Posted on: November 9, 2017

The 6th Annual Great Turkey Skate

Turkey Skate

Join Allen Community Ice Rink for skating and various Thanksgiving-themed games and activities!

The 6th Annual Great Turkey Skate is being held from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 25 at Allen Community Ice Rink.

All on-ice participants must wear skates.

Th...

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Allen Community Ice Rink
Posted on: November 15, 2017

Introduction to Skating (Holiday Class)

Learn to Skate

Learn to skate this holiday break with our festive ice skating program!

An "Introduction to Skating" holiday class will be offered six times throughout late December and early January at Allen Community Ice Rink.

During this one-day class, partici...

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Allen Community Ice Rink
Posted on: November 9, 2017

Holidays On Ice Show

Holidays On Ice Show

Come get in the festive spirit at a special holiday performance on the ice at Allen Event Center!

The "Holidays On Ice Show" will be held from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3 at Allen Event Center.

The event will feature the Allen Academy of Skating an...

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Allen Community Ice Rink
Posted on: November 9, 2017

Drop & Shop Holiday Skate

Holiday Skate

Enjoy on-ice games and activities, including pictures with Santa and more at this special holiday-themed open skate event!

The "Drop & Shop Holiday Skate" will be held from 3:15-6:15 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16 at Allen Community Ice Rink.

Open ...

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Allen Community Ice Rink
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

Winter/Spring 2018 Recreation Guide

LIFE (Winter/Spring 2018)

The Winter/Spring 2018 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...

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Allen Community Ice Rink

Posted on: October 27, 2017

Painted Churches Tour

Schulenburg Trip

Allen Senior Recreation Center is going to Schulenburg, Texas!

The "Painted Churches Tour" will be a three-day, two-night trip on April 11-13, 2018.

Enjoy a fun-filled extended trip during the beautiful springtime. The trip includes sightseeing, a...

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Allen Senior Recreation Center
Posted on: October 27, 2017

Travel to New York City

New York Trip

Allen Senior Recreation Center is going to New York City!

Join the center for a five-day, four-night trip to see the bright lights of "The City That Never Sleeps" from Sept. 28-Oct. 2, 2018.

For more information, please call 214.509.4820 or stop b...

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Allen Senior Recreation Center
Posted on: November 10, 2017

New Online Registration System

ACTIVE Net

Allen Parks and Recreation is switching to a new online registration system, making it even easier to sign up for your favorite programs, classes and special events at all of the recreation facilities. The new registration system will go live beginning on...

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Allen Senior Recreation Center
Posted on: October 16, 2017

November/December 2017 Center-Link Newsletter

Center-Link Newsletter

The November/December 2017 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: November 17, 2017

Winter/Spring 2018 Recreation Guide

LIFE (Winter/Spring 2018)

The Winter/Spring 2018 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...

Read on...

Allen Senior Recreation Center

Posted on: November 15, 2017

New Doctor, Dentist Offices Approved

Medical Offices Exchange Parkway

Two new medical offices are coming to the northeast corner of Exchange Parkway and Twin Creeks Drive.

Vitals Family Medicine and Allen Smile Design will move into two existing office suites following approval from Allen City Council during the Nov. 14 meet...

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Find more local stories at AllenNews.org. City of Allen - Headline Updates
Posted on: November 14, 2017

Thanksgiving Hours for the City of Allen

family sitting at Thanksgiving table

Many City facilities will close or observe limited hours during the Thanksgiving holiday. For questions about schedules not listed below, please contact the facility directly.

See the list....

Find more local stories at AllenNews.org. City of Allen - Headline Updates
Posted on: November 10, 2017

AreaVibes Names Allen "Best Place to Live in America"

Aerial shot of playground and pavilion at Celebration Park

After surveying more than 30,000 cities nationwide, neighborhood website AreaVibes has named Allen #1!

Allen scored 88/100 in the website's annual Livability Score. The metrics compare amenities, cost of living, crime rate, education, employment, housing a...

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City of Allen - Headline Updates
Posted on: November 9, 2017

Allen Takes 7th Place in 2017 Digital Cities Survey

Allen Aerial Shot with Water Tower

Allen is making its debut on the list of Digital Cities Survey winners, following investments to improve residents’ lives and make government more secure and efficient.

The Center for Digital Government (CDG) ranked the city seventh in its annual...

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Find more local stories at AllenNews.org. City of Allen - Headline Updates
Posted on: November 10, 2017

Plan Ahead for Municipal Court Closures

Closed sign

Allen Municipal Court will be temporarily closed to the public while transitioning to new software.

Municipal Court offices will close at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 29. Online payments will resume on Monday, Dec. 4. Court offices will reopen at 9:30 a.m....

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City of Allen - Headline Updates
Posted on: September 18, 2017

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

MONEY Best Places to Live 2017 logo

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: November 17, 2017

Thanksgiving Trash and Recycling Schedule

trash_recycling

CWD is adjusting its trash and recycling collection schedule due to the Thanksgiving holiday. No trash or recycling will be collected on Thursday, Nov. 23 (Thanksgiving Day). Thursday routes will be collected on Friday; Friday routes will be collected on ...

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View the 2017 Trash & Recycling Guidelines. Community Services
Posted on: November 6, 2017

This Holiday Season, Help Stop Oil Pollution

fried turkey on a platter

Many Texans reach for the fryer to prepare their holiday feasts. But improperly disposing of used oil can cause serious problems.

Frying a turkey generally creates three to five gallons of leftover oil. In order to safely use this oil again it must be refr...

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Learn more about Allen's HHW program. Community Services

Posted on: November 9, 2017

Swim With Santa

Swim With Santa

Join Santa for a swim, and tell him what you would like for Christmas! A special "Swim With Santa" event is being held from 5:30-7:45 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15 at Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium. Santa is available for pictures for those with their own ...

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Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium
Posted on: November 10, 2017

New Online Registration System

ACTIVE Net

Allen Parks and Recreation is switching to a new online registration system, making it even easier to sign up for your favorite programs, classes and special events at all of the recreation facilities. The new registration system will go live beginning on...

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Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium
Posted on: November 9, 2017

Letters to Santa

Letters to Santa

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

Youth ages 1-12 can write a letter to Santa and drop it in one of his mailboxes from Nov. 20 to Dec. 11. at Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium or Joe Farmer Recreation Center.

Letters wil...

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Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium
Posted on: July 19, 2017

Winter/Spring 2018 Recreation Guide

LIFE (Winter/Spring 2018)

The Winter/Spring 2018 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...

Read on...

Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium

Posted on: November 15, 2017

Drop “Toys for Tots” at Allen Fire Stations

Toys for Tots Campaign

“Toys for Tots” is collecting gifts for Allen families at local fire stations through Dec. 6.

The organization accepts unwrapped presents for children through age 16. Items will be distributed to local families and organizations, includ...

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Find more local stories at AllenNews.org. Fire Department
Posted on: November 10, 2017

Is Your Fire Extinguisher Recalled?

photo of recalled fire extinguishers

Kidde has recalled 134 models of fire extinguishers following hundreds of reports of failure. The recall involves two styles of Kidde extinguishers, including models with a plastic handle and those with a push-button Pindicator, manufactured between 1973 ...

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See the list of recalled models. Fire Department
Posted on: October 27, 2017

Outdoor Fireplace and Fire Pit Safety

Outdoor Fire Pit

It's great to cozy up by the fireplace or fire pit. Follow these safety tips to keep your evenings accident-free.

  • Ensure an adult is present at all times when using a fireplace or fire pit.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from open flames.
  • St...
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Fire Department

Ford Pool

3 Stories
Posted on: November 17, 2017

Winter/Spring 2018 Recreation Guide

LIFE (Winter/Spring 2018)

The Winter/Spring 2018 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...

Read on...

Ford Pool
Posted on: November 10, 2017

New Online Registration System

ACTIVE Net

Allen Parks and Recreation is switching to a new online registration system, making it even easier to sign up for your favorite programs, classes and special events at all of the recreation facilities. The new registration system will go live beginning on...

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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: November 9, 2017

Holiday Arts & Craft Fair

Holiday Arts & Craft Fair

Just in time for the holidays, this arts and craft fair will put everyone in the giving spirit with creative crafts and a festive atmosphere!

The "Holiday Arts & Craft Fair" is being held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9 in the Joe F...

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Joe Farmer Recreation Center
Posted on: November 10, 2017

New Online Registration System

ACTIVE Net

Allen Parks and Recreation is switching to a new online registration system, making it even easier to sign up for your favorite programs, classes and special events at all of the recreation facilities. The new registration system will go live beginning on...

Read on...

Joe Farmer Recreation Center
Posted on: November 9, 2017

Holiday Celebration

Holiday Celebration

Santa is coming to town to celebrate the holiday season!

A "Holiday Celebration" with activities such as cookie decorating, crafts and games will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16 at Joe Farmer Recreation Center.

Story time with ...

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Joe Farmer Recreation Center
Posted on: November 9, 2017

Breakfast With Santa

Breakfast With Santa

Have breakfast with Santa as he takes a break from his toy shop and refuels for the day!

A special "Breakfast With Santa" event is being held from 9-11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 19 at Joe Farmer Recreation Center.

Bring your camera to get a picture...

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Joe Farmer Recreation Center
Posted on: November 9, 2017

Letters to Santa

Letters to Santa

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

Youth ages 1-12 can write a letter to Santa and drop it in one of his mailboxes from Nov. 20 to Dec. 11. at Joe Farmer Recreation Center or Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium.

Letters wil...

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Joe Farmer Recreation Center
Posted on: July 19, 2017

Winter/Spring 2018 Recreation Guide

LIFE (Winter/Spring 2018)

The Winter/Spring 2018 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...

Read on...

Joe Farmer Recreation Center

Posted on: October 26, 2017

Happy Birthday APL!

APL is 50!

The Library is 50!  If you missed the celebration on Saturday, October 14, here are two videos to catch you up on the action.

50th Birthday Bash and Carnival 

50th Anniversary Documentary

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Visit Allen News Library - Main
Posted on: October 14, 2017

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

Happy Thanksgiving

The library will be closed beginning at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22 through Friday, November 24 in observance of Thanksgiving.  For your convenience, no materials are due while the library is closed.  We will reopen at 10 a.m. Satur...

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Visit Allen News Library - Main
Posted on: October 23, 2017

Learn a new language

Pronunciator

 Pronunciator offers the largest ESL curriculum on the planet, with courses taught in 51 non-English languages. Pronunciator isn't just for ESL.  Do you want to learn Spanish, or German, or Japanese?  We've got you covered. All ...

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Try Pronunciator! Library - Main

Posted on: November 10, 2017

Plan Ahead for Municipal Court Closures

Closed sign

Allen Municipal Court will be temporarily closed to the public while transitioning to new software.

Municipal Court offices will close at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 29. Online payments will resume on Monday, Dec. 4. Court offices will reopen at 9:30 a.m....

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Municipal Court

Posted on: November 9, 2017

Holiday Events Abound in Allen

Holiday Events 2017

Allen is getting in the holiday spirit with a wide range of festive events, providing fun for all ages!

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: November 15, 2017

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours and Closures

Thanksgiving Hours

Many of Allen's recreation facilities will close or observe limited hours during the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: October 30, 2017

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

Christmas Tree Lighting

There's no better way to get in the holiday spirit than by joining the City of Allen for the grand lighting of its 35-foot Christmas tree, featuring more than 20,000 lights!

All ages are welcome to attend the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, a family-friend...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: October 30, 2017

Rudolph Run 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run

Rudolph Run 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run

The Rudolph Run is one of Allen's most exciting holiday events and takes place on Main Street in downtown Allen. 

The 2017 Rudolph Run will occur on Saturday, December 2. 

The event begins with a non-competitive, one-mile run and concludes...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: November 10, 2017

New Online Registration System

ACTIVE Net

Allen Parks and Recreation is switching to a new online registration system, making it even easier to sign up for your favorite programs, classes and special events at all of the recreation facilities. The new registration system will go live beginning on...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: November 10, 2017

PARD Center Supervisor Wins Horizons Award

TRAPS North Horizons Award

Allen Parks and Recreation's Jonathan McCloskey, the Center Supervisor for Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium and Ford Pool, was honored with the distinguished 2017 Horizons Award from the Texas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS) North region.

The Horizons Award a...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: November 8, 2017

Letters to Santa

Letters to Santa

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

Youth ages 1-12 can write a letter to Santa and drop it in one of his mailboxes from Nov. 20 to Dec. 11. at Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium or Joe Farmer Recreation Center.

Letters wil...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: November 8, 2017

The 6th Annual Great Turkey Skate

Turkey Skate

Join Allen Community Ice Rink for skating and various Thanksgiving-themed games and activities!

The 6th Annual Great Turkey Skate is being held from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 25 at Allen Community Ice Rink.

All on-ice participants must wear skates.

Th...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: November 8, 2017

Holidays On Ice Show

Holidays On Ice Show

Come get in the festive spirit at a special holiday performance on the ice at Allen Event Center!

The "Holidays On Ice Show" will be held from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3 at Allen Event Center.

The event will feature the Allen Academy of Skating an...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: November 8, 2017

Holiday Arts & Craft Fair

Holiday Arts & Craft Fair

Just in time for the holidays, this arts and craft fair will put everyone in the giving spirit with creative crafts and a festive atmosphere!

The "Holiday Arts & Craft Fair" is being held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9 in the Joe F...

Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: November 9, 2017

Edge Holiday Bash

Edge Holiday Bash

Come out to the skate park for a fun-filled day of scooter, skateboard and BMX competitions as we ring in the holiday break with a bash!

The Edge Holiday Bash will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9 at the skate park.

The event is open to ag...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: November 9, 2017

Swim With Santa

Swim With Santa

Join Santa for a swim, and tell him what you would like for Christmas!

A special "Swim With Santa" event is being held from 5:30-7:45 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15 at Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium.

Santa is available for pictures for those with their own ca...

Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: November 9, 2017

Holiday Celebration

Holiday Celebration

Santa is coming to town to celebrate the holiday season!

A "Holiday Celebration" with activities such as cookie decorating, crafts and games will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16 at Joe Farmer Recreation Center.

Story time with ...

Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: November 9, 2017

Drop & Shop Holiday Skate

Holiday Skate

Enjoy on-ice games and activities, including pictures with Santa and more at this special holiday-themed open skate event!

The "Drop & Shop Holiday Skate" will be held from 3:15-6:15 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16 at Allen Community Ice Rink.

Open ...

Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: November 9, 2017

Breakfast With Santa

Breakfast With Santa

Have breakfast with Santa as he takes a break from his toy shop and refuels for the day!

A special "Breakfast With Santa" event is being held from 9-11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 19 at Joe Farmer Recreation Center.

Bring your camera to get a picture...

Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: October 24, 2017

Technology Upgrade for Athletic Field Lights

Field Lights

The lighting system for Allen’s athletic fields will soon be operated on a new technology platform!

In order to better serve customers who use Allen’s athletic fields, Allen Parks and Recreation is transitioning to a new operating inter...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: July 19, 2017

Winter/Spring 2018 Recreation Guide

LIFE (Winter/Spring 2018)

The Winter/Spring 2018 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...

Read on...

Parks & Recreation

Posted on: November 15, 2017

Allen PD Wins Public Safety Communications Awards

NCTCOG 911 Award Winners Pose with Awards

Allen’s public safety telecommunications staff is getting regional recognition for the way it handles 9-1-1 calls and educates the public about 9-1-1 service.

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) honored the City of Allen Publi...

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Find more local stories at AllenNews.org. Police Department

Posted on: November 9, 2017

Edge Holiday Bash

Edge Holiday Bash

Come out to the skate park for a fun-filled day of scooter, skateboard and BMX competitions as we ring in the holiday break with a bash!

The Edge Holiday Bash will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9 at the skate park.

The event is open to ag...

Read on...

The Edge Skate Park and Visitors Center
Posted on: November 10, 2017

New Online Registration System

ACTIVE Net

Allen Parks and Recreation is switching to a new online registration system, making it even easier to sign up for your favorite programs, classes and special events at all of the recreation facilities. The new registration system will go live beginning on...

Read on...

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

Winter/Spring 2018 Recreation Guide

LIFE (Winter/Spring 2018)

The Winter/Spring 2018 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...

Read on...

The Edge Skate Park and Visitors Center