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. Up next, the Heritage Guild has contracted with a company that will soon replace the roof on the Old Yellow Farm House. 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 in the very early conceptual stage of design.

Historic Water Station

Construction of the interpretive trail through Allen's historic Houston & Texas Central Railway Water Station within Allen Station Park is underway. 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 commence by Fall 2015.

Watters Branch Community Park

The Watters Branch Community Park master plan is complete. Design of Phase I is underway to include a lighted adult softball complex with parking and restroom facilities, multi-use fields, a looped pedestrian trail, nature trails, and playground. Construction is anticipated to commence in 2016.

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 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 plan for Orchards Park includes the proposed development of a playground, shade structure and walking path to be completed in 2016.