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Impacting Our Community
Impacting Our Community
The National Recreation and Parks Association’s Three Pillars – Conservation, Health & Wellness and Social Equity – are shared values for Allen Parks and Recreation.  The department works to positively impact our community in each of these areas. 

Conservation and environmental stewardship are top departmental priorities. 

2002-2014: Earned the National Arbor Day Foundation's Tree City USA designation

2011: $49,500 solid waste implementation grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to initiate recycling in Allen Station Park 

2012: $35,685 grant from TCEQ to initiate recycling at Allen Event Center.

2013: $5,000 Lowes/Keep America Beautiful grant for the purchase/installation of a greenhouse. 

2014:  $1.3 million from local sales tax revenue to fund artificial turf installation, with significant impact on reducing water consumption. 

The department’s largest event, the Market Street Allen USA Celebration is on the verge of becoming one of the largest zero waste events in the state.    

For more information and resources relating to conservation, please also see:

Community Services: Water Conservation 
Urban Forestry
Migratory bird information and efforts to protect Celebration Park
Keep Allen Beautiful

Health and Wellness
Bringing community partners together to form the Alliance for a Healthier Allen, Allen Parks and Recreation contributes to health and wellness efforts. Working alongside Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, the Allen Independent School District, Allen Community Outreach and Keep Allen Beautiful, Allen Parks and Recreation has helped launch many youth-focused initiatives: Motivate to Move, Bike Rodeo, Walk to School Day, Bike to School Day, Earth Fest, Eagle Run and Walk with a Doc.   

Allen Parks and Recreation has also focused on promoting health and wellness for adult and seniors through its senior center’s diverse offerings, and in 2013 with the opening of Hillside Wellness Park, Allen's first park uniquely geared toward adult exercise and recreation, accessible to all. 

For more information and resources relating to Health & Wellness please also see:

Recreation Facilities 
Parks and Trails Information 

Social Equity
Allen Parks and Recreation offers a number of special programs as well as financial assistance, and taking it further, has brought outreach programs directly into underserved communities.  

Special Programs/Assistance
Allen Parks and Recreation offers Special Needs and Adapted Programming (SNAP) including monthly dances, adapted aquatics, etc. and offers financial assistance through Citizen Assistance for Recreational Experiences (C.A.R.E.). A benefit concert hosted in 2011 raised more than $30,000 for the program. For more information about C.A.R.E., please email Carrie Cessna

Outreach into underserved communities, offering free swimming lessons in the pools of area apartment complexes began in 2013, protecting young families from drowning deaths. Additionally, Parks and Recreation has coordinated via Allen Senior Recreation Center the award-winning volunteer literacy effort, Read to Reed.
For more information and resources relating to Social Equity, please also see:

Special Needs and Adapted Programming

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