Thermal Community Park


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Desert Recreation District
Document Title
Thermal Community Park
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
Manufacturing-Service Commercial; Light Industrial
Document Description
The Desert Recreation District (District) is proposing to develop the Thermal Community Park Project (proposed Project), located at the southeast corner of Olive Street and Church Street intersection in the unincorporated community of Thermal, County of Riverside, California. The proposed Project will consist of a new community park with ball fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, a fitness station, a playground, horseshoe pits, a picnic area, a splash pad, pond area, and parking lots in the area of Thermal, unincorporated Riverside County (County). The District will be requesting a General Plan Amendment (GPA) to be adopted by the County in order to change the proposed Project site’s land use designation from Light Industrial (LI) to Open Space-Recreation (OS-R). The District will also request for County adoption of a change of zone from the existing Manufacturing-Service Commercial (M-SC) to General Residential (R-3). Circulation on site will primarily be via pedestrian access. Parking will be located around the perimeter of the site along Church Street to the north and Olive Street to the east. Construction of the park is anticipated to occur in one phase from mid- to late-2023 to mid- to late-2024. In accordance with the disclosure requirements of CEQA Guidelines Section 15072, the Project site is not listed as a hazardous property as designated under Section 65962.5 of the Government Code.

Contact Information

Troy Strange
Agency Name
Desert Recreation District
Job Title
Director of Public Works & Planning
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant


unincorporated area
Countywide, Southern California, Unincorporated
Cross Streets
Olive Street and Church Street
Total Acres
Parcel #
757-062-003; 757-062-002
State Highways
CA-86-SPUR; HWY-111
Amtrack Interstate Rail Route
Jacquelin Cochran Regional Airpo
La Familia High School,John Kelley Elementary School, Head Start
Whitewater River

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Coachella Valley Mountains Conservancy (CVMC), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 8 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Colorado River Basin Region 7 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Inland Deserts Region 6 (CDFW)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Inland Deserts Region 6 (CDFW)
Development Types
Recreational (Park )
Local Actions
General Plan Amendment, Rezone
Project Issues
Cultural Resources, Geology/Soils, Recreation, Tribal Cultural Resources
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End


Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form
State Comment Letters [Comments from state reviewing agencies]

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