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Apr 10 14

Update: Tonight’s Open House on the Bethesda Downtown Plan

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Find out about the planning process and see the work to date

  • It’s the mid-point of the Bethesda Downtown Plan planning process and you can still give your thoughts on the future of Downtown Bethesda
  • Drop-in tonight and ask questions and discuss your ideas and concerns with planners
  • Newcomers and long-time participants welcome!
  • The next public meeting will be a Workshop on Saturday, May 17 at B-CC High school
  • The Draft Plan is scheduled to go to the Planning Board starting in Fall 2014

Here’s what you will see tonight:

  • A new diagram that shows the prevailing thoughts about subareas, centers and connections
  • Updated posters of existing conditions and what we have heard
  • Questions that will be asked:
    • Which are your highest priority districts to focus on?
    • What do you want outdoors?  (Show us your priorities.)
    • Which one-way streets should be two way?
    • Which streets should be closed to cars for special events?

You are invited to continue to participate online with the planning process. Questions will be posted online in the upcoming months to find out more about what you would like Bethesda to be like in the future.

Sign up for the Bethesda Downtown Plan e-mail newsletter and stay connected to the plan:

Questions? Comments? Contact us:
Elza Hisel-McCoy, Assoc. AIA, LEED-AP, Project Manager 301.495.2115
Marc DeOcampo, AIA, LEED-AP, Master Planner-Supervisor 301.495.4556
Margaret K. Rifkin, AICP, RLA, Outreach 301.495.4583


Jul 11 05

Portion of Little Falls Trail Closed Due to Unsafe Conditions


Silver Spring, MD — The Department of Park and Planning in Montgomery County announced today that a portion of Little Falls Trail in Bethesda has been closed due to unsafe conditions of a concrete slab that has been undermined by storm flows in the adjacent stream.

The closed trail section is located between Massachusetts Avenue and Westmoreland Hills Local Park on Elliot Road. Park management is encouraging trail users to use the Capital Crescent Trail as an alternative since it parallels Little Falls Trail in this area.

Andy Frank, an Engineer with the Department, describes this portion of Little Falls Trail as “actually a cantilevered concrete slab, which was built over stone that has since been scoured away by the stream water that rushes by during storm events.” He stated that these storm events through the years have caused the concrete to be undermined, and it appears to have recently shifted slightly. A recent inspection confirmed the need to close access to assure public safety.

Park management installed jacks temporarily to prevent further damage. During the next eight weeks, a system of approximately ten concrete piers with steel support beams will be installed under the trail to permanently provide the needed support. “A future stream restoration project, planned for later this year, will provide even more stabilization to this situation,” said Frank.

Trail maps of both the Capital Crescent Trail and the Little Falls Trail can be found on the Department’s website at

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A portion of the Little Falls Trail in Bethesda has been closed due to unsafe conditions.

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Park management installed jacks to temporarily stabilize the trail section along Little Falls Stream.

Jun 25 05

Public/Private Partners Dedicate Universally Accessible Playground at Norwood Local Park


BETHESDA, MD – The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) in partnership with the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rotary Club, Montgomery Parks Foundation and the Friends of Norwood Park dedicated a universally accessible playground at Norwood Local Park.

The B-CC Rotary Club and Friends of Norwood Park raised over $150,000 dollars for the purchase and installation of the playground equipment, commemorative storyboards and means of donor recognition.

“The public/private partnership between M-NCPPC, the BCC Rotary, the Montgomery Parks Foundation and the Friends of Norwood Park made this playground a reality,” said Derick P. Berlage, chairman of M-NCPPC’s Montgomery County Planning Board.

The playground includes a totally accessible structure with decks, ramps, slides, a fire truck, clubhouse, a tire swing, two old fashioned see-saws, an airplane spring toy, four tot swings, a whirl/merry-goround, and an older kids’ fitness structure with a track ride, turning bars, log roll and three rotating rings.

Accessible playgrounds provide active, safe recreational opportunities for children of all abilities to play together. M-NCPPC currently offers fully accessible playgrounds at Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreational Park in Silver Spring and at Falls Road Local Park in Potomac.

“Our B-CC Rotary sought out this community project as part of its worldwide PolioPlus program,” said Pam Cudahy, Club President. “It is our way of celebrating Rotary International’s centennial year in 2005. It has been especially rewarding to work in partnership with M-NCPPC, the Montgomery Parks Foundation and the community.”

A worldwide service organization of approximately 1.2 million business and professional leaders in 166 countries, Rotary International launched the PolioPlus program in 1985 to protect children from the consequences of polio.

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission encourages the participation of all individuals in its programs and facilities. For assistance with special needs, such as large print materials, sign language interpretation, listening devices, etc., please call 301-495-4600, TTY 301-495-1331 or the Maryland Relay Service

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