The City of Las Cruces Parks and Recreation Department offers a wide range of recreational opportunities for adults and children, providing innovative and sustainable services at all city parks, trails, and recreation centers.
Parks & Recreation offers over 100 scenic sports and neighborhood parks. Play a game of tennis on one of the city’s outdoor courts or take a leisurely stroll on one of the multi-use trails with inspiring views of the Organ Mountains. For example, at Hadley Sports Complex you can watch a scheduled game of football, softball or sand volleyball or take the kids to play in one of the jungle gyms.
Youth programs allow children to experience a wide range of activities supervised by caring and supportive staff. Programs are scalable as we ensure activities are fun, educational and safe. Our programs engage young people intentionally, productively and constructively while recognizing and building on their strengths.
Currently, we are preparing for the summer months and preparing our after-school time programs for the many programs that can benefit the families who will use them.
Summer Recreational Day Camp is one of our most sustainable programs. This year it is completely FREE and begins May 31 and will run until July 13, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We partner with Las Cruces Public Schools to offer this beneficial program at three locations in the city, Camino Real Middle School, Sierra Middle School, and Picacho Middle School. Sixty children will be enrolled at each site and will have the opportunity to socialize, recreate and receive nutritional meals each day while there.
The Teen Connection program offers FREE after-school and summer programs for middle school and high school youth in grades 6-12. We impact our community by supporting teens as they develop lifestyle habits for health and well-being in an environment that nurtures the development of respectful, responsible, honest and caring people to become contributing members of the community.
The Weed and Seed Program at A. Fielder Memorial Safe Haven provides youth and community residents with a safe and secure neighborhood facility where children gather daily and participate in educational activities, such as homework, reading, presentations on life skills and hobbies. The facility offers age-appropriate extracurricular and summer activities with a particular focus on maintaining the cultural traditions of the community it serves.
Weed and Seed and Teen Connection summer programs are June 1 through July 15 for the summer.
Educational and recreational programming revolves around five axes:
- Fitness and outdoor recreation — Provide opportunities to move and exercise through team sports, cooperative games and outdoor adventure activities.
- Education and Technology — Support students in their educational goals through homework help, nutrition education, and introduction to computers, games, and technology.
- Service and civic engagement — Engage adolescents in service opportunities that benefit their community; helping young people find and use their voice through community involvement and leadership promotion.
- Prevention and life skills — Facilitate educational teen talks and presentations with guest speakers to promote prevention, teach life skills, and develop communication skills and healthy social behaviors.
- Arts & Culture — Integrate arts, music and cultural programs to encourage new experiences through multiple media forms and understanding through exposure to different cultural perspectives.
After school hours are 3pm to 7:30pm Monday to Friday. Summer hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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Visit our website for more information about the program at https://www.las-cruces.org/1451/Teens.