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Press Release

Upcoming Parks & Recreation Measure for Indio
Important information on the Upcoming Election for Indio Residents

Two boys tossing a volleyball in a pool

Desert Recreation District is exploring a partnership with the City of Indio to provide well-maintained parks and recreational facilities and programming.  Some of the parks and recreational facilities in Indio are aging and in need of repairs to continue providing high-quality recreational opportunities.

The document linked below will give you more information about the local funding measure that was approved by the DRD Board of Directors to be placed on the November 2022 ballot to support safe parks and recreation in Indio.

Learn more Upcoming Parks & Recreation Measure for Indio

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More Information on Parks & Recreation in Cathedral City
Learn what issues are important to Cathedral City residents and find out more about parks & recreation in your community

Cathedral City updates on parks & rec

Cathedral City is the only Coachella Valley city without its own local parks and recreation department. As a result, local children, families and seniors have access to fewer parks, recreation programs and related services than residents in surrounding communities.

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Cathedral City Residents – Please Take our Community Survey
Let us know your Park & Recreation priorities!

Photo of kids kicking soccer ball in a park

Take the ENGLISH survey here.
Realice la encuesta en ESPAÑOL aquí.

Cathedral City and Desert Recreation District are exploring a partnership that would allow DRD to upgrade the condition of local parks, keep them well maintained and offer improved parks and recreation services to Cathedral City children, families and seniors.

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City of Indio Residents – Please Take our Community Survey
Let us know your Park & Recreation priorities!

People in swimming pool

Take the ENGLISH survey here.
Realice la encuesta en ESPAÑOL aquí.

DRD is proud to partner with the City of Indio to provide well-maintained parks and recreational facilities and programming. Indio has 14 parks serving tens of thousands of residents annually. DRD is also an essential resource providing meals, food distribution, emergency shelters and cooling and warming centers for residents.


Masks no longer required indoors for those vaccinated
New guidelines from CA Dept. of Public Health are effective February 16, 2022

The California Department of Public Health has issued new guidelines regarding masks/face coverings – please see the notice from the CA Department of Public Health for full details.  DRD will follow the guidelines and as such, those who are vaccinated are not required to wear a mask or face covering, and those who are not vaccinated will be required to do so in our indoor facilities. Thank you.

CA Public Health Statement on masks 2 07 2022


Desert Recreation District open and following State and County Guidelines for COVID-19 protocols
As guidelines can change at any time, please click the link below for current County Public Health guidelines.

As you may be aware, on June 15, 2021, the state of California modified the restrictions on activities. In addition, Riverside County Public Health issues guidelines that we follow as an agency and you can click here to access the most up-to-date information issued by Riverside County Public Health. We have also provided the document issued on June 15, 2021 for your reference. Thank you.


Desert Recreation District Announces Indoor Programming Reopening April 15, 2021
After a year of outdoor and online programming due to the COVID-19 pandemic and following restrictions, DRD is thrilled to welcome residents and guests back to indoor activities.

Tai Chi class indoors

Please note you may see the following as you return to our facilities:
·        At this time, masks will still be required to be worn.
·        We may have to limit the number of participants to smaller, socially distanced groups.
·        If the number of COVID-19 cases were to increase, we may have to move classes from one space or room to a different location to allow more space between attendees.


Desert Recreation District Continues Preparations for Resuming Operations
While we have had to slow down the resumption of operations due to recent changes in COVID-19 cases, we are continuing to prepare to welcome guests back

Front of brochure that reads "DRD begins to welcome you back"

Safety of our staff, participants, volunteers and guests has been our top priority, and continues to be as we move forward in preparing our facilities and training staff on new protocols and procedures.  Due to the rapidly-changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have to adjust the timing and manner of programming for the near future.


Important Information for Indio Residents
Providing Clean, Safe Parks and Recreational Activities for Indio Residents

Photo of park with playground with wording "Protecting Safe Places"

DRD is working to address challenges to ensure clean, safe parks and recreational programs into the future as current facilities are aging, and demand for programs is over capacity as the community continues to grow. You can read more below on the Fact Sheet, and click HERE to take our online survey TODAY and tell us your priorities for DRD services in Indio.

 Fact Sheet


Leaders In Training Teens Tour KESQ Station

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Teens enrolled in the Leaders In Training Program offered by The Desert Recreation District recently toured behind the scenes and observed the Noon News live at KESQ, the ABC affiliate for the Palm Springs television market. Read more …