Zimmerman Park Path
The Town is planning to install a path in Zimmerman Park ending in a staircase to the East-West Highway sidewalk. Construction of the path is in response to the closure of the Capital Crescent Trail and the Lynn Drive path and the Town’s interest in providing pedestrians with a safer route to downtown Bethesda and to B-CC High School.
Below is a chronological review of the events and documents associated with consideration of the Zimmerman Park Path. The most recent dates appear at the top. Links to all the related documents are included at the beginning of this page for quick access.
Abbreviations used in this web page:
- Land Use Committee (LUC)
Related document list:
- Dennison Garden Master Plan and E-W Highway Path Concept Plan
- Zimmerman Park water drainage
- List of path criteria
- LUC October meeting minutes
- 3 concept maps
- Power Point presentation
- LUC September meeting minutes
December 2018 LUC meeting
At its December 13, 2018 meeting, the LUC met with Edamarie Mattei of Backyard Bounty, the company hired by the Town to design the path across Zimmerman Park. LUC reviewed with Edamarie some initial design ideas for the path. Backyard Bounty will come back to the LUC in January with some further design ideas.
November 2018 Town Council meeting
At its November 14, 2018 meeting, the Town Council was informed that Backyard Bounty will present some initial design ideas for the Zimmerman Path at the LUC’s December meeting and that the Zimmerman Park water drainage improvement report should soon be ready.
October 2018 Town Council meeting
At its October 10, 2018 meeting, the Town Council approved preparation of a water drainage improvement report for Zimmerman Park by its consulting engineer and approved hiring Backyard Bounty to design the path across Zimmerman park to East-West Highway. The path will be designed to be compatible with the Sustainable garden and other plans for the park. When the design has been approved by the Town Council, an engineering firm will prepare the detailed specifications. The goal is to build a usable and safer path by the start of school in the fall of 2019. The Council tasked the LUC with working with Backyard Bounty on the design.
October 2018 LUC meeting
At its October 25, 2018 meeting, the LUC met with Edamarie Mattei of Backyard Bounty, the company hired by the Town to design the path across Zimmerman Park. LUC reviewed with Edamarie a list of criteria for the path. Backyard Bounty will come back to the LUC in early December with some initial designs.
Notice of Town Forum September 26, 2018
You can learn more and provide feedback about these two proposed Zimmerman Park improvements by attending a forum on Wednesday, September 26 at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall. The feedback gathered at the September 26 forum will help the Town understand community sentiment and answer residents’ concerns and comments about the proposed improvements. After the forum, the Town Council will consider hiring a professional design company to create detailed plans which would then be reviewed with residents at a public hearing later this year. Any final decisions regarding these improvements would be subject to the public hearing.
September 2018 LUC meeting
At its September 27 meeting, the LUC reviewed resident comments on the Zimmerman path (both those sent into the Town and those presented at the September 26 forum).