July is National Parks and Recreation Month! Allen City Council celebrated with a proclamation at the July 13 Council meeting.
During the presentation, Mayor Fulk praised the outstanding effort and creativity by Allen Parks and Recreation staff to bring fun events and programs to our community. Through the work of the department, Allen consistently maintains its reputation as an attractive and desirable place to live, work, play and visit.
Residents and visitors can 'Discover LIFE in Allen' through July 31 with discounted memberships, special events and more. View membership packages and offers.
Annual Parks and Recreation Board Report
The Parks and Recreation Board gave its annual report at the July 13 Council meeting. The Board, in conjunction with the Parks and Recreation Department, saw a productive year of site improvements, new projects and team awards.
New projects include the steam locomotive at Heritage Village, improvements at Allen Station Park Playground and Ridgeview Trail, and the introduction of a new Recreation Enrichment Vehicle. Perhaps the largest project is the Stephen G. Terrell Recreation Center which broke ground July 17.
Parks and Recreation earned notable awards in 2020 and 2021. The department won two TRAPS State Awards for the ‘Search for Cece’ event held summer 2020, and the Parks Foundation won a TRAPS Volunteer Service Award. Allen Event Center (AEC) ranked No. 9 worldwide in Pollstar’s list of Top 25 Arenas for concert attendance from November 2020 through May 2021. The list also ranked AEC at No. 8 in gross ticket sales.