San Marcos activity center closed indefinitely following water damage


The San Marcos Activity Center will be closed indefinitely after flooding hit the building early Friday morning.

The City of San Marcos said initial reports show the flooding was the result of a 3-inch poly pipe becoming disconnected from its coupler. The disconnect caused several inches of water to cover the entire facility, the city added.

A concerned citizen reported San Marcos police around 3 a.m. after seeing water coming from the building at 510 E. Hopkins St. San Marcos Police Department officers notified firefighters and crews were able to turn off the water to the activity center.

“When staff arrived, we found a pipe had burst and the entire building had been flooded,” Parks and Recreation Administrative Coordinator Christie Murillo said in a Facebook video. “Obviously we won’t be hosting any programming, any events here at the activity center anytime soon.”

The city said remediation efforts are underway. In addition, the city’s insurance company has been notified and is assessing the damage and providing assistance where possible.

Current activity center memberships will be suspended and automatic payments will be suspended for the time being, the city said, adding that customers who have leftover items in their lockers are asked to contact the activity center for assistance. assistance in recovering their personal belongings.

Staff at the activity center are working to find other recreation options and meeting space for the community, the city said. Virtual Total Wellness Classes will continue.

Following the flood, the city is encouraging residents to use its many sidewalks, trails and natural spaces while the activity center is closed.

The San Marcos Activity Center opened in 1997 after a $5.3 million bond election that passed in 1994. The facility celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2017, and its locker rooms, restrooms, and its carpeting have recently undergone a renovation project.
“Obviously we don’t know the extent of the damage,” Murillo said. “We don’t know how long we’re going to be closed… If you have a reservation, involved in an event or program, you can email with any questions. You can call 512-393-8280 and the staff can also answer your questions. Follow us on Facebook for any updates. We look forward to seeing you when we can safely reopen. »


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