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Register Now for FALL CAMP!
November 15, 2018
Fall Camp begins soon in Indio and Palm Desert. Here's why you need to sign your child up before it's too late.
The First Tee's Fall Golf Festival in on November 24
November 8, 2018
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!
2018 Holiday Food & Gift Drive has begun!
November 1, 2018
If you would like to donate items, please stop by one of our local community centers or our administrative office in Indio.
More Halloween fun headed your way!
October 25, 2018
During this final week of October, DRD has several more Halloween Events coming up in various locations of the Coachella Valley.
DRD partners with AAA Southern CA for Dare to Prepare
October 18, 2018
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.
Acompáñenos Para la GRAN INAUGURACIÓN PARA EL PARQUE DE NORTH SHORE!
October 11, 2018
12 de Octubre, 6 - 8 p.m.
The North Shore Community Park Grand Opening is almost here!
October 11, 2018
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!
Halloween Fun is just around the Corner at DRD!
October 4, 2018
Listen as Sam talks about some of the fun that will be happening in Thousand Palms and Indio Hills!
Register for the Palm Desert Senior Games Monday!
September 28, 2019
Registration opens on Monday, October 1st, 2018 for the 19th Annual Palm Desert Senior Games and International Sports Festival.
A su alcance programa de golf para ninos y jovenes
September 20, 2018
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.
Calling all Princesses (and Princes)!
SEPTEMBER 13, 2018
Come have a grand time at our Moana themed Princess Party - and you can dress up as any princess you like to play with other princesses!
We offer many After School Programs
SEPTEMBER 6, 2018
From Project L.E.A.D. to Traditional After School and more, we have a variety of programs and locations to meet your after school needs.
DRD's pools and Aquatics programs Fall 2018
AUGUST 30, 2018
Open swim is open through Labor Day weekend! We also have several Aquatics classes that go on in the Fall.
The District is Hiring! If you love recreation, apply with us.
AUGUST 23, 2018
We have several positions available including part time and full time, and we are accepting applications NOW.
OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS FOR KIDS OF THE FIRST TEE C.V.
AUGUST 16, 2018
Participating in The First Tee of the Coachella Valley's programs offers opportunities to kids.
GOLF PERFORMANCE CENTER
AUGUST 9, 2018
Get your swing analyzed as part of a movement assessment that may improve your golf game!
TEEN SOCIAL NIGHT - FREE
AUGUST 2, 2018
Get teenagers off the gadgets and into our free Teen Social Night in Coachella (Friday, 8/3). Fun begins at 6:30pm.
DONATION DAY AT INDIO HILLS
JULY 26, 2018
If you have gently used or new sports equipment or school supplies, please donate to the Indio Hills After School Program kids!
Bicycle Safety Rodeo at the Rancho Mirage Library
JULY 19, 2018
Kids will learn to check the ABCs of their bikes -air pressure, brakes and chain - and have fun while learning safety in cycling.
Dive-In Movies in La Quinta!
JULY 12, 2018
Cool off in the pool AND enjoy a free movie! Listen as Adam gives the details - and you can get popcorn for only a dollar!
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
Creative Camps -Model airplanes, Mad Scientist and more!
June 21, 2018
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.
Summer Camps at Desert Recreation District
June 14, 2018
Find out what our Summer Camp program is all about and how to enroll your child.
Summer Camps at The First Tee start soon!
MAY 31, 2018
Kids 7 - 17 years old can join the weekly summer camps at The First Tee - no experience necessary to come join the fun and learn the 9 core values through the game of golf!
Water Fun Days are almost here!
MAY 24, 2018
We will be hosting Water Fun Days on June 1 in Thousand Palms, and June 13 in Indio Hills - listen as Sam tells you more!
Leaders in Training program offered by DRD
MAY 17, 2018
We help youth prepare for their futures by teaching leadership skills and how to give back to their communities.
Adult Swim & Water Activities at DRD
MAY 10, 2018
We have adult swim lessons and aquatic fitness classes as well as fun for kids in our pools!
Star Wars Party for Kids
MAY 3, 2018
Kids 3 - 9 years old who love Star Wars can come dressed as their favorite character and mingle with other characters, play themed games, and complete their Jedi training and earn a badge! Ages 3 - 9.
Lifeguard Courses and Operation Splash Scholarships!
APRIL 26, 2018
There's still time to register for lifeguard training courses; we are also still accepting applications for Operation Splash (free children's swim lessons).
If you have a party to host, we have options for you!
APRIL 19, 2018
Gymnastics parties, pool parties, or traditional parties in the park or community center - we have tons of options for you!
There's plenty to do in Indio Hills and Thousand Palms!
APRIL 12, 2018
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.
The First Tee - Spring 2018 session begins soon
MARCH 15, 2018
Children learn the nine core values through the game of golf in this great program, and it starts for kids as young as four years old.
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!
Desert Recreation District is Hiring!
FEBRUARY 22, 2018
We have several positions available, especially for those who enjoy working with children.
Prom Dress Giveaways in March!
FEBRUARY 15, 2018
DRD and Desert Best Friend's Closet have teamed up once again to bring prom dresses to Coachella Valley Senior High School students who may need a prom dress!
18th annual Palm Desert Sr. Games on KESQ
FEBRUARY 9, 2018
KESQ (ABC) features pickleball while covering the 2018 Palm Desert Sr. Games, as well as upcoming pickleball event this fall.
18th annual Palm Desert Sr. Games on KMIR (NBC)
FEBRUARY 9, 2018
KMIR (NBC) highlights seniors soccer as part of the 18th annual Palm Desert Senior Games & ISF!
18th annual Palm Desert Sr. Games & ISF have begun!
FEBRUARY 8, 2018
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!
Fun and safety all in one at our LQ Bicycle Safety Rodeo
FEBRUARY 1, 2018
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.
New Fitness and Martial Arts classes for a variety of ages
JANUARY 11, 2018
Join us in a martial arts or health & fitness class to jump-start your fitness routine in 2018!
Winter Session at The First Tee C.V. will begin Jan 8
DECEMBER 28, 2017
There's still time to sign your child up - Dustin explains what children learn in addition to the game of golf.
Palm Desert Co-ed Softball starting in January!
DECEMBER 21, 2017
A great way to keep fit and have fun- adult slow-pitch softball starts in January.
Our Winter Camps begin next week, so get your kids signed up today!
DECEMBER 14, 2017
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.
Santa's Hotline opens Dec 12!
DECEMBER 7, 2017
Kids, get ready to call Santa, Mrs. Claus, the elves and others at the North Pole!
Bicycle Safety Rodeo for Kids!
NOVEMBER 30, 2017
Kids learn safety of the bike itself, safety in riding, and get to have fun riding an obstacle course, too!
Fall Camp offers fun for kids out of school next week!
NOVEMBER 16, 2017
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!
Winter Youth Basketball Registration is on now - save $20!
NOVEMBER 9, 2017
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!
The First Tee of the C.V. hosts PD Chamber Mixer - join us!
NOVEMBER 2, 2017
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!
First Tee of the C.V. - Fall sessions has begun!
OCTOBER 19, 2017
It's not too late, though, to get your kids enrolled in the Fall session - do it TODAY!
Calling all Super Heroes to join the fun in Indio!
OCTOBER 12, 2017
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.
The North Shore Park Groundbreaking happens tomorrow!
OCTOBER 5, 2017
Join us on Oct 6, 2017, 6 - 8 p.m. as we break ground on the first-ever community park in North Shore!
Mecca - Movies and Youth Soccer are Happening!
SEPTEMBER 28, 2017
The Mecca Youth Soccer League recently started so kids can still come join! And October brings 4 FREE movies at the Park!
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!).
Calling all Princesses!
SEPTEMBER 14, 2017
Little girls can dance and play with other princesses during this magical afternoon event!
Kids learn bicycle safety skills at our Indio Bike Rodeo!
SEPTEMBER 7, 2017
We will be holding several bicycle safety rodeos this Fall, where kids 4 - 17 years old can learn or test their bike riding skills!
Patriot Weekend - participate and help kids mountain bike!
AUGUST 31, 2017
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 local teens from The First Tee CV head to Pebble Beach
AUGUST 30, 2017
Two Coachella Valley teens, who are both seniors in high school, are headed to Pebble Beach in September to play in the PURE Challenge.
Have your team join DRD's co-ed adult softball league in Indio!
AUGUST 24, 2017
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!
Bright Beginning Preschool Registration Open
AUGUST 17, 2017
This great preschool is in a convenient central-valley location and offers both full and half-day programs.
Volleyball fun in Indio!
AUGUST 10, 2017
We offer beginning and advanced volleyball in Indio (and it's indoors, too!).
The District is Hiring
AUGUST 3, 2017
If you love working with people, and you enjoy recreation and sports, the perfect career might be with us - check us out!
Summer Art Scene for kids and teens!
JULY 27, 2017
No experience needed for kids and teens to learn to paint in our Summer Art Scene program.
No golf experience necessary - just a desire to volunteer so contact us today if you are interested!
Get Your Kicks with DRD Soccer!
JULY 13, 2017
We have British Soccer Camp outdoors, and indoor soccer clinics all starting in the next two weeks!
Get Hooked on Swimming Competitive Swim classes!
JULY 6, 2017
This is a great starter program for children who are interested in learning what it means to be part of a swim team!
Eye on the Desert - DRD offers summertime fun!
JULY 5, 2017
Summer camps, summer movies, summer swimming all add up to summer fun!
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."
Summer Camp in Coachella is going on now!
JUNE 29, 2017
Learn to make a comic book, play group games, arts & crafts and more!
Our classes offer some outdoor and then some indoor class time to help kids continue to learn AND stay safe from the midday sun.
More than Swim Lessons available at our Pools!
JUNE 15, 2017
Jr. water polo and lifeguard programs, water aerobics or just relax in our pools!
SUMMER CAMPS ABOUND!
JUNE 8, 2017
From sports camps to day camps, arts & crafts and group games, we have all kinds of fun for kids happening at DRD!
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!
The First Tee has Summer Camps as well!
MAY 25, 2017
In addition to our more traditional summer day camps, our First Tee Coachella Valley has summer camps, too. Kids our both indoors and outdoors during these morning sessions.
Summer Programs in Coachella
MAY 23, 2017
Listen as Cintia talks about some of the great summer programs that will be happening in Coachella!
We will be hosting FREE water safety classes in May and June as the summer pool season begins.
DRD brings fun the whole family can enjoy together!
MAY 11, 2017
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!
Youth Sports Program teaches more than sports!
MAY 4, 2017
Middle-school kids from all around the Coachella Valley can learn sportsmanship, respect, and more while improving their physical skills!
May the 4th Be With You - Kids Star Wars Party!
APRIL 27, 2017
Kids can dress up as their favorite Star Wars character and come join the party in Indio!
Swim season is almost here - sign up now for lessons!
APRIL 20, 2017
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!
Summer Youth Basketball Leagues
APRIL 13, 2017
Hurry and sign your child up for our Summer Youth Basketball League - there is an early-bird discount for early registration!
Eggstravaganzas & Spring Camps
APRIL 6, 2017
Our Eggstravaganza Easter-egg hunts and spring camps are all coming up this next week, so join the fun with us!
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 First Tee of the Coachella Valley has a lot going on!
MARCH 23, 2017
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.
DRD may have just the job you are looking for!
MARCH 16, 2017
We have full and part-time positions, both indoors and outdoors, so check us out!
Dance, Fitness, De-stressing - all classes DRD offers!
MARCH 9, 2017
We have classes for kids, adults, and seniors for a variety of interests including dance, fitness, or healthy lifestyles and more!
Prom Dress Giveaways!
MARCH 2, 2017
If you are a high school senior in need of a prom dress, we may have just what you are looking for! Contact us today.
Sign your child up for Spring 2017 classes at The First Tee C.V.
FEBRUARY 23, 2017
Registration for the spring session starts week after next, so mark your calendars and get your child signed up!
5th Annual DisAbility Sports Festival coming soon!
FEBRUARY 16, 2017
The 5th annual DisAbility Sports Festival will be held in Palm Desert on February 25th - athletes with all types of special needs are welcome!
Tots through Seniors love to play GOLF!
FEBRUARY 9, 2017
From our Free Wednesday night golf clinic for kids to our Sr. Games 9-hole golf for those 50+, we have something for everyone who loves golf!
With the great success of our Ready, Set, Swim Coachella Valley program, we have expanded to include even younger children.
Come join our Gymnastics program 10th Anniversary Celebration!
JANUARY 26, 2017
The District Gymnastics Academy is thrilled to be celebrating 10 years! Come watch gymnasts compete, or get a professional photograph taken of your gymnast. Fundraiser following celebration, too!
There are several different ways to work out in Palm Desert!
JANUARY 19, 2017
We have a variety of fitness classes that make working out fun, all while giving your body the exercise it needs!
Palm Desert Sr. Games & International Sports Festival coming soon!
JANUARY 12, 2017
The games begin February 9, but there's still time to register - track & field, golf, swimming and more!
The First Tee C.V. has a lot going on - check it out!
JANUARY 5, 2017
Winter session classes start on Monday, January 9, and there's a family fun night with tournament, BBQ and more this Saturday, January 7!
Working out has never been more fun!
DECEMBER 22, 2016
We offer a variety of ways to get in shape and stay active no matter if you prefer a class, individual weight-training, or playing sports!
Winter Camps in Indio & Palm Desert
DECEMBER 15, 2016
Kids can play games, do arts & crafts and interact with other kids while on break from school at our Winter Camps.
Breath of Life Arts - Performing arts help with memory
DECEMBER 1, 2016
This class has those from ages 7 to 100+ dancing and singing their way to fun and helps some reconnect with memories lost.
Movie Night & Fall Camps coming up!
NOVEMBER 17, 2016
Bring the whole family to see Finding Dory on Friday night; and next week we have Fall Camp on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday leading up to Thanksgiving.
Winter Youth Basketball League - register now!
NOVEMBER 10, 2016
Kids from 5 to 14 will be divided into age divisions for this 6-week league. Sign up by November 15th and get a 20% discount.
Join the Halloween Fun!
OCTOBER 27, 2016
Come dressed up as your favorite character at one of our Halloween Carnivals or Spooktaculars near you!
Adaptive/Therapeutic sports are available all over the valley!
OCTOBER 20, 2016
We are thrilled to partner with several organizations to offer adaptive sports and recreation to those with special needs.
Kids can be Super Heroes at this party!
OCTOBER 13, 2016
Kids can play with other super heroes while saving the day at our Indio Super Hero Party!
Fall enrollment for The First Tee is still open - sign up today!
OCTOBER 6, 2016
Kids learn nine core character values as well as the game of golf in this fabulous program.
Current Job Openings at Desert Recreation District
SEPTEMBER 29, 2016
If you love working with people AND love recreation, we may have just the job for you!
Sr. Games 2017 registration opens October 1st!
SEPTEMBER 22, 2016
Sign up starting Saturday, October 1st, 2016 for next February's games!
Indio Princess Party offers a royal good time for all!
SEPTEMBER 15, 2016
Join the fun while dressed in your best princess costume.
The First Tee C.V. Fall Registration
SEPTEMBER 8, 2016
Get your kids involved in golf and learning important life skills at the same time.
Pop-up at Your Park in Coachella on Sept 3!
SEPTEMBER 1, 2016
DRD and Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia have partnered to bring you a Pop-up at Your Park! event on Sept 3.
Check our website calendar for upcoming basketball, health & fitness, and even drum classes for individuals with disabilities.
We have a new soccer league forming so contact us today to sign up; our after school programs also start back up soon!
Bright Beginning Preschool - where the Fun is On!
AUGUST 11, 2016
We offer half and full-day programs in this convenient mid-valley location.
Gymnastics and the 2016 Summer Olympics
JULY 28, 2016
We will be celebrating the Olympics Friday, August 5 through Saturday, August 20. There will be competitions and contests daily during classes, as well as having flags from a variety of countries displayed.
Coachella Summer Camp Program and More!
JULY 21, 2016
There are still several weeks left for summer camp so sign up today!
Sign your child up today for The First Tee program!
JULY 14, 2016
New Player class for new participants in The First Tee program starts soon!
We offer clinics for girls of various ages to learn and practice their volleyball skills!
Mecca Movie Nights & new Programs in the East Valley
JUNE 30, 2016
Every Thursday in July is movie night in Mecca! We also have new programs including Chess and Digital Arts!
Pump Track Demo coming to Palm Desert!
JUNE 23, 2016
Bring your skateboard, bicycle, or scooter join the fun!
Tot Programs offer summer fun!
JUNE 16, 2016
Our Little Explorers program includes art, science, and more!
COME SPLASH & SWIM IN OUR POOLS!
JUNE 9, 2016
Operation Splash Kick-off was a hit, and swim lesson scholarships are still available! Listen to how you can apply.
Summer Camp is coming your way!
JUNE 2, 2016
Summer Camps in Indio, Palm Desert, and Coachella start soon - enroll now!
Evening Workshops at The First Tee C.V.
MAY 26, 2016
Enroll your child in The First Tee of the Coachella Valley today as summer camps & evening workshops start soon!
Personal Training Special for Summer
MAY 19, 2016
Summer is just weeks away, so why not start getting in shape now?
The First Tee offers Summer Camps and More!
MAY 5, 2016
For youngsters through teens, we offer camps and more during the summer.
OPERATION SPLASH 2016 IS HERE!
APRIL 28, 2016
Apply for free swim lessons for kids thanks to Kaiser Permanente and DRD!
MOVIES IN THE PARK
APRIL 21, 2016
We will be showing movies all summer long - check out our website calendar what title will be showing next!
BRIGHT BEGINNING PRESCHOOL
APRIL 14, 2016
What a great way for your toddler to spend their days.
EVENING SOFTBALL LEAGUES WITH DRD
APRIL 7, 2016
We have co-ed, men's competitive and recreational leagues - join the fun!
Eggstravaganza Easter-egg Hunts & Spring Camps
MARCH 24, 2016
Kids can come look for eggs during our Eggstravaganzas, or they can come be active at one of our Spring camps!
Prom Dress Giveaway
MARCH 17, 2016
If you are a high school junior or senior and need a prom dress, we can help!
Spring 2016 First Tee Registration
MARCH 3, 2016
Dustin Smith explains what The First Tee is about and reminds everyone registration time is almost here!
The First Tee CV 6th Annual Invitational
FEBRUARY 25, 2016
Tim Skogen talks about this great fundraising golf invitational and its importance in helping our local youth.
16th Annual PD Sr. Games & ISF
FEBRUARY 18, 2016
The 2016 Palm Desert Senior Games was a hit!
SENIOR PROGRAMS OFFERED BY DRD
FEBRUARY 18, 2016
Come on down to one of our Senior Centers and get in on the fun!
BASKETBALL LEAGUES STARTING SOON!
FEBRUARY 11, 2016
Hear about our Men's and Junior Basketball Leagues from Chris Baluga.
PALM DESERT SR. GAMES & INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FESTIVAL 2016
FEBRUARY 4, 2016
Learn more about the 16th Annual Palm Desert Sr. Games & ISF.
DISABILITY SPORTS FESTIVAL
JANUARY 31, 2016
See some of the sports played at the 4th Annual DisAbility Festival Coachella Valley!
DISABILITY SPORTS FESTIVAL
JANUARY 28, 2016
Learn about the 4th Annual DisAbility Festival in Palm Desert
THE FIRST TEE OF THE COACHELLA VALLEY
JANUARY 14, 2016
Dustin Smith explains our First Tee program and how to enroll!
NEW NORTH SHORE FITNESS CENTER NOW OPEN
MARCH 31, 2015
Enjoy a great view while you workout - the Salton Sea!
WINTER 2015 DAY CAMPS
DECEMBER 17, 2015
Keep your kids active with arts & crafts, cooking and more during the school break this winter!
SANTA'S HOTLINE & WINTER SPORTS CAMPS
DECEMBER 10, 2015
Kids can call Santa, Mrs. Claus, the elves and more on 1-877-SANTA-4-KIDS. Or, enroll in a sports camp during winter break from school.
FIRST TEE GOLF - SPECIAL REPORT
DECEMBER 1, 2015
Our First Tee program teaches more than golf. - it teaches important life skills, too. Learn more as KESQ Sports Anchor Blake Arthur explains.