Patterson Park is a 16.5-acre public park that has three small lakes. Once an open-pit mine, Patterson Park was landscaped after the mine was closed and is now completely transformed into a beautiful, expansive park. With multiple observation areas that can be used for fishing, Patterson Park also has two floating fishing docks and a beach volleyball area. Along with outdoor recreation areas, there is a concession facility, two garden gazebo picnic areas, and a paved nature walkway that runs along the water. Patterson Park is a haven for kayakers, canoers, hikers, backpackers, field sports enthusiasts, and anyone who enjoys the outdoors.
Patterson Park’s three lakes comprise half of the park’s surface area. All three lakes are irregular rectangles, having originally been mine pits. One covers most of the south side of the park and is connected to the other two lakes by small water channels. The northeast lake contains a small fountain in its southeast corner.
Fort Meade residents greatly enjoy participating in regular community events. With several events happening throughout the year and new events taking shape, exciting things are in store for our community. Patterson Park is a great place for community events. In July, young fishing enthusiasts ages 4 to 14 can participate in the All-American Fishing Derby at Patterson Park coordinated by Leisure Services. Every year, the Saturday before Halloween there is a costume contest at Patterson Park. Keep a lookout for more new events yet to come.