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.
“It’s exciting to see an organization be able to accomplish so many things for a city, and for the citizens of Allen,” said George Chrisman, president of the Allen Community Development Corporation, during his presentation to council members.
The CDC was established in 1996 to help fund community projects in Allen with revenue from a half-cent sales tax allocation. In its 20 years, the CDC has funneled nearly $100 million in tax revenue into infrastructure and equipment to enhance the community.