Posted on: May 27, 2016

Open Skate Times at Allen Community Ice Rink


There's no better way to beat the heat this summer than by hitting the ice at Allen Community Ice Rink.

Open skate hours are offered daily throughout week. Admission is $5 and skate rentals are $3.

Click here for summer open skate hours.Read on...

Learn more about Allen Community Ice Rink

Posted on: June 29, 2016

Center-Link Newsletter for July/August Now Available


The July/August edition of the Center-Link newsletter, which is Allen Senior Recreation Center's event guide, is now available at the facility and online.

The facility's upcoming diverse programming includes educational opportunities, fun games and fit...Read on...

Learn more about Allen Senior Recreation Center.
Posted on: March 18, 2016

Allen Senior Recreation Center Helping Members Earn Citizenship


The Allen Senior Recreation Center established a program in 2015 to help members earn U.S. citizenship.

The 12-week complimentary course teaches American history and government while improving participants' English communication skills in preparation ...Read on...

Posted on: June 29, 2016

Allen Renews Juvenile Curfew


A reminder to Allen teens (and parents): the city has a curfew, and it’s not going away any time soon.

Allen’s curfew ordinance states that juveniles (ages ten through sixteen) may not remain in a public place or on the premises of any establishment af...Read on...

Read the full ordinance.
Posted on: June 29, 2016

Dallas Sidekicks Moving Offices to Allen Event Center


The Dallas Sidekicks will begin their fifth season in Allen with a new office space.

The team, which plays in the Major Arena Soccer League, is entering a new lease agreement with the City of Allen. In addition to hosting home games at Allen Event Cent...Read on...

See what else is happening at Allen Event Center.
Posted on: June 29, 2016

Independence Day Hours


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

• Allen Animal Shelter: Closed July 4

• Allen Community Ice...Read on...

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Posted on: June 16, 2016

Allen Teen Wins Award for Cemetery Restoration


Keep Allen Beautiful volunteer Mason Gray Moon has earned statewide recognition for restoring hundreds of headstones at the historic Allen Cemetery.

Moon, pictured on the far right, researched headstone restoration techniques used by groundskeepers at ...Read on...

Posted on: June 3, 2016

15 Ways to Banish the Words “I’m Bored”


School’s out and we’re ready with an arsenal of ideas. Check out our list of activities to help fill out your summer schedule.

1. Play in the splash pad at Celebration Park. Just remember, the park is closed on Wednesdays for maintenance.

2. Kick ba...Read on...

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Posted on: May 31, 2016

DRN Expanding Hours, Summer Programming


This summer, Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium is expanding hours and programming, offering a range of opportunities to spend time in the water.

Open Swim Hours
Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium will have new open swim hours throughout the week from June through Augu...
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Posted on: April 25, 2016

'Youth Group Night' Happening at Natatorium


Youth groups will have an opportunity to swim, socialize and float the Lazy River at the Natatorium.

A "Youth Group Night" is happening at 6:30 p.m. on July 31 at the Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium.

The fee includes a meal (hot dog, chips and a drink), a...Read on...

Posted on: June 16, 2016

Working Outdoors? Know the Signs of Heat Illness


Your body temperature can rise to dangerous levels if you don't drink enough water and rest in the shade. Follow these tips from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) to keep yourself and outdoor workers safe.

• Drink water every 15 mi...Read on...

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Posted on: June 24, 2016

Keep Allen Beautiful wins $270K Achievement Award


The City of Allen will receive more than a quarter of a million dollars to fund a highway landscaping project, thanks to the work of Keep Allen Beautiful (KAB).

Allen was honored with the Governor’s Community Achievement Award during the Keep Texas Bea...Read on...

Posted on: June 10, 2016

Closed for Independence Day

closed for Independence Day

The Library will be closed Sunday, July 3 and Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. We will reopen Tuesday, July 5 at 10 a.m. No items will be due on the closed days.

Posted on: May 24, 2016

Puzzles at Nine Band Brewing Co.

jigsaw puzzles at Nine Band Brewing Co.

Exercise your mind at Allen's own Nine Band Brewing Co., located at 9 Prestige Circle. The Library is providing jigsaw puzzles to the brewery so if you need a break between books, head on over! Puzzles will be available for the months of June and July.Read on...

Posted on: June 10, 2016

Attend a program and win a prize!

prizes for programs

For the months of June and July, attend an adult program and enter for a chance to win a gift card to one of four local restaurants! One entry per person per program. Auditorium programs are not included in the drawing. Questions? Call 214-509-4905 or...Read on...

Posted on: May 17, 2016

Next Reads

Next Reads

Get personalized book recommendations, 3-5 titles, right in your inbox! Just fill out a short form and our skilled librarians will take care of the rest!

Next Reads
Posted on: June 30, 2016

Library Stories Needed

Allen Public Library

To celebrate the Allen Public Library’s 50th anniversary, a film documentary is being produced regarding the library’s legacy in our community. If you raised your children in Allen during the 1970s, 80s, or 90s, the accounts of how the library impacted t...Read on...


Posted on: June 29, 2016

Parks & Recreation Facility Schedules for July 4


Several Parks & Recreation facilities will be closed or have adjusted scheduling in observance of the Fourth of July holiday.

Allen Community Ice Rink
July 4 Schedule:
Freestyle: 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Open Skate: 1 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Parent-Child Stick Time:...

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Posted on: May 13, 2016

Allen Parks & Recreation Announced as Finalist for National Award


The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), has announced Allen Parks & Recreation as a finalist for the 2016 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Pa...Read on...

Posted on: May 26, 2016

Ford Pool Set to Open 2017; DRN Expanding Hours, Summer Programming


After nearly 30 years of use, Ford Pool and the surrounding amenities are being updated. Currently closed for construction, Ford Pool will open for the 2017 summer season.

This summer, Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium is expanding hours and programming, offe...Read on...

Posted on: June 24, 2016

Aggravated Robbery Investigation


Allen Police are investigating an aggravated robbery that occurred at a Subway restaurant on June 23.

At approximately 9:07 p.m., Allen officers to the Subway located at 977 SH 121 in reference to a robbery in progress.

A white male suspect entered ...Read on...

Watch surveillance video.
Posted on: June 14, 2016

Guard Your Home with Tips from Serial Burglar


Michael Shayne Durden spent two decades burglarizing homes in Collin and Dallas counties. Now in jail, he shares tips with homeowners to help safeguard their properties.

In an exclusive interview with Allen Police Sgt. Jon Felty and Allen City TV, Durd...Read on...

Watch full interview.
Posted on: June 2, 2016

Allen K-9 Enjoying Retirement


One of Allen Police Department’s K-9 officers has finally hung up his collar.

Barz, a German shepherd, retired on May 27 after five years on the force. His human colleagues treated him to a retirement party complete with chew toys and a canine-friendly...Read on...

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Posted on: May 31, 2016

Rental Opportunities for Birthdays and Tournaments


Did you know The Edge Skate Park and Visitor Center offers a variety of rental options for your next birthday party or extreme tournament?

Rental opportunities include The Edge @ Allen Station Park, a picnic area with four wooden tables; The Edge Visit...Read on...

Click here for rental details.

Posted on: June 29, 2016

This July, Remember to Water Wisely


It is not always easy to keep your lawn healthy and green in Texas, but there are several watering techniques that can make things a little easier on both your wallet and the environment.

July is the ideal time to learn about water conservation, consid...Read on...

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Posted on: June 2, 2016

To Avoid Overwatering, Do Your Sprinkler Math


Don’t pay for water you don’t need! Figure out how much your sprinkler system uses with a helpful worksheet from the City of Allen Water Conservation.

The digital download breaks down the average water use of various irrigation systems, including spray...Read on...

Download the Sprinkler Math worksheet.