Parks & Recreation



Yuma Civic Center

Yuma Art Center and Historic Yuma Theatre

Desert Hills Golf Course


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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.

City of Yuma Parks & Recreation Master Plan

The Parks & Recreation Master Plan provides a framework for translating the community’s needs and desires into a specific strategy for park and recreation development.  An effective park system contributes to physical and aesthetic qualities in the City; therefore, a productive and well-planned park system intends to:

  • Serve the needs of the citizens
  • Enhance the well-being and pride of the community
  • Create a sense of place
  • Offer a variety of opportunities for both active and passive forms of recreation and cultural activities

Department Directory

Yuma Parks & Recreation Director 
  • Jay Simonton Acting Director

Yuma Parks & Recreation Assistant Director

  • Damon Chango

Arts and Culture

  • Lindsay Benacka,  Arts & Culture Program Manager
  • Gene Garcia, Technical Production Supervisor
  • Ana Lazo-Padilla, Marketing Specialist
  • Ana P. Padilla, Recreation Coordinator
  • Vincent Higgins, Gift Shop & Gallery Coordinator
  • Corinna Currier, Events Specialist
  • Marvin Sevilla, Events Operation Leader
  • Lillian Morrill, Events Operation Leader

Desert Hills Golf Courses

  • Andrew (Drew) Smith, Golf Operations Manager
  • Richard Walton, Instructor of Golf
  • Ronnie Ridgers, Assistant Golf Shop Manager
  • Jeff Mitchell, Golf Course Superintendent

Parks Maintenance

  • Joel Hubbard, Parks Manager
  • Jason Jarrett, Grounds Maintenance Supervisor
  • Espy Matlock, Grounds Maintenance Supervisor
  • Ron Ramirez, Grounds Maintenance Supervisor
  • 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

  • Esther Markle, Program Manager
  • Jose Baro, Operations Supervisor
  • Cutter Chamberlain, Marketing Specialist
  • Kathryn Rodriguez, Events Specialist

Parks & Recreation Admin

  • Jasmin Rodriguez, Administrative Support Supervisor
  • Aaron Morales, Marketing Specialist
  • Tewana Cervantes, Grant Writer

Contact US

Parks & Recreation
One City Plaza
Monday - 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
Monday through Sunday
Seasonal hours, typically 7 am to 5:30 pm


Yuma Civic Center
1440 W. Desert Hills Drive 
Monday - Thursday 8 am to 5:30 pm
Friday 8 am to 5 pm
Office Closed Saturday and Sunday
Yuma Art Center &
Historic Yuma Theatre

254 S. Main Street
Summer Hours (June, July and August):
Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm  
Fall/Spring Hours (September through May):
Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
Closed Sunday and Monday

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