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Posted on: August 3, 2021

Allen CDC Board presents annual report to City Council

City of Allen Community Development Corporation logo

Allen Community Development Corporation (CDC) presented its annual report to City Council July 27. 

The CDC Board oversees the spending of 4B revenue—a ½ cent sales tax authorized by Allen voters in 1996. Allen's 4B s...

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City of Allen Headline News
Posted on: August 2, 2021

Access Counseling Group makes a splash with COAST

Two COAST swimmers wading in a lap lane pool

City of Allen Swim Team (COAST) began the summer 2021 season with Access Counseling Group joining the team as a new and exciting partner for athletes and their families.

Our coaches, athletes and staff send sincerest thanks to Access for their involvement ...

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Parks & Recreation News
Posted on: August 2, 2021

Allen’s elected officials network with Texas cities during two-day training event

Daren Meis, Dave Shafer, Ken Fulk and Dave Cornette picture at TML Newly Elected Officials Orientati

Your newly elected officials are hard at work! Mayor Ken Fulk and Councilmembers Daren Meis, Dave Cornette and Dave Shafer attended the Newly Elected City Officials’ Orientation from July 29-30 in San Antonio.

The event is sponsored by the Texas Municipal ...

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City of Allen Headline News
Posted on: July 30, 2021

How can I request a copy of my CDC vaccination card?

man sitting in vehicle receiving COVID-19 vaccine from an Allen firefighter

Allen Fire Department no longer maintains duplicate records of the CDC card given during vaccinations. If you need a copy of your vaccination record, you may request the information directly from Texas Health and Human Services.

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COVID-19 Updates
Posted on: July 30, 2021

How can I request a copy of my CDC vaccination card?

Allen Fire Department no longer maintains duplicate records of the CDC card given during vaccinations. If you need a copy of your vaccination record, you may request the information directly from Texas Health and Human Services.

Fire Department
Posted on: July 30, 2021

Keep Allen Beautiful recognized for excellence

Keep Allen Beautiful logo

Keep Allen Beautiful was recognized at the July 27 City Council meeting for receiving the 2019-2021 Keep Texas Beautiful GCAA Sustained Excellence Award. Additionally, Keep Allen Beautiful was named a Gold Star Affiliate of Keep Texas Beautiful for the 17...

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City of Allen Headline News
Posted on: July 30, 2021

Keep Allen Beautiful recognized for excellence

Keep Allen Beautiful logo

Keep Allen Beautiful was recognized at the July 27 City Council meeting for receiving the 2019-2021 Keep Texas Beautiful GCAA Sustained Excellence Award. Additionally, Keep Allen Beautiful was named a Gold Star Affiliate of Keep Texas Beautiful for the 17...

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Top Stories
Posted on: July 28, 2021

Q: What restaurant operated in this building before it was Allen Café?

Exterior photo of Allen Cafe window that reads Breakfast and Lunch Served All Summer Long

The previous restaurant was a popular stop following local high school football games.

Before it was Allen Café, this building housed a Dairy Queen. The venue was popular after the Allen Eagles football games, and many residents recall the enormous traffic jams on game nights.

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Downtown Trivia
Posted on: July 28, 2021

CDC updates mask recommendations for vaccinated individuals

businesswoman in protective mask looking at screen of laptop in working environment

To increase protection from the Delta variant and prevent possible spread to others, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission, even if vaccinated.

Visit the CDC website for detailed guidance. COVID-19 Updates
Posted on: July 28, 2021

Council approves design contract for Rowlett Creek Trail Extension

Allen soon takes its next step in creating a regional trail system. City Council approved a design contract for the southern section of the Rowlett Creek Trail Extension.

City of Allen Headline News
Posted on: July 28, 2021

Council approves design contract for Rowlett Creek Trail Extension

Allen Parks and Recreation Logo

Allen soon takes its next step in creating a regional trail system. City Council approved a design contract at its July 27 meeting for the southern section of the Rowlett Creek Trail Extension.

This trail segment is a major piece of the Collin County Regio...

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Parks & Recreation News
Posted on: July 28, 2021

Find a COVID-19 vaccine near you

Storage container with vaccine

COVID-19 vaccines are free and available to anyone who wants one. The federal government is providing the vaccine free of charge to all people living in the United States, regardless of their immigration or health insurance status.

Visit Vaccines.gov to find a provider near you. COVID-19 Updates
Posted on: July 28, 2021

Mobile vaccination teams now available to Allen residents, businesses

Female Health Worker Wearing Mask And Visor Visiting Woman At Home

The new program from Collin County Health Care Services will focus on traveling to homebound individuals, long-term care facilities, businesses, organizations and clubs. Mobile Vaccination Teams will also be available for events.

Visit the Collin County website to learn more. COVID-19 Updates
Posted on: July 27, 2021

Public Art Committee highlights new community art

Tree stump sculpture of an owl located at Spirit Park

Allen Public Art Committee highlighted newly completed projects during the July 13 Council meeting. Projects include art installed in 2020-2021.

  • Reborn Spirit: Following a storm in 2020, the trees near the playground at Spirit Park were ravaged an...
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City of Allen Headline News
Posted on: July 26, 2021

Allen Public Library launches survey to help guide design of upcoming expansion

Architects are gathering community feedback to help design a major expansion of Allen Public Library. Contribute to the process by completing a 30-question survey before August 30.

City of Allen Headline News
Posted on: July 26, 2021

Allen Public Library launches survey to help guide design of upcoming expansion

woman using library book return slot

Architects are gathering community feedback to help design a major expansion of Allen Public Library, adding up to 45,000 sq. ft. to the current library location. 

Library patrons can contribute to the process by completing a 30-question survey be...

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Library News
Posted on: July 21, 2021

Q: Can you name two of the oldest family businesses in Downtown Allen?

Photo of a sidewalk scape in Downtown Allen framed with trees

Not only do these businesses have charm - they're trademark pieces of Allen history!

Nestled in the heart of downtown Allen, Rodenbaugh’s has been a mainstay of the Allen business community for more than 55 years. Rodenbaugh’s opened in 1962 when the city population barely exceeded 500 people, and is considered the oldest operating busine...

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Downtown Trivia
Posted on: July 21, 2021

Q: What name does the City of Allen use to define the downtown area for zoning purposes?

Screenshot of Downtown Allen area shaded on a map

You can view the area and surrounding properties on our interactive map.

The current Downtown Allen area is designated as the Central Business District, or CBD, in the City of Allen Comprehensive Plan. View the map and explore the properties that comprise this area.

The Downtown Steering Committee is including this area in thei...

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Downtown Trivia
Posted on: July 19, 2021

Digital Comics now available!

ComicsPlus powered by Library Pass

On Monday, July 19, Allen Public Library will begin offering digital comics through ComicsPlus, powered by Library Pass.  ComicsPlus offers thousands of digital comics, graphic novels, and manga for kids, teens, and adults.  You can acce...

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Get started with ComicsPlus. Library News
Posted on: July 13, 2021

Q: When was the first original map of the Town of Allen filed?

Portion of the original map of Allen in black and white

BONUS: Can you also name the person who platted the map?

Theodore Kosse, Chief Engineer for the Houston and Texas Central Railway, plotted the first map for the town of Allen in 1876. The town was named for Ebenezer Allen, a former attorney general of Texas and promoter of the railroad. Kosse also worked on the...

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Downtown Trivia
Posted on: July 7, 2021

Summer safety reminders for grilling and outdoor activities

Marshmallows on sticks held over an open fire

Summer activities are here! Whether you’re grilling, camping or exploring the great outdoors, stay prepared by knowing standard safety guidelines. Remember to call 911 for all emergencies. Allen's non-emergency dispatch number is 214.50...

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Fire Department
Posted on: June 25, 2021

Serve your city: Join a board, commission or committee

Boards and commissions volunteers pictured together at a City event

City boards, commissions and committees are ways for residents to participate in local government by shaping public policy and recommending local legislation. In Allen, members of these appointed groups advise City Council on a variety of topics including...

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City of Allen Headline News
Posted on: June 25, 2021

Serve your city: Join a board, commission or committee

Boards and commissions volunteers pictured together at a City event

City boards, commissions and committees are ways for residents to participate in local government by shaping public policy and recommending local legislation. In Allen, members of these appointed groups advise City Council on a variety of topics including...

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Top Stories
Posted on: June 11, 2021

Stable economy, strong management earns Allen highest possible bond rating

Allen aerial shot

 A stable economy, strong fiscal management and above-average resident incomes helped the City of Allen maintain the best possible bond ratings from both Moody’s Investor Services and S&P Global Ratings. 

For municipalities, the pract...

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Strategic Plan | Sound Finances & Government Transparency
Posted on: June 4, 2021

Allen Tech Hub ready to deliver

rendering of Allen Tech Hub, a 4-story freestanding office building

105,000 square feet of new office space is underway in Allen and set to deliver in April 2022. Heady Investments broke ground on its four-story Allen Tech Hub project, located on the south end of Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm. Building amenities will i...

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Economic Development
Posted on: June 4, 2021

Allen Tech Hub ready to deliver

rendering of Allen Tech Hub, a 4-story freestanding office building

JUNE 1, 2021 - 105,000 square feet of new office space is underway in Allen and set to deliver in April 2022. Heady Investments broke ground on its four-story Allen Tech Hub project, located on the south end of Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm. Building a...

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Strategic Plan | Lively Destinations and Successful Commercial Centers
Posted on: June 4, 2021

Class A office space, entertainment venue planned for "The Farm"

Artist rendering of an urban development with offices, shops and boardwalk-style restaurants

Allen-based developer JaRyCo started construction on The Farm in Allen, a 135-acre mixed-use project at the southeast corner of Sam Rayburn Tollway (SH 121) and Alma Drive. Work will begin with the developer's $25 million infrastructure package, ...

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Economic Development
Posted on: June 4, 2021

Class A office space, entertainment venue planned for "The Farm"

Artist rendering of an urban development with offices, shops and boardwalk-style restaurants

JUNE 1, 2021 - Allen-based developer JaRyCo started construction on The Farm in Allen, a 135-acre mixed-use project at the southeast corner of Sam Rayburn Tollway (SH 121) and Alma Drive. Work will begin with the developer's $25 million infrastru...

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Strategic Plan | Lively Destinations and Successful Commercial Centers
Posted on: June 4, 2021

Pillar Commercial acquires One Bethany East

five-story glass-walled office building at sunset

Pillar Commercial and Hall Capital have acquired One Bethany East, the first Class A office building located in the Watters Creek District.  The five-story 120,000 SF office building is home to anchor Credit Union of Texas, Boss Fight Entertainme...

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Economic Development
Posted on: June 4, 2021

Pillar Commercial acquires One Bethany East

five-story glass-walled office building at sunset

JUNE 1, 2021 - Pillar Commercial and Hall Capital have acquired One Bethany East, the first Class A office building located in the Watters Creek District.  The five-story 120,000 SF office building is home to anchor Credit Union of Texas, Boss Fi...

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Strategic Plan | Lively Destinations and Successful Commercial Centers
Posted on: May 28, 2021

VIDEO: Vactor trucks, grease traps, water tests – oh my!

Two men in reflective safety vests with text that reads "Allen at Work"

MAY 21, 2021 - The City of Allen celebrated Public Works Week by highlighting three crews who protect Allen’s waterways, pipes and drinking water. Get to know these valued employees in a new series, Allen at Work.

Vactor Truck | Jason Helmick and ...

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Strategic Plan | High-Performing Team, Resident-Focused Services
Posted on: May 18, 2021

Life safety and fire safety resources from NFPA

Safety and preparedness are important topics for the entire family. Browse a library full of educational tools and tips from National Fire Protection Association.

Fire Department
Posted on: May 14, 2021

Cultural programming goes virtual at Allen Public Library

allen public library auditorium

MAY 14, 2021 -  Allen Public Library brought treasured cultural programming to residents in a new way during the COVID-19 pandemic.

When live programs in the Civic Auditorium were interrupted, On Stage @ APL offered virtual concerts, author discus...

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Strategic Plan | Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive Community
Posted on: May 14, 2021

New Chief Financial Officer hired

professional headshot of Pete Phillis

APRIL 29, 2021 - The City of Allen has hired Pete Phillis, an accomplished financial manager with more than 28 years of experience, to lead the City’s finance department. Phillis has extensive experience in local government, including a long tenure in the...

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Strategic Plan | Sound Finances & Government Transparency
Posted on: May 14, 2021

VIDEO: 2020 Excellence in PRIDE Winners announced

man configures large touchscreen monitor

APRIL 16, 2021 - Five City employees were honored for their exceptional service in Allen's annual appreciation awards.

  • Silvana Best, Special Events Coordinator (Allen Parks & Recreation)
  • Johnny San Martin, Building Maintenance (Communi...
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Strategic Plan | High-Performing Team, Resident-Focused Services
Posted on: May 14, 2021

VIDEO: Allen Fire Department administers final COVID-19 shot

firefighter in medical mask stands next to vehicle as driver gives thumbs up

MAY 6, 2021 - Allen Fire Department ended COVID-19 vaccine hub operations after vaccinating more than 50,000 individuals and administering nearly 100,000 shots. The drive-through vaccine site at Eagle Stadium began operation in late January to he...

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Strategic Plan | High-Performing Team, Resident-Focused Services
Posted on: May 13, 2021

Allen Event Center plans upgrades, repairs

brick event center with glass rotunda on a sunny, blue sky day

MAY 13, 2021 - Money-saving upgrades, audiovisual improvements and cosmetic repairs will soon begin at Allen Event Center.

New AV upgrades coming to Allen Event CenterAllen Event Center will soon begin upgrading audiovisual equipment at t...

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Strategic Plan | Lively Destinations and Successful Commercial Centers
Posted on: May 10, 2021

Cricket Field at Spirit Park

Cricket field under construction at Spirit Park

Allen’s cricket field is now open at Spirit Park. Congrats to our cricket players and fans—you now have a new home pitch!

The design team contracted to build the pitch used a border and synthetic turf, which is a modern trend designed t...

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Parks and Trails Projects
Posted on: May 10, 2021

Playground Shade Structures

Bethany Lakes Park shade structures

During 2020-2021, four new shade structures were installed over Allen playgrounds. The installations begin a five-year shade structure plan for City parks.

Plan a play date and beat the heat under the new shade at Bethany Lakes Park, Greenville He...

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Parks and Trails Projects
Posted on: May 10, 2021

Trail Wayfinding Markers

Members of Allen Parks and Recreation Department and Allen Parks Foundation hold new wayfinding plac

Find your way around Allen trails with new monuments and wayfinding signs. Installation of the 22 placards and monuments began February 2021.

For four years, Allen Parks Foundation worked in conjunction with Allen Parks and Recreation to develop a master p...

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Parks and Trails Projects
Posted on: May 6, 2021

Fri-YAY events at Ford Pool - all summer!

Young boy sliding down a water slide at Ford Pool

Ford Pool is open for summer 2021! During new Fri-YAY theme nights, earn rewards for spending your Friday nights having fun at Ford.

For every five events you attend, you'll earn five swim admissions to Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium for use September through D...

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Parks & Recreation News
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Summer Reading Club 2021

Summer Reading Club 2021 Tails & Tales

It's that time again!  Summer Reading Club begins Monday, May 24 through READsquared!  Earn points by logging your minutes read or book titles read.  Please visit www.AllenLibrary.org/SummerReading for specific reading program r...

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Library News
Posted on: April 29, 2021

VIDEO: Allen City Television debuts "Project LIFE"

Project LIFE logo

APRIL 29, 2021 - A new, monthly video series highlights projects and updates from Allen's Parks and Recreation Department.

In this month's episode of Project LIFE, learn about:

  • Ridgeview Trail project
  • New cricket pitch
  • Spirit Park
  • Weed sprayi...
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Strategic Plan | Safe, Livable Community
Posted on: April 16, 2021

Allen adopts diversity, equity and inclusion policy

glass doors mark the entrance to Allen City Council Chambers. the city seal is embossed on the doors

APRIL 16, 2021 - A new committee formed by Allen City Council will spend the next several months exploring ways to enhance diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in Allen.

During the April 13 meeting, Allen City Council voted unanimously to adopt...

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Strategic Plan | Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive Community
Posted on: April 15, 2021

Architect selected for Allen Public Library expansion

exterior of Allen Public Library

APRIL 15, 2021 - The design process will soon begin for Allen Public Library’s much-anticipated expansion.

Allen City Council approved an architectural contract with Hidell and Associates Architects, Inc. at the April 13 council meeting....

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Strategic Plan | Safe, Livable Community
Posted on: April 7, 2021

Construction begins on "The Farm in Allen"

7 men in suits hold shovels at groundbreaking ceremony

Source: JaRyCo Development

APRIL 7, 2021 - Allen-based developer JaRyCo has started construction on The Farm in Allen, a 135-acre mixed use project at the southeast corner of Sam Rayburn Tollway and Alma Drive in Allen, Texas. Work will begin with the deve...

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Strategic Plan | Lively Destinations and Successful Commercial Centers
Posted on: March 31, 2021

Allen wins prestigious government finance award

Allen City Hall

MARCH 31, 2021 - The City of Allen has continued its winning streak, earning a prestigious national finance award for the 21st year in a row. The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) awarded the city with the Certificate of Achievement in Excell...

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Strategic Plan | Sound Finances & Government Transparency
Posted on: March 29, 2021

Purchasing process saves Allen $9.6 million

group of finance employees posing with Allen mayor

MARCH 29, 2021 - For the twentieth consecutive year, the City of Allen has earned top marks for its efforts to save money and make ethical choices in its purchasing processes.

The Purchasing Division is responsible for acquiring goods and services...

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Strategic Plan | Sound Finances & Government Transparency
Posted on: February 25, 2021

Allen Police Department recaps first year using SPIDRTech software

Allen Police officer speaking to a driver

FEBRUARY 25, 2021 - Allen Police Department (APD) gave its first-year review of SPIDRTech, a new software that enhances communication between Allen Police Department and the people they serve.

Deputy Chief Ken Myers presented the review to City Co...

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Strategic Plan | High-Performing Team, Resident-Focused Services
Posted on: February 3, 2021

Find your way with new trail signs!

five people stand outdoors holding colorful trail signs

FEBRUARY 3, 2021 - Allen Parks Foundation unboxed 22 new trail signs to be placed at trail intersections this month. The 6-foot monuments and wayfinding sign placards are planned at every trail intersection. They designate major trail names with color cod...

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Strategic Plan | Safe, Livable Community
Posted on: January 19, 2021

Stray Animal Intake List

Animal Services staff during Clear the Shelters 2020

Call us at 214.509.4378 for more information on a specific animal. Proof of ownership is required before an animal is released to a claimant.

We understand our breed descriptions will not always match the breed description from a pet owner. If you do not s...

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Animal Services - Stray Animal Intake List
Posted on: January 8, 2021

Adult Leagues: Ice for all experience levels

adults playing hockey in full gear

Looking for a beginner or competitive league in Allen? No matter your skating level, we've got an option for you at Allen Community Ice Rink.

Our goal is to develop your hockey game with a rounded approach that includes skate skill building, stick-time practice, and participation with a team in one of our leagues. Learn more about league options below.

Thank you League Partners!

Allen Community I...

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Adult Hockey Programs
Posted on: January 8, 2021

Youth Leagues: Get on the Ice!

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Playing in leagues not only improves skating and teaches team skills, it can build a life-long love of the game. No matter the skating level, we've got an options at Allen Community Ice Rink!

Youth Leagues: Get on the Ice!

Allen Community Ice Rink hosts hockey leagues for children ages 4 through 12.

Our goal is to develop your hockey game with a rounded approach that includes skate skill building, stick-time practice, and participation with a te...

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Youth Hockey Programs
Posted on: January 5, 2021

Challenge of the Year

DRN 2021 Challenge of The Year Newsflash-02-01-01

Establish consistency and a healthy routine during Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium’s 2021 Challenge of the Year! 

To participate in the Check In Challenge, complete at least 30 minutes of exercise three times a week for 40 weeks. Work outs can be comple...

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Parks & Recreation News
Posted on: December 14, 2020

Allen named #2 safest large city in Texas

motorcycle officer

DECEMBER 14, 2020 - New rankings from AdvisorSmith examined crime reports published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to understand which cities in Texas have the lowest levels of reported crime on a per capita basis.

Allen was one of 39 larg...

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Strategic Plan | Safe, Livable Community
Posted on: October 15, 2020

New renderings of Terrell Recreation Center revealed

Artist rendering of modern recreation facility with glass rotunda and wide welcome deck

OCTOBER 15, 2020 - Allen Parks & Recreation is sharing a glimpse inside the future Stephen G. Terrell Recreation Center.

Parks & Recreation Director Kate Meacham revealed new interior renderings from BRS Architects during the October 13 Ci...

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Strategic Plan | Safe, Livable Community
Posted on: September 24, 2020

Join our force - now offering lateral entry!

We're one of the few departments in Dallas Fort-Worth with a lateral entry program for officers with prior experience.

Police Department
Posted on: September 23, 2020

Urban wildlife in Allen

Photo - Coyote

Bobcats, coyotes and other urban wildlife are present throughout North Texas, including here in Allen. However, seeing these animals in your neighborhood can be unnerving. Read on for the top questions about urban wildlife, including ways to protect your ...

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Read more about wildlife in Allen. Police Department
Posted on: September 16, 2020

Senior discount available for residential trash service

The City of Allen offers a 20% discount for residential trash services for customers who are 65 years of age or older. Learn more. 

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Utility Billing