Posted on: July 1, 2016

Learn to Skate at Allen Community Ice Rink

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Allen Community Ice Rink offers a comprehensive Learn to Skate program for all ages and abilities.

Group lessons are a fun way to learn skating basics or improve your skills. From tots taking their first steps to adults returning to the ice, the Allen...Read on...


Posted on: June 29, 2016

Center-Link Newsletter for July/August Now Available

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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

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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: July 25, 2016

Allen #2 Safest Large City in Texas

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A review of FBI crime data ranks Allen as one of the safest cities in the state. According to personal finance site ValuePenguin, Allen ranks #2 among Texas cities with a population of 50,000 or more.

The rankings use data from the 2014 FBI crime stati...Read on...

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Posted on: July 19, 2016

Make a Difference on a City Board or Commission

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The City of Allen is now accepting applications for its boards, commissions and committees. These entities advise the City Council on a variety of issues, ranging from animal shelter operations to zoning recommendations. The majority of appointments are f...Read on...

Get more details and download the application.
Posted on: July 18, 2016

Allen Ranks High in Best Cities for First-Time Home Buyers

7th best city for first time home buyers

Allen has been named 2016’s 7th Best Small City for First-Time Home Buyers in a recent study from the personal finance outlet WalletHub.com. WalletHub’s analysts reviewed data from housing affordability to real-estate tax rate to property-crime rate. Alle...Read on...

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Posted on: July 14, 2016

Two Developments Will Add 113 New Homes in Allen

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City council members have approved the development of two new Allen neighborhoods.

Connemara Crossing will add 78 homes to the northeast corner of Bethany Drive and Alma Drive. The property was previously zoned for a denser, mixed-use development.

B...Read on...

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Posted on: July 14, 2016

New 55+ Community Coming to Allen

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A zoning change has paved the way for a new senior living facility on the northwest corner of Main Street and Fountain Gate Drive.

Fountain Gate Senior Living will offer 92 independent residential units divided among 13 single-story buildings. The prop...Read on...

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Posted on: July 13, 2016

Financing Saves Allen Millions

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The City of Allen will save approximately $5.1 million on interest payments and get a head start on projects thanks to innovative financing.

Similar to the process of refinancing a home, the City will take advantage of lower interest rates on both Gene...Read on...

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Posted on: July 6, 2016

Allen Is the 4th Best Texas City for Families

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With high scores in the areas of family life and fun, education, health and safety, affordability, and socioeconomic environment, Allen ranked #4 in the state.

The ranking, assembled by personal finance website WalletHub, compared 112 of Texas' largest...Read on...

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Posted on: July 7, 2016

Zoning Change Allows for More Living Space

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Renters will soon have a new reason to search for apartments in Allen.

Allen City Council voted to change the zoning of property on Andrews Parkway from light industrial to multi-family residential during the June 28 meeting. This change opens the way...Read on...

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Posted on: June 3, 2016

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

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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

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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: July 25, 2016

Fire Station #2 Nears Completion

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Crews are finishing the reconstruction of Allen’s oldest operating fire station.

After nearly 35 years in operation, Fire Station #2 required major enhancements to accommodate larger fire equipment. The reconstructed station will offer an additional eq...Read on...

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Posted on: July 1, 2016

July Gym Calendar for Joe Farmer Recreation Center

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Joe Farmer Recreation Center's schedule is full of sports, camps and other activities throughout the month of July.

Check out the facility's July gym calendar to find out more.Read on...


Posted on: June 24, 2016

Keep Allen Beautiful wins $270K Achievement Award

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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: May 24, 2016

Puzzles at Nine Band Brewing Co.

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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!

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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...

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Posted on: May 17, 2016

Next Reads

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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

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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...

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Posted on: July 21, 2016

Vandalism Closes Cottonwood Creek Greenbelt Section

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Due to vandalism, Allen Parks and Recreation has temporarily closed a forested section of the Cottonwood Creek Greenbelt to promote vegetation growth in order to restore the natural space.

A fence is being placed around the vandalized greenbelt section...Read on...

Posted on: July 13, 2016

Have a Super-Powered July with Allen Parks & Recreation

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Get ready to discover your super powers this July with Allen Parks & Recreation and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).

Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. Created by NRPA, Park ...Read on...

Learn more about Park and Recreation month.
Posted on: July 7, 2016

Old Stone Dam Closed For Construction

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The Old Stone Dam and Historic Water Station sites are closed to the public while construction in the area is underway. Signage and barriers currently mark the area that is closed. Construction is expected to be completed by August.

Construction includ...Read on...

Posted on: May 13, 2016

Allen Parks & Recreation Announced as Finalist for National Award

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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

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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: July 21, 2016

Apply Now for the Citizens Police Academy

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The next Citizens Police Academy will begin on Thursday, Sep. 8. During the 12-week course, participants learn about topics ranging from criminal law and patrol tactics to use of force. The group may also take field trips to facilities such as the Collin ...Read on...

Download application.
Posted on: July 11, 2016

3 Things to Know about Door-to-Door Solicitors

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The next time a solicitor knocks on your door, here are some things to keep in mind.

1) Look outside before answering.

If you don’t know the person, it’s okay to speak to them through the locked door or ignore them altogether. Allen Police do ...Read on...

Learn more about solicitor’s permits.
Posted on: June 14, 2016

Guard Your Home with Tips from Serial Burglar

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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: May 31, 2016

Rental Opportunities for Birthdays and Tournaments

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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

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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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