The Department of Parks and Recreation of the City of Las Cruces offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities for adults and children, offering innovative and sustainable services in all city parks, trails and recreation centers.
Parks & Recreation offers more than 100 scenic sports and neighborhood parks. Play a game of tennis on one of the city’s outdoor courts or enjoy a leisurely stroll along one of the multi-purpose trails with inspiring views of the Organ Mountains. For example, at the Hadley Sports Complex you can catch a scheduled football, softball or sand volleyball game or take the kids to play on one of the jungle gyms.
Youth programs allow children to experience a wide range of activities supervised by a caring and supportive staff. Programs are development-focused because we ensure activities are fun, educational and safe. Our programs engage young people in a conscious, productive and constructive way, while recognizing and nurturing their strengths.
We are currently gearing up for the summer months and preparing our after-school programs for the many programs that can benefit the families who will take advantage of them.
The Summer Recreation Day Camp is one of our longest-lasting programs. This year it is completely FREE and starts on May 31st and runs until July 13th, Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm. We partner with Las Cruces Public Schools to offer this beneficial program at three campuses across the city, Camino Real Middle School, Sierra Middle School and Picacho Middle School. Sixty children are enrolled at each location and have the opportunity to socialize, reinvent themselves and receive nutritious meals each day while attending.
The Teen Connection program offers FREE afternoon and summer programs for middle school and high school-aged youth in grades 6 through 12. We impact our community by helping teenagers develop lifelong habits for health and well-being in an environment that encourages respectful, responsible, honest and caring individuals to grow into contributing members of the community.
The Weed and Seed Program at the A. Fielder Memorial Safe Haven provides young people and community residents with a safe neighborhood facility where children gather daily and participate in educational activities such as homework, reading, life skills presentations, and recreation. The facility offers age-appropriate after-school and summer activities with a unique focus on preserving the cultural traditions of the community it serves.
The Weed and Seed and Teen Connection summer programs run from June 1st to July 15th for the summer.
The educational and leisure program revolves around five areas:
- fitness and outdoor fun — Providing exercise and exercise opportunities through team sports, cooperative games and outdoor adventure activities.
- education and technology — Supporting students in their educational goals through homework assistance, nutrition education and introduction to computers, games and technology.
- service and civic engagement — involving teenagers in services that benefit their community; Supporting youth to find and use their voice through community involvement and fostering leadership skills.
- prevention and life skills — Facilitating youth discussions and educational presentations with guest speakers to promote prevention, teach life skills and develop communication skills and healthy social behaviour.
- Art and culture — Incorporating arts, music and cultural programs to encourage new experiences through multiple media forms and understanding through engagement with different cultural perspectives.
Outside of school hours are Monday to Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. In summer, the opening hours are Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Keep your eyes peeled as we explore our programs further through these SUCCESS Snapshots, and don’t forget to follow our social media.
Visit our website for more program information at https://www.las-cruces.org/1451/Teens.