In 1998, the City of Palm Desert renovated the old County Library and turned it into a community center to provide office space and community rooms for use by not-for-profit and community groups. In 2013, the City approved the use of facilities and leasing of office space by small businesses. Currently, the Desert Recreation District is responsible for day-to-day operation and scheduling needs of the facility.
There are eight offices, two community rooms, and two kitchen facilities available for use by groups. City Council decided that not-for-profit and community groups could utilize the common room areas of the facilities at no cost and that the use of the office space would be leased at a minimal fee of a $1.00 to $2.10 per square foot per month, based on an annual lease. All tenants and users of the Center have to qualify under one of the following: 1) Portola Community Center tenants; 2) Public entity/501c(3) – serving youth; 3) Public entity/501c(3) – serving all ages; 4) Public entity/501c(3) – groups with Palm Desert residents participating; 5) Community groups based in Palm Desert serving youth; 6) Community groups based in Palm Desert serving all ages; 7) Community groups having Palm Desert residents participating; or, 8) small businesses that will not negatively impact facility use and parking.
Regular operating hours for the Center are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The office spaces are leased on a one-year agreement basis with automatic renewal.
Applications for use of the common community rooms are scheduled according to a six (6) month calendar, which is reviewed and approved by the City. Groups/businesses meeting the above criteria may submit an application at any time and groups currently using the facility are required to resubmit an application every six months.
Applications must be requested from and submitted to the Portola Community Center located at 45480 Portola Avenue, Palm Desert, CA 92260. If you require additional information, please call (760) 568-2560 or contact the Center online.