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Cape's Pond Park

Open Space & Natural Area




San Marcos

A 28.7-acre parcel ready to be transformed into a community oasis that enhances regional recreation and connectivity opportunities while preserving the natural environment

Cape’s Pond Park is situated near the San Marcos River just east of I-35 in San Marcos, Texas, and includes a 5.8-acre pond. Hays County acquired the land in 2020 through a 2018 transportation bond and the acquisition was originally intended to provide multi-modal connectivity throughout San Marcos, including the local trail systems.

The project's scope expanded after Hays County Commissioner Debbie Ingalsbe and Hays County Attorney Mark Kennedy met with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) which operates a fish hatchery next to Capes Pond Park. The project was then revised to include TPWD’s ‘Neighborhood Fishin’ program which encourages families to engage in fishing by allowing children 16 and under to fish for free.

Today, the County is working to develop a Conceptual Park Plan (Plan) in collaboration with the San Marcos community. This collaboration enables Cape’s Pond Park to offer inclusive activities and amenities that reflect the desires and needs of the local community with a welcoming space to enjoy the natural landscape and water features.

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