Projects In Development


Fairway Park in Indian Wells

Rendering of Fairway Park in Indian Wells - Design Concept

This will be the first public park in Indian Wells, and the City of Indian Wells (City) and Desert Recreation District (DRD) are splitting the costs to develop it. DRD will be responsible for ongoing maintenance and small improvements, while the City will be responsible for larger upgrades over $5,000.

Construction bidding is underway and anticipated to be awarded by November 2023.


Shade Structures – Additions to existing Facilities

Shade structure at La Quinta Park

In recent years we have installed shade structures at locations including Parque de Pueblo, Huerta de Mecca, and La Quinta, Mecca, and Thousand Palms Community Parks.  

We continually apply for grant funding to add even more shade structures for facilities such as Oasis del Desierto Park.


Shumway Ranch

Shumway ranch vista

Shumway Ranch sits on a 640-acre piece of land within the San Jacinto and Santa Rosa Mountains National Monument and was purchased by the State of California in 2017. Through the Coachella Valley Desert and Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, the management, renovation, and restoration of Shumway Ranch is underway so that wildlife preservation continues while allowing the ranch to be appropriately accessible to the public for small group educational opportunities.


Thermal Community Park

Thermal Community Park is a 10-acre site designed by local residents with the assistance of Desert Recreation District, Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI) and Hermann Design Group. It will be the first community park in Thermal and is centrally located so outdoor recreation and programming is easily accessible to all residents.  


Thousand Palms Community Park – Walking Path Lighting

Temporary lighting has been placed around the southwestern portion of the field until the permanent lighting project is awarded and built.

As of June 2023, plans have been approved and we are are currently working with a consultant regarding energy efficient lighting options. We are estimating project completion no later than 2024.