The Allen Parks and Trails maps shows over 700 acres of city parks and recreational facilities.
The City of Allen classifies parks into four categories: neighborhood parks, community park, greenbelts and special usage parks.
Allen Parks and Trails Classification
Neighborhood parks are generally under 10 acres and serve people within a 1/2 mile to 1 mile radius of the park. Community parks can be up to 150 acres and offer more passive and active activities. Specific activities such as swimming, golf, or sports are deemed special use parks. Greenbelt are 100 foot walking trails designed around a natural habit such as a creek or wooded area.
Allen Parks and Trails Recreational Centers
Allen has 7 major recreational centers: Joe Farmer Recreational Center, Ford Pool, Allen Senior Recreational Center, Allen Community Ice Rink, Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium, The Edge Visitor Center and The Courses at Watters Creek.
Upcoming Allen Parks and Trails Additions and Updates
Design of Phase I of the community park is complete and includes a lighted adult softball complex with parking, restroom facilities, multi-use fields, looped pedestrian trail, nature trails and playground
Moslen Farm is a 14-16 acre tract located west of Greenville Avenue and south of Ridgemont Drive. Plans 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. Molsen Farm also has a trail connection between Plano to the east and the west side of U.S. Highway 75.
Historic Water Station
Allen’s Historic Water Station features an interpretive trail through Allen’s historic Houston and Texas Central Railway Water Station within Allen Station Park. The project includes 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.
Green Park, located at Alma and Comanche drive, will soon be updated with a themed playground. The design includes a fire fighter themed play structure for older children, a police officer themed structure for younger children, a play ambulance, and swings.
Allen Heritage Village
Allen Heritage Village is a re-creation of the Allen of the 1920s and 1930s. This collection of structures includes the original St. Mary Church , Allen Christian Church and The Bolin House. All are beautifully renovated and available to rent for weddings and special events. Recent updates include additional parking, lighting and restrooms.
Allen Parks and Trails Public Art
In addition to the 700 acres of parks and recreational facilities, the City of Allen also has a Public Art Program . Throughout the city there are on site-specific artwork with opportunities for hands-on encounters with art. The Public Art Program began in 2005 with the cities first Public Art Plan. It was later approved by the citizens of Allen in 2007.
As the city of Allen grows, the Public Art Committee is tasked with identifying future art projects that align with the Public Art Master Plan. For each project identified by the Public Art Committee, a subcommittee is formed to recommend the selection of an artist or artwork. The subcommittee if formed from a pool of citizen volunteers. Find out more about the application and selection process here.
The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), announced Allen Parks & Recreation as the winner for the 2016 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management.
Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium and Fitness Center
Splash Park At Celebration Park
The Edge Visitor Center
Pond at Bethany Lakes Park
Allen Event Center
The Edge Allen Skate Park
Joe Farmer Recreation Center
Allen Senior Recreational Center
Allen Heritage Center
Allen Veteran Memorial
Bolin Park Ball Fields
Spring Meadow Park
Looking for some inexpensive family fun? Then check out the many activities and amenities available at Allen Station Park. Since 2005, residents of Allen and the surrounding area have been skating boarding, wakeboarding, biking and much more at this 109 acre complex that is actually several parks in one.
Allen Station Park
Softball and Baseball Fields
Kids and adults can play ball at two separate facilities—a four-plex of softball fields and a five-plex baseball complex. The 44 acres of sports fields was originally built in 1998 and recently received a $250,000 facelift of low maintenance artificial turf. There is a concession stand, restrooms, a nearby playground, picnic tables and barbeque pits, drinking fountains and are surrounded by hiking and biking trails.
Hydrous Water Park
The Hydrous Water Park is a automated boat-less Wakeboard 16 acre park that is the brainchild of Chad Lacerte and was built in 2011. Hydrous has three separate cable systems. The main system, hung above the largest of the two lakes, is outfitted with ramps and rails for intermediate and advanced riders. The other cables are positioned over the smaller lake and are designed for beginners. The park offers summer camps, lessons, and birthday parties. There are some group discounts. Prices start at $45 per 2 hours with some additional equipment fees.
Hydrous Water Park
The Edge Skate Park
The Edge Park in Allen, TX features a concrete skate park, two roller-hockey rinks, BMX track and Visitor Center. At 37, 915 square feet, the skate park is now the largest outdoor facility of its kind in the state. The park was designed and built by Site Design Group from Tempe, AZ, a company known as one of the premier skate park design companies in the United States.
The park consists of three bowls varying in depths from 5ft-9ft. The park is well lit and allows bikes. There is also a large amount of bank slopes areas for beginners to practice on. Within the skate area is a pavilion for spectators and resting.
The Edge is available to rent for birthday parties and other celebrations. Permitted equipment includes skateboards, inline skates and scooters. Children must be accompanied by at least one parent.
The steel and wood deck entrance is actually made from the Old Stacy Road Bridge, which was salvaged from the county. The bridge is circa 1920, was expanded in 1964 and installed for a two-lane road that crossed Cottonwood Creek. When Stacy Road was reconstructed in 2001, the city of Allen saved the steel and wood bridge for use by nonvehicular traffic and moved it here over a little tributary of Cottonwood Creek.
The Edge Allen Skate Park
Outdoor Seating Area
Did you know that Allen has a BMX track? Since it humble beginnings in the 1970s in California, BMX bike racing has now grown to over 70,000 members nationwide. BMX or Bicycle Motocross is a sport where riders use manual power to maneuver a bike over jumps, banked corners and other obstacles. A BMX track is an off-road dirt track that features turns and jumps designed for BMX bike racing and takes about 45 seconds to complete. The Allen Station Park BMX course is a 60,000 sq. ft. regulation competition course . There are over 10 different jumps, four straight aways, a rhythm section, and a feature section. Restrooms and water fountains are available on the east side of the youth center. Hours of operation are from 8 a.m. until dusk.
In-Line Hockey Rink
The Edge features two full size lit hockey rinks, team and scorer boxes and covered spectator seating for both adults and kids. Allen Sports Authority has an in-line hockey league for ages 6 to 17 and beginners are welcome. In line hockey is different from ice hockey and it is considered less of a contact sport than ice hockey. In line hockey consists of 4 players plus the goalie. Various free in-line hockey clinics are also offered throughout the year. Call ASA at 214-727-9565 for information on dates and how to sign up.972.727.9565
Field Hockey Court
Field Hockey Viewing Stands
The Edge Allen Skate Park
Outdoor Seating Area
The Edge Visitor Center is 4000 sq. ft. facility with a media room, computer lab, game room and snack bar. The central open area of the center is open to visiting parents and kids. In front there is an open lawn and performance stage that is a venue for local bands and entertainment. The multipurpose room has porches and large glass overhead doors at each end that can be opened to bring the outdoors in and expand the activity area during favorable weather.
The restrooms can be accessed from the interior or the exterior of the center.
The computer lab is equipped with 12 computers, printer and software and was equipped by a donation from the Kiwanis Club of Allen.
The Media room consists of five televisions. There is one wide screen television that is used for watching movies and music videos. Visitors are welcome to use one of the playstation or Xbox game systems on any of the four smaller televisions. The gameroom is filled with ping pong tables, games and more televisions. The center is designated for kids age 10 to 17 years old. Throughout the year, the park hosts Family Nights for parents and kids Users will need to bring their own safety equipment. Admission is free to the skate park. However there is a small fee to use the computer lab.
Allen Station Park Location
Map of Allen Station Park