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Posted on: July 1, 2020

Adult Leagues: Ice for All Experience Levels

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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. 

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Posted on: May 29, 2020

ACIR to Open in Phases Beginning June 8

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Allen Community Ice Rink will reopen programming in progressive phases beginning Monday, June 8. This phased opening follows State of Texas and Collin County recommendations, with operational adjustments for added safety while in the facility.

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Posted on: June 4, 2020

Registration now OPEN for Programs, Camps and Classes!

LIFE in Allen Summer Activity Registration Now Open!

Online registration is now OPEN for Allen Parks and Recreation’s adjusted activities, classes and programs!

Operations at each facility will be adjusted, including smaller classes, location and time changes to accommodate social distancing, and e...

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Posted on: July 2, 2020

New Statewide Order Takes Effect July 3 Requires Face Coverings in Public

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(Office of the Texas Governor: July 2, 2020, Austin, TX)

Governor Greg Abbott today issued an Executive Order requiring all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with fe...

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Go to the City of Allen COVID-19 information page. City of Allen - Headline Updates
Posted on: July 2, 2020

City Holiday Closures Friday, July 3

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City of Allen offices and facilities are closed on Friday, July 3, in observance of Independence Day.

Allen Public Library is closed July 3-4. Trash and recycling collection will resume Monday, July 6. See Allen Parks and Recreation facility hours below.

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Posted on: June 29, 2020

Cricket Field Coming to Spirit Park

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 A new athletic field coming soon to Spirit Park will support an emerging Allen sport: cricket.

For years, local cricket enthusiasts have found an unofficial home at Suncreek Park. However, parking limitations and disruptions from North Texas Muni...

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Find more local stories at AllenNews.org. City of Allen - Headline Updates
Posted on: June 22, 2020

Low Interest Rates Bring Savings to Allen Taxpayers

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Allen is taking advantage of low interest rates to generate significant savings on taxpayer-funded projects.

Voters approved bond funding in 2016 to fund parks and recreation facility projects, library improvements, street construction, traffic improvement...

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Find more local stories at AllenNews.org. City of Allen - Headline Updates
Posted on: June 18, 2020

Allen Water Audit Approaches Final Stages

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An audit of the City of Allen’s water billing practices is reaching its final steps.

Allen City Council voted to conduct the audit in March due to customer concerns over high water bills received during summer 2019. The internal audit is followin...

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Posted on: June 11, 2020

Allen reveals a new storefront: the entire city

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(Allen Texas Convention & Visitors Bureau) — Created with local life in mind, a new collaboration of Allen organizations announces concentrated #ShopAllenTX campaign.

To help boost the reopening efforts of the Allen business community, Allen ...

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Posted on: June 1, 2020

Online Application for Housing & Living Assistance Available for Allen, Collin County Residents

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Collin County families and individuals impacted by COVID-19 can now apply online for housing and living assistance grants, part of the Collin CARES recovery plan that provides up to $2,500 in monthly financial assistance to each qualifying household.

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Posted on: June 1, 2020

"Past Due" Utility Notices Suspended

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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency, the City of Allen has temporarily stopped mailing customers “past due” notices for their City utilities including water, sewer and trash collection services. These notices are sent to customers wh...

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Community Services

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Posted on: June 19, 2020

Ford Pool Reopening with Limited Open Swim

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Allen Parks and Recreation will add open swim times at Ford Pool beginning July 4 with limited hours and several operational adjustments. This reopening addition continues the phased-in approach to operations as Allen Parks and Recreation considers state ...

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Posted on: June 4, 2020

Registration now OPEN for Programs, Camps and Classes!

LIFE in Allen Summer Activity Registration Now Open!

Online registration is now OPEN for Allen Parks and Recreation’s adjusted activities, classes and programs!

Operations at each facility will be adjusted, including smaller classes, location and time changes to accommodate social distancing, and e...

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Posted on: March 30, 2020

Appalachian Trail: Challenge of the Year

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The Appalachian Trail - all 2,200 miles of it - is the focus of Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium’s 2020 Challenge of the Year. And, since the facility is closed temporarily, we are moving this challenge to where you are - home!

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Posted on: July 1, 2020

Allen Fire Department Provides COVID-19 Help Line

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If you live or work in Allen and have questions about COVID-19 response or preparedness, call the Allen Fire Department Help Line at 214.509.4333.

This Help Line is designed for Allen residents and businesses with questions about new restrictions, protecti...

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Posted on: June 19, 2020

Ford Pool Reopening with Limited Open Swim

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Allen Parks and Recreation will add open swim times at Ford Pool beginning July 4 with limited hours and several operational adjustments. This reopening addition continues the phased-in approach to operations as Allen Parks and Recreation considers state ...

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Posted on: June 4, 2020

Registration now OPEN for Programs, Camps and Classes!

LIFE in Allen Summer Activity Registration Now Open!

Online registration is now OPEN for Allen Parks and Recreation’s adjusted activities, classes and programs!

Operations at each facility will be adjusted, including smaller classes, location and time changes to accommodate social distancing, and e...

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Posted on: June 4, 2020

Registration now OPEN for Programs, Camps and Classes!

LIFE in Allen Summer Activity Registration Now Open!

Online registration is now OPEN for Allen Parks and Recreation’s adjusted activities, classes and programs!

Operations at each facility will be adjusted, including smaller classes, location and time changes to accommodate social distancing, and e...

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Posted on: June 11, 2020

Allen Public Library is Reopening!

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Allen Public Library will reopen to the public on Monday, June 15 with adjusted hours and limited occupancy.

Hours of operation

Allen Public Library will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday during this initial phase of operations. The facil...

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Posted on: June 1, 2020

Curbside Pickup Available at Allen Public Library!

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Allen Public Library is making plans to reopen with the safety of customers and staff in mind. Reopening plans will be posted on AllenLibrary.org when finalized. In the meantime, library cardholders can schedule curbside pickup of up to ten materials begi...

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Posted on: May 29, 2020

Summer Reading Club 2020, June 1-July 31

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Summer Reading Club is all online in 2020 and starts Monday, June 1 through READsquared!  Earn points by logging minutes read, book titles read or by completing missions.  Make sure to earn your points by Friday, July 31.  

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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Digital Library

Digital Library: cloudLibrary, RB Digital Magazines, and Tumblebooks

The Library is closed, but our digital library is always open!  You have access to eBooks and eAudiobooks with cloudLibrary and digital magazines with RB Digital. There’s also Tumblebook Library for the little ones.  Visit our ...

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Posted on: March 18, 2020

Operational Changes and Reopening Plans

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Allen Parks & Recreation is planning a phased return to operations to align with state guidelines and protect the health of both citizens and staff.

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Registration is open! Register in ActiveNet. The following facilities are open; however, some l...

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Posted on: June 4, 2020

Registration now OPEN for Programs, Camps and Classes!

LIFE in Allen Summer Activity Registration Now Open!

Online registration is now OPEN for Allen Parks and Recreation’s adjusted activities, classes and programs!

Operations at each facility will be adjusted, including smaller classes, location and time changes to accommodate social distancing, and e...

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Posted on: June 19, 2020

Ford Pool Reopening with Limited Open Swim

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Allen Parks and Recreation will add open swim times at Ford Pool beginning July 4 with limited hours and several operational adjustments. This reopening addition continues the phased-in approach to operations as Allen Parks and Recreation considers state ...

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Posted on: March 30, 2020

Appalachian Trail: Challenge of the Year

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The Appalachian Trail - all 2,200 miles of it - is the focus of Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium’s 2020 Challenge of the Year. And, since the facility is closed temporarily, we are moving this challenge to where you are - home!

All you have to do to joi...

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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.

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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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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

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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.

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 base to help alleviate the tax burden ...

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Posted on: June 4, 2020

Registration now OPEN for Programs, Camps and Classes!

LIFE in Allen Summer Activity Registration Now Open!

Online registration is now OPEN for Allen Parks and Recreation’s adjusted activities, classes and programs!

Operations at each facility will be adjusted, including smaller classes, location and time changes to accommodate social distancing, and e...

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View more on Allen Parks & Recreation. The Edge Skate Park and Visitors Center

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Posted on: May 28, 2020

Who Controls Your Sprinkler System: You or Mother Nature?

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Weather changes have a great impact on Allen’s water use, especially for homeowners with SMART sprinkler controllers. Here’s how average temperatures, average rainfall and the speed at which water evaporates due to other factors (such ...

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Find more ways to control summer water use. Water Conservation News
Posted on: April 1, 2020

Daytime Watering Restrictions in Effect Through Oct. 31

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From April 1 to October 31, sprinkler use is not allowed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. This helps reduce water lost to evaporation.

Sprinklers/irrigation systems may be used up to twice per week on assigned watering days, as needed. This includes sprinklers a...

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