Posted on: August 18, 2016

"Back to School Bash" Collects Over 100 Donations


Allen Community Ice Rink was packed on August 13 with 150 skaters who wrapped up summer and kicked off the new school year on the ice.

The rink held its annual “Back to School Bash,” which included skating, games and activities, while also collecting o...Read on...

Posted on: August 15, 2016

Open Skate Times at Allen Community Ice Rink


There's no better way to beat the heat 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.

Find out when the rink is available in August 2016 for summer o...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: August 24, 2016

Allen Changes Rules for Solar Panels

solar panels on roof

Allen residents have more options for installing solar panels on their properties, following changes to the city’s land development code.

City council members agreed to allow solar panels on both primary and accessory structures, such as patio covers ...Read on...

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Posted on: August 12, 2016

Allen Introduces Time-Saving Call System

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Need to call the City of Allen? Beginning Aug. 15, you can choose from eight simple options to reach the right person.

Simply dial the City of Allen’s main number (214.509.4100) and choose from eight of our most commonly-contacted departments:

  • Utility...
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Posted on: August 11, 2016

Public Hearings to Focus on Budget, Property Taxes

budget blueprint 2016-2017

Allen residents can weigh in on the City’s proposed tax rate and budget during two upcoming public hearings.

The proposed tax rate of $0.520 per $100 is a reduction in the current property tax rate of $0.530 per $100. Despite the lowered rate, a combi...Read on...

See the budget breakdown.
Posted on: August 15, 2016

Allen Finance Dept Recognized with National Award

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The City of Allen has continued its winning streak, earning a prestigious national finance award for the seventeenth year in a row.

The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) awarded the city with the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for...Read on...

Learn more about Allen's budget.
Posted on: August 5, 2016

Allen Earns Highest Possible Bond Rating

Moody's logo over photo of Allen City Hall

Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded the City of Allen’s bond rating to Aaa from Aa1, reflecting its strong fiscal management and the steady growth of its tax base. The upgrade will provide significant savings to Allen taxpayers by qualifying the city f...Read on...

Posted on: July 28, 2016

Allen Opposes Proposed Transmission Line

electric transmission line

A plan to install electric transmissions lines near SH 121 in Allen is being met with strong opposition from City Council.

On July 26 council members adopted a resolution opposing the Kittyhawk Transmission Line and Substation project proposed by Brazo...Read on...

Get project details or contact Brazos.

Posted on: August 25, 2016

Mayor Terrell Receives North Texas Recycling Award

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Allen Mayor Stephen Terrell has been recognized with the 2016 GR3een Elected Official award, presented by the North Texas Corporate Recycling Association (NTCRA). The award recognizes efforts of North Texas businesses, governments, colleges and individual...Read on...

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Posted on: August 1, 2016

Find Free Products at the Chemical Reuse Center


Are you in need of some household cleaners, pool chemicals or paint? Stop by the Allen Chemical Reuse Center to check out all of our free stuff!

ACRC is available to all residents of Allen and Plano age 18 years and older. You must show a photo ID with...Read on...

Learn more about HHW service in Allen.

Posted on: August 26, 2016

Leisure Pool Closed Until 1 p.m. Saturday, August 27 for Cleaning


Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium's Leisure Pool, Hot Tub and Slide are temporarily closed for cleaning but are expected to reopen Saturday, August 27 after 1 p.m.

Morning aquatic classes in the leisure pool have been canceled.

Please call the Natatorium a...Read on...

Posted on: August 24, 2016

Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium Closing for Cleaning Sept. 6-11


As part of the Allen Parks & 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.

Don Rodenba...Read on...

Posted on: August 15, 2016

Bullet Journals

bullet journal instructions

Are you interested in organizing your life in a fun and creative way? Did you miss our Bullet Journals program? If so, the instructions are available on our website so you can get started! Just look under the "Programs Revisited" tab on the A...Read on...

Bullet Journal Instructions
Posted on: August 15, 2016

Library Closed for Labor Day

Closed for Labor Day

The Library will be closed Sunday, September 4 and Monday, September 5 in observance of Labor Day. We will reopen Tuesday, September 6 at 10 a.m. No items will be due on the closed days.

Posted on: August 15, 2016

Library Closed for Staff Training

Library Closed for Staff Training

The Library will be closed Friday, September 9 for staff training. We will reopen Saturday, September 10 at 10 a.m.

Posted on: August 17, 2016

Let's Talk Dewey

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If you haven't noticed, there's a new book club in town! This isn't your run of the mill book club. Let's Talk Dewey is a non-fiction book club where we select the topic and you select a book to read within that topic. We'll let you come to the discuss...Read on...

Find out more!
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: August 24, 2016

'Farewell to Summer' Concert at Allen Civic Plaza


Allen is bidding adieu to another great summer by hosting a special Summer Sounds Concert Series event.

The Allen Philharmonic Orchestra and Symphony Chorus will be putting on a "Farewell to Summer" performance followed by a fireworks finale ...Read on...

Posted on: July 29, 2016

Parks and Recreation Department Wins State Event Awards


The City of Allen Parks and Recreation Department received three first-place and two second-place honors during the marketing awards competition at the annual Texas Festivals and Events Association (TFEA) Conference in Corpus Christi on Saturday, July 23,...Read on...

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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 i...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: August 26, 2016

Next Rape Aggression Defense Course Begins Soon

rape aggression defense course

Join Allen Police beginning Sept. 6 for the next Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) course for women. The purpose of the RAD program is to develop and enhance the options of self defense, so they may become viable considerations to the woman who is attacked.
...Read on...

Download registration form.
Posted on: August 24, 2016

New Gear Offers More Protection from Active Shooters

police officers wearing bullet proof vests

The City of Allen will purchase specialized gear to protect police officers from active shooters.

City council members approved the $75,000 expense during the Aug. 23 meeting. The new gear will include 100 steel vests and Kevlar helmets along with face...Read on...

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Posted on: August 19, 2016

IRS Scam Callers on the Rise - Hang UP then Report IT!

irs scam alert

Allen Police warn residents that IRS impersonators have changed their tactics in order to trick people into sending payment to iTunes and other types of gift cards. It's a scam - do not give them any information, hang up, then report the crime.

TIGTA (...Read on...

IRS Impersonation Scam Update
Posted on: August 19, 2016

Do You Know When to Stop for a School Bus?

school bus traffic infographic

Texas law requires drivers to stop when a school bus is stopped and operating a visual signal. But many drivers are confused about when the law applies.

According to Texas statute, a driver – traveling in either direction – must stop when approaching a...Read on...

See and share the infographic.

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...

Posted on: August 1, 2016

Monitor Soil Around Your Foundation


The North Texas Municipal Water District has an important message about checking the moisture around your home's foundation. Despite occasional showers over the past few weeks, the soil around many homes in North Texas is beginning to dry out, and in some...Read on...

North Texas Municipal Water District website.