1. Program Fees

Resident/Non-Resident Fees

San Marcos residents make significant contributions to the operation of this agency through the payment of property taxes. These contributions are in addition to the fees that they pay for programs and services as offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. In recognition of this contribution, San Marcos residents qualify for a “Resident” rate for some programs. Those who live outside of the boundaries of the City of San Marcos and who participate within programs qualify for the “Non-Resident” price. The latest fee increase went into effect on January 1, 2021.

Proof of Residency

You must provide proof of residency the first time you register in order to receive the “Resident” rates. Once you are in our system, you will not need to prove residency again unless your address changes. The only acceptable forms of proof include a current electric, gas, water, or garbage bill that shows your address. “Resident” rates are only available to those who live within the city limits of San Marcos. 


  • Full refunds will be issued for any program canceled by the Parks & Recreation Department.
  • Cancellations initiated by the customer will be charged a 5% refund fee.
  • Participants may request refunds for classes up to three business days before the program’s first meeting. In athletic programs and leagues, the program is considered to begin with its first practice. There may be exceptions to this policy; see program descriptions.
  • Refunds for camps and contractual workshops will only be issued if the spot can be filled from the waiting list. Some programs may be non-refundable.
  • Fees charged to credit cards will be refunded back to the original credit card within three to five days unless there is an issue with that card. If there is an issue with the card, a check will have to be processed, which will take two to four weeks.
  1. Risk

Program participants agree to the terms and conditions of the following Participation and Release Agreement:

  1. That your participation in programs with the San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department involves exercise, physical exertion, and risks of illness, injury or death. 
  2. That you will maintain an awareness of your own physical limitations, and that if you have any questions about your fitness or ability to safely participate in the activities, you must consult with your physician and obtain and follow your physician’s advice.  
  3. That the programs may be instructed and supervised by independent contractors engaged, but not employed, by the City of San Marcos (COSM), and the COSM does not exercise direct control over the specific activities with some programs.

In consideration of the acceptance of your application for participation in the COSM’s programs, you agree to release and to hold harmless the COSM and its officers, agents, and employees from any claims for injury or property damage that may result in whole or in part from your participation in the programs or by the acts or omissions of any organization, firm, or individual that takes place in connection with the programs. You agree that this release is binding upon your heirs, administrators, and assigns.  

You also give permission to the COSM, its officers, agents, and employees to obtain medical treatment at your expense that may reasonably appear to be necessary in connection with these programs. You understand that if you are registering on behalf of a child or ward that the acknowledgments stated above apply to that child or ward and you execute this agreement as the legal representative of your child or ward.

  1. Photo Disclaimer

Participants of programs and special events permit the San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department to take photos and videos of themselves and their children for City publications, promotions and any third-party media coverage as the department deems necessary unless the participant expressly files a written objection to the use of photos and videos of themselves and/or their children.

  1. ADA

In accordance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”), the City of San Marcos will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs or facilities.

Individuals requiring an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service, or activity of the City of San Marcos should contact the office of ADA Coordinator, Cindy Conyers (512.393.8065 or Voice/711 Texas Relay Service) or as soon as possible but no later than 72 hours before the scheduled event. The City’s ADA Notice and Grievance Procedures can be found on the City's ADA webpage.

De conformidad inglés pueden pedir ayuda llamando a la Ciudad al 512-393-8400.