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Sewell Park

San Marcos River & Bridge
Sewell Park Acreage
San Marcos River Canoe
Sewell Park
Participants Jumping into the San Marcos River


Sewell Park is one of the most inviting and relaxing spaces on the Texas State University Campus. The spring fed crystal clear San Marcos River runs through the park and remains 72 degrees' year round. You can relax outdoors while taking advantage of two sand volleyball courts, open spaces for Frisbee, an outdoor basketball court, and grills and picnic tables great for cookouts. The park also offers ample open space for sunbathing, and picnicking. You'll also find the Outdoor Center here, nestled under the trees.

Reservation Information

NOTE: Please review all topics in this section before making a reservation request.

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  • The Amplified Sound Request Form must be submitted to Student Involvement @ LBJSC at least 10 days prior to the event date.

    Sound equipment is not available or provided by the Outdoor Center.

  • Animals are not permitted on campus without prior approval.

  • Cancellations made within 48 hours are eligible to be rescheduled at no additional cost.

    Refunds are not available, even due to inclement weather at the time of the event. 

  • UPD officers can be requested to provide security. The rate for each officer is $40.00 per hour with a four-hour minimum.

    Event Security Request

  • If a group is catering food, one of the following forms of documentation must be provided:

    • City of San Marcos Environmental Health Permit
    • Business License
    • Certificate of Liability Insurance

    1. Temporary Food Establishment (TFE) Permit Applications must be submitted for all temporary events or activities in which food will be served to the public.
    • Public events are considered “open” events or events where food is served to anyone not directly affiliated with the organization providing the food.
    • Closed events are considered as private events hosted by departments or organizations that are serving food only to their members. Closed events do NOT need to submit a TFE Permit Application.
    1. At least ten (10) business days prior to the event, TFE Permit Applications must be submitted to EHSRM ( for review and approval.
    • Approval from EHSRM must e issued prior to initiation of any food service operation.
    • TFE Permit Applications will be available online - Food Safety Website
    1. At least one member of the hosting organization or department must retain a valid Texas Food Handler License. Not everyone is required to complete the training, but it is recommended to have more than one person certified so they can trade off in shifts.
    • Free Texas Food Handler Training is available through EHSRM (classroom or online training). Certifications are valid for two (2) years.
    • The names of those within the group who already have Texas Food Handlers Certification on-file with the University should be included in the Request Form.
    • If the group has members who received their Texas Food Handlers Certification somewhere other than at the University, those certifications must be provided.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact EHSRM at 512-245-3616 or



  • Groups hosting an event to raise money for a registered 501(c)(3) charity and/or philanthropic organization may receive a discount on the hourly rate for an event reservation.

    In the reservation request, provide fundraising intention and documentation of registered organization.

  • The use of grills in the park is prohibited, unless a Sewell Park event is requested.

    • Each University Approved event would be evaluated on a case-by-case basis as the event is being reviewed for approval.
  • Reoccurring Sewell Park events that are open to the public may receive a discount on the hourly rate for an event reservation when booked together. Provide all intended dates in the reservation request for consideration.

    • Game Nights
    • Social Mixers
    • Music/Performance Events
  • If your event requires tables or chairs, a request can be made with Materials Management (for a separate, additional fee).

  • Large trash bins can be made available for the use of an event, at no additional cost by the Outdoor Center.

    Event organizers are responsible for removing all trash from Sewell Park when the event is completed.

Student Org & Academic Class Reservations

  1. Choose from:

    • Pavilion 

    • Volleyball Court

    • Basketball Court

  2. Determine the date(s) for your one-time or reoccurring reservation, as well as the estimated number of attendance.

  3. Submit the reservation request form.

  4. Pay a one-time administrative fee of $5.00 once your request has been approved.


Non-Student Org / Non-Academic Class Reservation Rates

Hourly rate for events open to the Texas State community, require amplified sound, event security, or food permitting.

Events up to 100 People

Space Student Rate University Rate Non-Affiliate Rate
Pavilion (up to 50) $20 $25 $40
Pavilion (51-100) $40 $50 $80
Sewell Park West (up to 50) $20 $25 $40
Sewell Park West (51-100) $40 $50 $80
*Sand Volleyball Courts $10 $15 $30
*Basketball Court $10 $15 $30
Lifeguards (per staffperson) $15 $15 $15

*Volleyballs and Basketballs included in rental, and are available upon request.

Events over 100 People

Space Student Rate University Rate Non-Affiliate Rate
Pavilion (101-200) $60 $75 $150
Sewell Park West (101-200) $60 $75 $150
Sewell Park West (201-500) $80 $100 $200
Sewell Park West (501-1000) $100 $125 $250
Sewell Park West (1001+) $150 $200 $300