Pangborn Park Challenges

Travel The World

The Challenge
Find the (1) geocache

What is Geocaching
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

How do you play

Geocaching can help give an improved health status and fewer days of poor mental and physical health than a comparative sample. It has shown to be an effective nontraditional method of physical activity for any age!

Pangborn Walking Trail

The Challenge
Walk, jog, bike the Trail at Pangborn Park.  The lake loop is 0.21 miles; the outer loop is 0.47 miles. Pangborn is a beautifully scenic park with walking trails around a beautiful garden, lake, and a new trellis facility that is popular for weddings.

Officially dedicated in 1939, this park’s origin came several years before when the 7.5 acre tract of land adjoining the (no longer standing) Pangborn Corporation’s factory in north-eastern Hagerstown was donated to the City during the Depression. Thomas W. Pangborn and John C. Pangborn, the brothers who had come to Hagerstown early last century and established a sand-blasting equipment factory, gave the land for a project in partnership with local and federal government to put unemployed individuals to work with the official condition that the city would turn it into a “formal garden” offering both recreational and picnic facilities. The Pangborn brother’s vision for the park still remains a reality today!

* Fishing in Pangborn Park pond is permitted during park hours (6am-10pm) for children under 16 years of age, senior citizens, individuals with disabilities and the blind.  Catch-and-release only.
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Love To Play!

The Challenge
Challenge a friend to a tennis match.  The courts at Pangborn Park are the perfect spot to challenge a friend to a match!

Tennis is a full body workout that will help you burn calories quickly by running, swinging, reaching, and pivoting. It can improve your flexibility, balance, and coordination, as well as improve your cardiovascular health!

How to play

Not Your Average Game of Bowling

The Challenge
Join our Lawn Bowling League! Meets every Wednesday starting May, 8th at 7 p.m. call 240-420-3862.

What is Lawn Bowling
Lawn bowling is a very old game that is played the world over. The object of the game is to get your bowls [which are biased so they'll roll in a curve] closer to the jack [which is a small white ball] than your opponents. Your team receives one point for each bowl closer to the jack than your opponent's closest bowl. It's quite simple, but can take years to master!  There are many variations of the game, you can have singles games, or teams of two to four players.

Gone Fishin’

The Challenge
Grab your fishing pole and head on over to Pangborn Lake to catch some fish! 

Fishing is a rewarding sport that can be exciting and relaxing at the same time. It is also a wonderful and often overlooked way for anyone to burn calories while having fun in the outdoors. If you are looking for a way to de-stress, stay fit, and enjoy being outside, fishing might just be for you.

The Rules
Fishing is restricted to children under 16, seniors 65 and older, and blind persons. The pond is managed as a Put-and-Take Trout fishing area, with a daily creel limit of 5 trout per day, no minimum size and no tackle restrictions.

Bird Watching In The Park

The Challenge
See how many kinds of birds you can spot!

Take it Further
Hear them; see them; know them! Learn to identify by sight and sound some of the many bird species that inhabit our urban parks. “Bird Watching Walks” are a free service, provided in partnership with the Washington County Bird Club. No previous experience required, all ages are welcome. 

“Bird Walks” in Pangborn Park meets Wednesday, May 8th and Saturday June 22nd at the lake pavilion and bring your binoculars and dress for the weather. Bird Walks begin at 8:00 a.m. and last until 10 a.m. 

Reduce your stress. Take a look at the world from a different perspective. View nature using more than just your sense of sight, and witness the parks’ most melodic inhabitants in a new light. To view a complete listing of “Bird Watching Walks” in various City of Hagerstown parks, visit:

Learning Trail

The Challenge (Kids Challenges!)
Take your kids to the Born Learning Trail.  The Trail was developed by The United Way to help parents, caregivers and communities support early learning. The Trail is a community change strategy, helping boost children's language and literacy skills – and encouraging families to get active!

What is the Learning Trail
The Trail is a series of interactive signs that offer fun, active learning activities for young children and their families. It helps parents, caregivers and communities create quality engagement opportunities when out on a stroll or visiting a local playground.

Dynamic Warm-Up

The Challenge
Warm-up before you walk or jog!  This challenge will enhance your walking or running programs.  Dynamic means movement is involved versus static stretching.  Do leg lunges and body weight squats with the help of a picnic table (or park bench), working all major muscle groups in your body and stretching your hips.  These warm-up moves focus on problem areas for walkers and runners to stretch your body before your exercise routine.  Overall helping your performance and reducing injury! 

Park Bench Workout

The Challenge
Turn an ordinary park bench into a total body workout!  Work major muscle groups including your core.  You can make it as challenging as you like – beginners to move advanced.  Exercise moves include bench push-ups for upper body, bench planks to work your core, and leg squats to work your lower body and help with balance. 

You can turn your next visit to the park to a workout!  While the kids play on the playground, burn calories and get a great workout!   

Swing Away

The Challenge
Turn an ordinary swing set into a total body workout and burn calories!  Work every major muscle group and your core! Use the swing set like a TRX Suspension Trainer, that means every exercise you do with the swing works your use your core and stabilizing techniques.  All fitness levels can participate!  Use the swing to do push-ups, tricep extensions, bicep curls, core roll-outs, leg squats, and reverse lunges. 
Swinging on a swing is great fun and a way to burn 200 calories for every hour spent enjoying yourself. We are never too old for a good old fashion swing!

You can turn your next visit to the park to a workout!  While the kids play on the playground, burn calories and get a great workout!

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