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 (  still in place which includes: 

  1. Wearing face coverings in public settings except when eating, drinking, or swimming.
  2. Practicing social distancing.
  3. Limiting the numbers of people gathering to 5 or fewer. (Violations can be reported to Covid-19, 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 (

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 and click on-line registration or call 575/541-2610 or 528-4247 or email

 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. 

  1. Trails & Parks
  2. Pools
  3. Recreation
  4. Tennis, Pickleball, and Handball
  5. Youth Services
  6. Remote Control Track & Airport
  7. Butterfield Shooting Range
  8. 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 ( 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.