Posted on: November 23, 2015

Thanksgiving Trash Service Reminder


Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, trash service will slide one day beginning on Thursday, Nov. 26. CWD will pick up Thursday trash routes on Friday, Nov. 27. Friday's routes will be picked up on Saturday, Nov. 28.

View City of Allen holiday hours.
Posted on: November 20, 2015

Thanksgiving Hours for the City of Allen


Many City facilities will close or observe limited hours during the Thanksgiving holiday. For questions about schedules not listed below, please contact the facility directly.

• Allen Animal Shelter: closed Thursday, Nov. 26 and Friday, Nov. 27.
• All...Read on...

Posted on: November 25, 2015

Allen Mayor Proclaims Nov. 28 “Small Business Saturday”


Mayor Stephen Terrell encouraged residents to buy local this holiday season to support independent, small businesses in the Allen community.

Small Business Saturday, celebrated Nov. 28, is a national initiative that dedicates a day to celebrate and sup...Read on...

Posted on: November 11, 2015

Ford Pool Renovation Moves Forward


The budget has been finalized and the contractor selected for the upcoming renovation of Ford Pool. City council members awarded the bid and established the project budget during the Nov. 10 council meeting.

The outdoor community pool opened in 1986. ...Read on...

Posted on: November 5, 2015

City Debuts New Look, New Link for


From public safety announcements to a robust community calendar, offers an easy way for residents to stay connected with their city.

The City’s news center site debuted in July, along with the redesigned Allen recently ac...Read on...

To view current headlines, visit

Posted on: November 2, 2015

Winter Watering Tips


With cooler temperatures ahead, your home’s sprinkler system may need to be reset. Turf grass used in many residential areas goes dormant after the first frost, causing grass to turn a straw color. Though the lawn may look diseased, the grass is not dead!...Read on...

Learn more about water conservation.
Posted on: October 6, 2015

The 2015 Educators Guide is Here!


Find fascinating projects, field trips and classroom presentations offered by the City of Allen and local partners. Our 2015 Educators Guide offers twenty pages of helpful resources for teachers, scout leaders, home schooling families and other community ...Read on...

Download the 2015 Educators Guide now.

Posted on: November 23, 2015

Allen Fire Department Offers Thanksgiving Safety Tips


Don't ruin your holidays with a house fire. Review these safety tips from the Allen Fire Department.

• If you have something cooking on the stove top, stay in the kitchen so you can keep an eye on the food.
• Don't leave the house while you cook the t...Read on...

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Posted on: November 19, 2015

Allen Fire Department Celebrates Firehouse Subs Grant


Firehouse Subs congratulated members of the Allen Fire Department (AFD) on Wednesday, Nov. 18 for receiving more than $18,000 in grants from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.

AFD applied for the funds so it could purchase a fire extinguisher...Read on...

See the extinguisher training system in action.
Posted on: November 18, 2015

Allen Firefighters Train for Trench Rescues


Allen firefighters are better prepared to rescue people from trenches and other confined spaces, thanks to specialized training.

The certification courses were held earlier this fall. Allen Fire Department (AFD) worked with the Texas Division of Emerge...Read on...

Learn more about AFD's trench rescue operations

Posted on: November 3, 2015

Library Closed for Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

The Library will be closed beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday, November 25 through Friday, November 27 in observance of Thanksgiving. We will reopen Saturday, November 28 at 10 a.m.

Posted on: November 2, 2015

Adult Winter Reading - The Book Was Better

Adult Winter Reading - The Book Was Better

Beginning Monday, November 30, adults can pick up a reading log and read for a chance to win gift cards. The gift cards include Amazon, Alamo Drafthouse, and other area businesses. We will also have a weekly trivia question pertaining to literary/movie ...Read on...

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Posted on: November 25, 2015

Allen Rotary Christmas Parade - Sunday, December 6

Allen Rotary Christmas Parade

Due to the Allen Rotary Christmas Parade, Allen Police will close all streets to and from the library from 1-4 p.m. Please do not park in the Library parking lots or on Coats Dr. You will not be able to leave until after 4 p.m.Read on...

Posted on: November 25, 2015

Holiday Movie Special

It's a Wonderful Life

Join us for a special showing of Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life," starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed.

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Posted on: November 18, 2015

Holiday Hours and Closures

Holiday Closures

Many City facilities will close or observe limited hours during the Thanksgiving holiday. For questions about schedules not listed below, please contact the facility directly.

• Allen Community Ice Rink: closed Thursday, Nov. 26
• Allen Event Center B...Read on...

Posted on: November 18, 2015

Help Us Shape the Future of Public Art in Allen

Public Art

Public art is important to the life of many cities throughout the country, including Allen. In 2005, the City of Allen adopted a public art master plan, launching a public art program which has commissioned artwork throughout the community. As the program...Read on...

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Posted on: November 16, 2015

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Dec. 4

Christmas Tree Lighting

Tis the season for the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting! Join the City of Allen for the grand lighting of its 35-foot Christmas tree featuring more than 20,000 lights. Expect surprises, live entertainment and even a visit from Santa and his elves at Allen C...Read on...

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Posted on: November 10, 2015

Top 13 Holiday Happenings in Allen

Holiday Happenings in Allen

There are many upcoming opportunities to get into the spirit of the holiday season in Allen. For many residents, the season is officially upon us once we light the 35-foot Christmas tree at Allen Civic Plaza, Friday, Dec. 4. The next morning, holiday chee...Read on...

Posted on: November 2, 2015

Register for this year's Rudolph Run on December 5

Rudolph Run 2015

This year's Rudolph Run will take place on Saturday, December 5. The Rudolph Run is one of Allen's most exciting holiday 5K's which takes place on Main Street located in downtown Allen. The event begins with a non-competitive one-mile run and concludes w...Read on...

Race Details
Posted on: July 21, 2015

Hillside Park has a Fresh New Look

Hillside Park

After a complete demolition, Hillside Park renovations are complete. The new park has a much larger playground that includes two bays of swings, a 2-5 play unit, and a 5-12 unit. Be sure to check out the Hot Wheels track on the 2-5 unit and climb your way...Read on...

Parks Directory
Posted on: July 17, 2015

The Fall Recreation Guide is Now Available

Fall Recreation Guide

Be sure to check out the new Fall Allen Parks and Recreation guide! Resident registration begins August 10 and non-resident registration begins August 12. Pick up a hard copy at your favorite recreation facility beginning July 27. Don't want to leave the ...Read on...

Fall Recreation Guide
Posted on: March 27, 2015

Annual Parks Maintenance Schedule


As part of the Allen Parks and Recreation Department’s annually scheduled maintenance, various facilities are closed throughout the year in order to work on equipment, deep clean, touch up paint and to complete various projects as needed. Each facility ha...Read on...

Posted on: September 25, 2015

2016 Facility Holiday Closures

2016 Recreation Facility Closures

May 30, 2016 – Memorial Day
Closed: Joe Farmer Recreation Center, The Visitor Center, Allen Senior Recreation CenterOpen modified hours:
Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium 1 – 6 p.m.

Open: The Edge Skate Park
Ford Pool

June 25, 2016 – Market Street ...Read on...

Posted on: September 15, 2015

Allen Parks and Recreation Among Top Finalists for the Gold Medal Award

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For the third consecutive year, the City of Allen’s Parks and Recreation Department was among the top four finalists for the Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management awarded by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administ...Read on...

Posted on: November 12, 2014

Orchards Park Construction Concept


Orchards Park is an undeveloped Neighborhood Park located east of Malone Road on Lake Travis Drive north of Bethany Drive and south of Main Street. The property is approximately six acres in size and is bordered by single family residential. The concept p...Read on...

Images of Concept

Posted on: November 23, 2015

Safeguard Your Shopping with Tips from Allen Police


Before the holiday shopping blitz begins, the Allen Police Department wants you to review your safety game plan.

• Park in well-lit areas.
• Walk near the middle of parking aisles, away from vehicles.• Have your keys in hand when approaching your ve...Read on...

Visit APD's Facebook page for tips and alerts.
Posted on: November 20, 2015

Identity Theft Victims Find Help from Allen PD


From hacked bank accounts to fake tax returns, Allen residents now have an easier way to report cases of identity theft. Instead of completing a hand-written form and returning it to police headquarters, victims can now fill out the Identity Theft Witness...Read on...

View witness statement and tips for prevention.
Posted on: November 12, 2015

Don’t End the Holidays Before They Begin – Drive Sober or Don’t Drive.

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Allen Police want to remind you to while you may think you’re sober enough to drive, alcohol effects your judgment and it is not worth the risk to either yourself or the unsuspecting drivers on the road with you. An average person metabolizes only one dri...Read on...
Posted on: October 29, 2015

Allen Police Offer New Resource for Residents with Special Needs


Allen Police have launched a new program, called Project H.O.M.E., to help first responders identify children or adults who are unable to communicate their names or addresses due to a cognitive impairment. This includes individuals with autism, dementia, ...Read on...

Posted on: October 15, 2015

Paint for Paws Mural Contest Now Open


Use your creativity to help transform the Allen Animal Shelter! Enter your mural or color palette ideas in the City’s Paint for Paws contest. Winners will receive community recognition and tickets to an Allen Americans hockey game.

Contestants must sub...Read on...

Download official entry form