SAN MARCOS — Chris Orlando and his son, Ryan, are at a crossroads that few father-and-son duos face together.Call it ‘term limits’ — figuratively and literally. Chris Orlando is a San Marcos City Councilman in the final year of his last four-year term of office. Ryan Orlando, 18, is a standout basketball player at San Marcos High School, playing his final high school basketball season. Both are plotting their next steps. For Chris Orlando, the next step could be a run — for mayor, that is. For Ryan Orlando, it could be a walk — as in “walk-on,” the term for a nonscholarship member of a collegiate basketball team.But both of them are enjoying going through the transition together.“It’s really interesting, as I am considering my next step and watching him do that, the realization that we’re both figuring out what the next chapter is, is kind of cool,” Chris Orlando said. “My son has a strict ‘no pep talk’ policy, so we keep the pep talks to a minimum, but it is neat we are at a new chapter at the same time. It’s been good.”The Orlandos’ respective political and athletic journeys have virtually paralleled each other. The elder was elected in 2006, around the time that the younger first picked up a basketball.
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New California State University San Marcos Girls Basketball Camp at the new Sports Center gym.
CSUSM hoops is again a national power
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A new one-acre park near the San Marcos Civic Center will open to the public after an official ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 3:30 pm. The park is located east of the Civic Center campus, 1 Civic Center Drive. Free parking is available in the nearby structure. The grand opening ceremony is open to the public and will include comments from the San Marcos City Council.
The $836,000 park was removed in 2004 during construction of North County Transit District‘s Sprinter line. The transit district funded approximately $638,000 for replacement park costs, and the City of San Marcos picked up the remaining $198,000.
Civic Center Park will be open from 8 am to 9 pm and includes amenities such as a lighted basketball half-court, sand volleyball, play equipment and picnic areas. The Inland Rail Trail also runs through the park.
“We are excited to expand our outdoor recreational offerings near the Civic Center,” explained Community Services Director Craig Sargent-Beach. “Many of our youth programs utilized the park before it was removed, and now we’ll be able to reinstate that outdoor component.”
The City contracted with Wimmer Yamada & Caughey for the project design and Empire Pipeline for project construction.