News Flash

Posted on: October 3, 2019

Bat Tests Positive for Rabies

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Allen Animal Control is making neighbors aware of a bat which tested positive for rabies. The bat was found in the backyard of a home on Lehigh Lane in the Shaddock Park neighborhood. One domestic dog was exposed to the bat. It is now being quarantined un...

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Learn what to do if you see wild animals in Allen. Allen Animal Shelter
Posted on: September 16, 2019

See a Coyote or Bobcat? Report it Here

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Allen Animal Control has launched a new tool for tracking wild animal sightings and behavior.

Citizens can use the Online Help Desk or MyAllen App for iOS or Google devices to report sightings of large wild animals, including coyotes and bobcats. The form ...

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View sighting report form. Allen Animal Shelter

News Flash

Posted on: October 4, 2019

Arbor Day Celebration

Arbor Day

Arbor Day is a nationally-celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care.

Join the City of Allen for the annual Arbor Day Celebration happening on Saturday, October 26 from 9 a.m. to noon at Glendover Park!

Tree plantings, educational arts and...

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Allen Community Ice Rink
Posted on: September 23, 2019

Halloween Skate

Summer Open Skate Event

Get in the spirit of Halloween at Allen Community Ice Rink!

A special "Halloween Skate" is being held from 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. on Saturday, October 26 at Allen Community Ice Rink.

There will be candy, raffles and much more. All on-ice particip...

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Allen Community Ice Rink
Posted on: July 19, 2017

Fall 2019 Recreation Guide

Fall 2019 LIFE Guide (Newsflash)

The Fall 2019 edition of Allen Parks and Recreation's LIFE activities guide is now available!

Learn about all of the upcoming programs, classes and special events happening in Allen.

The guide can be viewed online now, and program registration can ...

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Allen Community Ice Rink

News Flash

Posted on: October 14, 2019

November/December 2019 Center-Link Newsletter

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The November/December 2019 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 ga...

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Allen Senior Recreation Center
Posted on: October 4, 2019

Arbor Day Celebration

Arbor Day

Arbor Day is a nationally-celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care.

Join the City of Allen for the annual Arbor Day Celebration happening on Saturday, October 26 from 9 a.m. to noon at Glendover Park!

Tree plantings, educational arts and...

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Allen Senior Recreation Center
Posted on: October 7, 2019

2019 Veterans Day Celebration

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At Allen Senior Recreation Center, Veterans Day is a very special occasion.

A Veterans Day Celebration is being held from 11 a.m. to noon on Friday, November 8 at Allen Senior Recreation.

This celebration is free, open to the public and all ages are invited...

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Allen Senior Recreation Center
Posted on: December 21, 2018

Fall 2019 Recreation Guide

Fall 2019 LIFE Guide (Newsflash)

The Fall 2019 edition of Allen Parks and Recreation's LIFE activities guide is now available!

Learn about all of the upcoming programs, classes and special events happening in Allen.

The guide can be viewed online now, and program registration can ...

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Allen Senior Recreation Center

News Flash

Posted on: October 8, 2019

Do You Feel Connected to Allen?

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Help us serve you better by answering these 17 questions about communication and engagement.

Tell us how you hear about news and events, which topics most interest you and whether you feel involved in your city. Your responses and demographic information w...

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Take the survey now. City of Allen - Headline Updates
Posted on: October 3, 2019

Allen City Television (ACTV) Wins 8 National Awards

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Allen City Television (ACTV) has once again been named among the best municipal television stations in the nation on September 26 when it received the prestigious Overall Excellence in Government Programming award at the National Association of Telecommun...

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City of Allen - Headline Updates

News Flash

Posted on: October 3, 2019

Storm Drains are for Rain!

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Anything you put in a storm drain goes directly into local waterways. Prevent pollution with these tips:

GRASS CLIPPINGS

  • Blow grass clippings from mowing back to grassy areas.
  • Vacuum or rake clippings and place in paper lawn bag for proper disposal.

LEAVES

  • Mul...
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Learn how Allen protects local rivers and streams. Community Services
Posted on: August 7, 2019

Recycle Your Styrofoam!

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Did you know Allen residents can take advantage of nearby collection points for Styrofoam products not accepted in curbside recycling?

Frisco Environmental Collection Center (6616 Walnut Street, Frisco) is open to all, including non-Frisco residents and co...

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Community Services

News Flash

Posted on: October 8, 2019

Dark Side of the Rainbow Dive-In Movie

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Does Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" correspond with "The Wizard of Oz" on purpose? Are the parallels between the two works of art sheer coincidence? 

Decide for yourself during this dive-in event Saturday, November 9 from...

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Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium
Posted on: September 20, 2019

Pumpkin Splash Patch

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Pick your Halloween pumpkin from a floating pumpkin patch!

Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium is hosting a "Pumpkin Splash Patch" from noon to 2:30 p.m. on October 19.

Swim and choose your Halloween pumpkin and stick around after to decorate it. 

C...

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Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium
Posted on: October 4, 2019

Arbor Day Celebration

Arbor Day

Arbor Day is a nationally-celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care.

Join the City of Allen for the annual Arbor Day Celebration happening on Saturday, October 26 from 9 a.m. to noon at Glendover Park!

Tree plantings, educational arts and...

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Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium
Posted on: July 29, 2019

Rock Wall Inspires Health, Fitness & Fun

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Often seen rappelling the rock wall at the entrance of Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium are two very unique climbers.

Allen resident DJ Compton and friend Linda Braswell began rock wall climbing together as a fun way to be active in January at Don Rodenbaugh Nata...

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Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium
Posted on: July 19, 2017

Fall 2019 Recreation Guide

Fall 2019 LIFE Guide (Newsflash)

The Fall 2019 edition of Allen Parks and Recreation's LIFE activities guide is now available!

Learn about all of the upcoming programs, classes and special events happening in Allen.

The guide can be viewed online now, and program registration can ...

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Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium

News Flash

News Flash

Posted on: October 9, 2019

Fire Prevention Contest Winners on Display

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To teach an important safety lesson, Allen Fire Department challenged local students to break out their art supplies. Eleven schools participated in the 2019 Fire Prevention Contest using crayons, markers, paint and other materials to create important mes...

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Fire Department

News Flash

Ford Pool

2 Stories
Posted on: October 4, 2019

Arbor Day Celebration

Arbor Day

Arbor Day is a nationally-celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care.

Join the City of Allen for the annual Arbor Day Celebration happening on Saturday, October 26 from 9 a.m. to noon at Glendover Park!

Tree plantings, educational arts and...

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Ford Pool
Posted on: October 4, 2019

Fall 2019 Recreation Guide

Fall 2019 LIFE Guide (Newsflash)

The Fall 2019 edition of Allen Parks and Recreation's LIFE activities guide is now available!

Learn about all of the upcoming programs, classes and special events happening in Allen.

The guide can be viewed online now, and program registration can ...

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Ford Pool

News Flash

Posted on: October 4, 2019

Arbor Day Celebration

Arbor Day

Arbor Day is a nationally-celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care.

Join the City of Allen for the annual Arbor Day Celebration happening on Saturday, October 26 from 9 a.m. to noon at Glendover Park!

Tree plantings, educational arts and...

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Joe Farmer Recreation Center
Posted on: October 2, 2019

Trunk or Treat Drive-In Movie

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Decorate your vehicle and bring your favorite candy to pass out at the Trunk or Treat Drive-In Movie! 

The Trunk or Treat Drive-In Movie is being held from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 26 in Bethany Lakes Park (outside of Joe Farmer Recreat...

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Joe Farmer Recreation Center
Posted on: October 2, 2019

Howl-O-Ween Barkin' Bash

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Dress up your dog and join the fun at Howl-O-Ween Barkin' Bash!

The Howl-O-Ween Barkin' Bash is being held from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 27 at Bethany Lakes Park (outside of Joe Farmer Recreation Center).

You and your furry friends will be treated ...

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Joe Farmer Recreation Center
Posted on: July 19, 2017

Fall 2019 Recreation Guide

Fall 2019 LIFE Guide (Newsflash)

The Fall 2019 edition of Allen Parks and Recreation's LIFE activities guide is now available!

Learn about all of the upcoming programs, classes and special events happening in Allen.

The guide can be viewed online now, and program registration can ...

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Joe Farmer Recreation Center

News Flash

Posted on: September 27, 2019

Keep Allen Beautiful Releases 2019-2020 Educator Guide

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Educators can now download a guide to more than 100 classroom presentations, field trip opportunities, video resources and educational events offered by the City of Allen and local partners. The publication is designed for teachers, scout leaders, home sc...

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Keep Allen Beautiful
Posted on: September 17, 2019

Spruce up Your Yard with Trees for Allen

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An annual program offering discounted trees to Allen residents runs now through October 14.

Trees for Allen offers quality, affordable trees to Allen residents thanks to a partnership between Keep Allen Beautiful and Allen Parks and Recreation. The $60 tre...

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Trees for Allen Order Form Keep Allen Beautiful

News Flash

News Flash

Posted on: October 3, 2019

Library Catalog System Upgrade

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Our servers will be down for scheduled upgrades to our catalog the morning of Thursday, October 17.  During the upgrade, patrons will not be able to check their library accounts, place holds or renew materials.  Our Digital Library servi...

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Visit Allen News Library - Main
Posted on: September 30, 2019

ALLen Reads

ALLen Reads 2019

ALLen Reads is looking forward to sharing their 12th annual One Book tradition with the community as they present "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind," the true story of an enterprising African teenager who constructed a windmill from scraps to crea...

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ALLen Reads Library - Main
Posted on: September 30, 2019

What's OnStage@APL in October

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From lectures to music and more, you're sure to find something that fits your interests.

Here's what's OnStage in October:

Thursday, October 10 - Another Year Finds Me in Texas: The Civil War Diary of Lucy Pier Stevens

Friday, October 11 - Los Aztex

Thursday,...

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Visit Allen News Library - Main
Posted on: October 14, 2019

Library Closed for Staff Training

APL Closed

The Library will be closed on Friday, November 1 for staff training.  For your convenience, no materials will be due will the library is closed.  We will reopen Saturday, November 2 at 10 a.m.

Visit Allen News Library - Main

News Flash

News Flash

News Flash

Posted on: September 25, 2019

City of Allen Earns National Accreditation in Parks and Recreation

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The City of Allen joins the ranks of elite park and recreation agencies across the country by earning accreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). T...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: August 16, 2019

Arbor Day Celebration

Arbor Day

Arbor Day is a nationally-celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care.

Join the City of Allen for the annual Arbor Day Celebration happening on Saturday, October 26 from 9 a.m. to noon at Glendover Park!

Tree plantings, educational arts and...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: October 8, 2019

Dark Side of the Rainbow Dive-In Movie

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Does Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" correspond with "The Wizard of Oz" on purpose? Are the parallels between the two works of art sheer coincidence? 

Decide for yourself during this dive-in event Saturday, November 9 from...

Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: October 2, 2019

Trunk or Treat Drive-In Movie

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Decorate your vehicle and bring your favorite candy to pass out at the Trunk or Treat Drive-In Movie! 

The Trunk or Treat Drive-In Movie is being held from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 26 in Bethany Lakes Park (outside of Joe Farmer Recreat...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: October 2, 2019

Howl-O-Ween Barkin' Bash

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Dress up your dog and join the fun at Howl-O-Ween Barkin' Bash!

The Howl-O-Ween Barkin' Bash is being held from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 27 at Bethany Lakes Park (outside of Joe Farmer Recreation Center).

You and your furry friends will be treated ...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: July 19, 2017

Fall 2019 Recreation Guide

Fall 2019 LIFE Guide (Newsflash)

The Fall 2019 edition of Allen Parks and Recreation's LIFE activities guide is now available!

Learn about all of the upcoming programs, classes and special events happening in Allen.

The guide can be viewed online now, and program registration can ...

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Parks & Recreation

News Flash

News Flash

Posted on: August 5, 2019

Community Development: Building an Allen for the Ages

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How Community Development staff protects Allen’s character and plans for its future.

Every time Allen racks up another accolade (such as CNBC’s “Best Suburb in Texas” or MONEY Magazine’s “#2 Best Place to Launch a Career”), Allen residents are delighted, but not surprised.“No wonder I love living here!” gushed one citizen on Facebook.“Shh...

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Stories of Service
Posted on: September 17, 2019

Finance: Doing More with Tech

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From automation to artificial intelligence, Allen’s Finance Department harnesses technology to keep costs in check.

If time is money, then wasted time is wasted money. And wasted money is something the City of Allen Finance Department can’t stand.

“We’re constantly on the hunt for savings,” said Eric Cannon, Allen’s Chie...

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Stories of Service
Posted on: September 17, 2019

Community Services: All in a Day's Work

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Community Services puts heart and soul into Allen’s “dirty jobs.”

There are dozens of job titles in Allen’s Community Services department. Water Foreman. Pump Station Operator. Fleet Coordinator. Lead Custodian. But to succeed at any one of them, Director Steve Massey believes you must be part mechani...

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Stories of Service
Posted on: September 17, 2019

Allen Fire Department: Answering the Call

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How Allen Fire Department empowers every citizen to save lives.

Allen Fire Chief Jon Boyd knows the value of special equipment. In fact, his department purchased $1.1 million of it last year alone—including extrication tools to free trapped drivers in seconds, thermal imagers to illuminate signs of life in a...

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Stories of Service
Posted on: September 17, 2019

Allen Police Department: Rethinking School Threats

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Allen Police Department initiates a new program to help prevent every parent’s worst nightmare.

From Sandy Hook to Santa Fe, two words echo in the aftermath of nearly every school shooting. The simple refrain slices through debates about background checks and waiting periods, metal detectors and armed teachers, revealing a security gap no single pol...

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Stories of Service
Posted on: September 17, 2019

Allen Parks and Recreation: Capturing the Allen Spirit

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How community input drives design of Allen’s favorite spots to play.

A bat sweeps through the humid air hovering over home plate. A softball meets the edge with a metallic thwunk. Cheers erupt from the concrete bleachers as the player rounds first. Lights illuminate the outfield as the ball bounces into a waiting mitt.

Thre...

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Stories of Service
Posted on: September 17, 2019

Allen Public Library: “As Allen Changes, So Do We”

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Allen Public Library holds a mirror to the community through programs, acquisitions and outreach.

Step into Allen Public Library any day of the week and you’ll be met with a hive-like hum of activity. Children flit from fish tank to finger puppets on the way to story time. Students swarm tables, study rooms and quiet patches of carpet, a web of laptop...

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Stories of Service
Posted on: September 17, 2019

Engineering: “We Don’t Just Go with the Flow”

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Allen engineers find innovative solutions to keep traffic, waste and business moving.

Ask anyone in North Texas to name the worst thing about living here, and you’re bound to hear the same word over and over. Traffic. From 2018 to 2019, the North Central Texas Council of Governments estimates Collin County grew by more t...

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Stories of Service
Posted on: September 17, 2019

City Secretary: Under the Law, Above Reproach

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Allen’s City Secretary adds new features to help citizens access public records.

It’s perhaps the most misunderstood title in city government, but it’s one City Secretary Shelley George wears with pride and good humor.

“I once took a call from a longtime resident asking me to type a letter for her,&rdq...

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Stories of Service
Posted on: September 17, 2019

Allen Convention & Visitors Bureau: Be Our Guest!

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A dazzling hotel and convention center draws new visitors (and dollars) to Allen.

When the first guest checked in to the Delta by Marriott Dallas Allen and Watters Creek Convention Center on January 15, they weren’t just booking a room. They were ushering in a new era of Allen tourism.

“It changes the entire landscap...

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Stories of Service
Posted on: September 17, 2019

Human Resources: If You Can’t Join Them, Beat Them

A man in green City of Allen polo shirt talks to a female employee in striped dress at a desk.

Streamlined hiring helps Allen snag top candidates before someone else does.

Economic booms, like the one rippling furiously across North Texas, give cities like Allen a lot to celebrate. Unemployment is low. Wages are up. People feel better about taking professional risks, such as starting a business or gunning for a new job.

The ...

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Stories of Service
Posted on: September 17, 2019

Allen EDC: Allen's Corporate Matchmaker

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Allen Economic Development Corporation courts the employers of tomorrow.

In the early 90s, City leaders realized Allen had a problem. The population was booming, more than doubling to 18,000 residents within a decade. But with few businesses, homeowners were shouldering nearly all the tax burden.

“At the time, we were...

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Stories of Service
Posted on: September 17, 2019

Information Technology: All the Bytes We Cannot See

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Invisible networks, designed by I.T. staff, make Allen secure, agile and resilient.

When twelve of the world’s top Overwatch players took the stage in front of thundering fans at Allen Event Center, a municipal technology budget was likely the last thing on their minds. Yet as the match unfolded on the arena’s jumbotr...

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Stories of Service
Posted on: September 17, 2019

Public and Media Relations Office: Telling Allen’s Story

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Allen’s Public and Media Relations Office uses creativity to inform and inspire.

From the pages of a favorite fairytale to the latest binge-worthy streaming series, we humans are captivated by stories. They instruct, influence, infuriate and inspire. They introduce us to new perspectives and help us investigate our world.

Whether posti...

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Stories of Service
Posted on: September 17, 2019

Mayor Stephen Terrell: A Legacy of Service

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Mayor Stephen Terrell leaves his mark on Allen.

Mayor Stephen Terrell leaves his mark on Allen

When Mayor Stephen Terrell was first elected to Allen City Council in 1991, the city population had just crossed the 20,000 mark. As a small business owner, Terrell was driven to expand Allen’s economic tax ba...

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Stories of Service

News Flash

Posted on: October 4, 2019

Arbor Day Celebration

Arbor Day

Arbor Day is a nationally-celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care.

Join the City of Allen for the annual Arbor Day Celebration happening on Saturday, October 26 from 9 a.m. to noon at Glendover Park!

Tree plantings, educational arts and...

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The Edge Skate Park and Visitors Center
Posted on: July 19, 2017

Fall 2019 Recreation Guide

Fall 2019 LIFE Guide (Newsflash)

The Fall 2019 edition of Allen Parks and Recreation's LIFE activities guide is now available!

Learn about all of the upcoming programs, classes and special events happening in Allen.

The guide can be viewed online now, and program registration can ...

Read on...

The Edge Skate Park and Visitors Center

News Flash