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27th annual San Marcos Trails Day (postponed for rain)

Lace up your hiking boots, air up your bike tires, saddle up your horses and join the city in celebrating the 27th annual San Marcos Trails Day on Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 9 am to 1 pm.

Hike participation is free and will begin at 9 am; hikers can start signing in at 8 am. Hikers, kids bike ride and walkers will meet at Lakeview Park/Discovery Lake, 650 Foxhall Drive. Equestrian riders will meet at the Ridgeline Trailhead, 102 San Elijo Road. The staging area will also feature food and giveaways.

“Trails day is a celebration of the outdoors and in San Marcos we have something for everyone,” said Community Services Director Buck Martin. “With more than 63 miles of trail connecting to the entire region, San Marcos offers an extensive trail network for residents to discover.”

An easy two-mile hike will visit Discovery Lake and the Discovery Creek trails.  A more challenging seven-mile hike will explore the trails that lead to Double Peak Park.  Mountain biking enthusiasts are encouraged to bring bikes and enjoy the ride.

“Adventures are meant to be shared and this event is a great opportunity to meet new people in your community and share a fun experience on a local trail,” said Martin.

An adult must accompany all minors.  Sturdy walking shoes are recommended; bring water, sunscreen and trail snacks.  Dogs must be on a maximum 6-foot leash at all times. The hike is subject to cancellation in the event of rain.

Event participants are encouraged to share your hiking moments on Instagram by tagging the city with @sanmarcoscity and using the hashtag #DiscoverSanMarcos .

For more information on hikes or the city’s trails, please visit www.san-marcos.net/trails

San Marcos Trails Day postponed due to rain

Due to forecasted rain, San Marcos Trails Day has been rescheduled to coincide with National Trails Day on Saturday, June 2.


The City of San Marcos is kicking off a #DiscoverSanMarcos photo scavenger hunt


The City of San Marcos is kicking off a #DiscoverSanMarcos photo scavenger hunt Monday, Aug. 29 through Sunday, Oct. 30. Visit local parks, trails, facilities, activities and events to receive participation souvenirs and a chance to win gift cards and a WinCo shopping spree valued up to $500.

“With thousands of programs and healthy activities offered each year, this scavenger hunt is a fun way to help residents discover all that San Marcos has to offer,” said Community Services Director Buck Martin. “From hiking to concerts to swimming, athletics, arts and dance classes, San Marcos has something for everyone.”

Designed to encourage residents to discover the variety of recreation places and programs that the City has to offer, the #DiscoverSanMarcos scavenger hunt asks participants to take photos at a variety of pre-determined locations.

“Social media is a great way for the community to engage with their government and learn about city services, issues, news and event,” said Communications Officer Sarah Macdonald.

Participants are encouraged to post the photos to social media and tag images with the hashtag #DiscoverSanMarcos along with a location-specific tag listed on the scavenger hunt photo log.

“By using the #DiscoverSanMarcos tag during the scavenger hunt, residents can help others discover San Marcos and all the things that make this community a vibrant place to live, work and play,” said Macdonald.

Here’s how it works:

  • Like and Follow @sanmarcoscity on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.
  • Visit www.san-marcos.net/DiscoverSanMarcos for a complete listing of destinations and a photo log to track scavenger hunt discoveries.
  • Snap photos at each location, post it to social media and tag your photo with the hashtag #DiscoverSanMarcos along with the location-specific tag indicated on the photo log.
  • For the last stop, visit the San Marcos Community Center at 3 Civic Center Drive to complete a registration form and show city staff your log and scavenger hunt photos.

Participants will receive a program souvenir and earn one raffle ticket for each photo stop completed for the chance to win prizes donated by local businesses. Prize drawings will be conducted in early November.

For more information, visit www.san-marcos.net/DiscoverSanMarcos or contact San Marcos Community Services at (760) 744-9000.

San Marcos names new community services director

City officials announced this week that Buck Martin has been hired as the city’s new community services director following an extensive open recruitment to replace retiring director Craig Sargent-Beach. Martin will begin work on Tuesday, Nov. 27.

Martin spent the last 10 years as the City of Chula Vista’s director of recreation. During his tenure, Martin was responsible for managing and programming 61 community parks that encompassed more than 600 acres of parkland. He managed the Chula Vista Nature Center and Living Museum, 10 recreation complexes and two aquatic facilities along with a $7 million budget, 400 part-time employees and 38 full-time employees.

In addition to his municipal experience, Martin served as the general manager of the Coors Amphitheater in Chula Vista, and the vice president of booking and event services at the Great Western Forum Sports Arena in Inglewood, Calif.

“Buck is a great fit to our dynamic, forward-thinking team in San Marcos,” said City Manager Jack Griffin. “His blend of public and private sector experience will be a tremendous asset to the department and the city as a whole.”

Martin holds a bachelor of arts degree in public administration from San Diego State University and is a member of the California Parks and Recreation Society, National Parks and Recreation Association and the International City/County Manager’s Association.

“San Marcos has been fortunate to have such a strong community services leader in Craig Sargent-Beach — a true recreation professional,” said Martin. “I look forward to building on that foundation and getting started on some of the projects under way like the new Connors Park. In addition, I plan to ensure the highest level of customer satisfaction by meeting the ever-changing recreational needs of our residents.”

Martin added that he plans to build a recreational system that is sustainable for years to come, and to make sure his team has fun implementing this vision.

In addition to his regular work duties, Martin coaches OMBAC Wallabies Youth Rugby and is an active member of Kiwanis International, Bonita/Sunnyside Fire Protection District Board and the Muller Chart School Director’s Advisory Council. He enjoys rugby, golf, fishing and hiking. Martin resides in Bonita with his wife, Wendy, and their two children.