Community Involvement

LSM hosts Cottage Kitchen

Leadership San Marcos is making many noticeable differences in the community, not only by enhancing civic knowledge and leadership skills, but also through class projects. Since 1996, the majority of LSM classes have undertaken a project to benefit the community.

Ole Betsy restoration ribbon cutting


  • 2015 – Old Betsy-1926 American La France Pumper Fire Truck Restoration
  • 2014 – New Illuminated Sign for the LBJ Museum of San Marcos

Classes began a two-year requirement for graduation.

  • 2012 – San Marcos River Unity Themed Mosaic Tile Mural
  • 2011 – San Marcos City Cemetery Memorial Ash Scattering (Serenity) Garden (done in conjunction with a local Eagle Scout candidate)
  • 2010 – Owen Goodnight Middle School Ambassadors Leadership & Ethics Training
  • 2009 – Rebuild City Park Community Basketball Court
  • 2008 – Research and Development of San Marcos Tourist Kiosk
  • 2007 – Chief Placido Memorial Statue
  • 2006 – Activity Center Electronic Sign
  • 2005 – Historical Downtown Walking Map
  • 2004 – Awareness and Fundraising Campaign for resurfacing the Dunbar Basketball Court
  • 2003 – Aquatic Playground at Rio Vista Park
  • 2002 – Trail Sign at Tourist Information Center
  • 2001 – Safety Fence at Children’s Park
  • 2000 – Dog Park (original location)
  • 1999 – Backs added to benches and deck made ADA accessible
  • 1997 – Benches added to Deck at San Marcos Plaza
  • 1996 – Wooden Deck at San Marcos Plaza

Aquatic Playground at Rio Vista Park (2003)

The project chosen by the Class of 2003 was definitely all wet, but on purpose. With the assistance of The Fountain People, a local business, they decided to provide an aquatic playground by converting a mostly unused baby pool at Rio Vista Park.

As the class did its homework, it realized that not only would the aquatic playground save the city money in the long run (the playground does not use as much water as the baby pool it replaced and does not require a lifeguard as the baby pool did) but it would be a capital improvement for the community. “Parks and Recreation was really excited about the project because it’s really a smaller version of a bigger project yet to come,” said Tammy Allen (‘03). “It got rid of something that was underutilized and replaced it with something that is cost efficient and everyone can enjoy.”

Trail Sign at Tourist Information Center (2002)

A Trail Sign was installed next to the Tourist Information Center by the Class of 2002. Lance Bielke (‘02) states, “The color map identifies walking trails, recreational areas and historical landmarks along the San Marcos River.” The sign is a very visible, useful map for tourists and locals to better understand the layout of our river area and enjoy our parks. The sign will also make an attractive place for tourists to stop and take photographs to remind them of their San Marcos experience.

Safety Fence at Children’s Park (2001)

The Class of 2001 built a fence between the Children’s Park and the railroad track. Dawn Burnett (‘01) explains their project was a solution to a potentially dangerous situation. Before the fence was built, children could literally walk right up on the train tracks due to children’s fascination with trains. The fence has served as a beneficial deterrent and safety measure to keep children away from the tracks.


 Dog Park (2000)

The Class of 2000 set out with a mission to develop a large fenced area that would provide citizens and tourists with a place to bring their four-legged friends of the canine variety for off-leash exercise and play. The San Marcos Community Dog Park is located between the National Guard Armory and the Public Library.

Shaila Martin (‘00) reports many dogs (and their owners) are frequenting the part, especially in the evenings. “The Dog Park has become a pet owners Playscape” says Celina Bley (‘03) who appreciates the benches, water faucet, and covered tarp. She and her husband can usually be found there in the evenings with their dog, Lola, and the other friendly dogs and owners. The dog park also assists in attracting tourist to San Marcos.

Deck at San Marcos Plaza made ADA accessible (1999)

The Class of 1999 saw a need for even more improvements and so they installed handicap ramps and backs for the benches.

Benches added to Deck at San Marcos Plaza (1997)

The Class of 1997 continued to improve the deck by installing benches. In addition to providing comfort and convenience for Sights and Sounds, the deck is used for youth gatherings, guest speakers, concerts, Summer in the Park, Movies in the park, and more.

Wooden Deck at San Marcos Plaza (1996)

Donna Taylor (‘96) can remember the idea for the wooden deck came about because there was not a place to rest, sit, or dance in part, particularly during the annual Sights and Sounds event. The Class of 1996 wanted to initiate an on-going legacy that would benefit the community, spur concerts in the part, and host LSM events. In addition to providing comfort and convenience for park events, the deck is used for youth gatherings, guest speakers, concerts, Summer in the Park, Movies in the park, and more.