Park Projects


Rapid development in Allen requires the Park Planning and Capital Projects Division to keep pace with the population's demand for passive and active recreational facilities. The division is responsible for the planning, design and construction management of parks, trails and open space in Allen through the Capital Improvement Projects Plan. Funding through the Allen Community Development Corporation, the Collin County Parks and Open Space program, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and other federal, state and foundation funding sources are actively pursued for the enhancement of public facilities and programming. Check out the Allen Parks and Recreation Master Plan to find out more.

Current capital improvement projects are located throughout Allen. The following are a few of the projects currently underway:

Allen Heritage Village Improvements

Restoration of and improvements to the I House and Lynge House within the Allen Heritage Village are now complete. Along with the newly restored homes, additional parking lots, site lighting and a new restroom facility has recently been constructed. The Allen Heritage Guild has replaced the roof on the Old Yellow Farm House and staff are busy in October making preparations for the Heritage Village ribbon-cutting which will be held on Saturday, October 22. Funding for these improvements was provided by the Allen Community Development Corporation.

Windridge Park

The property at the corner of Cambridge Drive and Hanover Drive is soon to be transformed into a pocket park that will serve the surrounding neighborhood. This project is currently being designed, taking inspiration from ideas and visions shared with staff at a “Pop-Up Park” neighborhood event held December 2015.

Historic Water Station

Construction of the interpretive trail through Allen's historic Houston and Texas Central Railway Water Station within Allen Station Park is nearing completion. Program elements include preservation of the existing historic features, including Allen’s 1873 Old Stone Dam and water tower foundations, interpretative trails and signage, overlooks, enhanced trail access, trail head improvements off of Cedar Drive and minor landscape improvements. Construction is anticipated to be complete in February 2017.

Watters Branch Community Park

The Watters Branch Community Park master plan is complete. Also, design of Phase I of the community park is complete and includes a lighted adult softball complex with parking, restroom facilities, multi-use fields, looped pedestrian trail, nature trails and playground. Next steps include bidding the project with construction to follow.

Molsen Farm

Refinements to the master plan are complete. Cleanup efforts continue in conjunction with the tree farm operations. Partnerships are currently being developed to create an exemplary heritage park model, while preserving Allen’s agrarian heritage.

Plans for Molsen Farm include a permanent tree farm, community gardens, prairie habitat restoration areas, pond enhancements, soft surface trails, day camping and a potential site for an environmental education center. Partnerships with select non-profit groups may allow for additional educational opportunities and social benefits.

Orchards Park

Orchards Park is located on Lake Travis Drive, between Malone Road and Angel Parkway, and is approximately six acres in size.  The park is bordered by single family residential in all directions and includes a playground, shade structure and loop trail and will host a park dedication ribbon cutting and the 2016 Arbor Day festivities on October 29.

Ford Pool Redevelopment

Ford Pool construction is continuing to progress and the overall project is on track to be substantially complete in October. The latest construction updates include a plaza entry sign “banner” has been constructed on top of four, nine-foot concrete columns; the concrete pool deck’s formwork is in place, and the deck is anticipated to be completed by October; upon completion of the pool’s decking, other structures, such as picnic shelters and a cabana, will be erected; roof installation and interior work will begin this month on the pool house (which includes a bathhouse and offices), and the chemical storage and pump buildings.

Other aspects of the Ford Pool project include competitive lap lanes, a zero-depth entry and fun water play structures. Updates to Food Pool and the surrounding amenities began in December 2015, after nearly 30 years of use. Despite rain and inclement weather that has impacted construction, Ford Pool will be open for the summer 2017 season.