Zimmerman Park Master Plan
The Town is developing a master plan for Zimmerman Park. The plan will include the recently approved sustainable garden in the south end of the park and a pathway and staircase in the north end of the park. Other resident-proposed amenities are under consideration for inclusion such as a dog exercise area, playground equipment, benches, etc.
Below is a chronological review of the events and documents associated with development of the Zimmerman Park master plan. 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:
• Dog Exercise Area (DEA)
• Land Use Committee (LUC)
April 2019 LUC meeting
On April 4, 2019, the Town’s Land Use Committee met with Backyard Bounty (BYB), the landscape design firm hired to develop the two master plans for Zimmerman Park (one with a DEA and one without a DEA). Also joining the Committee were Mayor Barney Rush (LUC Council Liaison), Kirk Renaud (Park Improvements Liaison), David Eason (Chair of the Public Services Committee), Bridget Hartman (representing the Lee Dennison Sustainable Garden Committee), and Council member Wicca Davidson to present results of interviews with neighbors about desired amenities in the Park. The remaining two Town Council members (Cecily Baskir and Joel Rubin) and interested Town residents attended the meeting. The focus of the meeting was to provide BYB with input needed to develop the two draft master plans for Zimmerman Park. A slide presentation discussed at the meeting is available below. Minutes of the meeting will be posted soon.
April 2019 Land Use Committee Meeting Announcement
At an April 4 meeting, the Town’s Land Use Committee will meet with Backyard Bounty, the landscape design firm hired to develop the two master plans for Zimmerman Park (one with a DEA and one without a DEA). The purpose of this meeting is to review with Backyard Bounty the resident-requested amenities for Zimmerman Park gathered by Council member Wicca Davidson, DEA details, and the alignment of any of these with the Sustainable Garden and the Zimmerman path and staircase.
March 2019 Town Council Meeting & Work Session
At its March 13, 2019 meeting, the Town Council approved the hiring of Backyard Bounty to develop two draft master plans for Zimmerman Park, one that includes a DEA and one that does not. The work preformed by Backyard Bounty will be informed by work done by the Town’s LUC and by information gathered by Councilmember Wicca Davidson about resident- requested improvements. The Council also scheduled a LUC meeting for April 4 to provide input to Backyard Bounty so they can develop the two draft master plans. At this meeting, Councilmember Wicca Davidson will report findings about the amenities residents would like to see in Zimmerman Park, details about a possible DEA will be discussed, and the alignment of these with the Sustainable Garden and Zimmerman Path will be considered. At this stage the intent is to arrange the amenities, making preliminary determinations of their orientation within Zimmerman Park. Once complete the draft master plans will be reviewed by the Town Council and next steps will be considered.
March 12, 2019 Town Crier message
The Town Council would like your ideas about possible improvements to Zimmerman Park. The Council recently approved a sustainable garden in the south end of the park as well as a pathway and staircase in the north end of the park. Councilmember Wicca Davidson is currently reaching out to residents who live near the park to get their ideas on possible amenities, but the Council wants to hear from all residents before making any decisions about what to include in the park planning process. Please email your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Council will review your ideas and determine which improvements to include in a park master plan, which will be the subject of a future public hearing. If you have questions or need more information, please call 301-654-7144 or email email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you!