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Summer Recreation

​Summer Fun program is a seasonal program for youth held at three locations, East Mesa Recreation Center, Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, and Meerscheidt Recreation Center. Activities may include arts and crafts, games, sports, field trips, and special activities. Youth must currently be attending or have completed grades K-5 of the current school district year. We offer full day camps and a half-day camp.

Specialty Camps will be offered to youth at varies times during the summer months. These camps will offer the following components: soccer, a fitness/nutritional, tumbling/cheer, volleyball, and basketball. We will teach basic skills, cooperation, team building, and promoting self-confidence.


2016 Summer Recreation Program Session 2 information:

If you were selected for the program:

The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department is now accepting payment for the 2nd session of the Summer Recreation Department Through June 25th. We will only be accepting payment for children who are currently enrolled in session 1. Payments will be accepted at the following sites:

  • Parks and Recreation Department Office, 1501 E. Hadley Ave.

  • Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 Bell Ave.

  • Regional Aquatics Center, 1401 E. Hadley Ave.

  • Meerscheidt Recreation Center, 1600 E. Hadley Ave.

The cost per session is $150. All session program hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Session II begins July 5.
The cost per session does not include fees associated with field trips.

If you do not make payment between before June 25, your spot will be forfeited to the general public.

If you were NOT selected for the program:

Any slots that were not paid for will be opened to the general public on Monday June 27, 2016. These slots will be available as first come, first serve at the following location:

  • Parks and Recreation Department Office, 1501 E. Hadley Ave.

Registration will only be accepted in person, with payment for the second session due at time of registration.

Specialty Camps:


The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department has begun registration for the Summer Specialty camps as first come, first serve at the following locations:

  • Parks and Recreation Department Office, 1501 E. Hadley Ave.

  • Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 Bell Ave.

  • Regional Aquatics Center, 1401 E. Hadley Ave.

  • Meerscheidt Recreation Center, 1600 E. Hadley Ave.

All camps hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. and the cost is $50.00 per participant. Various camps are offered for ages 5 through 15 years of age starting June 6 and ending Aug. 5. Date and age groups are:

Soccer Camp June 6 – 10 Ages 6-12

Get Real-Get Fit Challenge June 13 – 17 Ages 9-15

Geocache Camp June 20 – 24 Ages 9-15

Gymnastics Camp July 11 – 15 Ages 5-12

Volleyball Camp July 11 – 15 Ages 10-14

Basketball Camp August 1 – 5 Ages 6-12



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Contact Information

Parks and Recreation Department

Las Cruces, NM 88001

Tel (575) 541-2550

TTY (575) 541-2661​

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