Posted on: March 10, 2017

Easter Open Skate

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Enjoy fun activities and get your picture with the Easter Bunny at Allen Community Ice Rink!

An Easter Open Skate is being held from 1 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 16.

Open to all ages, the event has a $5 entrance, and skate rentals are $3. Those who bring a non...

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Posted on: February 22, 2017

Center-Link Newsletter for March/April Now Available

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The March/April 2017 edition of the Center-Link newsletter, which is Allen Senior Recreation Center's events guide, is now available. 

The facility's upcoming diverse programming includes educational opportunities, fun games and fitness ...

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Posted on: March 22, 2017

Learn About "2018 Shades of Ireland" Trip

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Learn about a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to tour Ireland and celebrate St. Patrick's Day while you are there!

Allen Senior Recreation Center is having an informational meeting and slideshow presentation at 10:30 a.m. May 11 for its "2018 Shades of...

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Posted on: March 16, 2017

Permits Approved for Two Allen Businesses

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Development will soon begin on an auto tint shop and fitness center, following approval by Allen City Council.

North Dallas Auto Tint will join an existing shopping center located along US 75, just south of Allen Drive. Because the business is categorized ...

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Posted on: March 15, 2017

Record-breaking Year for Allen Public Library

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More than 1.1 million materials were checked out from Allen Public Library last year, one of several incredible records.

Library staff welcomed more than 378,000 visitors and provided library cards to 6,264 new patrons, according to a report presented to A...

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Posted on: March 13, 2017

Grant Funding Available through Tax on Hotel Rooms

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Does your organization attract tourists to Allen? If so, you might be eligible to apply for the 2017 Allen Hotel Occupancy Tax Grant. Applications will be accepted April 3-28.

The Texas Tax Code authorizes the City of Allen to impose a local hotel occupanc...

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Posted on: March 6, 2017

Allen Honors Employees for Serving with P.R.I.D.E.

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Five employees were recognized for their exceptional service, dedication and integrity during the City of Allen’s annual P.R.I.D.E. Awards. The program honors employees who put people first, treat others with respect, demonstrate integrity, deli...

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Posted on: March 13, 2017

Annual Chlorine Maintenance Could Affect Taste, Smell of Water

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The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) has scheduled a free chlorine maintenance on the NTMWD Wylie water transmission system and customers’ distribution systems from March 15 to April 10. The free chlorine maintenance does not affect water qual...

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Learn more about water quality in Allen.
Posted on: March 3, 2017

#AllenHashtagAlong Talks Trash

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Residents are getting an exclusive look inside Allen's waste management services via the City's Twitter account.

The feature, dubbed #AllenHashtagAlong, highlights a different City department each month. By following @CityofAllenTX, residents can...

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Missed it on Twitter? Catch a wrap-up on Storify.

Posted on: February 20, 2017

Change to General Admission Policy

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Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium has changed its general admission policy, which goes into effect in March.

Beginning on March 1, only Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium members and punch card holders will be able to use the pool area outside of open swim hours.

Those with...

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Posted on: March 7, 2017

Avoid Poison Scares with these 5 Tips

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Potential poisons include more than just insecticides or cleaning supplies – and it’s not just small children who are at risk!

Almost anything can be poisonous if used in the wrong way, in the wrong amount, or by the wrong person. This includes arts and cr...

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Posted on: February 27, 2017

How it’s Made: Allen Fire Truck

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Have you ever wondered where fire trucks come from? The Allen Fire Department recently traveled to Wisconsin to inspect its custom 105’ ladder truck before bringing it back to Texas. Along the way they toured a fire truck factory and learned abo...

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Posted on: March 3, 2017

Ford Pool Fees Updated

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Admission fees are changing at Allen’s newly-renovated community pool.

Ford Pool will open on Memorial Day weekend following a $3.6 million renovation. The new pool features a 20-foot slide, play structure, bucket tower, zero-depth entry and six lap ...

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Posted on: January 10, 2017

Saturday Night Social Program for Students

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Saturday Night Rec-N-Roll is back at Joe Farmer Recreation Center, providing a fun, safe, social program for students in grades 3-6.

Nightly activities include gym games, dance music by a DJ, bounce houses, dodgeball, pool, table tennis, theme nights and c...

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Posted on: February 1, 2017

CANCELED: Outdoor Adventure Fest

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Update (March 21, 2017): This event has been canceled. For more information, please call 214.509.4750.

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Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast or novice, Outdoor Adventure Fest is for you!

You and your family will learn and enjoy new...

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Posted on: March 14, 2017

Start Spring Cleaning Now!

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Clean out your closets, clear out the garage and get ready for the Great American Cleanup on Saturday, April 15.

This massive cleanup event gives Allen utility customers an opportunity to dispose or donate nearly anything. Volunteers will help unload all a...

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View event flyer with map of collection stations.
Posted on: March 9, 2017

Beautification by the Numbers

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Keep Allen Beautiful collected 131 tons of litter and recyclables in 2016 – that’s roughly the same weight as fifty Ford 150 pickup trucks!

Dr. Susan Ponder, chair of the Keep Allen Beautiful (KAB) board, reported on the organization’...

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Get involved with Keep Allen Beautiful.

Posted on: March 16, 2017

Thank You for Helping the ACO Food Pantry!

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During our annual Food for Fines drive, we collected 1381 pounds of much needed food and cleared $1338.87 in fines!  Thank you!

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Posted on: February 7, 2017

ALLen Reads is 10!

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For the 10th year, Allen joins cities across the country participating in a community "One Book" project that involves everyone reading and discussing the same book.  The 2017 selection is brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson.  The comp...

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Posted on: March 9, 2017

What We're Reading

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We offer three different types book discussion groups that cater to all interests.  Find the group that's right for you and join us for a discussion!

Here's what we're reading in April:

Wednesday, April 5 - Noontime Pageturners - People of the Book by ...

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Posted on: March 9, 2017

Explore France

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Join us throughout April as we explore France through food and film:

Tuesday, March 28 - Armchair Travelers visit Provence; ages 16+

Saturday, April 1 - Saturday Cinema - Chocolat ; ages 18+

Tuesday, April 4 - Culinary Cinema - The Hundred Foot Journey

Tuesda...

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Posted on: January 10, 2017

Saturday Night Social Program for Students

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Saturday Night Rec-N-Roll is back at Joe Farmer Recreation Center, providing a fun, safe, social program for students in grades 3-6.

Nightly activities include gym games, dance music by a DJ, bounce houses, dodgeball, pool, table tennis, theme nights and c...

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Posted on: March 3, 2017

Ford Pool Fees Updated

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Admission fees are changing at Allen’s newly-renovated community pool.

Ford Pool will open on Memorial Day weekend following a $3.6 million renovation. The new pool features a 20-foot slide, play structure, bucket tower, zero-depth entry and six lap ...

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Posted on: March 3, 2017

PARD Manager Wins Young Professional Award

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The Allen Parks and Recreation Department’s recreation services manager, Travis Cunniff, was honored with the 2017 Jerry D. Garrett Memorial Young Professional Award by the Texas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS).

The Young Professional Award annua...

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Posted on: March 10, 2017

Two PARD Staff Graduate Leadership Academy

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Two Allen Parks and Recreation staff members were recognized by the Texas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS) for graduating from a leadership development program.

Billy Diaz, Youth Programs Supervisor at The Edge Skate Park and Visitor Center, and Heidi M...

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Posted on: March 6, 2017

Allen Historic Water Station Receives Award

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Preservation Texas presented the City of Allen with an Honor Award for restoration efforts on the Allen Historic Water Station, during the 2017 Preservation Texas Summit held in February in Waco.

Honor Awards recognize successful efforts to save endangered...

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Posted on: February 24, 2017

Security Cameras Installed Near Old Stone Dam

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Three security cameras have been installed throughout the Historic Water Station and Old Stone Dam site within Allen Station Park.

Mounted to poles, the cameras are solar powered and provide 24-hour video surveillance of the area. With video recording capa...

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Posted on: February 20, 2017

Change to General Admission Policy

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Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium has changed its general admission policy, which goes into effect in March.

Beginning on March 1, only Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium members and punch card holders will be able to use the pool area outside of open swim hours.

Those with...

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Posted on: January 18, 2017

Recycling Grant Awarded for New Park

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The City of Allen Parks and Recreation Department received a $29,385 grant from the North Central Texas Council of Governments through funding from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to begin a recycling program in its newest park located at th...

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Posted on: March 14, 2017

Allen Police Warn of Wallet Thieves

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Allen Police are working to stop a series of wallet thefts. Investigators say three people work together to distract victims, then remove their wallet from an open or unsecured purse.

Immediately after stealing the wallets, the victims’ credit or...

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Posted on: March 3, 2017

Should You Help a Loved One Enroll in Project H.O.M.E.?

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Allen Police launched 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, Alzheimer’s, Down ...

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Posted on: December 9, 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 Visitor C...

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Posted on: March 1, 2017

Save Water (and Cash!) by Looking for Leaks

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Are you ready to chase down leaks? Household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide, so each year we hunt down the drips during Fix a Leak Week.

To check for leaks in your home, you first need to determine whether you're ...

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Learn more about identifying household water leaks
Posted on: February 2, 2017

Register for the Sustainable Landscape Series this Spring

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Do you love gardening and want to be more successful at it? The City of Allen’s Water Conservation Division offers you sure-fire ways to achieve your goals in the garden.

The workshop Native & Adaptive Plants teaches you the best plants to put in you...

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