INDIO — The largest community in Coachella Valley is thinking big. From soccer fields to pickle ball courts, splash pads to baseball diamonds, the city is looking for ideas to build a major sports park in the heart of town.

In order to obtain grants to pay for the project, the city is holding a series of five virtual and in-person meetings in September and October.  Once the city receives ideas from the public, they will be submitted to the state as part of the grant application process.  Grants will be awarded to projects based on outreach and committed funding, among other criteria.

“We don’t want to suggest what goes into this potential park,” Mike Edgar, city of Indio Parks and Facilities Project Coordinator, said in a prepared statement.  “We may believe people would like a picnic space, and find out they prioritize play toys or biking paths.  It’s important to understand what our residents want and need most.”

The proposed Sports Park complex is a 39-acre parcel owned by the city of Indio, west of Jackson St. between Avenue 44 and Market Street.

You can find a map of the proposed location by clicking here.

“This is more than a neighborhood park,” said Mayor Glenn Miller.  “This would be a place-making City Park that residents and visitors alike would view as a defining sports destination, getting more children and adults involved in recreation, and hopefully even drawing people to Indio for amateur sports.”

Please make note to attend at least one of the following scheduled events.  Additional details about times and locations are forthcoming, with information updated at the Indio Sports Park Facebook page by clicking here and on Indio.org.  Questions and comments can also be sent to indiosportspark@indio.org

  • Saturday September 19 from 9 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in-person kickoff/survey (outside of River of Life Church at 82631 Ave. 44)
  • Tuesday October 6 (Virtual) 7 p.m.
  • Saturday October 17 (outside of River of Life Church at 82631 Ave. 44) 9 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Thursday October 29 (Virtual) 7 p.m.
  • Saturday November 7 (outside of River of Life Church at 82631 Ave. 44) 9 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

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  • soccer: Pixaby