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Allen Pond Park, Bowie

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#42 of 105 in Parks in Maryland
Allen Pond Park is an 85acre multi-use park located in Bowie, Maryland and is part of the Prince George's County Parks and Recreation Department. The park includes an Ice Arena, Amphitheater, boat rentals, Skate Park, 10acre stocked pond, six lighted ballfields, picnic areas and pavilions, walking and biking trails, a lighted basketball court, fitness station and several playground areas. It is also the home of Opportunity Park, which offers 100% accessible experiences at its tot lot, school-aged playground, fitness cluster and fishing. The park has a 39% total wood coverage, with the pond occupying 12% of the park.Allen PondAllen Pond is a ten-acre man-made lake and the centerpiece of this eponymous park. It drains into Collington Branch.Bass and crappie are frequently taken from the pond. In 1993, several reports of Piranhas being caught in Allen Pond surfaced. At least one was in excess of 11 inches long.HistoryThe pond and surrounding area was owned by a farmer, James Allen. He and his family raised cattle and tobacco on the property. Allen established the pond as a fishing attraction and sold access as annual shares for ten dollars. The land including the pond was sold to Levitt & Sons, the developer of Belair at Bowie, in 1965 with Allen making a request that the pond and surrounding area become a park for the community.
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  • We love coming to Allen's Pond! So much to do and it is very relaxing. Always look forward to coming here when we are in town  more »
  • Great place for an afternoon walk. Nice trails and super scenery. Stop and feed the geese, walk over the bridge and stop a think  more »
  • Enjoy afternoon walks, taking grandchildren to the play area, need to have bathrooms available at all time  more »
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  • Nicely laid out community park with both reserved and first come first serve picnic areas. Playgrounds are nice. 1 for playschool age and the other is all age and accessible. The pond has paddle boats you can rent on summer weekends and some holidays. Enjoy concerts every Sunday night in the summer also.
  • Beautiful. Tranquil. Clean & well looked after. Friendly atmosphere. Great playgrounds for kids. Paddle boat rentals on the weekends during summer. A good place to work out, have a picnic, or walk the dog. Free Sunday Summer Concert series is quite enjoyable and well attended.
  • I have mixed feelings about this park only because it's a great place to walk and look at the lake/pond. But there are a few things that they need to work on... for one, the water is filthy walking around with dirty water is not acceptable at all especially when there are ducks and swans in that pond. Another pointer is the bathrooms should be accessed at all times not locked until after the park closes. It is more than enough people at all times of the day to have access to the restrooms, people walking, exercising, eating and drinking water since it;s warm should have access to the restrooms. I will leave a picture of one of the most beautiful parks that I have been to and that is Lake Eola in Downtown Orlando Fl. I believe Allen Pond park can be a replica of this if officials get out of their own way.
  • I love bringing my sons here. There are 2 playgrounds based on your kids ages. That's awesome if you don't want your younger child to be playing around older kids. I love walking around the whole pond. Super pretty and always clean. Parking sucks, especially if it's beautiful out and the time of day but you have to be patient to find a space.
  • It's a great park. During summer, they have boat rentals available. The walk around the lake is nice, and it's well paved if your kids like to scooter or bike. 2 playgrounds for bigger and smaller kids. Plus the amphitheater which regularly has free music to listen to.

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