1. News & Announcements

  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. Photo of City Hall

    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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. Diesel and Carson Wells are Pets of the Week

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

    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. Read on...
  7. City of San Marcos Virtual Meetings

    City Implements Virtual Meetings, Public Comment

    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. Read on...
  8. Public Health Advisory_Stay a Safe Six Apart

    Mayor Issues Public Health Advisory

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

    SWAT Assists SMPD with Tuesday Night Arrest

    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... Read on...
  10. City of San Marcos Seal

    April City Hall Calendar

    Meetings listed are subject to change. Please check with the City Clerk's office for official postings. Read on...
  11. Photo of utility staff standing on platform at San Marcos Surface Water Treatment Plant

    San Marcos Utilities Provide Normal Service Levels During COVID-19 Event

    The City utility and transportation systems have preemptively implemented policies to ensure full service access to water, wastewater treatment, transportation... Read on...
  12. Hays County COVID-19 Dashboard

    City Creates Online Dashboard for COVID-19 Stats

    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. Read on...
  13. Don&#39t Flush Those Wipes

    Toilets Are Not Trashcans – 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. Read on...
  14. brown baby cat and brown dog looking at camera

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

    Pets of the Week! 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 public. Read on...
  15. Photo of Downtown storefronts along Hopkins Street

    Updates: Food Bank, Utilities, Senior Wellness Checks

    San Marcos continues to mobilize and collaborate in an effort to offer critical services to help our community manage the economic disruption and services crisis. Read on...
  16. Photo of City Hall

    City Accepting Applications, Offering Virtual Workshops for CDBG Funds

    The City will accept applications for CDBG project and program funding from March 27 through May 1, 2020. Seventy percent of the funds must be designated for.... Read on...
  17. Photo of WIC Storefront with forms and dropoff area outside of door

    WIC Innovates to Safely Serve Area Families

    In response to challenges presented by the recent events surrounding COVID-19, the WIC program has instituted new procedures to help safely serve clients... Read on...
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    County Issues Order to Stay at Home, Work Safe with Curfew

    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. Read on...
  19. COVID-19 Transit Changes Graphic

    San Marcos Transit Adjustments Due to COVID-19

    Due to COVID-19, the City continues to monitor and adjust the public transit services... Read on...
  20. Map with San Marcos River Parks highlighted

    City Closing River Parks Today Due to COVID-19

    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. Read on...
  21. orange and brown cat sitting down looking at camera

    Adopters, Fosters Still Needed Urgently at Animal Shelter

    The San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter continues its urgent plea for assistance from individuals, volunteers or organizations to foster, rescue or adopt animals... Read on...
  22. FDA Logo (white on blue background)

    FDA Alerts Consumers About Unauthorized Fraudulent COVID-19 Test Kits

    The FDA warns consumers about unauthorized, fraudulent coronavirus tests that are being marketed to test for COVID-19 in the home... Read on...
  23. Photo of SMPD Officer Paul Beller

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

    Interim Police Chief Bob Klett said SMPD Officer Paul Beller was dispatched at 1:30 p.m. to the area for a call of lumber in the roadway... Read on...
  24. City Seal

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

    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, effective March 23 at 11 p.m. Read on...
  25. People on telephones making phone calls in front of computers

    COVID-19 Hotline Available for Hays Co. Residents

    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 for Hays County residents. Read on...
  26. blue image with office setting in background

    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), the City of San Marcos is closing public-facing counters and most public facilities to entry from the public beginning Fri., March 20, 2020. Read on...
  27. City Seal

    City Clarifies Order Restrictions on Restaurants & Bars

    Following the order by Mayor Hughson to prohibit community gatherings of 10 or more in the city limits until April 1, the City clarifies how occupancy restrictions apply to dining areas of restaurants and operation of bars with or without food service. Read on...
  28. alert image from the City of San Marcos

    Mayor’s Order Now Prohibits Gatherings Over 10 Persons

    San Marcos Mayor Jane Hughson signed a new Order prohibiting public or private community gatherings of 10 persons. The new Order limits occupancy in common dining areas at food establishments, and affects bar operations, until April 1, 2020. Read on...
  29. Alert image from the City of San Marcos

    Mayor’s Order Prohibits Gatherings Over 50 & Closes Select Facilities Until May 11

    San Marcos Mayor Jane Hughson signed an Order to Prohibit any public or private community gathering of 50 persons or more anywhere within the City of San Marcos effective at 2 a.m. on Tuesday, Mar. 17 and continuing until May 11, 2020. Read on...
  30. Press Conference Graphic

    City and Hays County to Issue State of Disaster

    Following today’s announcement of the first presumptive positive local COVID-19 case, the City and County will be holding a joint press conference on Sun., Mar. 15 Read on...
  31. bulleted text with tips for preventing COVID-19

    City & Regional Partners Remain Vigilant about COVID-19

    The City of San Marcos continues to coordinate with regional government agencies to be proactive and prepared for the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Read on...
  32. Back and white cat and a brown dog looking at the camera

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

    Our 'Pets of the Week' are Jamie and Madison, both of whom are ready to find their forever homes. Check out these two beauties or any of our adorable adoptable pets! Read on...
  33. 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...
  34. Library News

    Upcoming Library Events: March 12 to March 18

    "Because I Count" Census Art Contest, The Art of Zentangle, Long-Term Care Planning, and much more this week at the San Marcos Public Library! Read on...
  35. Top: Seth Katz (North Street); Carol Powers (Paper Bear); Carina Boston (Splash); Gilbert Gomez (Roy

    Main Street Gives Love to Downtown Businesses

    The City of San Marcos Main Street Program recognized several downtown businesses, partners and volunteers at its fifth annual Love Downtown Awards on... Read on...
  36. Photos of two men looking at camera

    SMPD Arrest Two on Drug Charges

    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. SMPD recovered a loaded handgun, various ammunition... Read on...
  37. Head shot of Dr. Jocabed Marquez

    Marquez Resigns, Election Plans Underway

    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. Read on...
  38. Photo of Cheatham St. Bridge over San Marcos River

    Shared Use Pathway Project Construction Update

    Park patrons will see construction along the San Marcos River as contractors begin excavation to construct a below-grade crossing at Cheatham Street. Read on...
  39. Cartographic of Texas showing new rainfall values for 100y-24h event-NOAA_0

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

    The City of San Marcos is accepting comments on updates to the Stormwater Technical Manual through March 31. The changes reflect new data released by NOAA. Read on...
  40. Head shot of Greg Carr

    Carr to Join City as Neighborhood Enhancement Director

    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 March 23. Read on...
  41. Brown terror dog sitting and looking up at camera

    San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter Pets of the Week

    Carlie and Pepe are our "Pets of the Week" from the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter and are awaiting their new forever homes. Check out these two or... Read on...
  42. child showing how s/he is washing his/her hands with soap

    City & Regional Partners Coordinate Coronavirus and Flu Precautions

    The City of San Marcos in coordination with Hays County, Texas State University, Congressman Lloyd Doggett’s office and other local, regional and state agencies met to coordinate and discuss efforts underway to address Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Read on...
  43. Library News

    Upcoming Library Events: March 5 to March 11

    AARP Tax Aid, Yarn in the Community, LEGO Mania, and much more this week at the San Marcos Public Library! Read on...
  44. Former and Pageant emcee Mayor John Thomaides with Miss Beautful SMTX 2019 Elsa Sanchez

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

    The City of San Marcos , with the assistance of SMCISD, is holding the fifth annual Miss Beautiful SMTX and You(th) Can Do It! pageants on Friday, Apr. 24 from... Read on...
  45. City Seal

    City Seeks Comments on Five-Year HUD Plan

    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... Read on...
  46. Red truck with missing headline on a road taken from security footage

    UPDATE: VIDEO RELEASED Police Search for Truck and Driver in Hit and Run Death

    SMPD released video footage of the pick-up suspected of being involved in a fatal hit and run accident early Sunday morning. Here is a more detailed description of the truck: red single cab pickup with bed cover, bluish headlights (right one broken)... Read on...
  47. City Seal

    March City Hall Calendar

    Meetings listed are subject to change. Please check with the City Clerk's office for official postings. Read on...
  48. Security footage photo of a red Chevy S10 driving on a road

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

    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... Read on...
  49. Red no parking sign at Rio Vista Park

    Changes to Parking Spots at Rio Vista Park

    Because of the construction of the Shared Use Pathway Project, the city had to realign parking spaces at Rio Vista Park to ensure the protection of an identified archeological area... Read on...
  50. Graphic with workshops listed

    Discovery Center Offers Spring Workshop Series

    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. Read on...
  51. Photo of children playing on large chess board outside in a park

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

    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. Read on...
  52. group of children playing in a field

    Changes to Human Services Agency Application Process

    The Human Services Application process for funding has changed. Under the new process, applications will be due in August... Read on...
  53. Brown dog outside looking at camera

    San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter ‘Pets of the Week’

    This sweet five-year-old girl is still a puppy at heart. Roxanne is an American Staffordshire Terrier mix who has lots of energy and loves to run. Read on...
  54. Library News

    Upcoming Library Events: Feb. 27 to Mar. 4

    Herbalism, Master Gardeners: For the Love of Roses, The Art of Zentangle, Baby Storytime, and much much more this week at the Library! Read on...
  55. Aubrianna Alvarez and Elijah Montez

    Brief Pursuits Result in Overnight Arrests

    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... Read on...
  56. Group of volunteers standing behind pile of collected trash from clean-up

    35th Annual Great Texas River Clean Up

    The City of San Marcos, Texas State University and the City of Kyle are calling on volunteers to register for the 35th Annual Great Texas River Clean Up on 3/7... Read on...
  57. Parks and Recreation News Image

    City of San Marcos 50+ Events for March 2020

    Bingo, Pickleball, Bridge, Game Day Club, and many other enjoyable activities for adults over 50 in San Marcos! Read on...
  58. Library News

    Upcoming Library Events: Feb. 20 to Feb. 26

    Cuéntame Bilingual Stories, Philosophy Dialogues, Teen Hang Out and much more this week at the San Marcos Public Library! Read on...
  59. River and Bike Path Map

    San Marcos River Shared Use Pathway Project Underway

    Residents and park patrons will begin to see construction on a new bike & pedestrian concrete trail in and around the areas of Children’s Park, Rio Vista Park... Read on...
  60. Cat looking at camera in kennel

    San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter ‘Pets of the Week’

    Thor is the total package! He is a six-month-old boy who loves taking long naps next to his human. Once he’s built up his energy, he’ll play all day! His foster family says he... Read on...
  61. Bishop Street Permeable Paver Sidewalk

    City Scores Fourth in Texas for Stormwater Treatment

    The Scorecard evaluates stormwater management policies of local governments, particularly in how well they encourage Nature-based Infrastructure to prevent... Read on...
  62. Olivia R. and Dottie A. at the San Marcos Discovery Center holding handmade seed balls. Seed Balls (

    City Spring Break Camp Registration Now Open

    The City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Spring Break Camp will be held at Dunbar Recreation Center from Monday, Mar. 16 through Friday, Mar. 20. Read on...
  63. Library News

    Upcoming Library Events: Feb. 13 through Feb. 19

    Book Discussion: How to be an Antiracist, AARP Tax Aid, Baby Day and much more this week at the San Marcos Public Library! Read on...
  64. Jason Pence

    Texas Rangers Arrest Former City Staffer for Theft

    On Tuesday, Feb. 11, the Texas Rangers arrested Jason Pence (06/15/78) on charges of Theft by a Public Servant more than $30,000 but less than $150,000... Read on...
  65. City Seal

    City Offices Closed Next Monday for Presidents’ Day

    City of San Marcos offices, including City Hall, Library, Animal Shelter, Activity Center, Municipal Court and Utility Offices, will be closed on Monday, Feb. 17. Read on...
  66. Mayor Jane Hughson

    Mayor Elected CAPCOG Executive Committee Chair

    San Marcos Mayor Jane Hughson is the new Chair of the Executive Committee for the Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG). “I am honored to work... Read on...
  67. Black and white dog outside looking at camera

    San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter ‘Pets of the Week’

    This girl has a heart of gold! Angel is a two-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix who has such a sweet and playful spirit. She is eager to learn and is very attentive... Read on...
  68. City Seal

    City Seeks Public Feedback on Annual CDBG Funding

    The City of San Marcos is kicking off a community outreach campaign seeking public input on the City’s annual allocation of Community Development Block Grant funds. Read on...
  69. Library News

    Upcoming Library Events: Feb. 6 through Feb. 12

    Free legal advice from licensed attorneys, learn how to become a doula, baby storytime, poetry readings and much more this week at the Public Library! Read on...
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    Neighborhood Conversation Scheduled for February 12

    The City of San Marcos is hosting a Neighborhood Conversation for Sector 9, which includes Hunter’s Hill, Willow Creek, and Kissing Tree on Wednesday, Feb. 12... Read on...
  71. City Seal

    February City Hall Calendar

    Meetings listed are subject to change. Please check with the City Clerk's office for official postings. Read on...
  72. Library News

    Upcoming Library Events: Jan. 30 through Feb. 5

    Book Talk & Music with Dr. Gregg Andrews, Collage Making, Teen Advisory Board, and much more this week at the San Marcos Public Library! Read on...
  73. City Seal

    Feedback Sought on Mitigation and Recovery Funding

    The City of San Marcos is hosting a community meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins St.to provide... Read on...
  74. Photo of child on horse with two adults helping the horse to walk slowly in a fenced area

    Best Friends For Life (BFFL) Program To Begin March 2

    Activities including yoga, crafts and drumming will be offered during the program. Participants will also have the opportunity to go swimming and horseback riding. Read on...
  75. Photo of Kissing Alley Mailbox

    Valentine Mailbox Opens in Kissing Alley

    “We’re excited to share the romance and fun of a stroll through Downtown San Marcos with the world, one Valentine at a time.” Read on...
  76. San Marcos Police

    Two Arrested After Weekend Chase Ends in San Marcos

    Two men are facing charges from both the San Marcos and New Braunfels Police Departments after stealing two vehicles and evading officers. At... Read on...
  77. Black dog outside looking at camera

    San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter ‘Pets of the Week’

    If you have a New Year’s resolution to get fit, then let Radishe be your guide to a new lifestyle! This active five-year-old boy loves to burn off extra treats by... Read on...
  78. Photo of seniors walking around booths at 2018 Senior Expo

    Senior Expo Featuring Vendors, Services on Jan. 30

    The Ninth Biennial Senior Citizen Expo will take place on Thursday, Jan. 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins.... Read on...
  79. Graphic featuring text information for Transit Community Meetings over a photo of a bus stop

    Public Invited to Participate in San Marcos Transit Plan

    On Jan. 28, the City of San Marcos is hosting three follow-up community meetings in an effort to seek public input for the San Marcos Transit Plan... Read on...
  80. Library News

    Upcoming Library Events: Jan. 23 through Jan. 29

    Creation Station, Jennifer's Book Chat, Microsoft Office Certification Registration and much more this week at the San Marcos Public Library! Read on...
  81. San Marcos Parks and Rec

    February Parks & Recreation Programming for Ages 50+

    21st Annual Golden Sweethearts Ball, Bowling Social, Lifelong Learning and much more offered by the City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department! Read on...
  82. Photo of San Marcos Activity Center

    Blanco Riverine Flood Mitigation Project Public Meeting 2/6

    The City will host a public meeting at the San Marcos Activity Center on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. to discuss the City’s proposed project to construct a berm/floodwall... Read on...
  83. Brindle dog looking at camera

    San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter ‘Pets of the Week’

    This gorgeous boy is as sweet as can be! Denny loves leisurely strolls and hanging out with his favorite buddies. He has great leash skills, prefers the scenic route... Read on...
  84. Library News

    Upcoming Library Events: Jan. 16 – Jan. 22

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, Growing Up Wild, IRS Hiring Event, Intro to Digital Marketing for Small Businesses, and much more at the library this week! Read on...
  85. Photo of Martin Luther King, Jr. Rally from 2019

    City Offices Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

    City of San Marcos offices, including City Hall, Public Library, Activity Center, and the Municipal Court, will be closed Monday, Jan. 20, to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. Read on...
  86. Photo of couple laughing at Golden Sweethearts Ball

    Tickets Available for 50+ Valentine’s Celebration

    The City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the 21st annual Golden Sweetheart’s Ball on Friday, Feb. 14 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the San Marcos... Read on...
  87. Johnson, Wilson and Fields

    Six Arrested After Foot and Vehicle Pursuit

    Six people are facing charges in San Marcos after reportedly stealing purses from customers at Walmart, stealing a car from the parking lot and running from police. At approximately 2:19 p.m... Read on...
  88. Vincent Favata

    UPDATE: Arrest Made in Connection to December Downtown Shooting

    At approximately 4:51 p.m. on Friday, January 10, the San Marcos Police Department arrested Vincent Favata (10/3/1975) in connection... Read on...
  89. Black dog outside looking at camera

    San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter ‘Pets of the Week’

    Tina Snow loves to go on walks! She is a three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix who is calm, loves to be close to her human and does great on a leash. Read on...
  90. Community Meet and Greet Graphic

    New City Management Meet & Greet on Jan. 23

    The public is invited to attend a community meet and greet with new executive staff from the City of San Marcos on Thursday, Jan. 23, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the... Read on...
  91. 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...
  92. texting

    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...
  93. City Seal

    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...