News Flash

Posted on: May 23, 2020

Native Plant Sale now Online

Online Store Infographic

By growing native plants in your yard or at your business, you are sustaining pollinators, conserving water, and providing habitats to birds and other species. Thank you for helping our city conserve it’s unique ecology and natural beauty!

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Additional Info... Parks & Recreation
Posted on: May 19, 2020

City River Parks Reopen Friday, Caution Still Advised

river parks update with image of the San Marcos River

Starting this Friday, May 22, the City of San Marcos will reopen riverfront parks to active recreation seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Park visitors are advised and expected to use caution and exercise responsibility to help prevent the spread of ...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: May 21, 2020

Annual Memorial Day Ceremony Goes Virtual

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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the City of San Marcos and local stakeholders have decided to commemorate Memorial Day virtually by creating a short video ceremony to share with the public starting on Monday, May 25. The video will be shared to the&...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: May 1, 2020

Community Invited to Personalize Children’s Park Fence Pickets

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In honor of the second anniversary of the reopening of the remodeled, inclusive Children’s Park Playscape, the City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department is inviting community members to purchase personalized fence pickets upon which the...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: April 22, 2020

Mayor Orders Parks Remain Closed, Issues New Advisory

COVID-19 UPDATE GRAPHIC CITY PARKS

Mayor Jane Hughson has ordered parks to remain closed until further notice effective as of 11 p.m. yesterday, Tuesday, April 21 and has issued a new public health advisory strongly recommending San Marcos residents to follow CDC guidelines for social dist...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: April 29, 2020

Phase 1 to Reopen Texas Businesses Starts May 1

Photo of the Downtown Square

On Monday, Governor Greg Abbott released a new Executive Order (GA 18) outlining plans for the first phase of cautiously reopening Texas businesses while prioritizing COVID-19 safety restrictions. Testing will also be increased across the state in order t...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: April 6, 2020

Travel Group Trips Canceled

Photo of a bus on the road with text that reads "Travel Trips Cancelled"

The San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department Travel Group trips for the Spring and Summer have been canceled. 

If you wish to take a virtual trip visit our Virtual Recreation Center here.

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: March 26, 2020

Senior Wellness Checks to begin

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The City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department is offering wellness checks to anyone 60+ who would like to be called during the stay-at-home order issued by Hays County. If you or someone you know would like a social wellness check, call 512.393.8...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: March 25, 2020

County Issues Order to Stay at Home, Work Safe with Curfew

Hays Co Stay Home Work Safe

To help stop the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), Hays County residents will be under a Stay at Home, Work Safe Order effective March 26 at 11 p.m. and continuing until 4 a.m. on April 10, 2020. The Order may be rescinded or extended as nece...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: March 24, 2020

City Closing River Parks Today Due to COVID-19

COVID-19 UPDATE GRAPHIC RIVER PARKS

In an effort to protect public health and to discourage social gathering, the City of San Marcos is closing all river front parks effective today, March 24, at 11 p.m.

Parks affected include: Rio Vista, City Park, Plaza Park, Veramendi, Bicentennial, Child...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: April 10, 2020

All City Parks, Trails, Natural Areas to Close Easter Weekend

important notice - all parks closed for Easter holiday weekend

To continue to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and maintain social distancing throughout the upcoming holiday 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 ear...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: March 23, 2020

City to Close Playscapes, Dog Park, Skate Park and Restrooms due to COVID-19

COVID-19 UPDATE GRAPIC

In an effort to encourage social distancing and discourage social gathering, the City of San Marcos is closing the Children’s Park Playscape, City Park Playscape, all neighborhood park playscapes, Dog Park, and Skate Park.

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: March 20, 2020

City to Offer Remote Services as Public Lobbies, Counters Close Beginning March 20

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In order to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) and per the Centers for Disease Control guidelines, the City of San Marcos is closing public-facing counters and most public facilities to entry from the public beginning Fri., March 20, 2...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: March 17, 2020

City Clarifies Order Restrictions on Restaurants & Bars

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Following yesterday’s order by San Marcos Mayor Jane Hughson to prohibit public or private community gatherings of 10 persons or more anywhere within the city limits until April 1, 2020, the City is clarifying how the occupancy restrictions appl...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: March 16, 2020

Mayor’s Order Now Prohibits Gatherings Over 10 Persons

Notice : Special Announcement

Following yesterday’s order by San Marcos Mayor Jane Hughson to prohibit public or private community gatherings of 50 persons or more anywhere within the city limits, she signed a new Order today that reduces that number to 10 persons. ...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: March 6, 2020

Shared Use Pathway Project Construction Update

shared use pathway site at Cheatham Street bridge

Next week, residents and park patrons will see construction along the San Marcos River and below the Cheatham Street bridge. Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) contractors will begin excavation to construct a below-grade crossing at Cheatham Stree...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: February 19, 2020

San Marcos River Shared Use Pathway Project Underway

River and Bike Path Map

On Monday, Feb. 17 residents and park patrons will begin to see construction on a new ADA-compliant bicycle and pedestrian concrete trail in and around the areas of Children’s Park, Rio Vista Park and Ramon Lucio Park.

The trail will be a 1.7-mil...

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Parks & Recreation

News Flash

Posted on: May 24, 2020

Police Respond to Fatal Vehicle Accident Saturday

Police Lights

At approximately 7:42 p.m. on Saturday, May 23, the San Marcos Police Department responded to the scene of a single vehicle rollover accident at 200 Northbound IH35 that resulted in the ejection of nine of the ten occupants. Witnesses stated that the whit...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 23, 2020

Discovery Center Offers First Online Native Plant Sale

Screenshot of Discovery Center Online Storefront

On Saturday, May 23 at 10 a.m., the San Marcos Discovery Center is opening its brand-new online store and offering curbside plant pickup to all customers. Customers may schedule plant pickups weekly from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday at the ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 22, 2020

Council to Consider Projects for COVID-19 Response Funds

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The San Marcos City Council is seeking comments on proposed programs and projects to be added to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 2019-2020 Action Plan using the newly issued $425,261 in CDBG-Coronavirus Response (CDBG-CV) funds. Comments will...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 22, 2020

Hays Co Task Force Completes COVID Testing at Nursing Facilities

San Marcos Fire Chief Les Stephens holding a test tube with a label.

On Friday, May 22, the Hays County Task Force responsible for testing County nursing facilities will complete testing for all residents and employees across six facilities in Hays County.

Overall, more than 1,000 employees and residents will be tested in ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 21, 2020

UPDATE: Citizen Tip Credited for Hit and Run Arrest

San Marcos Police Department Seal

The suspect in a fatal hit and run accident in February turned himself in to authorities over the weekend after the San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) obtained a warrant for his arrest.

Antonio Rene Alonzo (DOB 09/08/1996) of San Marcos turned himself in ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 21, 2020

Petco Invests in COSM Animal Shelter During COVID-19

SM Regional Animal Shelter front of building

The San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter announced it has been awarded a $2,500 grant from the Petco Foundation to support its lifesaving efforts during the COVID-19 crisis.

“We are thrilled to accept this award and put it to good use continuing to...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 20, 2020

New Downtown Banners Feature Local Artist’s Work

Artist Rene Perez with Banners

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

“Placemaking means creating spaces where people want to spend time,” explained Dow...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 20, 2020

SMPD Evacuated Due to Auto Accident and Gas Leak

San Marcos Police Department Seal

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, causing an evacuation of the San Marcos Police Department Headquarters, 2300 S Interstate 35...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 20, 2020

City River Parks Reopen Friday, Caution Still Advised

Map of Park Opening Plans

Starting this Friday, May 22, the City of San Marcos will reopen riverfront parks to active recreation seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Park visitors are advised and expected to use caution and exercise responsibility to help prevent the spread of ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 19, 2020

Got Leaves? Donate Them to Local Compost Initiative

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The City of San Marcos Resource Recovery Program and Texas State University Bobcat Blend Composting Program are offering San Marcos residents an easy way to divert leaves and grass clippings from the landfill with a convenient drop-off location through Fr...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 19, 2020

Annual Memorial Day Ceremony Goes Virtual

City of San Marcos Seal

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the City of San Marcos and local stakeholders have decided to commemorate Memorial Day virtually by creating a short video ceremony to share with the public starting on Monday, May 25. The video will be shared to the ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 18, 2020

City Offices Closed Memorial Day

Veterans Memorial

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 operate its usual Monday routes.

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 13, 2020

Feedback Sought on Five-Year CDBG Plan

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The San Marcos City Council will hold two Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) virtual public hearings at their regular meeting on Tuesday, May 19, at 6 p.m. to provide Council and the City with direction for moving forward on major housing and public...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 13, 2020

Certified Officers Invited to Join the SMPD Family

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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 for those chosen. In order to qualify for the exam, registrants must be currently licensed by Texas...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 12, 2020

Shooter Positively Identified & SMPD Officers Recovering

San Marcos Police Department Seal

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 Officers Franco Stewart and Justin Mueller on Saturday evening, April 18 during their response to ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 12, 2020

Highest Live-Release Month Ever for San Marcos Animal Shelter

SM Regional Animal Shelter front of building

The 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.

Since December 12, 2018, the Animal Shelter has directed animal rescue efforts towards th...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 11, 2020

Downtown Design Kickoff Survey Now Open for Response

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The City of San Marcos Planning and Development Services Department is seeking community input on downtown design through an online Kickoff Survey. The survey is available in English and Spanish and will help the City plan for updates to the downtown desi...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 7, 2020

“The Bus” Releases Upcoming Hopkins Detour Plan

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With the Hopkins Street improvements project moving into the construction phase, the City of San Marcos and CARTS are preparing public transit service detours to start as early as Monday, May 11.

The City’s public transit system, “The B...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 7, 2020

City Adopts Temporary Downtown Parklet Program

Photo from Downtown San Marcos Park(ing) Day 2019 featuring chess table in parking spot with two peo

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 busi...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 6, 2020

City Accepting Applications for COVID-19 Response Funds

Photo of train crossing over San Marcos River in Rio Vista Park

The City of San Marcos is accepting qualified applications from for-profit entities, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and City departments for funding through a $425,261 Community Development Block Grant for Coronavirus Response (CDBG-CV) fr...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 6, 2020

City Updates Non-Discrimination Policy

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Starting on Friday, May 15, 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 in employment or subcontracting practices. The City is also adding sex...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 5, 2020

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

City Seal

The San Marcos City Council is seeking comments on proposed amendments to the 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan to incorporate the new $425,261 Community Development Block Grant for Coronavirus (CDBG-CV). Comments will be accepted during a public hearing at the...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 1, 2020

Community Invited to Personalize Children’s Park Fence

Examples of Children's Park Pickets with names

In honor of the second anniversary of the reopening of the remodeled, inclusive Children’s Park Playscape, the City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department is inviting community members to purchase personalized fence pickets upon which the...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 30, 2020

Hopkins Street Reconstruction Begins Monday, May 4

Hopkins Improvements Design mock-up featuring wider road, pedestrian access, and preserved heritage

The City of San Marcos Capital Improvements and Engineering Department will begin construction on the Hopkins Street Improvements Project from Bishop to Moore Streets on Monday, May 4. The construction contractor for the project is Jordan Foster Construct...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 29, 2020

City to Resume Brush Drop Off, Community Clean Ups

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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 Saturday, July 11 at 750 River Road (behind the animal shelter). The previous two events were canc...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 29, 2020

Phase 1 to Reopen Texas Businesses Starts May 1

Photo of the Downtown Square

On Monday, Governor Greg Abbott released a new Executive Order (GA 18) outlining plans for the first phase of cautiously reopening Texas businesses while prioritizing COVID-19 safety restrictions. Testing will also be increased across the state in order t...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 24, 2020

City Continues Offering Inspections While Social Distancing

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The City of San Marcos continues to conduct building, fire, code enforcement, health, and public infrastructure inspections while maintaining social distancing practices, utilizing personal protective equipment and offering video inspections for applicabl...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 24, 2020

BBQ Benefit Sunday for Injured Officer Paul Beller

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This Sunday, April 26 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., 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 passenger car on IH35 in March.

“This month has been exceptionally ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 22, 2020

Mayor Orders Parks Remain Closed, Issues New Advisory

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Mayor Jane Hughson has ordered parks to remain closed until further notice effective as of 11 p.m. yesterday, Tuesday, April 21 and has issued a new public health advisory strongly recommending San Marcos residents to follow CDC guidelines for social dist...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 22, 2020

Emergency Preparation Sales Tax Holiday Starts Soon

City of San Marcos Seal

As Texans continue to endure the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of San Marcos Office of Emergency Management would like to remind everyone to continue ensuring their preparedness for natural disasters such as hurricanes, flash floods and wildf...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 21, 2020

City, County Continue Updates to COVID-19 Dashboard

COVID 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 and allows the public to easily track COVID-19 statistics throughout the county.

The dashboard, posted online a...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 21, 2020

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

LETTER ORDER from Governor Greg Abbott San Marcos Police Officer Justin Putnam death IMAGE 04-20-20

Wounded Officers in Stable Condition

The two officers wounded in the line of duty Saturday evening continue to be hospitalized and remain in stable condition. Interim Police Chief Bob Klett said both Officer Franco Stewart and Officer Justin Mueller are sh...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 20, 2020

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

Officer Justin Putnam

The public is encouraged to pay respects to City of San Marcos Police Department hero Justin Putnam today as he is transported from the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office in Austin to Thomason Funeral Home in San Marcos, 2001 Ranch Road 12....

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 19, 2020

SMPD Mourns Putnam, Prays for Mueller & Stewart

Officer Justin Putnam

During a morning press conference, San Marcos Interim Police Chief Bob Klett provided additional details about the fatal shooting incident at Twin Lake Villas Apartments, 2917 Hunter Rd, that occurred Saturday evening. He also spoke about the officer kill...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 18, 2020

SMPD Officer Killed, 2 Others Wounded Saturday Eve

San Marcos Police Department Seal

A man fatally shot a City of San Marcos police officer and wounded two others this evening at Twin Lake Villas Apartments, 2917 Hunter Rd. Police report that the suspect is deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

A call to 911 for...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 16, 2020

Pets of the Week April 16, 2020

Photos of a dog and a cat looking at camera

We are still in need of foster homes and forever homes. Below are this week’s featured pets from the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter.

Macy

Macy is a lovable lass who is keen on finding her forever family. After 62 days in the shelter, she is re...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 16, 2020

TxDOT to Close Segment of Hopkins for RR Crossing Work

TXDOT Closure Map

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 8 p.m. to allow Union Pacific Railroad to make scheduled repairs on the railroad crossing.

The closur...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 16, 2020

Highway Racing Causes Rollover, Serious Injuries

Joel Torres MUGSHOT

On Tuesday, April 14, at 4:26 p.m., the San Marcos Police Department was dispatched to a major traffic collision involving a single vehicle that had rolled, ejecting a passenger, on the West Access of IH-35 at the Posey Road Exit (199 Exit).

Multiple witn...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 15, 2020

Airport to Receive Funds Through Federal CARES Act

City of San Marcos Seal

The San Marcos Regional Airport will receive $157,000 in disaster relief funds administered by the FAA to support continuing airport operations in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

These federal disaster relief funds are allocated through the Coronavirus ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 14, 2020

Remembrance Poppies, Bluebonnets Bloom at CAF

Photo of bluebonnets and poppies blooming at the CAF Hangar

A remembrance garden planted by the Keep San Marcos Beautiful program, with help from volunteers from the Texas State Bobcat Track Team, is blooming at the Central Texas Wing of the Commemorative Airforce Base (CAF), 1841 Airport Road Building 2249.

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 14, 2020

Update on Successful City Program Alternatives

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Library & Parks Staff Excel at Unique Service

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 impl...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 10, 2020

All City Parks, Trails, Natural Areas to Close Easter Weekend

statue on a park bench

To continue to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and maintain social distancing throughout the upcoming holiday 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 ear...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 10, 2020

City Announces New Transit Adjustments Due to COVID-19

Blue bus parked outside a transit station in San Marcos, TX

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the City of San Marcos continues to monitor and adjust public transit services.

The City’s transit system “The Bus” is currently operating from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Beginning this Monday, April ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 9, 2020

Volunteers Keep Tons of Trash, Tires, Out of River

Canoe with large tank during Great Texas River Cleanup 2020

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 in March. 

“The Community Enhancement staff gives a special thank you to all the team leaders,&rd...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 9, 2020

Municipal Court to Utilize Virtual Court Rooms

San Marcos Municipal Court

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 and procedures to meet the shifting needs of the courtroom starting Tuesday...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 8, 2020

CARES Act Allocates Over $6M in Funds to San Marcos

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Yesterday it was announced that the 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 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from the U.S. ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 8, 2020

Public Sanitizing Stations Scheduled for Install in City

City of San Marcos Seal

As part of the coordinated public health response to COVID-19, the City of San Marcos is establishing a short-term strategy to grant equitable access to personal hygiene needs for the general public, including individuals experiencing homelessness.

Portabl...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 8, 2020

Keep San Marcos Beautiful Wins Statewide Recognition

Keep San Marcos Beautiful logo

Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) recently announced the City of San Marcos Keep San Marcos Beautiful program as a winner of the 2020 Public Education and Outreach Award.

Keep San Marcos Beautiful was recognized for educational outreach efforts made on behalf of ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 3, 2020

San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter ‘Pets of the Week’ April 3

Diesel and Carson Wells are Pets of the Week

NOTE: Our need remains great to find immediate fosters and adopters for our shelter pets. Adoptions and fosters can be done remotely as our shelter is currently closed to the public. 

Diesel

Some lucky human will be bringing home an awesome dog if ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 3, 2020

City Implements Virtual Meetings, Public Comment

City of San Marcos Virtual Meetings

With the public being asked to “Stay Home to Save Lives” and stop the spread of the coronavirus, City of San Marcos officials are offering new ways to “attend” public meetings and offer comments virtually.

Interim Ci...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 2, 2020

Mayor Issues Public Health Advisory

Public Health Advisory_Stay a Safe Six Apart

San Marcos Mayor Jane Hughson issued a Public Health Advisory on April 2, “Stay Home to Save Lives”, continuing to urge the public to remain at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

In a video message to San Marcos residents April 2, Hu...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 1, 2020

SWAT Assists SMPD with Tuesday Night Arrest

Derek Arredondo

On Tuesday, March 31 at approximately 9 p.m., the San Marcos Police Department responded to a call for an unconscious driver in a vehicle that was stopped at the intersection of Guadalupe Street and the west access road of IH35.

Upon arrival, officers ran ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 1, 2020

April City Hall Calendar

City of San Marcos Seal

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

City Council – 3 p.m. Work Session followed by Executive Session, 6 p.m. Regular Session. Virtual. Televised live on Time Warner Ch. 10 and Grande Ch. 16 or 123-16 and video streamed online at http://sanmarcostx.go...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 31, 2020

City Creates Online Dashboard for COVID-19 Stats

Hays County COVID-19 Dashboard

A new online dashboard on the City of San Marcos and Hays County websites provides the public with a current count and other statistics related to COVID-19 cases in Hays County in near real-time.

According to the City’s Emergency Management Coord...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 31, 2020

Toilets Are Not Trashcans – Don’t Flush Those Wipes

Don't Flush Those Wipes

City of San Marcos wastewater collection system employees have a message for San Marcos residents about flushing wipes down the toilet: please don’t.

With so many people cleaning and disinfecting more heavily due to the COVID-19...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 27, 2020

San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter ‘Pets of the Week’ March 27

brown baby cat and brown dog looking at camera

NOTE: Our need remains great to find immediate fosters and adopters for our shelter pets. We are currently offering a “Pay What you Want” promotion for adoptions, which can be done remotely as our shelter is currently closed to the pub...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 27, 2020

Updates: Food Bank, Utilities, Senior Wellness Checks

Photo of Downtown storefronts along Hopkins Street

San Marcos continues to mobilize and collaborate in an effort to offer critical services to help our community manage the COVID-19 economic disruption and services crisis.

Food Bank Pickup Information

Hays County Food Bank pickup times are below:

  • Tuesday at ...
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Press Releases
Posted on: March 27, 2020

City Accepting Applications, Offering Virtual Workshops for CDBG Funds

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The City of San Marcos will accept applications from non-profit organizations and City departments for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) project and program funding from March 27 through May 1, 2020. The City is not accepting applications from indi...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 26, 2020

WIC Innovates to Safely Serve Area Families

Photo of WIC Storefront with forms and dropoff area outside of door

In response to difficulties presented by the recent events surrounding COVID-19, the Women, Infants, and Children’s (WIC) program has instituted new procedures to help safely serve clients, including safe office distancing and an expansion of th...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 25, 2020

County Issues Order to Stay at Home, Work Safe with Curfew

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To help stop the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), Hays County residents will be under a Stay at Home, Work Safe Order effective March 26 at 11 p.m. and continuing until 4 a.m. on April 10, 2020. The Order may be rescinded or extended as nece...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 25, 2020

San Marcos Transit Adjustments Due to COVID-19

COVID-19 Transit Changes Graphic

Due to COVID-19, the City continues to monitor and adjust the public transit services:

The Interurban Express 1517 service has been suspended until conditions improve. Alternate intercity services and schedules may be found at www.ridecarts.com.

The City&am...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 24, 2020

City Closing River Parks Today Due to COVID-19

Map with San Marcos River Parks highlighted

In an effort to protect public health and to discourage social gathering, the City of San Marcos is closing all river front parks effective today, March 24, at 11 p.m.

Parks affected include: Rio Vista, City Park, Plaza Park, Veramendi, Bicentennial, Child...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 24, 2020

Adopters, Fosters Still Needed Urgently at Animal Shelter

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The San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter (SMRAS) continues its urgent plea for assistance from individuals, volunteers or organizations to foster, rescue or adopt shelter animals to increase space within the shelter due to the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

Sh...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 24, 2020

FDA Alerts Consumers About Unauthorized Fraudulent COVID-19 Test Kits

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The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) released an announcement that warns consumers about unauthorized fraudulent coronavirus tests that are being marketed to test for COVID-19 in the home.

At this time, the FDA has not authorized any test that is...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 23, 2020

SMPD Officer Struck by Vehicle While Exiting Patrol Car on IH-35

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All lanes of IH-35 northbound around Exit 205 B were shut down this afternoon following a major accident involving a police officer, according to the San Marcos Police Department (SMPD).

Interim Police Chief Bob Klett said SMPD Officer Paul Beller was disp...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 23, 2020

City to Close Playscapes, Dog Park, Skate Park and Restrooms due to COVID-19

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In an effort to encourage social distancing and discourage social gathering, the City of San Marcos is closing the Children’s Park Playscape, City Park Playscape, all neighborhood park playscapes, Dog Park, and Skate Park.

Out of an abundance of ...

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Posted on: March 23, 2020

COVID-19 Hotline Available for Hays Co. Residents

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To address a rising tide of questions and concerns about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Hays County Local Health Department, in conjunction with the City of San Marcos, has established a call center to respond to questions from Hays County r...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 19, 2020

City to Offer Remote Services as Public Lobbies, Counters Close Beginning March 20

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City to Offer Remote Services as Public Lobbies, Counters Close Beginning March 20

In order to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) and per the Centers for Disease Control guidelines, the City of San Marcos is closing public-facing counte...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 17, 2020

Mayor’s Order Now Prohibits Gatherings Over 10 Persons

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Following yesterday’s order by San Marcos Mayor Jane Hughson to prohibit public or private community gatherings of 50 persons or more anywhere within the city limits, she signed a new Order today that reduces that number to 10 persons. The new O...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 14, 2020

City and Hays County to Issue State of Disaster

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Following today’s announcement by Hays County of the first presumptive positive COVID-19 case, the City of San Marcos, in coordination with the County, is planning to declare a state of disaster and will be holding a joint press conference at 10...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 13, 2020

City & Regional Partners Remain Vigilant about COVID-19

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The City of San Marcos continues to coordinate with regional government agencies to be proactive and prepared for the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). 

Although the first two positive cases were reported this morning in Austin, no cases of COV...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 12, 2020

San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter ‘Pets of the Week’ March 12

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Jamie

Jamie, a two-year-old Shephard mix, loves affection and happily accepts belly rubs. This 58-pound sweetie loves to run and run. Jamie is also quite playful and one of her favorite games is fetch! This pretty girl also knows how to sit. Some simple tr...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 12, 2020

San Marcos to hold May 2 Special Election

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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. Council elections for San Marcos are typically held in ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 11, 2020

Upcoming Library Events: March 12 to March 18

Library News

Long-Term Care Planning

March 12, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Planning for the possibility of long-term care gives you time to learn about services in your community and what they cost. This program will explain the four levels of long-term care: independent l...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 11, 2020

Main Street Gives Love to Downtown Businesses

Top: Seth Katz (North Street); Carol Powers (Paper Bear); Carina Boston (Splash); Gilbert Gomez (Roy

The City of San Marcos Main Street Program recognized several downtown businesses, partners and volunteers at its fifth annual Love Downtown Awards on Friday, Feb. 21.

The event honored the contributions of downtown merchants and volunteers who work tirele...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 10, 2020

SMPD Arrest Two on Drug Charges

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San Marcos Police officers arrested two suspects in the early morning hours of March 6 when they were found in a reported stolen vehicle parked at the Raceway on Highway 80 at approximately 2:14 a.m.

“Officers approached the vehicle and found two...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 10, 2020

Marquez Resigns, Election Plans Underway

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On Monday, March 9, San Marcos City Council Member, Dr. Joca Marquez tendered her written resignation to the City Clerk’s office.  Dr. Marquez has held the Place 5 seat since December 2018.  She was elected for a three-year ter...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 6, 2020

Shared Use Pathway Project Construction Update

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Next week, residents and park patrons will see construction along the San Marcos River and below the Cheatham Street bridge as Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) contractors begin excavation to construct a below-grade crossing at Cheatham Street f...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 6, 2020

Comment Period Open for Stormwater Technical Manual Updates Due to Atlas 14

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The City of San Marcos Engineering & Capital Improvements Department is accepting comments on updates to the City’s Stormwater Technical Manual through March 31. The changes reflect new data released by National Oceanic Atmospheric Administr...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 6, 2020

Carr to Join City as Neighborhood Enhancement Director

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This week the City of San Marcos announced the selection of Greg Carr as the new Director of Neighborhood Enhancement. He will join the City team on Monday, March 23.

“Greg will join the City with 30 years of experience in animal services, code e...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 5, 2020

San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter Pets of the Week

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Carlie

Carlie is a super sweet two-year-old domestic medium hair Tabby mix who is ready for her new home. She is very chill and likes everyone who visits. Carlie loves ear scratches and basking in the sunshine. She greets everyone and isn’t afrai...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 5, 2020

City & Regional Partners Coordinate Coronavirus and Flu Precautions

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The City of San Marcos in coordination with Hays County, Texas State University, Congressman Lloyd Doggett’s office, local school districts, regional and state agencies, met Wednesday, Mar. 4 to coordinate and discuss efforts underway to address...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 4, 2020

Upcoming Library Events: March 5 to March 11

Library News

High School Equivalency Registration

March 5, 9:00 a.m. or 6:30 p.m.

Adults wanting to prepare for the High School Equivalency exam come register for our free classes. Classes meet Monday through Thursday at 9:00 a.m. and Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

LE...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 4, 2020

Call for Entry: Miss Beautiful SMTX and You(th) Can Do It!

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The City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department, with the assistance of San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District (SMCISD), is holding the fifth annual Miss Beautiful SMTX and You(th) Can Do It! pageants on Friday, Apr. 24 from 7 to 9 p.m...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 3, 2020

City Seeks Comments on Five-Year HUD Plan

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The City of San Marcos is seeking comments on the 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan draft, which is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) grants. This draft Plan includes feedback fro...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 2, 2020

San Marcos Police Search for Truck and Driver in Hit & Run Death

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San Marcos Police are searching for the driver in a weekend hit and run incident that resulted in the death of a San Antonio man.

On Saturday, Feb. 29 at 1:27 a.m., a caller to 9-1-1 reported seeing a man lying on the edge of the roadway in the 200 block S...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 28, 2020

Changes to Parking Spots at Rio Vista Park

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Construction of the Shared Use Pathway Project, jointly funded by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the City of San Marcos, is underway at Rio Vista Park. Because of the construction, the city had to realign parking spaces to ensure the p...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 28, 2020

Discovery Center Offers Spring Workshop Series

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The City of San Marcos is hosting a free nature and conservation workshop series from Mar. 14 to May 9 at the San Marcos Discovery Center, 430 Riverside Drive.

Workshop topics include veggie gardening and composting, taking an edible plant walk and gardeni...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 28, 2020

First 2020 Party in Your Park at El Camino Real March 6

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The City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department will host the first Party in Your Park of the year on Friday, Mar. 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. at El Camino Real Park, 401 Cottonwood Pkwy.

Party in Your Park is a free event series open to the public that brin...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 27, 2020

Changes to Human Services Agency Application Process

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The City of San Marcos is reminding organizations that the Human Services Application process for funding has changed. Under the new process, applications will be due in August; previously they were due in February each year.

Human Services agencies in San...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 27, 2020

San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter ‘Pets of the Week’

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Lando

 

Lando is feeling frisky and ready to play! This two-year-old boy has the most gorgeous green eyes. He loves to play and chase, but might get a little too excited, so it’s best to use toys rather than your hands. Lando will do best...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 27, 2020

Upcoming Library Events: Feb. 27 to Mar. 4

Library News

Early Explorers

February 27, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Come join us for a world of exploration! We’ll read books on a different country each month, followed by a fun craft or activity that will bring the country and its culture to life. Ages 3-5. T...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 25, 2020

Brief Pursuits Result in Overnight Arrests

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San Marcos Police engaged in two vehicle pursuits in the same area of town at approximately the same time overnight on February 25, 2020. SMPD Interim Chief Bob Klett said social media posts incorrectly reported that gun shots were fired during these inci...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 3, 2018

Fifth Victim of Deadly Apartment Fire Identified

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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 Office in coordination with Justice of the Peace Maggie H. Moreno.

Belinda Moats of Big Wells (born Aug....

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 1, 2018

San Marcos Residents Can Text Emergency Info to 9-1-1

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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.

The Capital Area Council of Governments deployed Text to 9-1-1 service region wide in Octobe...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 18, 2018

City Council Approves New San Marcos Development Code

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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 the City grows in the coming years.

“This is a day of celebration! Our new code has been in the works for four...

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