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 StructureThe 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 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. Completion of the south bridge is anticipated no later than January 31, 2019.
Ridgeview Crossing Neighborhood Park 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.
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.