Parks and Trails 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. Check out the Allen Parks and Recreation Master Plan to find out more.

Heritage Park ribbon cutting

The landscape architecture team at Studio 13 Design Group was hired to design renovation efforts at Heritage Park. Many of the park’s existing features such as the landscaping and playground location remain. New elements include enhanced landscaping, pavilion, new playground, and larger sidewalks and trail. Check out the new design in the ribbon-cutting highlight video below!

In place of a traditional ribbon cutting ceremony, Mayor Debbie Stout led Councilmembers on a fun "first look" at Heritage Park in September 2020.

Exchange Parkway Recreation Center and Community Park

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 conclude in fall 2019. Check out the latest community meeting presentation from Oct. 3, 2019.

Shade structures at City parks

During the past year, four new shade structures were installed over Allen playgrounds. Plan a play date and beat the heat under the new shade at Bethany Lakes Park (pictured), Greenville Heights Park (pictured), Hillside Park and Twin Creeks Park.

Bethany Lakes Park shade structures

Greenville Heights Park shade structure

Trail wayfinding placards

Over the last four years, Allen Parks Foundation has worked in conjunction with Parks and Recreation to develop a master plan for a trail marking system. On Feb. 3, 2021, the Foundation celebrated a milestone on the project by opening the boxes and revealing new trail sign placards! These placards represent Phase Two of the project.

The 6-foot monuments and wayfinding sign placards are planned at every trail intersection and designate major trail names with color coding to provide consistency, uniformity, and ease of understanding for trail users. With 78 miles of hike and bike trails, this is an appreciated addition for the usability of Allen's trail system. Installation of the 22 placards and monuments will begin in February 2021.

Pictured: Members of Allen Parks and Recreation Department and Allen Parks Foundation debut new wayfinding placards for Mustang Trail, Rowlett Trail, Urban Center Loop, Bel Air Loop and Cottonwood Trail.

City staff holding five new trail wayfinding placards