News Flash

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: July 19, 2017

Winter/Spring 2020 Recreation Guide

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The Winter/Spring 2020 edition of Allen Parks and Recreation's LIFE in Allen activity guide is now available!

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

The guide can be viewed online now, and pro...

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Allen Community Ice Rink
Posted on: October 30, 2019

Holiday Break Classes for Beginners

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Spend your holiday break learning to ice skate! Each one-day introduction class is 12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. and costs $15. All beginner skaters ages 3 and up are welcome to attend this fun course, which includes skate rental, 30-minutes of instruction follo...

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Allen Community Ice Rink
Posted on: October 21, 2019

"Holidays On Ice" Show

2018 Holidays On Ice

Celebrate the holidays by watching a fun show on the ice!

Join Allen Community Ice Rink as they present the annual "Holidays on Ice" show from 4-6 p.m. on December 15 in Allen Event Center.

The show will feature the Allen Academy of Skating and Al...

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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
Posted on: October 25, 2019

Drop & Shop Holiday Skate

Summer Open Skate Event

Come enjoy festive ice skating this holiday season in Allen!

The Drop & Shop Holiday Skate is being held from 1-4 p.m. on December 21 at Allen Community Ice Rink.

At the event, enjoy on-ice games and activities, including pictures with Santa and more.

Op...

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Allen Community Ice Rink

News Flash

Posted on: July 19, 2017

Winter/Spring 2020 Recreation Guide

Winter Spring 2020 LIFE Guide Banner

The Winter/Spring 2020 edition of Allen Parks and Recreation's LIFE in Allen activity guide is now available!

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

The guide can be viewed online now, and pro...

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Allen Senior Recreation Center
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: 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: December 4, 2019

Renovations Coming to Heritage Park

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A 20-year-old playground and trail in the Heritage Park neighborhood is set for an upgrade.

Allen City Council approved the $449,000 construction contract for Heritage Park during the November 26 meeting. Contractors will replace playground equipment and a...

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See more upcoming parks projects. City of Allen - Headline Updates
Posted on: November 19, 2019

Allen Takes 7th Place in 2019 Digital Cities Survey

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Once again, Allen has claimed a spot in a coveted ranking of tech-savvy cities.

Investments in new online services and improvements to cyber security helped land Allen land at #7 on the Digital Cities Survey. The Center for Digital Government (CDG) applaud...

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City of Allen - Headline Updates
Posted on: November 18, 2019

Upgrades Coming to Allen’s Utility Billing System

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City of Allen utility customers will soon have access to a more user-friendly system for paying utility bills.

Allen is replacing a 20-year-old payment system with a modern user interface which provides real-time payment updates, printable bills and option...

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Find more local stories at AllenNews.org. City of Allen - Headline Updates

News Flash

Posted on: November 18, 2019

Upgrades Coming to Allen’s Utility Billing System

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City of Allen utility customers will soon have access to a more user-friendly system for paying utility bills.

Allen is replacing a 20-year-old payment system with a modern user interface which provides real-time payment updates, printable bills and option...

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Find more local stories at AllenNews.org. Community Services
Posted on: October 15, 2019

Water Rate Changes Take Effect Nov. 1

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The City of Allen is adjusting water and sewer rates to cover increased costs. For Allen residents with average water use, this change will increase water bills by approximately $8.33 per month.*

Why are rates changing?

Like many North Texas cities, Allen p...

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Community Services

News Flash

Posted on: July 19, 2017

Winter/Spring 2020 Recreation Guide

Winter Spring 2020 LIFE Guide Banner

The Winter/Spring 2020 edition of Allen Parks and Recreation's LIFE in Allen activity guide is now available!

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

The guide can be viewed online now, and pro...

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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 ...

Read on...

Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium

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Posted on: November 12, 2019

Visiting Central Fire? Do this first....

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Fire administration staff have been temporarily relocated during the renovation of Central Fire Station. Please call 214.509.4400 for assistance before visiting.

Fire Department

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Ford Pool

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Posted on: July 19, 2017

Winter/Spring 2020 Recreation Guide

Winter Spring 2020 LIFE Guide Banner

The Winter/Spring 2020 edition of Allen Parks and Recreation's LIFE in Allen activity guide is now available!

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

The guide can be viewed online now, and pro...

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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 ...

Read on...

Ford Pool

News Flash

Posted on: July 19, 2017

Winter/Spring 2020 Recreation Guide

Winter Spring 2020 LIFE Guide Banner

The Winter/Spring 2020 edition of Allen Parks and Recreation's LIFE in Allen activity guide is now available!

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

The guide can be viewed online now, and pro...

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Joe Farmer Recreation Center
Posted on: November 8, 2019

Letters to Santa

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Santa is placing mailboxes in Allen so children can send him letters directly!

Your child can write a letter to Santa and drop it in one of his mailboxes from November 30-December 10 located at both Joe Farmer Recreation Center and Don Rodenbaugh Natatoriu...

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Joe Farmer Recreation Center
Posted on: November 14, 2019

North Pole

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Stop by Santa’s workshop at Joe Farmer Recreation Center!

North Pole will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 14 at Joe Farmer Recreation Center. 

Create toys as an honorary elf and shop for gifts at Santa’...

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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 ...

Read on...

Joe Farmer Recreation Center

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Posted on: November 15, 2019

What's OnStage@APL in December

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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 December:

Thursday, December 5 - When the Men Were Gone

Thursday, December 12 - The Life and Lore of Reindeer

Sunday, December 15 - Allen Communi...

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Visit Allen News Library - Main
Posted on: December 2, 2019

Library Closings and Holiday Hours

Happy Holidays

The Library will be closed Monday, December 23 through Wednesday, December 25 in observance of Christmas.  We will reopen on Thursday, December 26 at 10 a.m.

Additionally, the Library will close at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31 and remain closed ...

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Visit AllenLibrary.org Library - Main
Posted on: November 5, 2019

Digital Library

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The holidays are here.  Don't get caught without something to read!  CloudLibrary and RB Digital are always available -- and FREE with your library card!

With cloudLibrary, eBooks and eAudiobooks check out for 14 days and there are no due...

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Visit AllenLibrary.org Library - Main

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Posted on: November 21, 2019

Plans Take Shape for Allen’s Next Recreation Center

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The City of Allen is preparing to hire architects and engineers to design Allen’s newest recreation center.

Allen City Council approved the Exchange Parkway Feasibility Study during the November 12 meeting. This 72-page document provides conceptual designs...

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View the full feasibility study. Parks & Recreation
Posted on: July 19, 2017

Winter/Spring 2020 Recreation Guide

Winter Spring 2020 LIFE Guide Banner

The Winter/Spring 2020 edition of Allen Parks and Recreation's LIFE in Allen activity guide is now available!

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

The guide can be viewed online now, and pro...

Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: November 8, 2019

Letters to Santa

Letters to Santa - Click to learn more

Santa is placing mailboxes in Allen so children can send him letters directly!

Your child can write a letter to Santa and drop it in one of his mailboxes from November 30-December 10 located at both Joe Farmer Recreation Center and Don Rodenbaugh Natatoriu...

Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: November 14, 2019

North Pole

North Pole at Joe Farmer Recreation Center Click To Learn More

Stop by Santa’s workshop at Joe Farmer Recreation Center!

North Pole will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 14 at Joe Farmer Recreation Center. 

Create toys as an honorary elf and shop for gifts at Santa’s toy store. Then en...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: November 7, 2019

2019 Holiday Bash at The Edge

2019 Holiday Bash at The Edge Skate Park and Visitor Center

Come out to the skate park at The Edge for a fun-filled day of scooter, skateboard and BMX competitions! 

The 2019 Holiday Bash will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 14 at the Skate Park. 

The event is open to ages 6-25...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: October 21, 2019

"Holidays On Ice" Show

2018 Holidays On Ice

Celebrate the holidays by watching a fun show on the ice!

Join Allen Community Ice Rink as they present the annual "Holidays on Ice" show from 4-6 p.m. on December 15 in Allen Event Center.

The show will feature the Allen Academy of Skating and Al...

Read on...

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 ...

Read on...

Parks & Recreation

News Flash

News Flash

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: 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 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: November 7, 2019

2019 Holiday Bash at The Edge

2019 Holiday Bash at The Edge Skate Park and Visitor Center

Come out to the skate park at The Edge for a fun-filled day of scooter, skateboard and BMX competitions! 

The 2019 Holiday Bash will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 14 at the Skate Park. 

The event is open to ages 6-25...

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

Winter/Spring 2020 Recreation Guide

Winter Spring 2020 LIFE Guide Banner

The Winter/Spring 2020 edition of Allen Parks and Recreation's LIFE in Allen activity guide is now available!

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

The guide can be viewed online now, and pro...

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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

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