In The News
This is the place to find our most recent interviews and other media appearances – these spots often highlight upcoming events and share information about programs such as swim lesson scholarships in the summer and registering for the Palm Desert Senior Games that take place in February.
DRD’s Pool Manager Courtney Gareis went on KESQ TV to discuss our upcoming Floating Pumpkin Patch party. She brought a special guest with her, Lenny The Landshark, who made his television debut. Our friend Lenny loves to teach about water safety at our pools.
DRD’s Recreation Specialist Chris Baluga went on KESQ to discuss the 2023 Palm Desert Senior Games & International Sports Festival. Registration is now open!
Desert Recreation Foundation’s Kimberly Barraza went on KESQ TV to discuss the Desert Recreation Foundation. She also talked about the upcoming Chase The Ace Motorcycle Poker Run and announced that the auction for this event is now live.
Learn about DRD’s expanded Outdoor Adventure programming on this KESQ segment featuring our Outdoor Adventure Specialist Todd Merrill. We have hikes, rock climbing, kayaking, mountain biking and many more trips coming up.
Check out our latest TV segment on KESQ featuring Sports Specialist Manny Marrujo, in which we discuss our upcoming Fall sports offerings at our Indio Community Center.
We went on KESQ to discuss our Chase the Ace Motorcycle Poker Run coming up on October 8th. This motorcycle run slash poker game benefits adaptive programming at DRD. If you register before September 1st, you will receive an extra poker card.
Congratulations to our partner, the Coachella Valley Housing Coalition, on receiving the Coachella Valley Spotlight award – we are so grateful to have outstanding partnerships that benefit our communities!
On this KESQ TV segment, DRD’s Benjamin Leyva discusses upcoming fall sports at our Thousand Palms Community Center.
The Youth Basketball leagues at our Indio Community Center were recently featured on this KESQ segment, along with an interview with our Sports Specialist Manny Marrujo. Our amazing indoor basketball courts are the perfect way to stay active in the hot desert summer.
Learn about our upcoming winter sports leagues at Thousand Palms in this KESQ segment. Registration is now open for soccer and T-ball. Also discussed in this segment are our Holiday Craft events at Thousand Palms and Indio Hills
Find out about our Winter Youth Basketball League at La Quinta Boys and Girls Club on this KESQ segment. To sign up and get additional information, or to volunteer to coach, go to the “programs and activities” section of our website.
On this Eye on the Desert segment, hear all about our Indio Halloween Carnival happening this Saturday from 1-6pm. There will be inflatables, a petting zoo, face painting and much more. Come dressed up in costume and enter the costume contest, the evil laugh contest and the best scream contest.
This Friday we’ll be hosting the grand opening of our new park, Oasis del Desierto (Oasis of the desert), and the public is invited. Hear Karina discuss all the fun planned for the event, which begins at 6 p.m. - hope to see you there! Location: 88775 76th Avenue Thermal Ca. 92274
Did you know that in addition to athletic activities, DRD has a variety of music and art programs as well? Guitar lessons, piano, drumming and water color are just some of the options that DRD staff member Jon Michals describes in this interview!
While some parents are not able to stay home with their children for distance learning, Desert Recreation District offers their ED-REC CONNECT program to help families in the Coachella Valley that need a place for their children during the workday.
Join us December 20th for our 2nd Annual Square Dance and Spaghetti Dinner in Thousand Palms.
Kids get to play, create art, learn sports, and make new friends while out on Thanksgiving break. All days or just a few hours, we’re open for you.
Kids ages 3 to 9 years old can come play Star Wars themed games, get their jedi training and interact with other kids in their Star Wars costumes!
Sign up for our traditional Spring Break camp, sports Camp, Indoor Soccer Camp, Robotics Camp, and more. Anthony has all the details.
Free to all ages 14 and up on April 6, 2019. DRD hosts College and Career Fair at North Shore. Great way for planning your teen’s future or adults looking for a career change. California Highway Patrol, College of the Desert, CAL FIRE, Milan Institute and others will be there.
What a great sport for kids, plus they learn the nine core values like respect, integrity and more!
Fridays, March 22 and March 29 are the last two days until next year for our Prom Dress Giveaway. Anthony shows you how to get one.
Training courses are available for anyone interested but does not have the experience to become a lifeguard – and if you already have experience, be sure to apply!
Dr. Steven Lorick talks about the skills children learn as part of The First Tee program, which is partially funded through this annual fundraising tournament.
Rachael nos muestra los muchos programas para adultos mayores de East Valley disponibles.
What can you expect to see at the The 19th Annual Palm Desert Senior Games and International Sports Festival? Anthony Alvarez gives us a look.
Listen as Sam explains how the community-wide garage sales and clean up events will work.
If you made a New Year’s Resolution to get or stay in shape, we have many options for you here at Desert Recreation District.
Get an assessment and learn what may help you improve your game! Dr. Steven Lorick explains what you can expect at the Golf Performance Center.
You can register your child now for this great program that teaches life skills as well as golf! Begins with ages 4 and over
Kids, get ready to call the North Pole and speak to Santa, Mrs. Claus, the elves, Rudolph and more!
Kids who have never tried golfing can come learn more about the program and see if it’s something they’d like to do. And, they learn the nine core values as well as golf!
This pre-permit workshop for teens 14 – 16 years old teaches safety and more – you must sign up by October 31 for this great free class.
12 de Octubre, 6 – 8 p.m.
Join us Friday night, October 12 from 6 – 8 p.m. in North Shore as we celebrate the grand opening of this great new park!
Inicia un programa de Golf a bajo costo para ninos y jovenes con edades entre los 4 a los 17 anos.
Kids learn nine core values AND golf through this great program - get your kids signed up today! Programs start for kids at 4 years old and over.
We have several positions available including part time and full time, and we are accepting applications NOW.
We have more than traditional swim classes – we also have fitness, competitive swimming, and lifeguard courses, too!
A one-time fee covers everything for the season – awards, jersey, referees, and registration – and there is financial assistance available for those who qualify
We will have special Creative Camp days or weeks coming up - Future Mad Scientists, Astro Camp, Introduction to Robotics and more! Listen as Anthony gives more information on these great programs.
There’s still time to register for lifeguard training courses; we are also still accepting applications for Operation Splash (free children’s swim lessons).
Gymnastics parties, pool parties, or traditional parties in the park or community center – we have tons of options for you!
Listen as Sam talks about all the upcoming events in Indio Hills and Thousand Palms!
We have room for just a few more foursomes in this great day of golf that benefits kids in The First Tee of the Coachella Valley programs!
Listen as Courtney tells you about all the fun and games, and where they will be happening on Saturday, March 31!
From day camps with arts & crafts, field trips and games to our sport camps, we have several offerings to keep your kids energized and entertained.
Thank you for our Presenting Sponsor, Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital – Indio as well as all of our sponsors, and come play on Friday, April 20 to help benefit the kids of The First Tee of the Coachella Valley!
Help us welcome the athletes on Feb 9 at 9 a.m. and then cheer them on at any one of several events this weekend – maybe get inspired to sign up for next year, too!
Kids from 4 to 17 years old learn the ABC’s of bicycles – air, brakes, and chain – as well as riding an obstacle course to test what they’ve learned!
Between the DisAbility Sports Festival on January 27 to the wide array of classes for both children and adults, we want everyone to have access to recreation.
Join us in a martial arts or health & fitness class to jump-start your fitness routine in 2018!
There’s still time to sign your child up – Dustin explains what children learn in addition to the game of golf.
Listen as Thaddis talks about the activities (and field trips!) the kids can do while at our day camps.
DRD receives a $3 million dollar grant thanks to the Urban Greening Grant Program from the California Natural Resources Agency.
DRD recibe una subvencion de $ 3 millones de dolares gracias al Programa estatal de Greening Grant.
Both our Indio and Palm Desert locations will have plenty of fun and games while Mom or Dad have to work on Nov 20, 21, and 22nd so sign up today!
Parents can register their child now for our Winter Youth Basketball league and save $20 with our early-bird registration. Kids of all skill levels can take part in this fun league!
Join us on Nov 15th from 5 – 7 p.m. as The First Tee of the Coachella Valley hosts the Palm Desert Chamber Mixer.
We have all kinds of fun happening to celebrate the Fall season and Halloween – listen as Courtney tells us what will be going on!
Super Heroes 3 – 9 years old can come meet other Super Heroes, play games and race in our obstacle course; enjoy snacks, too! Friday, Oct 13 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Join us on Oct 6, 2017, 6 – 8 p.m. as we break ground on the first-ever community park in North Shore!
Come see our newly updated Thousand Palms Community Center at our celebration tomorrow night (and if you can’t make it Sept 22, come by another time!).
We will be holding several bicycle safety rodeos this Fall, where kids 4 – 17 years old can learn or test their bike riding skills!
Listen to Anthony explain how you can help kids in the Coachella Valley get the experience of mountain biking when you participate in the the Patriot Weekend.
Two Coachella Valley teens, who are both seniors in high school, are headed to Pebble Beach in September to play in the PURE Challenge.
Our adult co-ed softball league in Indio will begin play next month – listen as Taylor explains how and where to get your team signed up!
No golf experience necessary – just a desire to volunteer so contact us today if you are interested!
Supervisor V. Manuel Perez stated “Riverside County is very fortunate to receive this large grant award to support our efforts with Desert Recreation District to create parks in the communities of North Shore, Oasis and Thermal.”
Our classes offer some outdoor and then some indoor class time to help kids continue to learn AND stay safe from the midday sun.
Berger Foundation Grant to The First Tee helps deliver important life lessons to elementary school stundents
Thanks for the grant from the Berger Foundation, The First Tee of the Coachella Valley is able to spread the 9 core values, through the game of golf, to more kids!
We will be hosting FREE water safety classes in May and June as the summer pool season begins.
From Movies in the Park to Family Fun Nights at the pools later this summer, we offer some fun the whole family can enjoy together!
We have Lifeguard & Jr. Lifeguard courses, Jr. Water Polo, aquatic fitness classes, swim lessons and some plain old “relax in the pool” open swim time, too!
It’s that time again – Operation Splash is back! Applications for scholarships for free children’s swim lessons for those who qualify will be accepted April 1 – May 31, 2017. Thank you to our partner in this fantastic event, Kaiser Permanente!
The 7th Annual First Tee Golf Tournament is April 21, 2017 so come support our kid’s programming and enjoy the milder weather! And Spring 2017 kid’s programming is just starting so it’s not too late to sign your child up.
We have classes for kids, adults, and seniors for a variety of interests including dance, fitness, or healthy lifestyles and more!