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

Teen Connection 2021 Summer Program

The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department has begun registration for its Teen Connection Summer Program. Limited spots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Options are available for attending the program the entire summer or selecting individual weeks. The following is a list of themes for the teen summer program and their corresponding activities. Each week will include fun and engaging activities mixed in with activities geared toward the weekly theme. 

The Teen Connection program is Free and serves youth who will be entering grades 6 – 12, and is located at the Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 W. Bell Ave.  The Teen Connection Summer Program hours will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m., Monday – Friday, with some special activities for teens happening outside of regular hours and will be announced in advance. We will continue to follow Covid-19 safe practices, to include mask-wearing and social distancing guidelines. Visit our Teen Connection 2021 Summer Schedule to view activities we will be offering. 

Program Features

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.


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

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

 Please call 575- 528-4257