COVID-19 Park Schedules and Rules
The City of Las Cruces Parks and Recreation Department will expand the Phase 2 status for parks and recreational programs that follows COVID-19 safe practices and the State Public Health Order (https://cv.nmhealth.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/091820-PHO.pdf) still in place which includes:
- Wearing face coverings in public settings except when eating, drinking, or swimming.
- Practicing social distancing.
- Limiting the numbers of people gathering to 5 or fewer. (Violations can be reported to Covid-19, firstname.lastname@example.org. Provide name of location and address if possible.)
The following information is current as of Friday, October 16:
All city parks and trails are currently open. Restrictions outlined for wearing masks or face coverings, which are to be worn in public settings even while exercising, keeping group size to 5 or fewer, and social distancing, per current public health order, remain in place.
Park restrooms are now open. Water fountains and play areas will remain closed per recommendations of NMDOH safe practices (https://cv.nmhealth.org/covid-safe-practices/).
Park Hours - Fall/Winter hours of dawn to dusk are now in effect.
Phase 2 of the Parks and Recreation Department’s reopening plan was expanded recently to open more areas and provide limited services while remaining in compliance with the Governor’s lowered public health order restrictions. The expansion remains within the renewed health order and limited programs and services will continue as planned.
Phase 2 Expansion
Limited recreation services have been added which include access to cardio/weight room at Meerscheidt Recreation Center, 1600 E. Hadley Ave., and table tennis sessions at Frank O'Brien Papen Community Center, 304 Bell Ave, by reservations only. Cardio/Weight room reservations can be made one day in advance, one appointment per day per customer by calling 575/541-2563 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.. Table tennis sessions can be reserved by calling 575/541-2455 between 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Out-of-School Time Programs (OST) tutoring services are on-going at community centers for K through fifth and at Meerscheidt Recreation Center for teens, grades 6 – 12. Go to www.las-cruces.org/play and click on-line registration or call 575/541-2610 or 528-4247 or email ParksandRecAdmin@las-cruces.org.
Keep Las Cruces Beautiful (KLCB) program offers complimentary trash pick-up supplies for individuals or groups planning a volunteer clean up. Call 575/312-0531 to request supplies.
The Las Cruces Regional Aquatic Center (RAC) and Frenger Pool are available for limited pool use by reservation only. The gym is also available at the (RAC) by appointment. Reservations can be made 24 hours in advance by calling 575/541-2782. The RAC will be closed for its annual inspection from November 8 – November 22. The upstairs fitness gym will also be closed beginning November 8 thru November 11 for maintenance and cleaning and will re-open November 12.
Sports practice, league play, and tournaments on all City facilities (athletic fields and parks) remain closed per Governor’s public health order. Fitness classes also remain closed. Permits for parks and recreational events are not being issued due to restrictions on group gatherings. Administration offices are closed to public.
- Trails & Parks
- Tennis, Pickleball, and Handball
- Youth Services
- Remote Control Track & Airport
- Butterfield Shooting Range
- Current Status
All City trails and parks are open.
The public is asked to follow the guidelines below to create a safe environment for everyone.
- Wear a mask in all public places, even while exercising.
- Keep a minimum of 6 feet apart from others. No physical contact.
- Do not gather in groups of more than five.
- Avoid mass gatherings. Per the Governor’s public order, a “’mass gathering’ means any public gathering, private gathering, organized event, ceremony, parade, organized amateur contact sport, or other grouping that brings together more than five individuals in in a single room or connected space, confined outdoor space or an open outdoor space.”
- To observe social distancing while on trails, warn other users of your presence and step aside to let others pass.
- Practice safe hygiene – wash hands, carry hand sanitizer, cover your mouth & nose while sneezing or coughing.
- Participants must dispose of their trash.
Restrooms are open where available.
Water fountains and play areas will remain closed per recommendations of NMDOH safe practices (https://cv.nmhealth.org/covid-safe-practices/). Come prepared with your own water.
Trails and parks are subject to closure if guidelines are not followed.
For more information about City trails, go to Trails.
COVID-19 Phased Plan Pool Information
Frenger Pool and the Regional Aquatic Center (RAC) are open with limited access. Frenger Pool is open for lap swimming by reservation only. The Regional Aquatic Center (RAC) will open for lap swimming, channel use, and upstairs gym use, also by reservation. (Reservations allow employees to schedule decontamination cleaning according to use.)
Limited use of the facilities is aligned with directives from New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s extended public health emergency order and the New Mexico Department of Health guidelines, which include limiting the numbers of people gathering, wearing face coverings except while eating, drinking or swimming, and practicing social distancing.
Reservations are taken by phone call only by calling 575/541-2782.(Online reservations are not available due to the limited capacity.) Pool rentals are not currently available.
The reservation process and restrictions are as follows:
- A 24-hour advance window will be provided prior to each day for reservation.
- Lap lanes, channel lane, and gym will be available in 45-minute sessions.
- Swimmers younger than 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult, 18 years or older, swimming in the adjacent lane.
- Only one reservation per day.
- One person per lane.
- Gym limit is 12 customers per hour/session. Sessions are limited to 45 minutes. Patrons must wear masks while exercising.
- Cancellation of reservation is requested at least one hour before scheduled session.
Las Cruces Regional Aquatic Center - Pool sessions offered by reservation only. All current COVID-19 guidelines are still in place. Reservations can be made 24 hours in advance by calling 575/541-2782.
7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 7:00 pm. Saturday
Frenger Pool – Pool sessions offered by reservation only. All current COVID-19 guidelines are still in place. Reservations can be made 24 hours in advance by calling 575/541-2782.
6:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Monday - Friday
Sunday: All facilities closed
Fees for both Frenger Pool and the RAC are $2.00 per session ($1.00 for 60 years and older). Passes purchased at the RAC can be used.
Outdoor Pools and Spashpads/Fountain
- Outdoor city pools will remain closed until further notice.
- Splash pads/fountains will remain closed.
Pool Inspections - Inquiries about pool inspections can be directed to the New Mexico Environment Department by email to email@example.com, phone at 505/222-9500 or local office, 575/288-2050.
Meerscheidt Recreation Center and Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center are open for specific recreational programming in keeping with the most recent lowering of restrictions mandated by the Governor’s Office and New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH).
All participants and staff will be required to observe Covid-19 guidelines (https://cv.nmhealth.org/covid-safe-practices/) already in place including wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, and keeping group gatherings to 10 participants or fewer.
Youth camp participants will have their temperatures checked by staff prior to the start of each session, no spectators will be allowed during camps, and participants must bring their own water.
Programs and Schedules
Meerscheidt Recreation Center, 1600 E. Hadley Ave.
Cardio/Weight Room - By reservation only. Reservations can be made one day in advance, one appointment per day per customer by calling 575/541-2563 during business hours. (Same day reservations can be made if space is available.)
- 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Monday – Friday
- 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday
- Closed on Sunday
- No rentals at this facility
- Fee - $1.00 per session
- Cardio (in recreation gym) and weight room are available by appointment only.
- Each session is 45-minutes. (Equipment and area are sanitized between sessions.)
- Showers and lockers will not be available.
- Fitness classes are not being offered at this time.
Youth Skill Development Camps (Weekly) – On hold due to decrease in group size per the renewed Governor's Public Health Order .
Please call Meerscheidt Recreation Center at 575/541-2563 for updates.
Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 Bell Ave.
- Facility is open for limited programming as follows.
- Closed Saturday and Sunday
- No rentals at this facility
- 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Monday – Friday
- Reservation only, 24 hours in advance.
- For Monday reservations, call on Friday
- To make reservations, call 575/541-2455 between 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
East Mesa Recreation Center, 5589 Porter Dr.
- Facility is currently open for tutoring sessions only.
- Closed Saturday and Sunday
- No rentals at this facility
- All city courts are available for open play.
- Hours are dusk to dawn except where lighting is available.
- Participants will be required to wear a mask and practice social distancing.
- Participants must bring their own racquets, balls, water and towels.
- Gathering/socializing in the parking lot in large groups is not be permitted.
- Restrooms are open.
- Bring your own water. Water fountains remain closed per New Mexico Department of Health safe practices.
Tutoring and learning services through the Out-of-School Time Programs (OST)
Kindergarten - 5th grade
Mornings and afternoons, Monday-Friday at various city facilities
Half-day sessions at Meerscheidt Recreation Center, 1600 E. Hadley Ave.
Space for tutoring and other services is still available; please call or go to www.las-cruces.org/play and click on-line registration.
Below are the locations and contact information of the on-going tutoring and learning services:
A. Fielder Memorial Safe Haven 906 N. Tornillo St.
Grades K-5, Phone -575/528-4263
East Mesa Recreation Center 5589 Porter Rd.
Grades K-5, Phone - 575/541-2610
Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center 304 W. Bell St.
Grades K-5, Phone - 575/541-2610
Henry R Benavidez Community Center 1045 McClure Rd.
Grades K-5, Phone - 575/541-2610
Meerscheidt Recreation Center 1600 E. Hadley Ave.
Grades 6-12, Phone - 575/528-4235
Diversion and Development Program
The Diversion and Development Program is an alternative program for youth who may need assistance being diverted from the Juvenile Justice System. Located at 890 N. Tornillo St., the Learning Center provides a foundation of hope, resiliency, and consequences through facilitated life skills, parent-youth, guest speaker, gender-specific classes and community service opportunities. While in the program girls will become empowered, confidence will be built, and building skills for healthy relationship will be established. Boys in the program will receive guidance that promotes a healthy passage through pre-teen and adolescents’ years, talk about consequences as per actions, the importance of taking responsibility, what it means to be “Men of Honor”. Youth and families through staff facilitation will receive positive mentorship, strong guidance, and evidence-based curriculum. They will gain a first-hand experience how everyone can celebrate their own diversity, make better choices, and create better outcomes. Please call, 575/541-2349 for more information.
Keep Las Cruces Beautiful
Want to volunteer to clean an area in or near a neighborhood, a location identified within the city, or a part of the city that needs attention? Contact Keep Las Cruces Beautiful (KLCB) to request trash bags, gloves, safety vests, and pick-up tools free of charge for individuals or groups doing a voluntary clean-up. Supplies can be picked up in person from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 W. Bell St. (look for the KLCB canopy) or call 575/312-0531 to request supplies, receive a location in need of assistance, or to report an area for litter removal or graffiti abatement.
REMOTE CONTROL TRACK SESSIONS:
Regular hours, dawn to dusk.
- Social Distancing will be practiced during operational hours of the RC track.
- Wear face coverings in public settings except when eating, drinking, or swimming.
- Entering, waiting, exiting the track - All racers will be required to stand in line prior to receiving a car and remote and stand at the marked spaces designated to follow the Governors social distancing requirements.
- Racers will not enter until all racers from previous session have cleared the track.
- Anyone choosing to wait for their turn to use the RC track if full is asked to practice social distancing.
REMOTE CONTROL AIRPORT SESSIONS:
Regular hours - Dawn to Dusk.
Max participants: Three (pilots)
- Participants are required to wear both a mask and gloves to enter through the Foothills Landfill to get to the RC Airport. No exceptions.
- Entering, waiting, exiting the Runway - All Pilots will be required to stand in line prior to receiving clearance and stand at the designated space in line with the Governors social distancing requirements.
- Pilots will not be assigned to a runway until Pilot from previous session have cleared the runway.
- Social Distancing will be practiced during operational hours.
- All Remote flying rules and requirements will be enforced
SHOOTING RANGE SESSIONS
Open dawn to dusk every day except Thursday. Sessions are first come first serve.
No permit requests are being taken at this time.
- One vehicle per bay or 5 individuals max per bay.
- All individuals using shooting range must practice social distancing.
- Wear face coverings in public settings except when eating or drinking.
- If patron chooses to wait until next available bay, please remain in your vehicle.
Facilities and Athletic Fields
Meerscheidt Recreation Center, Frank O’Brien Community Center, and East Mesa Recreation Center are open for specific recreational programming. Go to Recreation tab for information.
Athletic fields remain closed for leagues and associations but will be available for limited use by recreation staff for programming.
Out-of-School Time Programs (OST) - Tutoring services are on-going. Go to www.las-cruces.org/play and click on-line registration or call 575/541-2610, 528-4247 or email ParksandRecAdmin@las-cruces.org.
Keep Las Cruces Beautiful (KLCB) Program activities - Trash pick-up supplies are available for volunteer clean ups. Call 575/312-0531 to request.
Operational Closure Status
- Sports practice, league play, and tournaments on all city facilities (athletic fields and parks) remain closed per Governor’s public health order.
- Parks and recreational permits are not being issued due to restrictions on group gatherings.
- Youth and adult programming - Limited programs scheduled to begin October 12.
- Fitness classes remain closed.
- Administration offices are closed to public.