City of Allen launched a Neighborhood Pilot Project for Cottonwood Bend to make enhancements to entryway features and start conversations about future projects amongst neighbors.
As a Non-HOA neighborhood, the City recognizes there is no formal structure or funding mechanism for maintaining shared spaces. Through the pilot project, manageable projects will enhance some of these shared spaces. The City will assist with the cost of some of the larger aspects of the project, with neighborhood residents assisting with volunteer labor, ongoing maintenance, as well as planning the best block party your neighborhood has ever seen!
If you have questions about this project, contact Senior Planner David Powell by email or call 214.509.4180.
Below is the pilot project timeline and expected action items associated with the process.
STEP ONE [COMPLETE]: Neighborhood meeting to collect feedback from residents
STEP TWO [PENDING]: City and Resident Committee finalize scope of project (work to be completed, City role, neighborhood role, timeline)
STEP THREE: Organize workday(s) for neighborhood residents
STEP FOUR: City coordinates implementation of City improvements
STEP FIVE: Celebrate project completion with block party or more!
Get involved! Join one of three volunteer opportunities
Residents have three ways they can get involved with the pilot project: Resident Committee, Workday Volunteer or Block Party Volunteer. Learn about each opportunity below.
Do you make to do lists in your sleep? Do you know people who know people? This committee might be for you!
The Residential Committee serves as the liaison between the City and the neighborhood. This committee works with City staff to finalize the scope of work and provide input on design criteria such as sign layout, fonts, colors and landscaping. Members also will assist with outreach to coordinate neighborhood workdays and organize the block party celebration.
Do you like the feel of dirt on your hands? Is your tool shed your happy place? This volunteer group might be for you!
Workday Volunteers can get their hands dirty while directly impacting their neighborhood. Volunteers will help power wash the existing entryway features, plant landscaping provided by the City, and assist with other cleanup tasks in the neighborhood. The number of workdays and scope depends on the amount of volunteers and the extent of work the neighborhood wants to accomplish.
Can you organize a killer potluck in 30 minutes flat? Do you have a DJ on speed dial? This volunteer group might be for you!
Block Party Volunteers will assist the City and Resident Committee in planning a neighborhood-wide block party for all to attend. Help set a date and location as well as invite various City and local vendors.
Volunteers also will assist with promotion and facilitation the day of the party. If you're interested in participating in the party planning process, sign up or request more information.