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In order to comply with the "Stay-At-Home" order issued by Governor Gavin Newsom, Palm Desert City Hall is closed for in-person business until further notice. However, City staff is available remotely to help you. If you have any questions related to the City’s parks and recreation during this time, please email

The City of Palm Desert is doing its part and we strongly encourage the public to join us in following all directives and recommendations from public health officials to help us “flatten the curve” and limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Until further notice, some park restrooms, playground equipment, and other park equipment will be closed to the public.

Dog parks are now open with running water available for pets only. Pet owners are encouraged to bring water for themselves as water fountains in the park are currently not functioning.   

Social Distancing in Public Parks and Trails

  • Observe the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) minimum recommended social distancing of six feet (6’) from other persons at all times.
  • Do not use parks or trails if you are exhibiting symptoms, or have been exposed to anyone that has been exhibiting symptoms.
  • Follow the CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to visiting all parks and trails.
  • Share the trail and warn other trail users of your presence as you pass.
  • Click here for information about trail safety during COVID-19.


Public parks provide economic, environmental, and social benefits to the community, and make our neighborhoods more attractive and healthful places to work and live.

Palm Desert takes pride in its parks and constantly works to improve its recreational facilities. The Parks and Recreation Department's highest priority is to meet the City’s goal of advancing the quality of life in Palm Desert’s neighborhoods by delivering consistent services, maintaining the safety and appearance of city parks and recreation facilities, and inspiring community pride.

We offer a diverse range of programming for all members of the community while maintaining and operating over 200 acres of park land, with more than 12 parks, 2 community centers, a state of the art Aquatic Center, and over 25 miles of multi-purpose trails!

Our parks and facilities feature amenities to suit all interests including public art, community gardensdog parks, rose gardens, an amphitheater, a variety of trails systems, sports facilities, community centers, playgrounds, pavilions and Aquatic Center - just to name a few!

The City partners with the Desert Recreation District to provide recreational programs and activities for all ages year-round.  The District maintains an on-line registration page where you may obtain information and register for programs.

Visitors can choose from a wide array of Palm Desert parks and recreation sites. Whether you're an avid hiker, sports enthusiast or sightseer, there's a Palm Desert parks and recreation spot just for you!

Please contact us for more information.