Posted on: April 29, 2016

Celebrate Your Youngster's Birthday at Allen Community Ice Rink


Looking for a fun and memorable birthday party for your youngster?

Enjoy the coolest party atmosphere for your child's next birthday party by having it at Allen Community Ice Rink.

There are three packages to choose from, which include skate rental...Read on...

Posted on: April 25, 2016

Center-Link Guide Connects Members to Allen Senior Recreation Center

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The Allen Senior Recreation Center has created a new events guide called the "Center-Link," helping link members to activities happening at the center.

The current guide is for May/June 2016 and includes a variety upcoming events, such as pet education...Read on...

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: May 5, 2016

Election Day is Saturday, May 7


Allen residents will cast their ballots this weekend in the city's general, bond and special local option election.

This election includes propositions to fund $93.15 in capital improvements through bonds. Projects include a library expansion, new recr...Read on...

Posted on: May 5, 2016

Top 3 Reasons Allen Loves Tourists


May 8-14 is National Tourism Week and Allen has a lot of reasons to celebrate. At a tourism rally held by the Allen Convention and Visitors Bureau on May 10, speaker Michael Woody recognized Allen’s destination partners for their major contributions to th...Read on...

See why tourists love Allen.
Posted on: May 4, 2016

Plans for New Convention Center Get Even Bigger


Developers are expanding the footprint of Allen’s first four-star hotel and convention center. Allen city council members agreed to contribute economic incentives to build 10,000 additional square feet at the Convention Center at Watters Creek. This allow...Read on...

Posted on: May 4, 2016

May is Building Safety Month


This month Allen recognizes the employees who inspect our buildings and help protect lives and property.

The city’s Building and Code Division is responsible for examining the construction or remodeling of businesses, homes, swimming pools and other st...Read on...

Learn more about Allen’s building inspectors.
Posted on: April 28, 2016

Preview Allen’s Plan for Public Art


After a decade of community enhancements, Allen’s next Public Art Master Plan reveals the city’s strategy for future works. Allen Parks and Recreation staff presented the plan during the city council workshop on April 26.

The plan calls for a new appro...Read on...

See how public art has transformed Allen.
Posted on: April 27, 2016

Outlet Mall to Add More Stores, Parking


A zoning change has paved the way for more shopping, parking and dining options at Allen Premium Outlets.The 69-acre site is located along US 75 and Stacy Road.

Developer Simon Property Group plans to add more parking, free-standing restaurants and hot...Read on...

Posted on: April 14, 2016

Regional Transportation Input Opportunity


The North Central Texas Council of Governments is soliciting public input on regional transportation decisions. Information is posted online at for public review and comment through May 10, 2016.

To request printed copies of the i...Read on...

Posted on: April 4, 2016

Proposed Bond Funding Would Expand Allen’s Public Art

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Allen will add to its public art collection if voters approve $1.77 million in bond funding during the May 7 election. The funds would enhance public projects by incorporating specific artwork, sculpture or architectural elements.

Allen uses public art...Read on...

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Posted on: March 24, 2016

New Streets, Road Improvements Included in May 7 Bond Package

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Allen will invest $23.9 million in new streets and road improvements if voters approve bond funding in the May 7 election.

The biggest portion of that funding would pay for the extension of Ridgeview Drive from Cottonwood Creek to US 75. The project’s ...Read on...

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Posted on: February 10, 2016

City Bond Election Set for May 7

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Allen residents will have the opportunity to vote on the next series of capital improvement projects at an upcoming bond election, set for May 7. The City of Allen’s bond package includes $93.15 million in capital improvement projects, including a library...Read on...

View project details.

Posted on: April 29, 2016

Allen Cleanup Event Diverts 111K Lbs. from Landfill


More than 1,500 Allen residents took part in the Great American Cleanup on April 16. The city’s largest annual cleanup event diverted more than 111,346 lbs. of reusable or recyclable materials from the landfill, including 20,380 lbs. of shredded paper, 50...Read on...

Posted on: April 25, 2016

Promote Water Safety and Be Part of Guinness Book of World Records


Here's a chance to be part of the Guinness Book of World Records while promoting water safety.

The Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium will be participating in the World's Largest Swim lesson at 10 a.m. on June 24 along with other facilities around the globe. La...Read on...

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: May 4, 2016

Allen Poised to Join Regional 911 District


City council members are reacting to a change in state law which allows cities like Allen to more directly manage regional 911 fees.

Currently every Texas phone customer pays a $0.50 fee for 911 services. This money is held by the state until the legis...Read on...

Posted on: March 28, 2016

Proposed Bond Funding Would Cover New Fire Station, Remodeling

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If voters approve, the Allen Fire Department will use bond funds to add a new fire station and remodel an aging facility. The $24.4 million bond proposal calls for the expansion and repair of Central Fire Station, the construction of Fire Station #6, and ...Read on...

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Posted on: April 25, 2016

Registration Open for '2016 Youth Fishing Derby'

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Youth will have the chance to go fishing for free and win prizes right here in Allen!

The 2016 Youth Fishing Derby for ages 2-16 years is being held from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 7 at Joe Farmer Recreation Center.

Prizes will be aw...Read on...

Posted on: April 25, 2016

Popular 'Summer Sounds Concert Series' Returning to Joe Farmer Recreation Center

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What could be better after a long Monday than spending the evening with family and friends over a picnic dinner on the lush fresh grass of the Joe Farmer Recreation Center Amphitheatre, enjoying live music filtering through the evening air?

The Allen P...Read on...

Posted on: March 16, 2016

Allen Bond Election Includes Plan for Library Expansion

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Voters will decide whether to approve a $16 million expansion of Allen Public Library during the City’s bond election on May 7. The project would add up to 45,000 square feet and 260 additional parking spaces.

The expansion would feature a children’s p...Read on...

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Posted on: April 21, 2016

Looking for your next good book?

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Has it been a while since you've read a book? Don't know what to read next? See what's on the bookshelf! Our 'On the Bookshelf' page is full of resources to help you find your next great read!

Your Next Good Book

Posted on: May 6, 2016

Sections of Cottonwood Creek Trail Closed for Replacement

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Sections of Cottonwood Creek Hike & Bike Trail are being replaced as part of the Allen Historic Water Station improvements project.

The section of trail directly beneath Exchange Parkway and a section beside Old Stone Dam are currently closed as they a...Read on...

Posted on: May 4, 2016

Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium Promotes Water Safety Month

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With summer approaching, warmer weather means more opportunities to enjoy water activities, such as swimming, boating and fishing, but special care needs to be taken to avoid accidents that can result in injuries or even drowning.

May is recognized as...Read on...

Posted on: April 20, 2016

Registration Open for '2016 Youth Fishing Derby'


Youth will have the chance to go fishing for free and win prizes right here in Allen!

The 2016 Youth Fishing Derby for ages 2-16 years is being held from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 7 at Joe Farmer Recreation Center.

Prizes will be awarded...Read on...

Posted on: April 29, 2016

Destination Bridge Being Constructed Near Old Stone Dam


Pedestrians will soon have a new way to cross over Cottonwood Creek near the Old Stone Dam.

A destination bridge, connecting Allen's historic water station to the Cottonwood Creek Hike & Bike Trail, is being constructed just south of the Old Stone Dam ...Read on...

Posted on: March 21, 2016

New Parks, Recreation Facility Included in May 7 Bond Election

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The creation of new parks and recreation facilities will be up for a vote during the City’s bond election on May 7. The proposition contains $27 million in parks projects, including a new recreation and athletic center, new and expanded parks, and land ac...Read onAdditional Info......

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Posted on: February 19, 2016

Allen Begins Egret Prevention Efforts


In order to prevent cattle egrets from nesting in Allen, Parks & Recreation staff have started using predatory bird noise-making devices at Celebration Park and Stacy Ridge Park. Activities started earlier this year due to the warmer weather.

Once catt...Read on...

Learn more about egret prevention efforts.

Posted on: April 26, 2016

Allen Police Officer Wins “Spirit of Allen” Award


Office Bob Seklecki was honored for putting service above self at the 2016 Spirit of Allen Awards, hosted by the Allen Fairview Chamber of Commerce.

Awards are given to local residents or employees who show exemplary service and civic pride; put servic...Read on...

Posted on: April 1, 2016

Voters to Decide Funding of Police Firearms Training Center

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Allen Police could enhance their firearms training if voters approve a $24.4 million bond proposal focused on public safety. Officers lost access to a local training range in 2013, forcing them to make a two-hour round-trip to Greenville for mandated prof...Read on...

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Posted on: April 25, 2016

Visitor Center Lock-In to have Dodgeball, Video Games, More


Children ages 8-18 will have the chance to stay up all night playing dodgeball, participating in a video game tournament and enjoying movies and other activities.

The Edge Skate Park and Visitor Center will be having a special "Lock-In" event from 11 p...Read on...

Posted on: April 21, 2016

ISA Scooter Competition Brings High-Flying Fun to The Edge Skate Park

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An international scooter competition recently brought high-flying fun to Allen.

The 2016 ISA (International Scooter Association) Scooter Competition, a Pro-level scooter event, was hosted on April 9 at The Edge Skate Park.

There were three divisions...Read on...

Posted on: April 25, 2016

Take Control of Your Sprinkler System


Confused by your settings? Concerned about repairs? Learn the ins and outs of irrigation during Allen’s three-part series, offered free by the City of Allen Water Conservation.

The series kicks off on April 30 with “Getting to Know Your Sprinkler Syste...Read on...

View classes and register now.