In 2020, the Ad Hoc Allen Heritage Village Committee concluded with five key outcomes:
- Reviewed, updated and prioritized structures in the Heritage Village Master Plan
- Recommended CDC funding of construction costs to complete the Heritage Village
- Recommended a formalized transition of the Heritage Village to the Allen Parks and Recreation Department
- Recommended a staff resource for the Heritage Village following completion of the Heritage Village construction
- Recommended expanding the Parks and Recreation Board to include a representative of the Allen Heritage Guild as a non-voting member
Since the Ad Hoc Committee's work concluded, city staff and the Allen Heritage Guild (AHG) developed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to state the intentions of both entities to maintain and operate the Heritage Village presently and in the future. The MOU was executed in early January, followed by the Allen Community Development Corporation (CDC) holding the Public Hearing on the construction funding. While the 60 day comment period is occurring, staff is moving forward with the final recommendation of the Ad Hoc Committee and bringing a Resolution to bring an Allen Heritage Guild representative onto the Allen Parks and Recreation Board.
The purpose of adding an Allen Heritage Guild representative to the Parks and Recreation Board is to elevate the mission of the AHG to a wider audience, acknowledge the Allen Heritage Village as an asset of the broader Allen Parks system and further the working relationship between the City of Allen and the Allen Heritage Guild. By adopting the Resolution, the recommendation by the Ad Hoc Committee is memorialized by Council action. The resolution states that the AHG President will serve or designate a representative to serve on the Parks Board as a non-voting member.