The Allen Community Development Corporation (CDC) recapped its 2015-2016 projects and revealed its plans for the future during the city council meeting on March 8.
In the past year, the CDC has funded a new play area at Hillside Park, 3.25 miles of new trails and park security cameras. It also added new cardio equipment at the Allen Senior Recreation Center, replaced the pool deck at Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium and added “share the road” signage to more local streets. In addition, CDC contributed funding to new distance markers at Allen trails, the new Cottonwood Creek Trail Bridge and the annual Market Street Allen USA celebration.
More CDC projects are in the works for 2016. It will fund another 4.3 miles of trails, including the Allen Water Station Trail project. The collaboration with Allen Parks and Recreation will feature a walking trail along Allen’s historic dam, water tower piers, and other remnants of the city’s railroad history.
The CDC is also contributing to the development of The Convention Center at Watters Creek and the renovation of Ford Pool, which will be completed late this summer.
Orchards Park will soon be under construction, following a vote by Allen City Council. Members awarded the construction bid to SOI Group during the March 8 council meeting and set a project budget of $698,000. The new park will be built between Malone Road and Angel Parkway. It will feature two play structures, three bays of swings, a shelter, a loop trail and an open field.
Allen Community Development Corporation (CDC) will contribute $350,000 to the project—more than half the total budget. The remainder will be paid for by park trust funds and neighborhood park bond funds. Construction is expected to begin this spring. Barring delays, the new park will be open late this summer.
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