Desert Recreation District or DRD, formerly Coachella Valley Recreation and Parkway District (CVRPD), was created in 1950. It was established under authority of the California Public Resources Code Sections 5780 et seq. The purpose of the organization was to administer park facilities and provide recreation program services.
The Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Act of the State of California requires public services to be logical, coordinated and orderly in development. The Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) of Riverside County assisted the District in establishing an 1800-square-mile service sphere of influence and in complying with this Act (1984). Twelve years later the District was expanded and 30 square miles were annexed into current District services boundaries.
DRD updated its name and brand in 2011. The new name and contemporary brand reflect the District's ongoing commitment to being the recreational resource for the communities it serves, responding to evolving interests and needs of residents throughout its sphere of influence.
DRD is the largest recreation district in California (over 1,800 square miles). The District's broad territory stretches from Rancho Mirage (at Bob Hope Drive) east to the Salton Sea. It is organized into five electoral divisions:
Division 1: Thermal, Mecca, Oasis, North Shore, Vista Santa Rosa, La Quinta
Division 2: Coachella, Indio Hills, Indio
Division 3: Indio
Division 4: La Quinta, Indian Wells, Bermuda Dunes, Palm Desert
Division 5: Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Thousand Palms, Desert Hot Springs (2013)
DRD is governed by an elected board of directors. There are five members of the DRD Board of Directors, each serving one of the above electoral divisions. – less