 to help kids learn to swim free of charge through Desert Recreation District as a measure to prevent child drownings in the Coachella Valley.
COACHELLA VALLEY TEENS SELECTED TO ATTEND FIRST TEE'S LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
JUNE 13, 2019
Trinity Hernandez and Cabot Ellis from First Tee of the Coachella Valley are headed to the Joe Louis Barrow, Jr. Life Skills & Leadership Academy in Boise, Idaho July 24 - 30, 2019.
DESERT RECREATION DISTRICT AWARDED FUNDS FOR OPERATION SPLASH
MAY 2, 2019
Thanks to a grant from Kaiser Permanente Foundation, Desert Recreation District will be able to continue providing children living in the Coachella Valley with free swim lessons.
SHAPE THE FUTURE OF PARKS AND RECREATION IN THE COACHELLA VALLEY
March 13, 2019
Desert Recreation District, in collaboration with cities within the District and Riverside County, has commissioned a community-wide survey to better understand residents' needs and desires for parks and recreation facilities, programs, and services.
registration now open for the 9th annual invitational golf tournament benefitting the first tee of the coachella valley
january 29, 2019
Registration is currently open for The First Tee of the Coachella Valley's 9th annual Invitational Golf Tournament to be held on Friday, March 29, 2019 at the beautiful S at Rancho Mirage.
19th annual palm desert senior games and international sports festival will be held february 7 - 10, 2019
january 10, 2019
Come support the athletes in this first Senior Games of the Year.
JOIN THE WINTER HOLIDAY FUN WITH DRD
NOVEMBER 27, 2018
DJoin the fun this season at one of our Desert Recreation District (DRD) Winter Activities, where we offer a variety of fun for the whole family!
COACHELLA VALLEY TEEN CAROLINE WALES WINS SECOND PLACE IN PURE CHAMPIONSHIP IN PEBBLE BEACH
OCTOBER 12, 2018
Matthew Sutherland from The First Tee of Greater Sacramento clinched the Pro-Junior title at the PURE Insurance Championship and Caroline Wales of The First Tee of the Coachella Valley and her pro partner Stephen Ames, came in second.
WATCH LOCAL TEEN CAROLINE WALES COMPETE IN PURE INSURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP IN PEBBLE BEACH
SEPTEMBER 27, 2018
Local teen Caroline Wales has been paired with Pro Golfer Stephen Ames for the 2018 PURE Insurance Championship Impacting The First Tee.
north shore community park grand opening set for october 12, 2018
september 27, 2018
The North Shore Community Park, which will be the first community park in this area, began several years ago as the need for a safe and productive public space in the eastern Coachella Valley became more apparent.
coachella valley teen headed to 2018 pga tour championship in pebble beach
july 20, 2018
Palm Desert High School sophmore Caroline Wales will be competing at the 2018 PURE Insurance Championship Impacting The First Tee at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach September 24 - 30, 2018.
DRD CELEBRATES AFTERSCHOOL PROFESSIONALS APPRECIATION WEEK
APRIL 19, 2018
Desert Recreation District is joining with the National Afterschool Association to celebrate the professionals that are at the heart of afterschool programs...
spring fun from desert recreation district!
march 21, 2018
From Spring Camps while school is on break to our Hopping-good Eggstravaganza Easter-Egg hunts, we have plenty of fun for the kids!
2018 INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT benefits the first tee c.v.
MARCH 12, 2018
Registration is currently underway for our 8th annual Invitational Golf Tournament, presented by Loma Linda University Children's Health - Indio and benefitting The First Tee of the Coachella Valley.
18th annual Palm desert senior games begin february 7, 2018
january 25, 2018
The 18th annual Palm Desert Senior Games & International Sports Festival begin on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - come cheer on the athletes!
THE FIRST TEE C.V. RECEIVES $10,000 GRANT FROM DESERT CLASSIC CHARITIES
JANUARY 10, 2018
DThe First Tee of the Coachella Valley has been awarded a $10,000 grant from Desert Classic Charities from the net proceeds generated by teh 2017 CareerBuilder Challenge.
DRD Receives Urban Greening Grant of $3,086,000 for North Shore Park Construction
november 29, 2017
Grant Funds will mean additional features for the park, which is slated for completion in 2018.
desert recreation district's winter 2017 activites begin this weekend!
november 29, 2017
It’s those moments that make lasting memories when you bring a camera and capture them. Join us at one (or more!) of the events below.
Drd wins 2017 Innovative program of the year from CSDA
october 17, 2017
Desert Recreation District's Adaptive/Therapeutic programming wins the 2017 Innovative Program of the Year award from the California Special Districts Association.
USDA selects ready, set, swim! Coachella valley as california success story
october 10, 2017
The United States Department of Agriculture has selected Ready, Set, Swim! Coachella Valley as a featured Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) "Success Story".
LOCAL TEEN TIES FOR 2ND PLACE IN PGA TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP IN PEBBLE BEACH
SEPTEMBER 24, 2017
Dana Condon from The First Tee of the Coachella Valley, with pro partner Jerry Kelly, finish 19 under to tie for second place.
WATCH LOCAL TEENS COMPETE IN pga tOUR CHAMPIONSHIP IN PEBBLE BEACH
SEPTEMBER 20, 2017
Local teens Dana Condon and Madison Rincon were selected to compete in the 2017 PURE PGA Championship Tour in Pebble Beach and you can watch the action on the Golf Channel.
LOCAL TEENS SELECTED TO PLAY IN PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS EVENT
JULY 19, 2017
Two Coachella Valley teens have been selected to play in the Official PGA Tour Champions Event in Pebble Beach in September 2017.
SUMMER FUN, SUMMER MOVIES, SUMMER TIME WITH drd
JUNE 27, 2017
From Summer camps, movies, poolside events and more, we have plenty to keep kids (and families) busy this summer!
LOCAL TEENS SELECTED TO ATTEND THE FIRST TEE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
JUNE 7, 2017
Two Coachella Valley teens are going to The First Tee academies this summer.
DRD'S KEVIN KALMAN WINS OUTSTANDING GENERAL MANAGER 2017
JUNE 1, 2017
Desert Recreation District is pleased to announce that the California Association of Recreation and Park Districts (CARPD) has awarded its Outstanding General Manager of the Year 2017 recognition to Kevin Kalman.
LPGA CO-FOUNDER HELPS RAISE FUNDS FOR TFTCV
MAY 9, 2017
LPGA co-founder Shirley Spork hosted her second annual pro-am golf tournament in April, and she donated $15,000 in funds raised to The First Tee of the Coachella Valley.
THE FIRST TEE COACHELLA VALLEY RECEIVES CV SPOTLIGHT GRANT
APRIL 28, 2017
The First Tee of the Coachella Valley receives $25,000 grant from the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation to help share The First Tee teachings of nine core values, taught through the game of golf, to children in the Coachella Valley.
SPRINGTIME FUN ABOUNDS WITH DRD!
APRIL 4, 2017
Easter-egg hunts, spring camps, British soccer camp and more! There is TONS to do this Spring and we are here to offer your kids plenty of options for having fun and staying safe.
OPERATION SPLASH OFFERS FREE SWIM LESSONS
march 29, 2017
For the 10th year, Kaiser Permanente and Desert Recreation District have partnered to bring children in the Coachella Valley a chance to get swim lessons at no cost.
THE FIRST TEE COACHELLA VALLEY HOSTS 7TH ANNUAL INVITATIONAL
march 8, 2017
The First Tee of the Coachella Valley is holding their 7th Annual Golf Invitational to help raise funds for their children's programming.
THE FIRST TEE RECEIVES GRANT FROM PGA TOUR SUPERSTORE
FEBRUARY 1, 2017
The First Tee of the Coachella Valley received a $12,500 grant from PGA Tour Superstore to help bring life skills, as well as the game of golf to kids throughout the Coachella Valley.
WINTER FUN FROM drd
NOVEMBER 28, 2016
Bring your camera and capture the memories at Candy Cane Lane or at a Holiday Potluck - check out all the holiday fun
the first tee c.v. receives grant from walmart
october 26, 2016
The First Tee of the Coachella Valley is pleased to announce it has received a $2,000 grant through the Walmart Foundation Community Grants Program.
REgistration opens october 1st for 2017 PD Senior Games
SEPTEMBER 28, 2016
The first Senior Games of each year begins with the Palm Desert Senior Games in February.
OASIS SOCCER PARK GRAND OPENING SLATED FOR SEPTEMBER 8, 2016
AUGUST 15, 2016
A long-awaited Community Park is coming to Oasis, and the first phase, which opens in early September 2016, includes a soccer field.
SHIRLEY SPORK PRESENTS CHECK TO LPGA-GIRLS GOLF PROGRAM
JULY 21, 2016
A cofounder of the LPGA Tour for Professional Ladie's golfers presents check.
OPERATION SPLASH OFFERS FREE SWIM LESSON SCHOLARSHIPS
MARCH 30, 2016
Thanks to a grant from Kaiser Permanente, DRD is offering free swim lesson scholarships for the 9th consecutive year.
6th annual the first tee invitational golf tournament
March 15, 2016
This year's tournment will be held on April 22, 2016 at the beautiful Desert Island Golf & Country Club...
indio breaks a sweat at fitness event
march 12, 2016
Designed to attract people outside where they could engage in physical activities is one of DRD and the city's goals.
DRD OPENS NEW FITNESS CENTER IN NORTH SHORE
FEBRUARY 24, 2016
New fitness center serving North Shore is complete and ready to open.
WINTER HOLIDAY FUN WITH DESERT RECREATION DISTRICT
November 30, 2015
Enjoy a variety of events this holiday season with Desert Recreation District.
PALM DESERT SENIOR GAMES REGISTRATION OPEN
nOVEMBER 10, 2015
All Active Seniors who would like to compete in the 2016 Palm Deser Sernior Games & International Sports Festival can register now..
BRIGHT BEGINNING PRESCHOOL RIBBON CUTTING
NOVEMBER 5, 2015
Celebrate our Bright Beginning Full-day preschool with a Ribbon Cutting and tour the school
HUERTA DE MECCA PARK DEDICATION
OCTOBER 28, 2015
Join us as we dedicate the Huerta de Mecca park in memory of Danny Martinez.
HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULARS & FALL EVENTS
OCTOBER 14, 2015
Ready for some Fall Fun? Then we have just the events for you! Desert Recreation District will host a ‘spook-tacular’ list of family events to help kick-off the season.
LOCAL FIRST TEE CHAPTER HOLDS GOLF CLINIC FOR YOUTH FROM BRAILLE INSTITUTE RANCHO MIRAGE
SEPTEMBER 10, 2015
The First Tee of the Coachella Valley is holding a golf clinic for juniors with limited to no vision on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 9 to 11 a.m. The clinic will consist of four rotations that include chipping, putting, pitching, and full swing practice.
WOLFF WATERS BRIGHT BEGINNING PRESCHOOL
NOW ENROLLING STUDENTs
AUGUST 19, 2015
The Desert Recreation District (DRD) announces the opening of our new Bright Beginning Preschool at the Wolff Waters complex in La Quinta
GET YOUR FUN ON ALL SUMMER LONG WITH DESERT RECREATION DISTRICT
JUNE 08, 2015
The Desert Recreation District (DRD) is inviting residents and visitors to Get Your Fun On this summer. Recreational events are planned throughout the Coachella Valley to celebrate summer and beat the heat.
Operation Splash 2015 Calendar Reminder
JUNE 03, 2015
Free Swimming Lessons and Jr. Lifeguard Training for Local Residents (application required).
Operation Splash Swim Scholarships Available
MAY 11, 2015
Indio, CA (May 11, 2015) – For the eighth consecutive year, residents in the Coachella Valley can enjoy the benefits of free swim lessons thanks to a $49,500 grant that the Desert Recreation District will receive from Kaiser Permanente. Scholarships for swim lessons and Jr. Lifeguard Programs will be awarded to local residents from ages 4 to 14 as part of Kaiser Permanente’s Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) program.
MAY 6, 2015
Indio, CA (May 6, 2015) – When the Desert Recreation District (DRD) rolled out their water conservation plan in 2012, they were trying to proactively approach concerns about excessive and unnecessary water use. Today, the plan is working. Over the last two years, DRD’s water consumption has been reduced by 21%. That is no small feat given that DRD maintains and oversees ten Community Centers, three Community Swimming Pools, over twenty parks and a 9-hole municipal golf course in the Coachella Valley.
MAY 5, 2015
Indio, CA (May 5, 2015) – The First Tee of the Coachella Valley has promoted Dustin Smith to Program Director. The First Tee of the Coachella Valley is a chapter of The First Tee offered as part of golf programming by the Desert Recreation District at the Golf Center at Palm Desert. The First Tee provides young people with learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf. Mr. Smith will lead all planning and development for program in accordance with The First Tee Life Skills and Golf Experience. In addition, he will oversee and further develop the Volunteer program.
APRIL 29, 2015
Indio, CA (April 29, 2015) – The Desert Recreation District (DRD) is recruiting for Recreation Leaders and Coordinators, Instructors and positions in the Aquatics Department. The Employment Recruitment Fair is scheduled for Wednesday, May 6, 2015 from 9 a.m. – Noon with a later session from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
APRIL 28, 2015
Palm Desert, CA (April 28, 2015) – The Desert Recreation District (DRD) is expanding its Palm Desert Community Center programs to include youth Wrestling classes and Tai Chi classes for active adults. Both classes will take place in the community center located at 43-900 San Pablo Avenue, Palm Desert, CA.
APRIL 10, 2015
Indio, CA (April 10, 2015) – The Desert Recreation District (DRD) is hosting an Indio Community Meeting to solicit input and feedback for the renovation of the Pawley Pool Family Aquatic Complex. The Community Meeting will be held at the Indio Community Center located at 45-871 Clinton Street, Indio, CA. Residents can chose from two sessions: Tuesday, April 14, 2015 and Thursday, April 30, 2015 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm.
April 6, 2015
Indio, CA (April 6, 2015) – Recreation staff and instructors are being recruited by the Desert Recreation District (DRD) for open positions and class instructor needs throughout the Coachella Valley. DRD is looking for high energy team members who love working with people and have a passion for fitness.
MARCH 24, 2015
Indio, CA (March 24, 2015) – The Desert Recreation District has Eggstravaganzas planned in Indio, Mecca and Coachella to celebrate Spring. Children under 13 years of age are encouraged to grab an Easter Basket and head to an Eggstravaganza where they can participate in fun activities like face painting, potato sack races, hula-hoop contests and more.
march 19, 2015
Indio, CA (March 19, 2015) – Get Your Fun On This Spring with the Desert Recreation District (DRD). Events are planned throughout the Coachella Valley to celebrate Spring.
FEBRUARY 19, 2015
Indio, California (February 18, 2015) – Registration is ongoing for the 5th Annual First Tee Invitational Golf Tournament. The tournament takes place on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at the beautiful Classic Club in Palm Desert, California.
FEBRUARY 19, 2015
Indio, CA (January 22, 2015) – The 15th Annual Palm Desert Senior Games are scheduling to begin on Thursday, February 12th in Palm Desert. Each year over 1,000 athletes from as many as 27 states and 14 countries participate in 11 sporting events throughout the four day event being held February 12 – 15, 2015.
JANUARY 21, 2015
Indio, CA (December 2, 2014) – From Movies to Santa’s Hotline and Winter Camp, the Desert Recreation District (DRD) is offering all kinds of winter fun! DRD is “The Recreation Resource” in the Coachella Valley.
JANUARY 21, 2015
Indio, CA (December 3, 2014) – The Desert Recreation District (DRD) has named hospitality and golf veteran, Tim Skogen, as Executive Director of The First Tee of the Coachella Valley. Mr. Skogen will be responsible for The First Tee program and The Golf Center at Palm Desert, two key programs offered by the Desert Recreation District.
JANUARY 21, 2015
Indio, CA (November 5, 2014) – The Desert Recreation District (DRD) has been awarded the District Transparency Certificate of Excellence by the Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF). This award recognizes the outstanding efforts of DRD in promoting transparency and good governance.
OCTOBER 14, 2014
The Desert Recreation District has a full schedule this October with many different Halloween-themed events planned throughout the Coachella Valley.
September 16, 2014
Desert Recreation District is seeking qualified indivduals to be Recreation Leaders in our facilities and in some of our programs, and we are holding a recruitment fair on September 30, 2014 to find those people.
September 15, 2014
The District Gymnastics Academy at the Indio Community Center will join other gymnastics programs around the country to celebrate National Gymnastics Day on Saturday, September 20, 2014.
September 8, 2014
Fun with Desert Recreation District in the Eastern Coachella Valley is not hard to find with activities like a Royal Princess Party in Indio, Back-to-School Night in North Shore, and brand new Adult Sports Leagues in Coachella.
September 5, 2014
Celebrate the beginning of a new school year by joining us at the North Shore Beach & Yacht Club at 6 p.m. on Friday, September 12 for activities, raffles, and a FREE showing of "Rio 2".
August 21, 2014
The First Tee of the Coachella Valley participant Will McMahon has been chosen to play with the pros at the upcoming 2014 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach.
June 25, 2014
The Indio Community Center is scheduled to have its Grand Re-Opening this coming Friday, June 27, 2014 starting at 6 a.m. A ribbon cutting is scheduled for 3 p.m.
June 19, 2014
The renovation at the Indio Community Center is finished, and the Desert Recreation District is a hosting a day of free events on Friday, June 27, 2014 to show off all the work that has been done.
June 14, 2014
The 2014 Operation Splash Kick-Off at Pawley Pool Family Aquatic Complex has been moved to Bagdouma Pool in Coachella.
June 13, 2014
The First Tee is partnering with the Palm Springs Power to help raise funds for the First Tee of the Coachella Valley at this fun family event.
May 27, 2014
The Kick-Off for the 2014 Operation Splash Program is being held on Saturday, June 14 at the Pawley Pool Family Aquatic Complex from 9 a.m. until Noon.
May 14, 2014
DRD's Instructor Recruitment Fair is happening this Saturday, May 17, 2014 at the Palm Desert Community Center. All instructors are welcome to attend and pitch their programs.
April 29, 2014
Applications for the 2014 Operation Splash Program are still being accepted at all Desert Recreation District facilities and Administration Office.
April 23, 2014
Desert Recreation District is holding a recruitment fair looking for instructors of all skills to offer new classes at locations all over the Coachella Valley.
April 7, 2014
Desert Recreation has fantastic Spring events planned for all ages across the Coachella Valley in the coming weeks, and more is planned for after Spring.
March 26, 2014
Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Operation Splash Program sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, and residents in the East Valley are encouraged to apply.
March 7, 2014
The Indio Community Center's Renovation is coming along, and the Center will need to close from March 10 to March 16 to install new flooring.
March 5, 2014
The Desert Recreation District is partnering with local agencies to provide FREE pet sterilization and other animal services for residents in the East Valley.
February 7, 2014
The Bermuda Dunes Country Club will be full of golfers helping to raise money for The First Tee of the Coachella Valley on February 15, 2014.
February 4, 2014
Athletes from across North America will come to Palm Desert beginning Thursday to participate in the 14th Annual Palm Desert Senior Games & International Sports Festival
January 28, 2014
The 14th Annual Palm Desert Senior Games & International Sports Festival is happening next week, and local residents and visitors are encouraged to come out and cheer on the athletes.
January 15, 2014
Registrations for the 4th Annual First Tee of the Coachella Valley Invitational Golf Tournament are still being accepted for the February 15, 2014 Tournament.
December 10, 2013
The 1st Annual Golf & Putting Tournament at the Marrakesh Country Club benefitting The First Tee of the Coachella Vally will be held this Saturday, December 14, 2013.
December 6, 2013
Registration is now open for the 4th Annual First Tee of the Coachella Valley Invitational Golf Tournament taking place February 15, 2014 at the Bermuda Dunes Country Club.
December 5, 2013
Registration for the Palm Desert Senior Games & International Sports Festival is now open. Athletes from all over the United States and Canade will be competing in the Games February 6 - 9, 2014.
November 25, 2013
Desert Recreation District has many opportunities for fun around the Coachella Valley this winter and holiday season, and a chance to make a difference in the lives of families in need.
June 6, 2013
Kaiser Permanente will present a ceremonial $50,000 Check to the Desert Recreation District on Saturday, June 15 at Pawley Pool Family Aquatic Complex.
June 5, 2013
Desert Recreation District joined Coachella City Leaders and Residents to cut the ceremonial ribbon for the Bagdouma Park Expansion in Coachella.
June 3, 2013
Desert Recreation District will enter into a partnership to run the John H. Furbee Aquatics Center for the summer of 2013. A soft opening will take place on Saturday, June 8 at 10 a.m. for a ribbon cutting ceremony and free open swim.
May 28, 2013
Residents can stay fit and healthy AND beat the heat this summer thanks to the Desert Recreation District. The Desert Recreation District (DRD) is “The Recreation Resource” in the Coachella Valley.
May 22, 2013
Desert Recreation District is still accepting applications for the 2013 Operation Splash Program being offered through a $50,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente.
May 8, 2013
Kaiser Permanente has once again generously donated $50,000 to Desert Recreation District, and applications are now being accepted for the 2013 Operation Splash Program.
April 25, 2013
Desert Recreation District gathered local leaders at Mecca Community Park to dedicate the newly re-done softball fields in Cecilia Foulkes' honor.
February 26, 2013
A partnership between the City of Coachella and The Desert Recreation District will be celebrated at a Recreation Fair in Bagdouma Park on Saturday, February 23, 2013.
February 23, 2013
A recreation fair will be held Saturday, February 23 to kick-off new programming at Bagdouma Park Community Center.
January 29, 2013
A ceremony was held at La Quinta Community Park honoring Coachella Valley Civic Leaders and their contributions to their communities who had passed away over the past year.