Posted on: August 2, 2017

Homeschool Ice Skating Class

Skate Program

Home school ice skating classes are offered at Allen Community Ice Rink!

Introductory and group skating lessons are designed to teach homeschool students ages 5-14 forward and backward skating, proper falling, dips and stops. 

This is a 30-minute c...

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Allen Community Ice Rink
Posted on: July 19, 2017

Fall 2017 Recreation Guide

Recreation Guide

The Fall 2017 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 at Allen Community Ice Rink and Allen's other recreation facilities.

The gu...

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Allen Community Ice Rink

Posted on: September 20, 2017

Country Western Dance

Country Western Dance

Put on your cowboys boots and get ready for a fun night of dancing!

The "Country Western Dance" will be held from 7-9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at Allen Senior Recreation Center.

Live music will be performed by the City Lights Band. The event ...

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Allen Senior Recreation Center
Posted on: August 21, 2017

'The Awakening of Waco' Trip

ASRC Waco, Texas

Join Allen Senior Recreation on a fall day trip to Waco, Texas!

"The Awakening of Waco" trip will be departing from the senior center at 7:30 a.m. and arriving back at approximately at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 18.

The trip will include a stop ...

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Allen Senior Recreation Center

Posted on: September 18, 2017

MONEY Magazine Names Allen #2 in "Best Places to Live in America" List

Fireworks at Celebration Park

MONEY's annual ranking of America's best towns has placed Allen at #2!

Allen is the only Texas city represented in MONEY's "Best Places to Live 2017" top 10 list, which evaluated 2,400 places on eight categories: cost of living, economy, educatio...

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View the report. City of Allen - Headline Updates
Posted on: September 20, 2017

Allen City Television Wins National Awards

ACTV crew member filming a fire truck

It’s an award-winning season for the talented staff of city-operated Allen City Television (ACTV). The station was honored with nine programming awards, including first place for overall station excellence, at the National Association o...

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Watch ACTV Live on on-demand online. City of Allen - Headline Updates
Posted on: September 19, 2017

Trail Linking Hydrous, Heritage Village to Begin Construction

Aerial map showing Heritage Village Trail layout

A new trail connection will allow visitors to enjoy both history and nature on a single stroll.

The Cottonwood Creek/Heritage Village Hike and Bike Trail Connection will link Hydrous Wakeboard Park, Allen Senior Recreation Center and Allen Heritage Village...

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Find more local stories at AllenNews.org. City of Allen - Headline Updates
Posted on: September 13, 2017

Allen Approves Water, Sewer Rate Changes

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Rising water and wastewater costs have prompted Allen City Council to increase customer water and sewer rates.

Council members unanimously approved a rate increase during the September 12 meeting. For residential customers who use 10,000 gallons of water, ...

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City of Allen - Headline Updates
Posted on: September 15, 2017

Lidl Grocery Store Coming to Allen

Lidle grocery store exterior

Allen City Council has approved a plan to build one of the first Lidl locations in North Texas.

The German grocer, often compared to Aldi, will build a 35,000 square-foot store on the northwest corner of Alma Drive and Exchange Parkway. Development regulat...

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Find more local stories at AllenNews.org. City of Allen - Headline Updates
Posted on: September 15, 2017

Allen, DART to Extend “Collin County Rides” Program

Collin County Rides logo

The City of Allen will continue partnering with Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) to provide transportation options for seniors and residents with disabilities.

The Collin County Rides Program is a taxi subsidy service provided by the City of Allen through ...

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Learn how to enroll in Collin County Rides. City of Allen - Headline Updates
Posted on: September 14, 2017

Allen Lowers Property Tax Rate, Approves Budget

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Allen residents will continue benefiting from one of the lowest property tax rates in Collin County.

Allen City Council voted to lower the city’s property tax rate by a full cent during the September 12 meeting, down to $0.51 per $100 of appraise...

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Watch the budget and tax rate presentations. City of Allen - Headline Updates
Posted on: September 14, 2017

$4.4 Million Project Will Extend Ridgeview Drive

Road Construction Sign

Allen’s next major road project will provide a new link between Watters Road and Chelsea Boulevard.

The latest extension of Ridgeview Drive will help accommodate future growth near SH 121 and serve as a key connection to the recently-opened Prest...

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

Posted on: September 13, 2017

Allen Approves Water, Sewer Rate Changes

faucet

Rising water and wastewater costs have prompted Allen City Council to increase customer water and sewer rates.

Council members unanimously approved a rate increase during the September 12 meeting. For residential customers who use 10,000 gallons of water, ...

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Community Services

Posted on: September 12, 2017

Cleaning Week

DRN Building Exterior

As part of the Allen Parks and Recreation Department’s annually scheduled maintenance, various facilities are closed throughout the year in order to work on equipment, deep clean, touch up paint and complete various projects as needed.

Don Rodenb...

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Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium
Posted on: September 11, 2017

Now Hiring: Water Safety Instructors

Swim Instruction at DRN

Open positions are currently available for Water Safety Instructors and Swim Teaching Assistants at Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium!

In order to teach as a Water Safety Instructor (starting pay: $10.71 per hour), you must first attend all classes within the Wate...

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Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium
Posted on: July 19, 2017

Fall 2017 Recreation Guide

Recreation Guide

The Fall 2017 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 at Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium and Allen's other recreation facilities.

The g...

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Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium

Posted on: September 1, 2017

Are You Ready for an Emergency?

photo of tornado debris, trampoline overturned

Allen Fire Department is encouraging residents to create a disaster plan to mark National Preparedness Month. Because your family may not be together when disaster strikes, you should review these questions with each person in your household:

  • How will you ...
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Fire Department

Ford Pool

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Posted on: September 18, 2017

Swim Teams Practicing at Ford Pool

Ford Pool Swim team

Ford Pool is closed for the 2017 season, but area swim teams are using the facility this week to practice.

The Allen High School and Metroplex Aquatics swim teams will be practicing from 6-8 a.m. and 2-5 p.m. from September 18-24 at Ford Pool, while Don Ro...

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Ford Pool
Posted on: August 10, 2017

Tiny Tiles, Large Art

Public Art at Ford Pool

At the newly renovated Ford Pool, public art adorns the four entryway columns that support the facility's sign band and two additional columns near the pool.

Using rare tiles from across the globe, artist Joshua Winer created a large-scale work of art, fea...

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Ford Pool

Posted on: September 14, 2017

Family Night: Campout & Movie

Tents at Bethany Lakes Park

Families are invited to camp out under the stars and enjoy some quality family fun right here in Allen!

The "Family Night: Campout & Movie" will be held from 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14 to 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 15 at Bethany Lakes Park, located...

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Joe Farmer Recreation Center
Posted on: September 11, 2017

Allen Community Garage Sale

Joe Farmer Garage Sale

Come discover a variety of treasures at bargain prices or make some extra money selling the items you were thinking of throwing away!

The Allen Community Garage Sale is happening from 7 a.m. to noon on Oct. 7 in the Joe Farmer Recreation Center parking lot...

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Joe Farmer Recreation Center
Posted on: July 19, 2017

Fall 2017 Recreation Guide

Recreation Guide

The Fall 2017 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 at Joe Farmer Recreation Center and Allen's other recreation facilities.

Th...

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Joe Farmer Recreation Center

Posted on: September 7, 2017

Spruce Up Your Yard with Trees for Allen

Tree saplings in containers

Purchase trees best suited for the North Texas climate through the 2017 Trees for Allen program, offered by Keep Allen Beautiful and Allen Parks & Recreation. Choose from five varieties of trees priced at just $50 each. Each hand-selected tree comes i...

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Download order form. Keep Allen Beautiful
Posted on: August 22, 2017

Educator Expo: Not Just for Teachers!

A teacher talks with Water Conservation staff at the annual Educator Expo.

Whether you’re a school teacher, day care operator, scout leader, home school family or community educator, you’ll find loads of inspiration at the 2017 Educator Expo. The free event, hosted by the City of Allen and Keep Allen Beautiful, will be held on T...

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Keep Allen Beautiful

Posted on: September 8, 2017

Learning at Your Fingertips

Learning Express Library

Learning Express Library offers over 800 online courses, tests, and e-books to help you.  It's all FREE.

You can enhance your career with:

  • resume writing and interviewing skills improvement
  • Career licensing / certification test prep
  • workplace and aca...
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Learning Express Library Library - Main
Posted on: September 11, 2017

Happy Birthday APL!

Happy Birthday APL!

Join us for the celebration on Saturday, October 14.

From 10 a.m - to 11:30 a.m., celebrate the Library’s 50th birthday with an outdoor carnival-style party in the courtyard. We’ll have music, crafts, games and prizes!

At 2 p.m., view a ...

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Visit Allen News Library - Main
Posted on: September 18, 2017

Upcoming Music Programs

Upcoming Music Programs

Check out the music programs we have coming up this fall for your listening pleasure!

Friday, September 22 - Texas Blues Legends Honor Freddie King

Friday, September 29 - Allen Folk Festival featuring Adler and Hearne

Saturday, October 7 - Allen Philharmonic...

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Visit Allen News Library - Main

Posted on: September 18, 2017

Swim Teams Practicing at Ford Pool

Ford Pool Swim team

Ford Pool is closed for the 2017 season, but area swim teams are using the facility this week to practice.

The Allen High School and Metroplex Aquatics swim teams will be practicing from 6-8 a.m. and 2-5 p.m. from September 18-24 at Ford Pool, while Don Ro...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: September 14, 2017

Family Night: Campout & Movie

Tents at Bethany Lakes Park

Families are invited to camp out under the stars and enjoy some quality family fun right here in Allen!

The "Family Night: Campout & Movie" will be held from 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14 to 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 15 at Bethany Lakes Park, located...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: September 11, 2017

Now Hiring: Water Safety Instructors

Swim Instruction at DRN

Open positions are currently available for Water Safety Instructors and Swim Teaching Assistants at Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium!

In order to teach as a Water Safety Instructor (starting pay: $10.71 per hour), you must first attend all classes within the Wate...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: August 25, 2017

Collin County Tournament of Champions

CCTC Picture

Registration is now open for the first Dawson Private Wealth Collin County Tournament of Champions, a two-person team golf tournament for players of all skill levels, happening Oct. 7-8 at The Courses at Watters Creek.

“The Courses at Wa...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: September 11, 2017

Allen Community Garage Sale

Joe Farmer Garage Sale

Come discover a variety of treasures at bargain prices or make some extra money selling the items you were thinking of throwing away!

The Allen Community Garage Sale is happening from 7 a.m. to noon on Oct. 7 in the Joe Farmer Recreation Center parking lot...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: July 19, 2017

Fall 2017 Recreation Guide

Recreation Guide

The Fall 2017 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 will be available at all o...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: September 12, 2017

Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium Cleaning Week

DRN Building Exterior

As part of the Allen Parks and Recreation Department’s annually scheduled maintenance, various facilities are closed throughout the year in order to work on equipment, deep clean, touch up paint and complete various projects as needed.

Don Rodenb...

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Parks & Recreation

Posted on: September 7, 2017

Celebrate National Night Out with Allen Police

Photo of Allen police officer wearing paper hat posing with two little girls

Allen Police officers will be visiting neighborhood block parties during the annual National Night Out (NNO) on Tuesday, Oct. 3.

Each year, Allen joins hundreds of other communities around Texas to promote police-community partnerships and neighborhood cam...

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Download registration form & block party permit. Police Department
Posted on: September 1, 2017

New Law Prohibits Texting While Driving Beginning Sept. 1

no-texting-driving

As of September 1, drivers in Texas are prohibited from reading, writing or sending electronic messages on their mobile device while driving. Under the new law, an officer must witness a driver texting, which includes messaging through social media sites ...

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Visit AllenNews.org - Your city, Your news. Police Department
Posted on: August 30, 2017

Reminder of State Hunting Laws

photo of hunter loading gun with bullet

With dove season opening Sep. 1, Allen Police want to remind hunters about state restrictions on firearms use in the City of Allen and Collin County.

Hunters must obtain permission of property owners before using their land for hunting purposes. They must ...

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Read Texas weapon discharge regulations. Police Department

Posted on: July 19, 2017

Fall 2017 Recreation Guide

Recreation Guide

The Fall 2017 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 at The Edge and Allen's other recreation facilities.

The guide can be viewe...

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The Edge Skate Park and Visitors Center