Temporary Parklet Program

On May 5, 2020, the City of San Marcos has adopted a temporary parklet program in downtown San Marcos, allowing businesses to temporarily convert on-street parking spaces into outdoor seating. This program aims to reactivate downtown business engagement by providing businesses with an additional visible service area which enhances the aesthetic appeal of the downtown streetscape.

Interested businesses must meet certain location and design criteria that provide a creative, safe and accessible temporary parklet. In addition, each parklet shall be no more than two parking spaces in size and no more than two parklets are allowed per block face. Participating businesses are required to follow all protocols, practices and guidelines specified in the Governor’s Report to Open Texas. Temporary parklets will be permitted through August 14, 2020.

Move SM - Park(ing) Day Installation 2019

Move SM Parklet Installation - park(ing) day 2019

Need some design inspiration? Check out some ideas here! You can also check out the KXAN feature on the temporary parklet program!

Apply for a Temporary Parklet

It is strongly recommended that interested businesses set up a pre-development meeting with staff prior to formally submitting their complete application. To sign-up for a meeting, please email planninginfo@sanmarcostx.gov.

If an interested business is ready to submit a complete application, please follow the below steps:

  • Download the Temporary Parklet Application and Manual
  • Carefully read through the Application, Temporary Parklet Design Manual, and Ordinance
  • Gather all associated documents required for a complete application (please reference the Design Manual for a list of documents)
  • Email the complete application and associated documents to planninginfo@sanmarcostx.gov.
  • If a pre-development meeting has not yet been held for the parklet, staff will schedule a meeting.
Temporary Parklet Application

Additional Information

For additional information, please contact the Planning Development Services Department at 512.393.8230 or planninginfo@sanmarcostx.gov.