Palm Springs Preservation Foundation

Palm Springs Downtown Park

Nellie CoffmanCourtesy Palm Springs Historical Society    
PSPF is leading an effort to name the new Downtown Park after Palm Springs pioneer "Mother" Nellie Coffman, owner of the Desert Inn and one of the city's leading philanthropists. The city has historically named its parks after its illustrious female pioneers (e.g., Ruth Hardy Park and Frances Stevens Park) and it seems fitting to continue that tradition.

On October 18, 2017 PSPF board member Steven Keylon made compelling public comment before the Palm Springs city council in support of the naming the Downtown Park for pioneer Nellie Coffman.

On September 25, 2017 an insightful opinion piece written by PSPF president Erik Rosenow entitled "Name New Park for Nellie Coffman" appeared in the Desert Sun. To read the Op-Ed piece click here.

On June 9, 2017 PSPF sent a letter to the mayor of Palm Springs recommending the city name the new Downtown Park in honor of Nellie Coffman and opining, "We trust that the city will take advantage of this extraordinary opportunity to connect visitors and residents alike to the storied history of the Desert Inn which played a pivotal role in making Palm Springs a world-renowned resort destination." To read the letter click here.

In December of 2012, and in July of 2015, the Desert Sun newspaper published articles about the historical elements removed in the years leading up to the demolition of the Fashion Plaza (i.e., the Nellie Coffman star and the County of Riverside plaque commemorating the Desert Inn). As reported in those articles, the city manager and Wessman Development principals assured the public that those elements would be re-incorporated into the downtown redevelopment scheme.

In the Media

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  July 6, 2015, Desert Star (Downtown Park)
  December 1, 2012, Desert Star (Downtown Park)

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