The Rowlett Trail Connection is part of a master plan to create alternative transportation and recreational trails through five neighboring cities: McKinney, Plano, Frisco, Garland and Richardson.
Allen Parks and Recreation is making moves towards building a major trail system.
The Allen City Council on Tuesday approved the department to apply for a grant through Texas Parks and Wildlife (TP&W) for construction of the Rowlett Trail Connection.
The trail connection is part of the “Six Cities Trail Plan,” a multi-jurisdictional project that “defines high-priority trail corridors that provide linkages and identify and address gaps between cities,” according to the Collin County Regional Trails Master Plan. The six cities include McKinney, Frisco, Allen, Plano, Garland and Richardson.
“The proposed trail is located at the center point of the original Six Cities Trail Plan and is needed to provide an interjurisdictional, off-street trail connection for residents of Allen and Plano,” Parks and Recreation Director Tim Dentler said.
If approved, the grant will fund up to 80 percent or $200,000 of design and construction costs. The city would be reimbursed by TP&W after fronting costs for the project. Dentler said design and construction of the trail connection is estimated at $550,000 for grant budgeting purposes.
The Rowlett Trail Connection will pick up at Plano’s Bluebonnet Trail just west of U.S. Highway 75 at the Plano-Allen border and span north, with branches running to both the Watters Creek mixed use center and northwest to the Montgomery Ridge housing development off Bethany Drive. Dentler said that developers will fund a trail within the Montgomery Ridge neighborhood, and that future developer-funded trail extensions will be built throughout Allen as the city is built out to complete the Rowlett Trail and Watters Trail.
The trail will afford residents options to bicycle, skateboard, run and hike from Allen to Plano, and, once the master plan is complete, throughout a large portion of the county.
“The proposed trail will provide connectivity to many recreational resources in both Allen and Plano,” Dentler said.