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Palmer Park, Maryland

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Palmer Park, Maryland
Palmer Park is located in Maryland
Palmer Park
Palmer Park
Location within the state of Maryland
Palmer Park is located in the United States
Palmer Park
Palmer Park
Palmer Park (the United States)
Coordinates: 38°55′15″N 76°52′18″W / 38.92083°N 76.87167°W / 38.92083; -76.87167
Country United States
State Maryland
County Prince George's
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
GNIS feature ID597865

Palmer Park is an unincorporated community in Prince George's County, Maryland, United States, within the census-designated place of Landover.[1] It was previously a CDP of its own until 2000.


Palmer Park was adjacent to Wilson Dairy Farm. FedEx Field is now located on what used to be the farm in the 1950s and 1960s. Palmer Park was an enclave of post-World War II triplex housing units designed as starter homes for young low-income families (less than $13K). It is surrounded by three parks.

It was predominantly white (99%) until segregation ended and blockbusting began in the 1960s. Within approximately two years, the community went from predominantly white to predominantly black. A lawsuit was filed for blockbusting and was won by the former residents in the late 1960s. Despite its colorful history, it has been home to successful politicians, athletes, and artists.[2]

The former CDPs of Landover, Dodge Park, Kentland, and Palmer Park, defined as such by the U.S. Census Bureau in the 1990 U.S. Census,[3] were consolidated into the Greater Landover CDP as of the 2000 U.S. Census.[4] This amalgamated area was renamed the Landover CDP as of the 2010 U.S. Census.[5]

Government and infrastructure

Palmer Park is home to the Palmer Park Senior Housing.[citation needed]

It is also home to Prince George's County Police Headquarters, which also serves as the District III station.[3][6][7]

It is located right across from Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex and FedExField, home of the three-time Super Bowl champion Washington Football Team.

Right at the heart of Palmer Park are small stores that include a mini mart, gas station, hair salon, Boys and Girls Club offices, and a doctor's office. In addition to the stores, Palmer Park Community Center is located right across the street.


Prince George's County Public Schools operates area public schools.[3]

William Paca and Highland Park elementary schools serve sections of the former 1990 CDP.[8] Kenmoor and G. James Gholson middle schools serve sections of the former 1990 CDP.[9] The neighborhood high schools serving sections of the CDP are DuVal, Flowers, and Fairmont Heights.[10]


Palmer Park is served by the Washington Metro Landover station (orange line), which is northwest of Palmer Park across Landover Road.

Notable people

Comedian Martin Lawrence once lived in Palmer Park while attending Eleanor Roosevelt High School in nearby Greenbelt. Palmer Park was the hometown of 1976 Olympics gold medal winning boxer Sugar Ray Leonard. Rapper Rico Nasty lived in Palmer Park as a child. Kev Brown (legendary producer) is also amongst the notable people from Palmer Park.

Parks and recreation

The Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation operates the Palmer Park Community Center.[11]

The community is home to the Palmer Park Tigers, and holds an annual Palmer Park day in order to promote community spirit.

Historical population
Census Pop.

See also


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Palmer Park, Maryland
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b c "1990 COUNTY BLOCK MAP" (index map) Prince George's County. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on September 9, 2018. The CDPs of Landover, Dodge Park, Kentland, and Palmer Park are shown on pages 13, 14, 17, and 18.
  4. ^ "CENSUS 2000 BLOCK MAP: GREATER LANDOVER CDP." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on September 9, 2018.
  5. ^ "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: Landover CDP, MD." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on September 1, 2018.
  6. ^ "Winter/Spring PAL Basketball Clinic." Government of Prince George's County. Retrieved on September 20, 2018. "Location: Police Headquarters Address: 7600 Barlowe Road Landover, MD 20785 "
  7. ^ "District 3 Station - Landover." Prince George's County Police Department. Retrieved on September 9, 2018. " 7600 Barlowe Road Landover, MD 20785 ". Beat map
  8. ^ "NEIGHBORHOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS AND BOUNDARIES SCHOOL YEAR 2018-2019." Prince George's County Public Schools. Retrieved on September 1, 2018.
  9. ^ "NEIGHBORHOOD MIDDLE SCHOOLS AND BOUNDARIES SCHOOL YEAR 2018-2019." Prince George's County Public Schools. Retrieved on September 1, 2018.
  10. ^ "NEIGHBORHOOD HIGH SCHOOLS AND BOUNDARIES SCHOOL YEAR 2018-2019." Prince George's County Public Schools. Retrieved on September 1, 2018.
  11. ^ "Palmer Park Community Center." Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation. Retrieved on September 20, 2018. "Palmer Park Community Center 7720 Barlowe Road Landover, MD 20785"
  12. ^ "Census of Population and Housing (1790–2000)". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2010-07-17.
  13. ^ Not enumerated separately in 2000. Merged with Dodge Park, Landover and Kentland to form Greater Landover, renamed Landover for 2010 census.
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