COVID-19 Parks & Recreation Info

Updated: 3/1/2021

The Activity Center is now open by appointment only. All City of San Marcos public facilities are currently closed to help ensure that COVID-19 case counts remain low among City staff and within the overall community. The Grant Harris, Jr. Building (Parks and Recreation Office), and the Discovery Center are closed. City parks and natural areas will remain open to the public and patrons are encouraged to practice social distancing and wear a mask when around others not in their household. For more information, check out the press release.

The City will continue to evaluate service levels and facility reopenings as the COVID-19 response continues and evolves. The status of all City events/openings is subject to change at any time.

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

Parks are open from 8 am to 8 pm. 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. Park restrooms in City Park, Children’s Park, and William & Eleanor Crook River Park will be open until 8 p.m. and will be cleaned daily.

In an effort to assist with social distancing and prevent gathering, the fencing will remain in City Park and Rio Vista Park limiting access to park amenities such as picnic tables and pavilions. BBQ grills and pop-up shelters are not permitted since picnic table sites will be unavailable.

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.