Indio residents scored a major victory in December when California State Parks awarded the City $8.5 million to build a new sports park on a 31-acre city-owned parcel between Jackson Street, Avenue 44 and Market Street. Indio was one of four Coachella Valley cities to receive funding as part of the Statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization Program. Indio submitted an application in March 2021 after an extensive planning and public input process.
Thanks to the grant, plans are now in place to build two baseball, four soccer, one football, and seven open play fields with lighting. In addition, the park will include a lighted parking lot, restroom/concessions building, eight play structures on sports fields, two shade structures, five picnic areas with shade, public art, trees and lighted walking pathways.
“The project will transform vacant land into much needed sports fields and park amenities for the whole community,” said Indio Parks and Facilities Project Coordinator Mike Edgar. “The park has been a long-term dream of the neighborhood, and when it’s done, it will be a real gathering place for residents and visitors.”
The City will now obtain bids for project construction, and hopes to break ground in 2023.