The San Marcos Activity Center will be closed indefinitely after flooding in the building early Friday morning.
The city of San Marcos said early reports showed the flooding was the result of a 3-inch poly pipe disconnecting from its coupler. The disconnection caused several inches of water to cover the entire facility, the city added.
A concerned citizen reported to San Marcos Police at around 3 a.m. after seeing water coming from the building at 510 E. Hopkins St. Officers from the San Marcos Police Department notified firefighters and crews was able to shut off the water at the activity center.
“When the staff arrived, we found that a pipe had burst and the whole building had been flooded,” Parks and Recreation administrative coordinator Christie Murillo said on a Facebook video. “Obviously, we won’t be organizing any programming, any events here at the activity center anytime soon. “
The city said remediation efforts were 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 at that time, the city said, adding that customers who have items left in their lockers are urged to contact the activity center to obtain assistance in recovering their personal effects.
Staff at the activity center are working to find other recreation options and meeting space for the community, the city said. Virtual Total Wellbeing classes will continue.
Following the flooding, the city encourages 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 was passed in 1994. The facility celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2017, and its changing rooms, toilet and carpet have recently been the subject of 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, if you are involved in an event or a program, you can email [email protected] with any questions. You can call 512-393-8280 and the staff can answer your questions as well. Follow us on Facebook for any updates. We look forward to seeing you when we can safely reopen. “