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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

Attention: Sewell Park is closed until further notice to follow standards set by Texas State University in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic.



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

  • Food Catering

    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

    Food Safety

    Please visit the Department of Environmental Health, Safety, and Risk Management for all rules and policies regarding food safety for on-campus events.

    Environmental Health, Safety, and Risk Management: Food Safety

  • 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.

  • Only open flame devices are permitted in Sewell Park. These include:

    • Propane Grill
    • Catering Grill/Smoker
    • Sterno Candle (Food)
    • Conventional Candle(s)

    If any of these devices are used, an Open Flame Permit must be submitted to the Department of Environmental Health, Safety, and Risk Management.

    Open Flame Permit:

    • Each Open Flame Permit will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis as the event is being reviewed for approval.
    • Only the open flame devices listed above will be considered and approved by EHSRM. Charcoal grills are prohibited.
    • The approved Open Flame Permit must be posted on-site throughout the duration of the event.
    • If the event involves cooking, all adjacent areas to which sparks or heat might spread must be inspected at least 30 minutes after the event is over.
    • If my event involves serving food to members of the public or is open to the campus community, I must also obtain a Temporary Food Establishment Permit through EHSRM.
    • A fire extinguisher must remain on-site throughout the duration of the event.
      • Fire extinguishers may be requested at no additional cost on the Reservation Request Form. If the fire extinguisher is used or damaged in any way, the group will be responsible for the cost of replacement.
  • 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