City of Allen - Headline Updates

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Posted on: September 2, 2015

Labor Day Hours for the City of Allen


Several city facilities will close or observe limited hours during the Labor Day holiday weekend. See below for a list of closures and adjusted hours of operation.

Also note that trash service will not run on Monday, Sep. 7. Service will slide one day,...Read on...

Posted on: August 25, 2015

Allen Named 2nd Healthiest Housing Market in U.S.


Low unemployment, steady job growth and affordable home prices put Allen at the top of the nation’s healthiest housing markets. The ranking, assembled by personal finance website WalletHub, compared 300 U.S. cities using metrics such as foreclosure rates,...Read on...

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Posted on: August 25, 2015

Montgomery Ridge Development Plan Approved


The Montgomery Ridge Phase 2 mixed-use project can proceed to the next steps in the development process following approval from city council. Developers intend to transform the 91-acre property, located just west of US 75, into a diverse mix of single-fam...Read on...

Community Services

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Posted on: August 28, 2015

Need Creative Classroom or Field Trip Ideas?


Teachers, home schooling parents, scout leaders and other educators are encouraged to attend the 2015 Educator Expo hosted by Keep Allen Beautiful and the City of Allen. The event gives educators an opportunity to learn about the free programs offered thr...Read on...

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Fire Department

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Posted on: September 2, 2015

Allen CERT Now Accepting Applications


Allen's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is now accepting applications for Basic CERT class. The eight-week course begins Sep. 10.

The course prepares participants to deliver life-saving skills in a major disaster. Members are prepared to help their neighborhoods or workplaces following a catastrophic event that requires a large-scale response. Training includes fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

The class will meet Thursday nights from 7-9:30 p.m. The final class will be held on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 8 a.m. to noon. If you are interested in becoming a CERT member, contact Dave Campbell at or 469.371.1018Read on...

Posted on: August 31, 2015

Don't Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today


September is National Preparedness Month. Take action and make a plan with your community, your family and for your pets. Plan how to stay safe and communicate during the disasters that can affect your community during the 2015 Allen Preparedness Expo on Saturday, Sep. 12. The expo will be held in the parking lot of Lowe's (1010 W. McDermott Dr.) from 8 a.m. to noon.

The Preparedness Expo is a combined event sponsored by the Allen Fire Department in conjunction with the CommunityEmergency Response Team (CERT), Citizens Fire Academy Alumni/Fire Corps, Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), Citizens Police Academy Alumni, Citizens On Patrol (COP) and Volunteers in Policing (VIP)Read on...

Posted on: August 20, 2015

Virtual Fire Tool Used to Train Allen ISD Bus Drivers


Inside the new Allen ISD Service Center on Watters Rd., dozens of drivers and bus monitors are rehearsing for an emergency. Simulated flames lick the edges of a flat screen TV as Allen Fire Prevention Specialist Adam Bravo removes the pin of a red-barrele...Read on...

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Library - Main

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Posted on: September 4, 2015

Library Closures Scheduled in September


Allen Public Library has adjusted its September schedule to accommodate holidays and staff development. The library will be closed Sunday, Sep. 6 and Monday, Sep. 7 in observance of the Labor Day holiday. The library will also close on Friday, Sep. 11 for...Read on...

Posted on: September 2, 2015

Allen Public Library Celebrates the Work of Robin Williams


The library will highlight the diverse film career of actor Robin Williams during its September Movie Series. Films will be shown in the Civic Auditorium each Tuesday, beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

Sep. 8 – Dead Poets Society
Sep. 15 – Awaken...Read on...

Posted on: July 27, 2015

Personalized Book Suggestions


Try our Personalized Book Suggestions! Just fill out a short form and get 3 to 5 titles right in your inbox.

Personalized Reading List

Parks & Recreation

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Posted on: July 17, 2015

The Fall Recreation Guide is Now Available

Fall Recreation Guide

Be sure to check out the new Fall Allen Parks and Recreation guide! Resident registration begins August 10 and non-resident registration begins August 12. Pick up a hard copy at your favorite recreation facility beginning July 27. Don't want to leave the house or go online to get the guide? We've got you covered, just call 214.509.4700 to have one mailed to you. RegisterRead on...

Fall Recreation Guide
Posted on: August 31, 2015

Labor Day Adjusted Hours and Closures

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Some Allen Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed or have adjusted hours of operation this Labor Day.

Monday, September 7 - Labor Day Closures/Hours of Operation

Joe Farmer Recreation Center, The Visitor Center, Allen Senior Recreati...Read on...

Posted on: July 21, 2015

Hillside Park has a Fresh New Look

Hillside Park

After a complete demolition, Hillside Park renovations are complete. The new park has a much larger playground that includes two bays of swings, a 2-5 play unit, and a 5-12 unit. Be sure to check out the Hot Wheels track on the 2-5 unit and climb your way...Read on...

Parks Directory
Posted on: July 20, 2015

Allen Community Ice Rink Reopens Its Doors After Cosmetic and Maintenance Updates


The Allen Community Ice Rink reopens its doors today after having some updates made. A few of the things you will notice is that there is now more walking and seating space for guests, newly installed dasher walls, fresh paint around the facility and much...Read on...

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Posted on: July 9, 2015

Bolin Baseball Field Renovation

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The Allen Parks and Recreation Athletic Field Crew recently completed an infield renovation project at Bolin Baseball Field # 2. The drought over the past few years and the heavy rains created a sinking affect which caused the field to hold water. This ca...Read on...

Posted on: March 27, 2015

Annual Parks Facility Closure Schedule


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 to complete various projects as needed. Each facility ha...Read on...

Posted on: March 25, 2015

Arbor Day Foundation Names Allen Tree City USA


Allen, TX has been named a 2014 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. It marks the 12th consecutive year the City of Allen has earned the honor.

Allen achieved Tree City USA program ...Read on...

Posted on: November 12, 2014

Orchards Park Construction Concept


Orchards Park is an undeveloped Neighborhood Park located east of Malone Road on Lake Travis Drive north of Bethany Drive and south of Main Street. The property is approximately six acres in size and is bordered by single family residential. The concept p...Read on...

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Police Department

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Posted on: September 2, 2015

Reminder of State Hunting Laws


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...Read on...

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Posted on: August 19, 2015

Do You Know When to Stop for a School Bus?


Texas law requires drivers to stop when a school bus is stopped and operating a visual signal. But many drivers are confused about when the law applies.

According to Texas statute, a driver – traveling in either direction – must stop when approaching a...Read on...

Posted on: August 6, 2015

Citizens Police Academy Accepting Applications


The Fall 2015 Citizens Police Academy class will begin Thursday, Sep. 10. The 12-week course gives Allen residents an inside look at police department operations. Participants will meet officers from various units, including K-9, SWAT, patrol, criminal in...Read on...

Apply now.

Road Construction News

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Posted on: June 25, 2015

Sign Up for Road Construction Alerts


Use our handy alert tool to avoid getting stuck in construction traffic.You'll be notified of road closures or other significant traffic delays.

Use our handy alert tool to avoid getting stuck in construction traffic. When you sign up for Road Construction Alerts through the City of Allen, you'll be notified of road closures or other significant traffic delays. Simply type in your email address and check the box for "Road Construction Alerts." Once you confirm your subscription through a test email, you're ready to hit the roadRead on...

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Water Conservation News

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Posted on: August 10, 2015

Classes on Rain Barrels, Fall Gardening Enrolling Now


Before you plant your fall garden, take advantage of informative classes facilitated by City of Allen Water Conservation.

On Sep. 9, Patrick Dickinson from Texas A&M Agrilife will teach participants how to construct their own 55-gallon rain barrels. Residents will learn the basics of rainwater harvesting, including how to collect and store rainwater at home. The $50 fee covers all supplies for constructing your own rain barrel. Register now.

If you're planning a fall vegetable garden, the Sep. 23 class is the perfect primer. Participants will learn proper soil preparation, garden design, disease and insect identification, and the proper time to germinate vegetable seeds and when to transplant vegetables into your garden for the season. Join speaker Daniel Cunningham from Texas A&M Agrilife for this free class! Register now.

All classes are held from 6-8 p.m. at the Parks & Recreation Community Room (301 Century Parkway). Registration is requiredRead on...

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Posted on: June 25, 2015

Know When to Water? Find Out Now!


Even though Allen is no longer in a drought, you can conserve natural resources by limiting watering to twice per week. Residents may use sprinklers up to twice per week on assigned watering days, in accordance with the Water Conservation and Water Resource Management Plan. Daytime watering (between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.) is prohibited until Oct. 31. Residents should consult Allen's watering schedule map to determine their primary and optional watering daysRead on...

View Allen's watering schedule map.