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:
Reed Park West Shade Structure (COMPLETE)The playground at Reed West is scheduled to receive a large shade structure that will cover both play structures and the swings. Completion is anticipated for Spring 2019.
Joe Farmer Recreation Center Bridge Replacements (COMPLETE)The south pedestrian bridge at the Joe Farmer Recreation Center is being replaced with a completely new structure. Patrons are temporarily required to enter the center by way of the reconstructed north bridge along the west side of the amphitheater.
Ridgeview Crossing Neighborhood Park (COMPLETE)The Parks and Recreation Department is working with the developer of the Ridgeview Crossing subdivision to build a 2.3 acre neighborhood park. Amenities include swings, playground structures for 2-5 year olds and 5-12 year olds, 2 pavilions, plenty of open space, and a loop walking trail. Completion of the project is scheduled for Spring 2019.
PlaygroundsNew playgrounds are being installed at Bethany Ridge Park, Dayspring Park and Glendover Park. Construction will begin in September 2019 and is scheduled to be completed by Fall 2019.
The landscape architecture team at Studio 13 Design Group has been hired to design renovation efforts at Heritage Park. Many of the park’s existing features such as the landscaping and playground location will remain as is. New elements include enhanced landscaping, pavilion, new playground, and larger sidewalks and trail. The design portion of the project is just the beginning with final drawings to be completed by Spring 2019. Construction is anticipated for Fall 2019 with an estimated completion date in Summer 2020.
The Parks and Recreation Department has hired the team of Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture & Ballard*King and Associates to prepare a feasibility study for the proposed Exchange Parkway Recreation Center. The study will result in information that guides the city in determining the level of need for such, what programs and activities it should accommodate, how much it will cost to operate, and what form and floor plan the facility could manifest. The study will be completed in fall 2019.
Exchange Parkway Recreation Center and Community Park
Check out the latest community meeting presentation from October 3, 2019.