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Posted on: December 3, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Parks and Recreation Reopens Under Governor's Red Framework

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The City of Las Cruces Parks and Recreation Department has reverted to its Phase Two COVID-19 reopening plan. It began Thursday, December 3 with a few adjustments to meet the directives outlined under the New Mexico Office of the Governor’s Red to Green Framework presented at a November 30 news conference. (

City Parks and Trails

All city parks and trails, including the skate park, tennis and pickleball courts, and dog park reopened on December 3 with New Mexico State Public Health Order restrictions ( still in place. Those restrictions include wearing face masks, practicing social distancing, and limiting gatherings to no more than five people. The shooting range will open on Friday, December 4. Please note that Lions Park tennis courts, 701 W. Picacho Ave., and Young Park tennis courts, 850 S. Walnut St., will remain closed due to ongoing General Obligation (GO) Bond project construction.


The Las Cruces Aquatics Center, 1401 E. Hadley Ave., and Frenger Pool, 800 Parkview Drive, will remain closed pending annual inspections by the New Mexico Environment Department which have been delayed by the pandemic restrictions. Further updates will be forthcoming as the situation develops.

Recreation Centers and Programs

All recreation programs and facilities will remain closed with the exception of Grab-and-Go meals with Youth Services, which will continue from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the following locations.

  • A. Fielder Memorial Safe Haven building, 906 N. Tornillo St.
  • Meerscheidt Recreation Center, 1600 E. Hadley Ave.
  • Henry R. Benavidez Center, 1045 McClure Road.
  • East Mesa Recreation Center, 5589 Porter Drive.
  • Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 W. Bell Ave.

Out-of-School Time Programs tutoring services remain suspended pending further directives under essential guidelines. For more information, call 575/541-2610 or 528-4247 or email

The Keep Las Cruces Beautiful (KLCB) program remains closed but will provide clean-up supplies free of charge for individuals or small groups doing a voluntary clean-up. Supplies can be picked up in person from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 W. Bell Ave. Look for the KLCB canopy or call 575/312-0531 to request supplies. Work will continue with the Youth Conservation Corps mural project, which is a qualified essential work project.

Sports practice, league play, and tournaments on all City facilities, athletic fields and parks, remain closed per the Governor’s public health order. Fitness classes are also suspended until restrictions are lifted. Permits for parks and recreational events are not being issued due to restrictions on group gatherings. Administration offices are closed to the public.

Complete COVID-19 related updates can be found at To contact the Parks and Recreation Department Administration Offices, call 575/541-2550 or email

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