Parks & Recreation

  • Parks and Recreation Staff
    Parks and Recreation Staff
  • East Wetlands Walking Path
    There are more than 3 miles of trails and paths for you to enjoy in the Parks & Recreation system.
  • Canoe Class
    Join Parks and Recreation on a guided trip down the Colorado River.
  • Yuma Civic Center
    Yuma's Favorite Event Place! More than 1400 events are hosted here each year!
  • Yuma Valley Park
    Children of all ages love to play at our local parks.
  • Art Center Display
    The Yuma Art Center is home to an ever changing display of local and regional art.

Debbie Wendt Director of Parks and Recreation
Debbie Wendt
Director of Parks & Recreation


Yuma Civic Center

Yuma Art Center and Historic Yuma Theatre

Desert Hills Golf Course

Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs

Experience The Fun!                

The Parks and Recreation Department provides opportunities for learning and life experiences that enhance the physical, social, cultural, and environmental well being of our community. We serve a diverse cross-section of citizens and visitors through the provision of programs, services, and facilities that encourage the development of positive, lasting value systems, and self-esteem.

Our Mission

Enriching lives through quality programs, experiences, and facilities that preserve the past, provide for the present, plan for the future, and promote the spirit of fun.

Department Directory

Yuma Parks & Recreation Director 
  • Debbie Wendt

Yuma Parks & Recreation Assistant Director

  • Damon Chango

Arts and Culture

  • Lindsay Benacka,  Arts & Culture Program Manager
  • Patrick Quinn, Theatre Production Supervisor
  • Gene Garcia, Operations Leader
  • Ana Lazo-Padilla, Marketing Specialist
  • Corinna Currier, Events Specialist
  • Ana P. Padilla, Recreation Coordinator

Desert Hills Golf Courses

  • Richard Walton, Instructor of Golf
  • Ronnie Ridgers, Assistant Golf Shop Manager

Parks Maintenance

  • Joel Hubbard, Parks Manager
  • Jason Jarrett, Grounds Maintenance Supervisor
  • Espy Matlock, Grounds Maintenance Supervisor
  • Ron Ramirez, Grounds Maintenance Supervisor
  • Joe Cox, Recreation Superintendent 
  • Adam Christensen, Supervisor – Adult Sports
  • Oscar Chavez, Supervisor – Youth Sports, Teen Activities, & Outdoor Recreation
  • Marilyn Lammel, Supervisor – Instructional and Adaptive Recreation
  • AJ Mosqueda, Supervisor – Aquatics & Senior Programming
  • Ken Conway, Recreation Coordinator
  • Kervina Landry, Recreation Coordinator
  • Nathan Zack, Recreation Coordinator
  • Pam Zack, Recreation Coordinator

Yuma Civic Center

  • Chris Williams, Civic Center Manager
  • Jose Baro, Operations Supervisor
  • Kathy Anderson, Booking & Events Supervisor
  • JulieAnna Carsen, Events Specialist

Parks & Recreation Admin

  • Jasmin Rodriguez, Administrative Support Supervisor
  • Stacey Gibson, Grant Writer
  • Carrie Ring, Marketing Specialist

Contact US

Parks & Recreation
One City Plaza
Hours: Monday through Thursday 7 am to 6 pm Friday 7 am to 5 pm Closed every other Friday 
Desert Hills Golf Course
1245 W. Desert Hills Drive
Hours: Monday through Sunday
Seasonal hours, typically 7 am to 5:30 pm


Yuma Civic Center
1440 W. Desert Hills Drive 
Hours: Monday through Thursday 7 am to 6 pm Friday 7 am to 5 pm
Closed every other Friday
Yuma Art Center &
Historic Yuma Theatre

254 S. Main Street
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday 10 am to 6 pm Friday 10 am to 7 pm Saturday 10 am to 5 pm Closed Sunday and Monday

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