Recreation

Recreation & Activities in Brawley

graphicBrawley and the area around it is blessed with outstanding natural resources as well as man made recreation sites.

To the north is the Salton Sea, California’s largest lake with an abundant supply of bird watching, hunting, fishing, camping and boating opportunities.

To the east are the dramatic yet desolate sand dunes where off-road enthusiasts come from all over southern California to play.

The northern and western mountains provide a rugged and picturesque skyline that surrounds the relatively unspoiled desert mesa. Much of the land surrounding Brawley consists of rich irrigated farmland where acres of produce, livestock feed and seed crops contribute to the clean, fresh rural ambiance.

Our mild winter climate and the desert environment bring visitors for camping, hunting and fishing at nearby lakes. Recreational vehicles blanket the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) sand dune areas in pursuit of off-road leisure activities. Nearly every day boasts clean desert air, low humidity and lots of sunshine. Brawley offers a relaxed style of living intermingled with cultural advantages such as ethnic diversity, historical artifacts, arts, dance and music.

Brawley has 116.5 acres of developed parkland, a 20,000-square-foot, multi-use recreation facility, a Senior Citizen Center, an Olympic-size pool, night-lighted sports fields and tennis courts, and a professional rodeo arena and equestrian facility which is located on 56 acres.graphic

Recreation programs abound for youths as well as adults. Several groups and organizations work together to offer a variety of sports, cultural, recreational and special events activities. The annual Cattle Call Rodeo and Celebration is one example of this community spirit.

Golf Courses: Del Rio Country Club, 102 East Del Rio Road. This is an 18-hole golf course open to the public. For fees, call the Pro Shop at 344-0085.

Tennis Courts: Brawley has 10 tennis courts, four city-owned and six school-operated, all open to the public. Del Rio Country Club has two courts available to members.

Parks: Three mini-parks, six neighborhood parks and three community parks. Parks have barbecue areas, some with tennis courts, horseshoe pits, play sets, picnic benches and beautiful shade trees.

graphicSwimming: The City has one Olympic-size swimming pool, open daily April through October. Wiest, Ramer/Finney Lakes are 10 miles northeast of Brawley and the Colorado River is 55 miles east; all have boating, swimming and fishing.

PUBLIC FACILITIES

Palmer Performing Arts Center: Concerts and theater productions are staged throughout the year in this facility on the campus of Brawley Union High School.

A vibrant arts organization is bringing an array of performers and events to the north end of Imperial County. North County Coalition for the Arts (NoCCA) is now in its fourth year. Palmer Performing Arts Center in Brawley is the focus of arts activity here. The lobby is Palmer Art Gallery, and regularly features exhibits of local artists’ works. The auditorium, with 1,023 seats and a proscenium stage, is a perfect venue for musicals, concerts, rallies, plays and seminars. NoCCA renovated much of "Palmer" in 1998, and has since presented such fabulous performers as The Vienna Choir Boys, Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band, the Kingston Trio, the Flying Karamazov Brothers, Festival of Four, Universal Ballet, Side Street Strutters Jazz Band, to name a few.

NoCCA’s programs for the schools have included Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Melissa Stevenson: storyteller, San Diego Opera Ensemble, Peter and the Wolf and Tales of the Ashanti, and workshops and student concerts by some of the above-named performers, and conducted choral and dramatic workshops in the schools.

NoCCA also provides an arts program for a Youth Opportunity grant from the U.S. Depart-ment of Labor, "Steps of Success," targeting youths in the north end of the county.

The local community of performers has plenty of opportunity with NoCCA’s sponsorship and direction of plays, musicals and concerts. North County Players, North County Chorale and Orchestra, and the Imperial Valley Youth Choir join hands in various projects during the year.

To receive mailings, write NoCCA, P.O. 1253, Brawley, CA 92227.

Cattle Call Arena: Outdoor arena that seats 5,700 people. This is where the Brawley Cattle Call PRCA Rodeo is held. The arena is also used for team penning, calf roping and gymkhana events.

Lions Convention Center: Located at 225 "A" Street, it can hold 1,200 people. The Lions Center may be used for conferences, banquets and dances.

Senior Citizens Center: The Senior Center has seating capacity for 210 people. It is located at 8th and "J" Streets. Senior Citizens’ meals are served here. The Center may also be used for seminars.

Warne Football Field: Brawley Union High School football games are played here. Seating capacity is 4,000. Located at 2nd and "A" Streets.

graphicWiest Baseball Field: Located at 3rd and "A" Streets, the stadium has a seating capacity of 3,000. High school and Babe Ruth games are played here.

BRAWLEY PUBLIC LIBRARY
400 Main St., City Hall 344-1891

The Brawley Public Library contains fiction and non-fiction books, periodicals, records, tapes, videocassettes, computers and other material available to all members of the public. To obtain a library card, simply come to the library with a form of identification.

Special programs for children and teens are also available. The staff at the library will be happy to assist you.

 

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