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. Celebration Park is classified as a Community park. 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.