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Posted on: June 1, 2020

[ARCHIVED] San Marcos Announces Summer Program Updates

Summer program update text with pic of children jumping in the pool

The City of San Marcos is announcing cancellations and tentative scheduling of summer programs in response to COVID-19 restrictions. Plans for annual summer programming for the Parks and Recreation Department, Public Library and Fire Department are below:

Parks and Recreation

Summer Camp Programs: The first session of the 2020 summer camp programs has been cancelled. Originally scheduled to begin on Monday, June 8, both Discovery Camp and Summer Fun are tentatively scheduled to begin on Monday, July 13 with more details to come. Parks staff will update as well as with details as they become available.

Pool: Rio Vista Pool was originally scheduled to open Memorial Day Weekend but will remain closed for the duration of the summer.

Facilities: All facility reservations taking place at the San Marcos Activity Center, Dunbar Recreation Center, City Park Recreation Hall and the Old Fish Hatchery have been cancelled through the end of June.

League activities: Baseball, softball and soccer practices may resume beginning May 31 and games/tournaments may resume beginning June 15. Summer season adult softball leagues as well as the USA Developmental League are scheduled to proceed with registration beginning online only June 1 and practices and/or games beginning later in June or July. Jr. NBA/WNBA practices and games are tentatively scheduled to begin in July and are based upon facility reopening. For more information on all youth and adult leagues, including registration links, please follow and Velcro T-ball, Summer Adult Volleyball and Summer Slam seasons have been cancelled.

Youth Events: 

Movies in Your Park - cancelled for June, tentatively scheduled to begin in July after further evaluation.

Daddy Daughter Dance - originally scheduled for June 19, has been cancelled and may be rescheduled for later this year.

Babysitter’s Training Class - originally scheduled for June 24, has been cancelled and may be rescheduled for later this year.

Boys & Their Toys - originally scheduled for July 10, has been cancelled for 2020.

SummerFest: The SummerFest concert has been cancelled. The fireworks show may go on as scheduled, based on the availability of funds.

 For current Parks and Recreation Department information, visit Parks and Recreation Department COVID-19 Updates.


Summer Reading Program: The Summer Reading Program will move forward with Reader Zone, a virtual summer reading program purchased by Kiwanis Club. Instead of paper reading logs this year, participants can easily keep track of the number of minutes read with the Reader Zone app. Just like every other summer, participants will be entered for a chance to win a prize for every four hours of reading time. Detailed instructions for getting started on the Reader Zone are here. For folks who prefer a more low-tech option this summer, then check out one of the library’s high-fun game boards! All participants have to do is complete five challenges to make a diagonal, vertical, or horizontal line for a chance to win a prize. Those feeling really ambitious can download Reader Zone and a game board to double the chances of winning prizes!

Summer Performances: All summer performers have been canceled or postponed.

Summer Star Teens: The library is still inviting teens (ages 12-17) to sign up to be Star Teens this summer, where they can have the opportunity to earn volunteer hours. Instead of working in the library, there are a number of activities that teens can do from home to help the library.

Library Programs: All programs are currently online. The GED and ESL classes may return to in-person when the library opens.

Information Services & Front Porch Pickup: The library information desk is open daily to answer your questions by telephone or email. Front Porch Pickup continues, so library card holders can the library know what they would like to pick up and read this summer.

San Marcos Public Library’s Virtual Book Club: Anyone may join the Virtual Book Club on Facebook where members can share current reads, leave book reviews, ask book related questions, give recommendations, post pictures of read pile, and so much more. Bookish ways are welcome here!

San Marcos Public Library’s Jobs and Resources Page: Join the library’s Jobs and Resources Page on Facebook, where staff help the community find new employment and the resources needed for career growth and change. This group is for job postings in and around San Marcos, as well as professional development opportunities, certification courses, and other relevant resources.

Visit the San Marcos Public Library online to read more or visit the San Marcos Public Library YouTube page to watch story time, readings, and more.

Fire Department

The Junior Fire Academy: The Junior Fire Academy has been cancelled for this summer.

To access more information, visit the Fire Department website.

The City will continue to evaluate service levels and facility reopening as the COVID-19 response continues and evolves. The status of all City events is subject to change at any time.

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