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Allen Pond Park, Bowie

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#41 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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  • Nice place for a walk around the water. The distance is pretty short though, so you have to get creative to get some real distance!  more »
  • Great place to walk, sit, and take pictures. There are plenty of free parking. A little something for everyone. Nice sized soccer fields, baseball fields and 3/4 mile walking loop. There are basketbal...  more »
  • Great place to walk or sit. Well maintained. Nice paths, workout circuit. 3/4 mile loop around the ponds. Ducks & geese are abundant. Great to walk your pets. Bags provided.  more »
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  • It's a great place to go for a walk. It's very beautiful and peaceful. The play area for kids is ideal and the picnic and barbecue areas are perfect for large or small gatherings. There is also an ampitheater where they have concerts and an ice skating rink. There is also a lovely lake where you can go paddle boating. I definitely recommend this park.
  • Nice place to take a walk in or have an event. Events hosted here are very fun and well administered. The fields are amazing to have games in and watch games. There isn't very much of a play ground for the kids but overall it's a great place.
  • Pretty. Nice path to go for a walk,or jog around the water. Lots of people walking their dogs each one adorable. Also nice spot to take photos.
  • Great park. Love the trails, Sunset concerts in the summer, play areas for kids, boathouse, the pond itself... everything.
  • We reserved an area of the park by the lake for a fellowship of a ladies ministry. Each area has plenty of tables and two grills, which we used. There is a ranger who rides around to ensure that everything is in order. The atmosphere is very nice and we had a ball. Reservations must be made in advance at the Bowie City Hall with a refundable deposit of $50.

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