It’s been several years in the works – and we have finally broken ground on the much anticipated new Downtown Park, funded by Measure J tax dollars.

The Palm Springs City Council welcomed the entire community at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31 for the ground breaking of the new 1.5-acre park across from the Palm Springs Art Museum on Museum Drive and Museum Way, in the heart of the Downtown Development Project.

The ground breaking featured remarks from members of the City Council, Chief of Police Bryan Reyes, park designer Mark Rios from the renowned Santa Monica- based design company Rios, Clementi, Hale Studios and the Fast-Track Construction team.

Following extensive public outreach and an online community survey, the new Downtown Park is anticipated to be a much-used “urban oasis” that will include two grassy lawn areas, palm groves, a water feature that replicates the City’s famed Tahquitz Canyon waterfall, public restrooms, and a new downtown police

The new park, which is located on the site of Palm Springs pioneer Nellie Coffman’s original Desert Inn, is expected to be complete as soon as fall 2020. “The goal of the park is to help connect residents and visitors to a natural urban oasis in the heart of our downtown while at the same time highlighting Palm
Springs’ unique culture and magical beauty,” said City Manager David H. Ready.

“The City Council expects this new park will be an incredible and uniquely Palm Springs amenity for everyone to enjoy.”

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