Summer Recreation Program

In light of the COVID-19 situation, the Parks & Recreation Dept. has created a plan to continue our services and programs in alignment with the Governor’s Office and New Mexico Department of Health guidelines. 



Lottery Registration for Summer Recreation 2021


The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department is accepting Summer Recreation Program lottery registration beginning Friday, May 7 thru Wednesday, May 19 at 7:00 p.m., online at www.las-cruces.org/play  (click on the online registration link), and at the following locations during regular business hours:

  • Las Cruces Regional Aquatic Center - 1401 E. Hadley Ave.
  • Parks and Recreation Administrative Office - 1501 E. Hadley Ave. (By appt only, call 575/541-2550)

Drive-Thru Registration will be taking place at the following locations from Friday, 5/7 thru Wednesday, 5/19, between the hours of 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

  • A. Fielder Memorial Safe Haven, 906 N. Tornillo St.
  • Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 W. Bell Ave.

and, also on Saturday, May 15 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at:

  • Meerscheidt Recreation Center, 1600 E. Hadley Ave.

Registration forms can be picked up, completed, and returned at these locations during days and hours posted.

Participation in the Summer Recreation Program is determined by lottery selection only. Participants who are selected will be notified Thursday, May 20 at 3:00 p.m. by email or text message. Postings of the winning lottery numbers will be available at the sites listed above and, on our website, http://www.las-cruces.org/1906/Summer-Recreation-Program

Payment must be received between Thursday, May 20 thru Thursday, May 27, at locations listed above during regular business hours or online at http://www.las-cruces.org/play and click on the online registration link.

Any slots that have not been paid for will be open to the public on Friday, May 28, on a first come, first serve basis online at http://www.las-cruces.org/play or at locations listed above during regular business hours.

 *DATES: 

Session I June 1 – July 14         Meerscheidt & Frank O’Brien Papen Centers                          

Session I June 15 – July 2         Meerscheidt, Hermosa Heights & Sierra Schools                    

Session II July 6 – July 30         Meerscheidt, Hermosa Heights & Sierra Schools

 *TIMES:     8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 *LOCATIONS:  

Meerscheidt Recreation Center, 1600 E. Hadley Ave.                                                             

Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 W. Bell Ave.(Participants will move to  Hermosa Heights Elementary on 6/15)                                                                       

Hermosa Heights Elementary School, 1655 E. Amador Ave.                                         

*Sierra Middle School, 1700 E. Spruce Ave.

 *COST:                                                                                                         

$200/session/child

*$100 for session I due to delayed start

 *GRADES:

Kindergarten – 5 (2020/21 school year)

(Proof of grade may be required) 

No telephone registrations accepted. For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Administrative office at 575/541-2550.