Teen Connection

In light of the COVID-19 situation, the Parks & Recreation Dept. is in process of creating a plan to continue our services and programs in alignment with the Governor’s Office and New Mexico Department of Health directives. Please check back here or look for notifications from our administrative office or information posted to social media for updated information.

Teens pose together on playground equipment

The Teen Connection offers multiple opportunities for teens to participate in a variety of community service projects throughout the year. Volunteering for these projects helps teens gain new skills necessary for the job market such as leadership, communication skills, dependability, time management, and decision making. Teens who volunteer perform better at school and build stronger resumes for college and scholarship applications. 

For upcoming volunteer opportunities, please contact staff at 575-528-4235.

Teen Connection Summer Program

The City of Las Cruces Parks and Recreation Department will be accepting registration for the Summer Teen Connection Program. The program will be open to teens going into grades 6 through 12 for the upcoming school year. 

Program Features

The program will focus on the perfect balance of learning and fun and we will offer our youth the opportunity to:

  • Socialize
  • Be constructive
  • Recreational activities
  • Make lasting relationships within our community

The program is free and includes lunch and dinner daily. Field trips may have associated fees.


Please call 575-528-4257 for more information:

  • A. Fielder Memorial Safe Haven (906 N Tornillo Street)
  • Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center (304 Bell Street)
  • Las Cruces Regional Aquatic Center (401 E Hadley Avenue)
  • Meerscheidt Recreation Center (1600 E Hadley Avenue)
  • Parks and Recreation Administrative Office (1501 E Hadley Avenue)

There are limited spots available so register early. No telephone registrations will be accepted.