The Dog Park Coalition is a non-profit [501(c)(3)] organization seeking to maintain, improve, and expand the use of leash-free dog parks in the Las Cruces area.
Join us in our efforts make the Las Cruces Dog Park the best dog park it can be. Donate $20 or more and become a voting member, able to help shape Coalition priorities and policies. Please leave us contact information so you can be informed of events and news in a timely manner.
We have donated a solar street light, four (4) benches, a new waste station, scores of plastic lawn chairs, and many hours cleaning things in the park and maintaining the young trees. We just (8/12/2015) had a splash pad, or dog watering station, installed near the Special Needs section. We expect a shade structure to be installed in the Special Needs section within weeks.
Twice a year we organize a party to celebrate all the dogs born during the half-year. We celebrate the anniversary of the park's opening (May 22, 2009) and sponsor a Canine Costume Contest each Halloween (or the nearest weekend).
We try to be helpful to leash-free park newcomers and help to maximize safety and fun for the dogs. The Coalition also supports and works with other animal welfare groups in the county, including SNAP (Spay & Neuter Animal Program), APA (Action Program for Animals), the Humane Society of Southern New Mexico, Dona Ana County Humane Society, and the Animal Services Center of Mesilla Valley. And we greatly appreciate the usefulness of Dog Cruces, an on-line connection to most animal service groups and animal-friendly businesses in the area.
We voluntarily do all this because we love dogs, we appreciate the fact that we have a leash-free park, we understand that the city has few, if any, funds for further improvements at the park, and that it is up to us, the park's users, to manage and, if wanted, improve conditions at the park. You can help by joining the coalition and/or by helping out with our scheduled events.