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Planning for the Future
Planning for the Future
The long-range planning of Allen Parks and Recreation is guided by a “family of plans” that are each unique in focus and purpose. The plan that most directly influences the success of the Department’s long-range planning is the Parks, Recreation & Open Space Master Plan.  An update to the current plan is in the works and is expected by mid-late 2014.

As our community has grown, Allen Parks and Recreation has worked to expand and improve upon the parks and recreation facilities and opportunities for our residents. Twenty years ago, Allen had no recreation centers and less than 600 acres of parks. Today, we have over 1,000 acres of parks, more than 40 miles of hiking and nature trails and five recreation facilities. These have been delivered at the request of Allen citizens who support an enhanced quality of life.

The City of Allen has embraced new strategies to continue this growth. While it would have been easy to tread water and wait for the economy to pick up or to rely on more traditional tax supported revenue for funding and operation of these facilities, attention has turned to new models including developing public/private partnerships to improve the community. 

Public/Private Partnerships
In a public/private partnership, the resources of both the City and private industry are combined. While these can work in different ways, the City of Allen has found success leasing land with a developer paying the City rent to build and then manage a facility on City property. This is accomplished at no cost to the City. 

The project between Blue Sky Sports and the City of Allen is one example. Blue Sky Sports Center is a great facility for indoor soccer and it also houses the Allen Sports Association, which offers indoor football and volleyball in the facility.  

Another public/private partnership between the City and America’s Cable Park Group resulted in the new wakeboard park, Hydrous @ Allen Station Park.  Recently named Cable Wakeboard Park of the Year, the park has proven to be an exciting amenity that perfect complements the adjacent skate park, The Edge @ Allen Station Park. 

Allen Parks and Recreation has accomplished a great deal in partnering with the private sector to grow the array of recreational opportunities in Allen. With the vision of City leadership and the guidance of City Council, new and innovative development continues.  

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