Best of San Marcos photo winners, spring egg scramble, playground maintenance

The sun appears to be setting on free speech in the city of San Marcos, just as it was over Double Peak as shown in this first place San Marcos photo winner by winner by Troy-Anthony Saunders.

Two local photographers took home the gold in the form of San Marcos bucks as they prevailed in the city’s Second Annual Best of San Marcos photo contest.

First place winner, Troy-Anthony Saunders, received $50 in San Marcos Bucks used towards one session of enrichment camps or specialty classes put on by the City for her submission “Double Peak.”

Second place winner, Lynette Bordeaux, received $25 in San Marcos Bucks redeemable towards the same for his entry “Respect & Dignity.”

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Second place winner – “Respect & Dignity” by Lynette Bordeaux.

No San Marcos bucks but honorable mentions went to Mark Roland for “Double Peak Sunrise and to Laura Quarantiello for “Blue Moon over Double Peak.”

Winning entries will be featured in the summer 2016 edition of the San Marcos 360 and used in city publications or promotional material, including the city’s website.

Honorable mention - "Double Peak Sunrise" by Mark Roland .

Honorable mention – “Double Peak Sunrise” by Mark Roland .

All photo entries were judged by an undisclosed  panel of city representatives and members of the San Marcos Arts Council.

Photographers of all skill levels and ages were invited to submit photos of how they see San Marcos’ beauty from nature to recreational activities to points of interest between Wednesday, Jan. 21 and Monday, Feb. 23.

Honorable mention - "Blue Moon over Double Peak" by Laura Quarantiello.

Honorable mention – “Blue Moon over Double Peak” by Laura Quarantiello.

Spring Egg Scramble

The city of San Marcos will present its annual holiday breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m Saturday, March 26, followed by an egg scramble for toddlers through fifth grade. Families are encouraged to come early and enjoy carnival games before the scramble for 10,000 filled eggs begins at 10:15 a.m.

8 to 10 a.m. Saturday. Williams Barn at Walnut Grove Park, 1950 Sycamore Drive, San Marcos. $4-$5 for breakfast; $5 per family for activities. (760) 744-9000 or

Playground maintenance schedule announced

Beginning the end of March to early April, several playgrounds throughout San Marcos will close for scheduled maintenance.

The following park playgrounds will be affected:

•Lake View Park: Monday, March 21 to Friday, March 25.

• Foothills Park: half day closure to be determined.

• Discovery Hills Children’s Park: half day closure to be determined.

• Quail Valley Park (Santa Fe Hills): playground to be closed Tuesday, March 22 to Friday, March 25.

• Amigo Park (Santa Fe Hills): Tuesday, March 29 to Friday, April 1.

• Regency Park (Santa Fe Hills): Tuesday, April 5 to Friday, April 25.

“While these short-term closures may be a temporary inconvenience, regular maintenance and repairs ensure San Marcos residents have a safe, enjoyable space to recreate,” said Communications Officer Sarah Macdonald.

During these brief closures, residents can enjoy more than 30 city parks throughout the community. For park locations, visit

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