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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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  • August 9, 2017
    Nice place for an evening run. There is about a 1/5 mile paved track afford a pound. A couple of small inclines and a wooden bridge to run on. Usually some people fishing, ducks or grease swimming.  more »
  • July 31, 2017
    This past weekend I had family visiting and we went to listen to the free summer concert series in Allen Pond. It happened to be a Motown session. We really enjoyed ourselves.  more »
  • July 12, 2017
    Lots to do at this park. Pond to fish in, or rent a paddleboat and explore. Good walking/running/biking trails around pond. Good playgrounds for the kids. Also a skatepark. And several ball fields (so...  more »
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  • July 4, 2017
    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.
  • June 16, 2017
    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.
  • May 16, 2017
    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.
  • February 11, 2017
    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.
  • April 25, 2017
    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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