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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
  • All events must meet the requirements of the Food Safety for Temporary Food Establishments on Campus Policy

    At least one person must be certified in a Texas Food Handler Course in the serving area at all times. 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.

    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 the group is in need of training, visit the Environmental Health, Safety & Risk Management website for more information.

    All events open to the public (more than just members of the hosting organization) that will be selling and/or serving food must have a Temporary Food Establishment Permit on-file with the University.

  • 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.

  • 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