BY DANIEL MESA
The opening of a local paintball park has brought some added fun to the valley.
Coachella Valley Paintball Park opened on Oct. 3, 2015 in Coachella and was created to give kids a chance to have fun in a valley that has also been designed for the older generation.
Paintball park owner, Patrick Chylick, is from Washington where paintball is quite popular. When he moved to the valley in 2004, he found that there was no place that offered paintball. He attempted to take to the open desert to enjoy what he loved. “I would play in the desert but police would harass me because I didn’t have a permit,” stated Chylick.
Over the next eight years Chylick tried to make his dream of building a paintball park come true however the City of Coachella wanted too much money for the permits. It wasn’t until he spoke with the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians tribal leader about having the paintball park on their land, did his dream begin to arise. The leader agreed with Chylick’s plans to build the park making an eight year dream become a reality.
The park isn’t limited to just kids that want to have fun, the park is open to everyone. “The valley was built for adults, so we wanted to build something for kids,” said Chylick. “Paintball has no age limit, and it doesn’t matter what shape you are in.” Chylick says the park is family friendly and that they get their occasional share of older generation customers.
Don’t have equipment? The park offers rental equipment ranging from the proper attire to paintball guns at various prices. Coachella Valley Paintball Park is open every Sat. and Sun. from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. $25 for entry and air rental for CO2 tanks starts at $20. Only field paint is permitted for use. The paintball park is located at 46-200 Harrison Pl. Coachella, Calif. It is behind Spotlight 29 Casino.