Is a reservation for specific hours or the day?
Each reservation is for that specific day from 8am – 12am.
Can I make a reservation and pay later?
No, a reservation can only be made with the deposit. The rental fee must be paid 30 days in advance of the event for all rooms except the Main Hall which requires payment 60 days in advance. Reservations can be made online with a credit card. To pay with cash or check the reservation must be made in City Hall or at the Civic Center (Tues-Saturday).
Can I decorate before the event?
Yes, the Civic Center can be opened as early as 8 am on the day of your event. To decorate prior to the reservation date, there will be an hourly charge of $20/hr. given the requested room is available. It will need to be reserved in advance of the event as well.
How much notice do I need to reserve a space?
You can reserve a space whenever there is availability. If less than 30 days from the event date, deposit and rental fees must be paid in full. When reserving the Main Hall/Auditorium the deposit and fees must be paid 60 days in advance.
When will I get my deposit back?
Deposits will be refunded twice a month, mailed to the address on the reservation.
Do I have to call the police department for every event?
Yes. You must contact the police department at least 5 days prior to the event. The police department will determine if security is required.
Can I pay with cash?
Yes. Cash deposits and fees can be paid in City Hall.
Can I reserve my event by telephone?
Reservations will not be taken without the deposit. You may make a reservation over the phone if paying with a credit card at that time. You may also call 979-541-5000 to check on availability. The Rules & Regulations and Security Guidelines must be signed prior to any event.
How do I know my online payment has been processed?
You will receive an email confirmation when your payment is approved.
What if I have to cancel my event?
Canceling a reservation in the Main Hall up to 15 days before the event will result in a 50% refund. Cancellations within 14 day of the event will result in no refund. Canceling a reservation in the other rooms up to 8 days before the event will result in a 50% refund. Cancellations within 7 days of the event will result in no refund. There are no full refunds.
The El Campo Civic Center was conceived by, and taken on as a project by, the El Campo Rotary Club during the 1980-81 term of president Irvin Foytik. The first fund-raiser was held in March, 1981 and netted nearly $40,000. Since that time more than $300,000, has been raised by the club under succeeding presidents Bob Melanson, Jim Cannell, Don Davis, Dick Waddell, Dick Gould, Melvin "Bubba" Parker, Bob Noster and Josh McGown.
Other sources of income included four percent of local hotel-motel taxes dedicated by the City of El Campo; three $25,000 commitments by City Council from general funds; donations by many local organizations and individuals, including $25,000 from Rotarian Donald Duson.
In 1987 the Marshall and Lilly Johnson Foundation of Wharton provided a $250,000 grant that moved the idea toward becoming a reality. In early 1988 a plan was put together by City Manager Larry Keesler and City Attorney Richard Collins for the Kmart property on Hwy. 71 North with the City acquiring a 41,000 square foot building and paved parking lot valued at more than $1.2 million for only $500,000.
A joint Rotary-City committee named by President Bubba Parker and Mayor Cecil Davis had been visiting area civic centers for several months. Members were Irvin Foytik, Chairman; Fred Barbee, Jim Cannell, Gerald Collier, Glenn Frels, Dick Gould, Josh McCown, Elmer Neumann, Eddie Pool, Jr. and Richard Young from Rotary. Cecil Davis and Paul Soechting represented the City of El Campo with Larry Keesler and Bubba Parker representing both groups.
The front of the Civic Center was selected to blend in appearance with El Campo's "turn of the century" downtown buildings, and a floor plan was agreed upon, final plans were put out for bids. City Council awarded the general contractor bid to Edna Lumber Company and work began on the renovation in August, 1988.
The overall plan also included designing space for the El Campo Museum to be located within the facility.