Palmer Park, Maryland
Palmer Park, Maryland
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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.
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, were consolidated into the Greater Landover CDP as of the 2000 U.S. Census. This amalgamated area was renamed the Landover CDP as of the 2010 U.S. Census.
Government and infrastructure
Palmer Park is home to the Palmer Park Senior Housing.
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.
William Paca and Highland Park elementary schools serve sections of the former 1990 CDP. Kenmoor and G. James Gholson midddle schools serve sections of the former 1990 CDP. The neighborhood high schools serving sections of the CDP are DuVal, Flowers, and Fairmont Heights.
In April 2000 the school board chose not to include Palmer Park students in the Flowers attendance zone, so they were instead assigned to DuVal. If Palmer Park was included, the estimate calculated was an additional 115 students, which would have made the occupancy 100.6%.
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.
Parks and recreation
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The Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation operates the Palmer Park Community Center.
The community is home to the Palmer Park Tigers, and holds an annual Palmer Park day in order to promote community spirit.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Palmer Park, Maryland
- "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.
- "CENSUS 2000 BLOCK MAP: GREATER LANDOVER CDP." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on September 9, 2018.
- "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: Landover CDP, MD." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on September 1, 2018.
- "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 "
- "District 3 Station - Landover." Prince George's County Police Department. Retrieved on September 9, 2018. " 7600 Barlowe Road Landover, MD 20785 ". Beat map
- "NEIGHBORHOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS AND BOUNDARIES SCHOOL YEAR 2018-2019." Prince George's County Public Schools. Retrieved on September 1, 2018.
- "NEIGHBORHOOD MIDDLE SCHOOLS AND BOUNDARIES SCHOOL YEAR 2018-2019." Prince George's County Public Schools. Retrieved on September 1, 2018.
- "NEIGHBORHOOD HIGH SCHOOLS AND BOUNDARIES SCHOOL YEAR 2018-2019." Prince George's County Public Schools. Retrieved on September 1, 2018.
- Beatty, Jen (2000-04-06). "School board approves first phase of boundary changes". The Gazette. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
- "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"
- "Census of Population and Housing (1790–2000)". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2010-07-17.
- Not enumerated separately in 2000. Merged with Dodge Park, Landover and Kentland to form Greater Landover, renamed Landover for 2010 census.