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
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 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.
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.
Ford Pool Redevelopment
The new Ford Pool nears completion and will open in May for the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The final touch on the project will be the installation of artistic custom tile mosaic "wraps" around each of six different concrete columns in March and April. Other aspects of the Ford Pool project include competitive lap lanes, a zero-depth entry and fun water play structures.