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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.

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

Allen Heritage Village Improvements
Design of improvements to the I House, Yellow House and Lynge House within the Allen Heritage Village are now underway. A restroom facility was recently constructed within the Allen Heritage Village which is available for use during rentals and events at the Heritage Village. Funding for these improvements was provided by the Allen Community Development Corporation.

Hillside Park Play Area
Design improvements to the Hillside Park Play Area are now in the construction document phase and are anticipated to be under construction by April 2015.

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 
Study and Design of the historic Allen 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 Spring 2015.  

Cottonwood Creek Hike & Bike Trail
Design of the trail from the northern end of Allen Station Park to the Villas of Star Creek is nearing completion. Staff are working with Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and TxDOT to pass through the DART right-of-way and under U.S. 75 at Cottonwood Creek. The project includes a prefabricated bridge that will incorporate public art. Construction is anticipated to commence by Spring 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 2015.

Molsen Farm
A master plan has been developed and a design consultant has been selected for design of Molsen Farm. 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. The concept plan for Orchards Park includes the proposed development of a playground, shade structure and walking path to be completed in 2015.

Current Trail Construction Projects
Allen Land Development Code requires private land developers to construct segments of hike & bike trails as identified on the Allen Parks and Trails Implementation Plan. Current developer-funded trail improvements are underway in the following developments:

Montgomery Ridge Residential 
Twin Creeks Urban Center
Twin Creeks Crossing Multi-family
•  The Villages at Twin Creeks Residential 
Cumberland Crossing Residential  
Morgan Crossing Residential
Allen Muslim Mosque
Angel Field West
Cottonwood Crossing
Ansley Meadow
Exchange Professional Center
Creekside Phase II residential The Landings Watters Creek Addition

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