COVID-19 Park Schedules and Rules

The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department continues to observe its 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:

  • Wearing face coverings in public settings except when eating, drinking, or swimming.
  • Practicing social distancing.
  • Limiting the numbers of people gathering to five or fewer.

Phase 3 of the Parks & Recreation Department plan for reopening more public parks and adding services is on hold indefinitely due to the local increase in COVID-19 positive cases. This means, unless otherwise designated, all restroom and fountain facilities at parks are closed until further notice.

The following information is current as of Monday, August 4. 

Open trails and public parks – the following are currently open (no services including water fountains and restrooms) with restrictions outlined for wearing masks or face coverings (to be worn in public settings even while exercising per current public health order), group size and social distancing:

  •  All City trails
  • Klein Park (Council District 1)
  • Tony Gomez Park/Frenger Park (Council District 2)
  • Las Cruces Dog Park (Council District 3)
  • La Llorona Park (Council District 4)
  • Twin Parks (Council District 5)
  • Desert Trails Community Park (Council District 6)


Regional Aquatic Center 

  • Limited lane and channel use and gym use by reservation only 
  • Mask or face coverings must be worn while exercising in the gym 
  • Masks do not need to be worn while swimming 

Frenger Pool  

  • Limited lane use by reservation only 
  • Masks do not need to be worn while swimming 

Youth programs

The 2020 Summer Recreation Program continues through Friday, August 7. Program and activities comply, as applicable, with the Governor’s COVID Safe Practices guidelines set out in the “All Together New Mexico: COVID-Safe Practices for Individuals and Employers.”

  • Masks must be worn during the camp 
  • Hand washing stations will be provided 

2020 Summer Recreation Program Information

Closed specialty parks and facilities until further notice:

  • City Parks (except those designated open; no services including water fountains and restrooms) 
  • Archery Range
  • Skate Park 
  • BMX Track 
  • Athletic Ballfields 
  • East Mesa Recreation Center 
  • Frank O’Brien Papen Center 
  • Meerscheidt Recreation Center 

Operational closures until further notice:

  • Sports practice, league play, and tournaments on all City facilities (athletic fields and parks) 
  • Parks permits are not being issued due to restrictions on group gatherings 
  • Youth and adult programming (except limited Summer Recreation Program). 
  •  All fitness classes
  • Juvenile Citation Program (JCP) activities
  • Keep Las Cruces Beautiful (KLCB) Program activities

Administration offices are closed

  1. Trails
  2. Tennis
  3. Pickleball
  4. Remote Control Track & Airport
  5. Butterfield Shooting Range
  6. Pools
  7. Current Status

All City trails 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 ft. apart from others. No physical contact.
  • To observe social distancing, 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/water fountains will not be available. Come prepared with your own water.

Trails are subject to closure if guidelines are not followed. 

For more information about City trails, go to Trails.