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Allen Pond Park, Bowie

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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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  • My stepson loves the skate park, when it is not busy I let him take his bike there and work on his tricks (7 years old.) The pond is a great place to walk around for a nice workout. There is an event ...  more »
  • This park is on the small side but very pretty with a small pond you can walk around. The park has playground equipment, picnic options, and you can rent a paddle boat during certain hours to enjoy on...  more »
  • Paved path around park. Perfect for walking, running, rollerblading. 2 playgrounds for the kids. Very well maintained! 
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  • Beautiful and peaceful at certain times of the day. Lots of friendly people also out enjoying the park after work or ar lunch. Nice walking trail around the pond, and an ice rink to learn to ice skate. I bring my dog training clients there for classes often.
  • I was there for a cookout. Great playground area for the kids. I loved it there. You can sit down near the water and go fishing. I hope to go back before the summer is over.
  • This is one of my favorite places to walk. It's peaceful, clean and has a warm, friendly and family atmosphere.
  • It is a beautiful park. We have been going there for years. Love the path and the bond, beautiful scenery.
  • Nice playgrounds. Sparkly water. Smells good.