Park Rules & Permits

NOTICE: Mayor’s Order Prohibits Gatherings Over 10 & Closes Select Facilities Until May 11

All Parks and Recreation programs and events have been suspended through May 11. The Activity Center is closed until further notice. River front parks, playgrounds, the skate park, dog park, public restrooms and water fountains are closed. River front parks include: Rio Vista, City Park, Plaza Park, Veramendi, Bicentennial, Children’s Park, Crook Park, Veteran’s Memorial Park, Dog Beach, Capes Park, Thompson’s Island, Stokes Park, Ramon Lucio Park, and Wildlife Annex/Wilderness Park. Click here to view a map of all San Marcos river parks. 

San Marcos will continue to follow the guidelines set forth by the State Department of Health Services, the Hays County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control. Current updates and helpful links may be found at

  1. Park Rules
  2. Permits

Park Rules

  • Alcoholic beverage consumption/display prohibited
  • No smoking or e-cigarettes/inhaled vapor devices
  • No glass containers
  • No styrofoam containers
  • Motorized vehicles prohibited beyond parking areas
  • Animals are to remain restrained at all times
  • All wildlife and habitat protected
  • Parking in designated parking spaces only
  • Parking for park users only
  • No fire wood collection
  • Vending or sales prohibited without permit
  • Park curfew 11:00pm to 6:00am (unless posted otherwise)
  • Propane grills only
  • No charcoal or wood grills
  • Limit 1 grill per fixed picnic table site
  • Limit 1 shelter or tarp per fixed picnic table site

Park Ordinances

For a complete list of all Park Ordinances visit Park Ordinances.