The Allen Parks and Trails Map shows over 700 acres of city parks and recreational facilities. Allen classifies parks into four categories: neighborhood parks, community park, greenbelts and special usage parks.
Allen Parks and Trails Map 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.
In addition to the 700 acres of parks and recreational facilities, the City of Allen also has a Public Art Programs. Throughout the city there are on site-specific artwork with opportunities for hands-on encounters with art.
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.
The City of Allen is approximately 27 square miles and has 98,000 residents. The median age is 35 years and the average household income is $101,636. The town was officially incorporated in 1953.
This city is a great community for all walks of life. Nationally, the city is known for its housing affordability, safety, and top notch education. Locally, Allen is known for its world class entertainment, culture and numerous employment opportunities. In addition, the city is nationally-recognized for its parks and recreational facilities.
There are a multitude of community organizations for its residents to get involved in. In addition, there are over 200 restaurants, 5 major shopping centers, 2 movie theaters, and an abundance of cultural and outdoor activities.
This vibrant city continues to receive high praise for its great location and high quality of life. Furthermore, Allen has been honored in national “Best of” rankings from The Dallas Morning News, Family Circle, D Magazine, WalletHub, Niche, SafeWise, Forbes and Money Magazine.
The Allen Event Center venue is 188,000 square feet. The center has a capacity for 8,100 seats, 26 suites and two full-size ice rinks. Because of its size, the venue hosts concerts, trade shows, sporting events, festivals, and community ceremonies. It is home to the Allen Americans, Dallas Sidekicks, Texas Revolution, and the Lone Star Conference Basketball Championship.
Senior Recreation Center features a fitness room, a craft room, and a game room. In addition, the center offers a variety of programs, trips and special events, activities and classes.
The Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium is a year-round facility that includes a leisure and a competition pool, a fitness center, a rock climbing wall, an aerobics room.
The edge is an outdoor extreme outdoor sports park. The facility features a skate park, a BMX course and two in-line hockey rinks. Outdoor facilities are free and open to the public.
Ford Pool is a summer-use facility which offers swim lessons, open swim, family swim nights and rental use.
The Courses at Watters Creek is a municipal golf complex that features The Traditions 18-Hole Championship Course, The Players 9-Hole Course and The Futures 6-Hole Short Course. The Courses at Watters Creek offers 33 unique holes of golf for every level player.
The Community Ice Rink has 300 seats, locker rooms, an equipment shop, meeting rooms, off-ice training areas and a skate rental. In addition, the ice rink offers a variety of programs and is available for private ice rental.
The Allen Public Library and Civic Auditorium offers a variety of programs for all ages.
Allen Independent School System
The city is served mostly by the Allen Independent School System. There are 20 elementary schools for students kindergarten through 6th grade and three middles schools for students in 7th and 8th grade. All freshman attend the Lowry Freshman Center and 10th, 11th and 12th grade student attend the same high school.
Where you buy not only affects the home’s current and future value, but it also affects your lifestyle. Your agent will be able to conduct a more targeted home search if you outline your preferences in neighborhoods and nearby amenities. Here’s a checklist of items you should consider and communicate to your chosen real estate agent.
Urban, suburban or rural
Proximity to the airport
Proximity to restaurants and retail
Access to major highways and thoroughfares
Access to public transportation
Health care facilities
Parks and recreation
Length of time you plan to live in the home (Your agent should be knowledgeable about growth trends and projections that could affect your investment.)
The Villages at Allen provides something fun for every member of the family.
The Village at Allen is a 181-acre mixed-use retail development that includes the Allen Event Center, The Grove, Canine Commons Dog Park, the Allen Ice Rink and over 100 stores and restaurants.
The Villages at Allen and its sister shopping center, The Village at Fairview, are together one of the newest and biggest shopping, dining and entertainment destination in the North Texas area. A four mile hike and bikes winds around both shopping Villages.
The Villages at Allen- The Grove
The Grove, at the center of The Villages at Allen, features a park with plenty of seating and public restrooms. There is also an outdoor fireplace with a pavilion of comfy chairs. Children are welcome to play in the Texas-shaped hedge maze. In addition, there are children’s playhouses and a real red train caboose with toys inside. For game loving adults, there are also 4 tables with built in chess boards.
The Grove at The Villages of Allen
Benches at The Grove
The Village Express
The Village Express
The Villages at Allen-Canine Commons
Canine Commons Dog Park is a fenced, tree-shaded haven for dogs of all shapes and sizes. The park features water fountains for dogs and their humans, benches, tables, and doggy bag stations with complimentary hand sanitizer.
Canine Commons Dog Park
Canine Kids at Canine Commons is separate area for dogs that weigh under 20 pounds. Smaller dogs can socialize without feeling overwhelmed and crowded by the larger dogs. Of course, smaller dogs are welcome in the large dog park, but they do so at their own risk.
Canine Commons Dog Park is Tuesday through Sunday from 7 am to 10 pm. Mondays the park opens at 10 am.
The Villages at Allen is home to the Allen Event Center
Premium seating is available including VIP suites, lounge and club seats. Suites are furnished with suite a granite wet bar and refrigerator, in-suite catering service, corporate logo suite identification and tickets to an Allen American regular season home game.
The center opened in 2009 and Reba McEntire was the very first performer. Other headliners include the Goo Goo Dolls, The Counting Crows, REO Speedwagon, and Boston to name a few.
Allen Event Center also features a 2nd, full- size 80 foot x 200 foot, state-of-the-art ice surface with a general seating capacity for over 300 spectators. In addition, Learn to Skate programs are available for all types of figure skating and hockeys skating levels. Classes are available for recreational or competitive hockey league level. The rink is also open for public skating.
Allen Community Ice Rink is designed to meet the needs of aspiring Olympians or to those just learning to skate. A beginners through advanced competitive level skating programs is available. Furthermore, the rink provides an elite coaching staff to take competitive skaters to the highest level that the sport has to offer.
Other amenities include locker rooms, equipment shop, meeting rooms and off-ice training area. Skate rentasl and on-ice harnesses are available as well.
The Allen Community Ice Rink is available for private ice rental, field trips, fund raisers, corporate team building and church functions. Reserve up to 60 days in advance.
The Villages at Allen Shopping & Restaurants
The Villages at Allen shops include Super Target, Best Buy, TJMaxx, HomeGoods, Toys R Us, Babies R Us, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Cabelas, Ross Dress for Less, Gamestop, Sally’s Beauty Supply, Petsmart, Haverty’s Furniture, James Avery and more.
Restuarants include Olive Garden, BJ’s, Pluckers, Cotton Patch, Cowboy Chicken, Free Birds, Which Which, Moo-yas, In-and-out Burger, Cheddars, Raising Canes Chicken, Chic-fil-a, Paradise Bakery, Uncle Julio’s, Dodie, and more.