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COVID-19 Update from The City of San Marcos: Public Counters and Parks & Recreation

Cities in San Diego County have been granted permission to start slowly reopening businesses, parks and a variety of other services. In response, the City of San Marcos is making the following updates:

Public Counters

  • Public counters at City Hall and Public Works will reopen on Monday, June 1. Hours will be Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Public health and safety measures will be in place.
  • In addition, residents can continue to take advantage of our “Virtual City Hall” by engaging with the City online, and via phone, email and the San Marcos City App. Visit www.san-marcos.net/covid19 to learn more about the wide variety of services that are available online.

Parks & Recreation

  • All City parks and parking lots will reopen on Monday, June 1, at 9 a.m.
  • Dog parks will also reopen Monday.
  • Pickleball and tennis courts will reopen on Wednesday, June 3. The County is allowing play at these courts if used by members of a household or others who can maintain social distance. Please check in with the facility attendant to be assigned a court and follow the rules that are posted at each court. You can view the rules for each court at www.san-marcos.net/courts.
  • Athletic fields will open, but no organized sport play or games will be allowed.
  • Playgrounds, skate parks, restrooms, splash pads, basketball courts and volleyball courts will remain closed.
  • The Corky Smith Gymnasium and the Senior Activity Center (SAC) will remain closed. For information about the senior nutrition program, call (760) 744-5535.
  • You may go outside for exercise if you can keep six feet away from people who are not members of your household.
  • Park visitors are allowed to sit, lie down, and picnic if they practice social distancing.
  • Please avoid groups and crowded outdoor spaces.

Health and Safety Guidelines

  • All State and County public health-related measures will remain in effect at all City facilities and parks.
  • Please maintain six feet of social distance and wear a face covering when you come within six feet of anyone outside your household.
  • You can learn more about all of the guidelines in place at www.coronavirus-sd.com.

Thank You

As always, the health and safety of the San Marcos community is our top priority. We appreciate your continued efforts to protect yourself and others in our community by making smart, safe choices during this time.

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The summer edition of The City of San Marcos 360

The summer edition of the San Marcos 360 is now available online and will be delivered to San Marcos residents and businesses this week.

Featuring articles on upcoming road improvements,  emerging business industry clusters, summer recreation opportunities, water safety, wildfire preparedness, and more, the free magazine serves to connect residents to their government.

San Marcos 360 is published three times per year by the city of San Marcos and includes timely news about the city along with a complete guide to the city’s parks and recreation offerings.

Inside, residents and visitors can also discover exciting recreational activities, special events, day camps, enrichment programs and classes, sporting leagues, and senior programs.

2016 Fall Edition of The City of San Marcos – 360 Magazine

 

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The 2016 fall edition of the San Marcos 360 Magazine is now available to San Marcos residents. Featuring articles on city events, economic development efforts, budget updates, fire prevention information and more, the free magazine serves to connect residents to their government.

San Marcos 360 is published three times per year by the city and includes timely news about the city along with a complete guide to the city’s parks and recreation offerings.

Residents and visitors can also discover exciting recreational activities, special events, day camps, enrichment programs and classes, sporting leagues, and senior programs.

In addition to the city’s newsletter, be sure to stay connected and engaged through The city’s social media platforms by finding us @sanmarcoscity on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. Tag your posts with the handle #DiscoverSanMarcos to help others learn about our great community.

For more information or to view the publication online, visit www.san-marcos.net/newsletter.

2014 Winter/Spring edition of The City of San Marcos 360 Magazine

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With a fresh new look, the 2014 Winter/Spring edition of the San Marcos 360 Magazine is now available in your mailbox and online.

San Marcos residents will receive the publication in their mailboxes this week. Featuring articles on new retailers in San Marcos, fire recovery efforts, housing projects and more, the free magazine serves to connect residents to their government.

San Marcos 360 is published three times per year by the city and includes timely news about the city along with a complete guide to the city’s parks and recreation offerings.

Residents and visitors can also discover exciting recreational activities, special events, day camps, enrichment programs and classes, sporting leagues, and senior programs.

San Marcos lands $1.4 million housing-related state grant to build new park

San Marcos, CA— The City of San Marcos received more than $1.4 million in Housing-Related Parks (HRP) grant funds from the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). The City will use these funds for the design and construction of a new park, which will be built on City-owned vacant land in the Richmar neighborhood.

San Marcos was the ninth highest award of the 109 California cities and counties to receive HCD’s 2013 round of funding earmarked to help build much-needed parks and/or repair existing parks and recreation facilities.

“With the loss of redevelopment dollars, the City relies now more than ever on grants to create and maintain community spaces available to all income levels,” said Housing and Neighborhood Services Director Karl Schwarm. “Improving the surrounding neighborhoods with more park land adds to the high quality of life residents enjoy here in San Marcos.”

The Housing-Related Parks program is an innovative program designed to reward local governments that support affordable housing. Funds are allocated on a per-bedroom basis for each residential unit that targets the very low- to low-income households. During the 2010 to 2013 grant period, the City approved close to 320 affordable housing units including the Autumn Terrace, Parkview, Sage Point and Westlake Village apartments.

Since 2004, the City has received nearly $2.8 million from four similar state grants based on affordable housing production. These previous funds supported the expansion of Walnut Grove Park, the construction of Sunset and Hollandia parks and the recently opened Connors Park.

 

City of San Marcos adopts balanced budget plans to invest in infrastructure rehabilitation

The San Marcos City Council passed and adopted a $63.7 million general fund budget in June for the Fiscal Year 2014-15, which begins July 1. The general fund pays for important services such as fire protection, law enforcement, street and park maintenance, recreation services, land use planning and general administration.

After undergoing a significant overhaul last year, the budget document is now easier for individuals unfamiliar with budgeting processes to understand. The document also includes revenue and expenditure summaries for each department, summarizes each department function, outlines how the budget supports the City’s strategic goals and includes information on non-general fund spending.

“The goal is to make it easier to learn about the City’s budget, programs and services while presenting a more accurate depiction of costs and where each dollar is being spent,” said Finance Director Laura Rocha. “As stewards of the public dollar, the City is committed to continually improving transparency accountability.” Read more

San Marcos-Connors Park set for grand opening on June 11

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San Marcos city officials will gather on Wednesday, June 11 at 5 pm to celebrate the grand opening of Connors Park located at 320 West San Marcos Boulevard, adjacent to San Marcos Elementary School. The ceremony is open to the public and guests are encouraged to carpool. 

Taking less than one year to complete, Connors Park was primarily funded through a California parks grant and made possible through a joint-use agreement with San Marcos Unified School District. The 4.7-acre site features a multi-use synthetic turf field, lighted tennis/basketball/pickleball courts, shaded picnic areas, a tot lot, restrooms and a concession stand. 

“Versatility is the name of the game,” said Community Services Director Buck Martin. “By incorporating several multi-use spaces, the park maximizes space to provide a variety of activities at any one time. With synthetic turf and lighted sporting areas, residents can also enjoy the park year-round and during evening hours.” 

Named after the late Mary Young Connors, a San Marcos community leader and former elementary school teacher, the park adds to San Marcos’ 16 major parks and 18 mini parks, demonstrating the City’s continued commitment to provide recreational opportunities for residents. 

View the event flyer for more information or visit www.san-marcos.net/connorspark
 
For more information about the City’s parks and recreation programs and facilities, please visit www.san-marcos.net, or call San Marcos Community Services at (760) 744-9000.

Rancho Coronado Park Online Survey

San Marcos City officials have started gathering input from the community for the new Rancho Coronado Park in San Marcos.

The Rancho Coronado Park is planned for 20-acres off Village Drive just southwest of Discovery Lake.

The first of four community workshops planned for residents to weigh-in on what they would like to see at the park was held in March. The remaining workshops will take place in the coming months. San Marcos residents will also be offered an online feedback option for their convenience.

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“Our goal is to engage residents early in the planning process so we can truly build the type of park they want,” explained City Engineer Mike Edwards.

Future outreach meetings will include conceptual plans for residents to review.

Construction on the Rancho Coronado Park is expected to begin in early 2016. An opening date will be determined once the final construction plan is developed.

Summer Edition of the City of San Marcos 360 is online

Summer Edition of The city of San Marcos 360 is online
The 2014 summer edition of the San Marcos 360 Magazine is now available. Residents and businesses received the publication in their mailboxes last week. Featuring articles on new retailers in San Marcos, park developments, transportation updates, recreation offerings and more, the free magazine serves to connect residents to their government.


San Marcos 360 is published three times per year by the city and includes timely news about the city along with a complete guide to the city’s parks and recreation offerings. 

Residents and visitors can also discover exciting recreational activities, special events, day camps, enrichment programs and classes, sporting leagues, and senior programs. 

For more information or to view the publication online, visit www.san-marcos.net/sanmarcos360

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