COVID-19 Parks & Recreation Info

Updated: 3/3/2021

City Reopens Facilities to the Public, Masks Required

The City of San Marcos reopened all public facilities including park pavilions and picnic areas Wednesday, March 3, 2021. Capes Park, Thompson’s Island, and Rio Vista pool will remain closed. 

Many departments will utilize WaitWhile to manage appointments which allow visitors to arrive, check-in from their mobile device, and wait in their vehicle until staff is ready to receive them for the appointment. For current COSM operating procedures listed by department, click here

  1. Open Parks
  2. Closed Parks
  3. Park , Playground, & Court Guidelines
  4. Programs
  5. Facilities

Park patrons are encouraged to participate in active recreational activities such as swimming, kayaking, canoeing, walking, running and general exercise. Visitors to these areas must practice social distancing of at least six feet between individuals not in your household and are prohibited from gathering in groups of more than ten people. It is important to note that all playscapes/playgrounds and basketball courts within the parks are now open, however, there are additional guidelines that must be followed. Visit the "Park, Playground, & Court Guidelines" tab above for additional usage guidelines and the physical distancing in parks webpage. If you bring in your own play equipment do not share it and remember to pack it out when you leave. 

Patrons are asked to avoid active construction zones in portions of Rio Vista Park and Children's Park for the San Marcos Shared Use Path Trail project.  All posted Park rules will be enforced and can be viewed on the Park Rules webpage.

Please follow all city, county, state, and national health and safety mandates. For more information on those mandates visit the City’s COVID-19 Information and Resource page.

City parks and natural areas that are open:


Stay Active & Informed

Check out the Virtual Recreation Center and the 50+ Virtual Recreation Center for ways to stay active and connected. Follow us on the SMTX Community Services Facebook page for updates.

For more information on city, county, state, and federal orders visit the City’s COVID-19 Information and Resource page.