1. News & Announcements

  1. Parks and Recreation News Image

    City Highlights Essential Services of Parks & Recreation

    The City is celebrating July’s “Parks and Recreation Month,” by highlighting work of park & recreation professionals who are providing services that are vital to a healthy San Marcos. Read on...
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    Council to Consider Funding COVID-19 Testing with CDBG

    The City Council is seeking comments on a proposal to add a COVID-19 testing program using $105,530 of the newly issued $425,261 CDBG-CV funds. Read on...
  3. City Seal

    July City Hall Calendar

    Please check with the City Clerk's office for official postings. Read on...
  4. COVID-19 Testing Schedule for Hays County Graphic

    Free COVID Test Site Open July 12-16 in San Marcos

    Free, walk-up COVID-19 testing will be offered at San Marcos High School daily between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. from Sunday, July 12 to Thursday, July 16. Read on...
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    City Receives Additional State Transit Funding

    The City of San Marcos has been awarded $257,257 in State Small Urban formula funds for transit expenses from the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT). Read on...
  6. A graphic saying June 25 at 8 p.m. River Park Closures

    San Marcos River Parks to Close at 8 p.m. Thursday June 25

    The City of San Marcos river parks will be closed again until further notice as of 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 25. Read on...
  7. Photo of children standing in line wearing red, white, and blue outfits from previous SummerFest pat

    Virtual Children’s Patriotic Costume Contest Call for Entries

    In an effort to continue the fun tradition for families, the annual contest will be administered through Facebook due to the in-person event cancellation. Read on...
  8. Fireworks Announcement Graphic

    City Announces July 4 Fireworks Postponed, Holiday Closures

    Due to concerns about the rise in COVID-19 cases in San Marcos, the City of San Marcos is announcing that the annual July 4 fireworks display is being postponed... Read on...
  9. San Marcos Police Department Seal

    Citizen Tips Help SMPD Identify Fatal Hit and Run Suspect

    Due in major part to citizen tips, the San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) has been able to identify and arrest the suspected driver involved in the June 1 fatal hit and run incident. Read on...
  10. Joint PNZ Workshop Graphic

    City Council, P&Z Commission Host Joint Downtown Design Workshop

    The City Council and Planning and Zoning Commission participate in a virtual, Joint Workshop to discuss downtown design on Thursday, June 25 at 6:30 p.m. Read on...
  11. COVID-19 Testing Schedule Final Graphic with location/time details

    COVID Testing Site Tests over 700 Sunday, More Tests Scheduled

    City of San Marcos officials announced that the free COVID-19 testing site at Bonham Pre-k school on Sunday, June 14 tested at least 701 people... Read on...
  12. Police Lights

    Driver Killed in Train Collision Sunday Morning

    A driver was killed when he was struck by a train on Sunday morning at the McCarty Lane railroad track intersection. Read on...
  13. Photo of three smiling children at COSM Summer Camp

    Summer Camp Online Registration Begins June 15

    Starting Monday, June 15, the Parks and Recreation Department will open online registration for the Discovery Camp and Summer Fun summer camp programs. Read on...
  14. COVID testing site staff wearing PPE

    Free COVID Testing Scheduled for San Marcos June 14 & 20

    TDEM announced yesterday they will offer free COVID-19 testing in San Marcos on Sunday, June 14 and Saturday, June 20 as part of the Governor’s new initiative... Read on...
  15. San Marcos Police Department Seal

    Major Collision Results in Traffic Fatality Tuesday Night

    The driver of a Dodge pickup truck was killed and the highway closed when his vehicle ran into the back of a semi-trailer on southbound IH35 Tuesday night. Read on...
  16. Cheatham Street after overlay project.

    City Completes Street Overlay Projects

    The City’s Public Services Department recently completed street overlay projects on Cape Road, Cheatham Street, Mosscliff Circle and Post Road. Read on...
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    Transit Detour Due to Cape Road Construction/Desvió de Transito por la Construcción en Cape Road

    The Route 4 detour is expected to continue for the duration of the City’s construction on Cape Road, tentatively scheduled to end in October. Read on...
  18. Construction workers installing street features

    Stormwater Improvements, River Road Detour Starting June 8

    The City’s Engineering & Capital Improvements Department will begin work on a one-year, $7.8-million project to provide flood protection for the Blanco Gardens... Read on...
  19. San Marcos Police Department Seal

    SMPD Searching for Suspect in Last Night’s Hit and Run Fatality

    SMPD is asking the public for help identifying the driver of a vehicle that hit a pedestrian in the 1600 block of Post Road last night at around 10 p.m. Read on...
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    June City Hall Calendar

    Meetings listed are subject to change. Please check with the City Clerk's office for official postings. Read on...
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    San Marcos Announces Summer Program Updates

    Cancellations and tentative scheduling of summer programs in response to COVID-19 restrictions for the Parks and Recreation Department, Public Library and Fire... Read on...
  22. San Marcos Police Department Seal

    Victim Identified, Suspect Sought in Yesterday’s Shooting

    The San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) is investigating the fatal shooting of a woman that occurred early Saturday evening. Read on...
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    Council to Consider Projects for $722,904 in CDBG Funding

    The San Marcos City Council is seeking comments on proposed programs and projects to be allocated funding in the CDBG 2020-2021 Action Plan. Read on...
  24. San Marcos Police Department Seal

    Suspects Identified in Wednesday’s Sadler House Assault

    After a thorough, multi-county investigation, the San Marcos Police Department has identified three suspects in the shooting incident that occurred at Sadler House... Read on...
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    San Marcos Transit Updates & Fare-Free for June

    The City of San Marcos continues to monitor and adjust the public transit services in an effort to protect public health while continuing transit services. Read on...
  26. Police Lights

    UPDATE: Third Death from Accident, Investigation Ongoing

    On Tuesday, May 26, the seven-year old passed away due to injuries sustained in the accident. The child was receiving treatment at Dell Children’s Medical Center. Read on...
  27. Police Lights

    Police Respond to Fatal Vehicle Accident Saturday

    Officers and medics provided immediate emergency care to the occupants at the scene. At this time, speed is expected to be a factor in the crash as well as a blown tire. Read on...
  28. Screenshot of Discovery Center Online Storefront

    Discovery Center Offers First Online Native Plant Sale

    On Saturday, May 23 at 10 a.m., the San Marcos Discovery Center is opening its brand-new online store to the public and offering curbside plant pickup. Read on...
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    Council to Consider Projects for COVID-19 Response Funds

    The San Marcos City Council is seeking comments on proposed programs and projects to be added to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)... Read on...
  30. San Marcos Fire Chief Les Stephens holding a test tube with a label.

    Hays Co Task Force Completes COVID Testing at Nursing Facilities

    On Friday, May 22, the Hays Co Task Force responsible for testing County nursing facilities will complete testing for all residents and employees across six facilities... Read on...
  31. San Marcos Police Department Seal

    UPDATE: Citizen Tip Credited for Hit and Run Arrest

    The suspect in a fatal hit and run accident in February turned himself in to authorities over the weekend after SMPD obtained a warrant for his arrest. Read on...
  32. SM Regional Animal Shelter front of building

    Petco Invests in COSM Animal Shelter During COVID-19

    “We are thrilled to accept this award and put it to good use continuing to offer a safe and compassionate space for local animals during this crisis,” Read on...
  33. Artist Rene Perez with Banners

    New Downtown Banners Feature Local Artist’s Work

    The City of San Marcos recently installed artist-designed banners throughout downtown as part of a placemaking initiative led by the Main Street Program. Read on...
  34. San Marcos Police Department Seal

    SMPD Evacuated Due to Auto Accident and Gas Leak

    At 8:53 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19, a San Marcos Police Officer suffered a medical issue while driving and crashed into a gas main and nearby manufacturing building.. Read on...
  35. Map of Park Opening Plans

    City River Parks Reopen Friday, Caution Still Advised

    Starting this Friday, May 22, the City of San Marcos will reopen riverfront parks to active recreation seven days a week. Park visitors are expected to use caution... Read on...
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    Got Leaves? Donate Them to Local Compost Initiative

    San Marcos residents can now divert leaves and grass clippings from the landfill by donating it to compost, with a convenient drop-off location open through June 12. Read on...
  37. City of San Marcos Seal

    Annual Memorial Day Ceremony Goes Virtual

    Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the City of San Marcos and local stakeholders will commemorate Memorial Day virtually with a video ceremony. Read on...
  38. Veterans Memorial

    City Offices Closed Memorial Day

    City of San Marcos staff working in municipal offices and virtually will observe a holiday on Monday, May 25 in honor of Memorial Day. Texas Disposal Systems will... Read on...
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    Feedback Sought on Five-Year CDBG Plan

    The San Marcos City Council will hold two Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) virtual public hearings at their regular meeting on Tues., May 19, at 6 p.m. Read on...
  40. SMPD vehicle parked in front of SMPD Headquarters

    Certified Officers Invited to Join the SMPD Family

    The San Marcos Police Department is hosting an entrance exam for certified applicants on Saturday, June 6 that includes a potential $3,000 hiring incentive... Read on...
  41. San Marcos Police Department Seal

    Shooter Positively Identified & SMPD Officers Recovering

    The Texas Rangers have positively identified Jose Alfredo Perez DeLaCruz (DOB 01/13/1974) as the person who shot and killed Officer Justin Putnam and wounded... Read on...
  42. SM Regional Animal Shelter front of building

    Highest Live-Release Month Ever for San Marcos Animal Shelter

    San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter is celebrating the highest live-release month in its history with a 98.2% live-release outcome reported for the month of April. Read on...
  43. Kickoff survey logo

    Downtown Design Kickoff Survey Now Open for Response

    The City of San Marcos Planning and Development Services Department is seeking community input on downtown design through an online Kickoff Survey. Read on...
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    “The Bus” Releases Upcoming Hopkins Detour Plan

    With the Hopkins Street improvements project moving into the construction phase, the City and CARTS are preparing public transit service detours to start as early as... Read on...
  45. Photo from Downtown San Marcos Park(ing) Day 2019 featuring chess table in parking spot with two peo

    City Adopts Temporary Downtown Parklet Program

    The City adopted a temporary parklet program in downtown San Marcos, allowing businesses to temporarily convert on-street parking spots into outdoor seating. Read on...
  46. Photo of train crossing over San Marcos River in Rio Vista Park

    City Accepting Applications for COVID-19 Response Funds

    The City is accepting qualified applications from for-profit entities, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and City departments for funding through... Read on...
  47. Photo of hand signing a document

    City Updates Non-Discrimination Policy

    Bids and proposals submitted to the City of San Marcos and contracts entered by the City of San Marcos must acknowledge their business does not discriminate.. Read on...
  48. City Seal

    HUD Allocates $425,261 in Covid-19 Funds to San Marcos

    The San Marcos City Council seeks comments on proposed amendments to the 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan incorporating the new $425,261 Community Development... Read on...
  49. Examples of Children&#39s Park Pickets with names

    Community Invited to Personalize Children’s Park Fence

    In honor of the second anniversary of the reopening of the remodeled, inclusive Children’s Park Playscape, the City of San Marcos is inviting community members... Read on...
  50. Hopkins Improvements Design mock-up featuring wider road, pedestrian access, and preserved heritage

    Hopkins Street Reconstruction Begins Monday, May 4

    The City of San Marcos will begin construction on the Hopkins Street Improvements Project from Bishop to Moore Streets on Monday, May 4... Read on...
  51. Clean Up Photo

    City to Resume Brush Drop Off, Community Clean Ups

    The City of San Marcos brush drop off and community cleanup for residential garbage customers will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 13 and... Read on...
  52. Photo of the Downtown Square

    Phase 1 to Reopen Texas Businesses Starts May 1

    Testing will also be increased across the state in order to monitor public health as some restrictions are lifted. A helpful FAQ related to Executive Order (GA 18) is... Read on...
  53. Photo of hand-washing station at a construction jobsite

    City Continues Offering Inspections While Social Distancing

    The City of San Marcos continues to conduct inspections utilizing personal protective equipment and offering video inspections for applicable projects. Read on...
  54. Benefit flier with details about the event and a photo of Officer Beller

    BBQ Benefit Sunday for Injured Officer Paul Beller

    This Sunday, April 26, Tacos Flor Taco Stand at 15091 TX-123 HWY 123, is hosting a fundraiser for San Marcos Police Officer Paul Beller who was struck by a car... Read on...
  55. Photo of City Hall

    Mayor Orders Parks Remain Closed, Issues New Advisory

    Natural areas will remain open, but visitors to these areas must observe CDC recommendations on social distancing... Read on...
  56. City of San Marcos Seal

    Emergency Preparation Sales Tax Holiday Starts Soon

    Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on April 25, Texans may purchase qualifying items online or in-person during the 2020 Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday. Read on...
  57. COVID Dashboard

    City, County Continue Updates to COVID-19 Dashboard

    The City of San Marcos and Hays County continue to update and add new features to the informational dashboard that was jointly launched in March.... Read on...
  58. LETTER ORDER from Governor Greg Abbott San Marcos Police Officer Justin Putnam death IMAGE 04-20-20

    Officers & Donation Updates; Abbott Orders Flags at Half-Staff

    ?Donation funds have been set up for the officers and their families, as well as for fallen Officer Putnam. Online donations can be made at... Read on...
  59. Officer Justin Putnam

    Fallen Hero Makes Final Trip Home Today at 3 p.m.

    The public is encouraged to pay respects to City of San Marcos Police Department hero Justin Putnam today as he is transported to Thomason Funeral Home... Read on...
  60. Officer Justin Putnam

    SMPD Mourns Putnam, Prays for Mueller & Stewart

    San Marcos Interim Police Chief Bob Officer Justin PutnamKlett provided additional details about the fatal shooting incident at Twin Lake Villas Apartments... Read on...
  61. San Marcos Police Department Seal

    SMPD Officer Killed, 2 Others Wounded Saturday Eve

    A man fatally shot a City of San Marcos police officer and wounded two others this evening at Twin Lake Villas Apartments. Police report that the suspect is deceased... Read on...
  62. Photos of a dog and a cat looking at camera

    Pets of the Week April 16, 2020

    This week’s featured pets from the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter are Macy, a 5-year-old sweetheart, and Reggie, an 8-month-old cuddle bug. Learn more about both or any of our adorable adoptables. Read on...
  63. TXDOT Closure Map

    TxDOT to Close Segment of Hopkins for RR Crossing Work

    The Texas Department of Transportation will close a section of Hopkins Street between Cheatham Street and Thorpe Lane on Tuesday, April 21 from 8 a.m. to... Read on...
  64. Joel Torres MUGSHOT

    Highway Racing Causes Rollover, Serious Injuries

    On April 14, at 4:26 p.m., SMPD was dispatched to a major traffic collision involving a single vehicle that had rolled, ejecting a passenger, on the West Access of IH-35... Read on...
  65. Photo of bluebonnets and poppies blooming at the CAF Hangar

    Remembrance Poppies, Bluebonnets Bloom at CAF

    A remembrance garden planted by the Keep San Marcos Beautiful program, with help from the Texas State Bobcat Track Team, is blooming at the Centex Wing... Read on...
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    Update on Successful City Program Alternatives

    The creative and quick implementation of two highly successful programs through the San Marcos Public Library and Parks and Recreation Department is likely to influence future work as the City seeks to implement “best practices” across their programming. Read on...
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    All City Parks, Trails, Natural Areas to Close Easter Weekend

    To continue to prevent the spread of COVID-19 Easter weekend, the City of San Marcos will close ALL parks, playscapes, natural areas, open spaces, and trails from 11 p.m., Friday, April 10, until early Monday morning, April 13. Read on...
  68. Blue bus parked outside a transit station in San Marcos, TX

    City Announces New Transit Adjustments Due to COVID-19

    The City’s transit system “The Bus” is currently operating from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Beginning Monday, April 13, “The Bus” will adjust operating hours to 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Read on...
  69. Canoe with large tank during Great Texas River Cleanup 2020

    Volunteers Keep Tons of Trash, Tires, Out of River

    About 600 volunteers from all walks of life picked up more than 16,000 pounds of trash during the 35th Annual Great Texas River Cleanup. Read on...
  70. San Marcos Municipal Court

    Municipal Court to Utilize Virtual Court Rooms

    With the public being asked to “Stay Home to Save Lives” and stop the spread of the COVID-19, the City of San Marcos Municipal Court will incorporate new tools... Read on...
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    CARES Act Allocates Over $6M in Funds to San Marcos

    City of San Marcos will receive $6,429,168 in disaster relief funds for public transit expenses from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and $425,281 in... Read on...
  72. City of San Marcos Seal

    Public Sanitizing Stations Scheduled for Install in City

    The City of San Marcos is establishing a short-term strategy to grant equitable access to personal hygiene needs for the general public... Read on...
  73. Keep San Marcos Beautiful logo

    Keep San Marcos Beautiful Wins Statewide Recognition

    Keep San Marcos Beautiful was recognized for educational outreach efforts made on behalf of the Resource Recovery program, litter cleanups and sustainability... Read on...
  74. American flag on dark background with May 2 election information

    San Marcos to hold May 2 Special Election

    With the March 9 resignation of City Council Member Joca Marquez, Place 5, the City of San Marcos is holding a Special Election in conjunction with the upcoming May elections for local school boards. Read on...
  75. Iconic Village fire victims

    Fifth Victim of Deadly Apartment Fire Identified

    The fifth and final victim of the deadly fire at Iconic Village and Vintage Pads apartments has been identified by the Travis County Medical Examiner’s... Read on...
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    San Marcos Residents Can Text Emergency Info to 9-1-1

    With storm season in full swing, the City of San Marcos is reminding residents that in an emergency they can send text messages to 9-1-1 in the Central Texas area. Read on...
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    City Council Approves New San Marcos Development Code

    The San Marcos City Council approved Code SMTX, a new 434-page development code that aligns with the City’s comprehensive plan and will guide how... Read on...