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Cars zip down Hopkins Street in downtown San Marcos. SAN MARCOS MERCURY FILE PHOTO by DESIREE ROSE

Cars zip down Hopkins Street in downtown San Marcos. SAN MARCOS MERCURY FILE PHOTO by DESIREE ROSE

STAFF REPORT

San Marcos and Texas State University have lately become mainstays of the ubiquitous national “best of” features compiled by Internet list makers.

Renovated and expanded by 94,000 square feet in 2009, the university’s Student Recreation Center was named to Best College Review’s “25 Most Amazing Campus Student Recreation Centers.” Texas State appears alongside other schools like The Ohio State University, Vanderbilt and the University of Texas.

The imposing rock-climbing wall at Texas State’s Campus Recreation Center. TEXAS STATE PHOTO

The imposing rock-climbing wall at Texas State’s Campus Recreation Center. TEXAS STATE PHOTO

In celebrating Texas State’s $31.2 million rec center expansion, the magazine said:

Texas State has all of the normal rec center amenities, like basketball courts, a gleaming weight room, cardio areas, and racquetball courts, but they also have an awesome indoor pool, a rock climbing center and a boxing studio. An incredible lobby with a rock climbing arch greets students as the come to work out or participate in activities. Students have no excuse for not being physically fit at Texas State.

Then, this morning, The Square was among fifteen downtown areas named to Travel+Leisure magazine’s “Most Beautiful Town Squares.” San Marcos appeared fourteenth on the list of small town centers “built to inspire that kind of goodwill and be the hearts of their communities.” Here’s what the website said:

The imposing Hays County Courthouse, built in 1909 and restored in 1998, dominates the square, but it’s the surrounding cafés, pubs, and quirky shops that give it life. Paper Bear, for instance, sells oddball gifts from chicken masks to underwear for squirrels, and Rhea’s Ice Cream specializes in unconventional flavors including avocado-coconut, corn, and maple-bacon—don’t come here if you want plain vanilla.

San Marcos was the only Texas town to make the list.

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