Based on the Phase I re-opening plan of the City’s Parks and Recreation Department approved by City Council and aligned with New Mexico’s Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s extended public health emergency order and public safety guidelines, all city parks will be closed for the Memorial Day Holiday, except for a few specialty areas and trails.
Beginning today, Friday, May 22 specialty areas and trails will have modified schedules that affect hours and days of use. Signage with reminders stressing the importance of social distancing, proper hygiene, trash pick-up and other tips will be posted along the City trails and specialty areas. Restrooms and water fountains will not be available.
Complete information and rules are available at las-cruces.org/COVID19ParkSchedule.
“We are excited to be able to re-open these areas to the community but want everyone to remain vigilant about staying safe and healthy,” said Sonya Delgado, Parks & Recreation Department Director. “Keeping trails open and re-opening more areas depends on all of us working together to create a safe environment.”
Schedules & Modified Usage
Apodaca Park pickleball courts, 801 E. Madrid Avenue, will be open from 8 a.m. to noon and 5 – 9 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Pickleball participation will be kept to singles or doubles play on a maximum of two courts at Apodaca Park only. Court sessions will be limited to 45 minutes of play with 15 minutes between. Players must bring their own water, and their own personal protective equipment as required.
Lions Park tennis courts, 701 W. Picacho Avenue, will be open from 8 a.m. to noon and 5 – 9 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Tennis participation will be kept to singles or doubles play on a maximum of six courts at Lions Park only. Court sessions will be limited to 45 minutes of play with 15 minutes between. Players must bring their own water, and their own personal protective equipment as required.
The Remote Control (RC) Track, 1453 E. Hadley, will be open from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. The track will have a limit of up to four cars at one time. Racers will not enter until all racers from previous session have cleared the track. Participants must bring their own water, and their own personal protective equipment as required. The RC airport, located in the Las Cruces Foothills Landfill, 555 S. Sonoma Ranch Blvd., will be open from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. The airfield will have a limit of up to three pilots during open sessions. Pilots will not be assigned to a runway until pilot from the previous session have cleared the runway. Participants must bring their own water, and their own personal protective equipment as required. Participants are required to wear both a mask and gloves to enter through the Foothills Landfill to get to the RC Airport. No exceptions.
Butterfield Shooting Range, 3400 Frontage Road, will be open from 8 – 11 a.m. and 5 – 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Participants are limited to five per bay or one vehicle per bay. All users will be limited to a 90-minute session. Face coverings and social distancing will also be required while onsite.The Parks and Recreation Department will move into Phase II of its re-opening strategy with a target date of possibly mid-to-late June.
Specialty areas, parks and facilities that will remain closed until further notice:
- All City parks (no services including water fountains and restrooms.)
- Skate Park
- BMX Track
- Dog Park
- Athletic Ballfields
- East Mesa Recreation Center, 5589 Porter Dr., Frank O’Brien Papen Center, 304 Bell Ave. and Meerscheidt Recreation Center, 1600 E. Hadley Ave.
- Regional Aquatic Center, 1401 E. Hadley Ave.
- Frenger Swimming Pool, 800 Parkview Dr.
Operational closures until further notice:
- Sports practice, league play, and tournaments on all City facilities (athletic fields).
- Parks permitting to prevent gatherings in parks
- All youth and adult programming
- All fitness classes
- Juvenile Citation Program (JCP) activities
- Keep Las Cruces Beautiful (KLCB) Program activities
- Administration offices are closed
Public Reminded to Stay Vigilant Over the Holiday
The Joint Information Center (JIC) is advising Doña Ana County residents to stay vigilant and observe COVID-19 safety precautions over the Memorial Day holiday.
The Memorial Day weekend is traditionally reserved for family gatherings and travel, but with area parks and recreation sites still closed due to the pandemic, the JIC is discouraging residents from gathering in large groups or unnecessary travel.
Under New Mexico’s current public health order, continued social distancing and self-isolation measures are necessary to protect public health. The order advises all New Mexicans to stay at home except for food, prescriptions, or medical treatment. Following the recent order, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham advised that face coverings are now required in public and retail spaces.
County residents who live near the southern border with Texas are strongly encouraged to avoid traveling to the El Paso area, as positive cases in El Paso County continue to spike. The New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) is currently monitoring hotspots in Sunland Park and Chaparral, where the number of positive cases is currently more than half of all positive cases countywide. As of Thursday, there were 322 reported cases of COVID-19 in the county, with 193 of those reportedly in the Chaparral, Sunland Park and Santa Teresa areas. Numbers are subject to change when the DOH releases their daily case numbers. Updated information can be found on the department’s data dashboard, www.cv.nmhealth.org.
Community testing at Memorial Medical Center, under the direction of the DOH, will be closed to the public on Monday, May 25 observance of the Memorial Day holiday. According to the DOH, a test-and-go site will be operational on Monday at the Las Cruces Public Health Office, 1170 North Solano, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
The current public health order is in effect until May 31. A copy of the order can be found here.
The Joint Information Center (JIC) is a public communication function of the Doña Ana County/City of Las Cruces Office of Emergency Management in response to the COVID-19 situation as it relates to our area. Its purpose is to streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park and Village of Hatch.