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Allen Pond Park, Bowie

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Allen Pond Park is an 85acre multi-use park, located in and managed by the City of Bowie in Prince George's County, Maryland. 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 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, with one reported in excess of 11 inches long.
The 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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  • Very family friendly with lots to do for kids. Skate board parks, swings, jungle Jim’s, & lots more. Boats to rent for adults. Picnic areas for cookouts. A great place to spend the day with friends. F...  more »
  • I have visited Allen Pond twice recently, which reminded me of how much this park is a neighborhood gem. Attended BowieFest which was a big community event with entertainment, vendors, food and servic...  more »
  • We only experienced a small part of the park but I was pleased with my first time here. There were lots of cookouts going on in the various picnic areas. There was a diverse group of people in the park which I thought was great. The playground is decent size. It's big enough to give the kids room to roam but not so big that you feel like you have to follow your kids all around. Lots of shady areas for us grandparents to sit while the kids play. We plan to try the paddle boats on our next visit.
  • Nice place, it has playgrounds for kids. You can walk or run around the pond or sit on a bench and drink tea or coffee. It's a quiet place on weekdays not sure about the weekend though.

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