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Parks Projects
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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.

Artificial Turf at Allen Station Softball Complex
The four softball fields at Allen Station Park are currently being renovated with artificial turf fields to improve the frequency and quality of play as well as allow for additional softball tournaments to be held within Allen.

Hillside Park Play Area
Design of improvements to the Hillside Park Play Area will soon be underway with construction to be completed in 2015.

Watters Crossing Neighborhood Park
Improvements at Watters Crossing Neighborhood Park are nearing completion.  Improvements include replacement of the playground, site furnishings, construction of a perimeter loop trail, park signage, and pavilion enhancements.

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.   A soft-surface loop trail west of the 1874 stone dam through the water station is also in design to preserve, protect and interpret Allen’s historic water station.  Construction is anticipated to commence by Fall 2014.

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 an environmental education center. Partnerships with select non-profit groups may allow for additional educational opportunities and social benefits.

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:
  • Watterford Park Phase 9
  • Cumberland Crossing
  • Hamilton Hills
  • Ridgeview/Custer Apartment Complex
  • Star Creek

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