Well Traveled Path

Linda Miller has created a slideshow of the incredible progress on the cut-through between Chestnut and South Chelsea, turning the well traveled path into a magical space. The transformation from 2014 to today, so well captured here, has been a remarkable collaboration, spearheaded by a small group of neighbors, and supported by volunteers and donors throughout the neighborhood.

We look forward to many years of watching this space thrive and change. The success of this project will only happen with continued community support. Each year we will hold several maintenance days. It's a great way to meet your neighbors, learn about plants and burn some calories. 

When someone gives you a treasure, taking care of it is the best thank you.

Maryland Avenue Path Beautification

In the midst of increasing traffic congestion and development in and around our East Bethesda neighborhood, it is vital that we make the most of our cherished green spaces – providing havens to connect with nature and to relax and rejuvenate. We are seeking your help to reclaim and beautify one such green space - the path that travels along Maryland Avenue between South Chelsea Lane and Chestnut Street.

This path is a key thoroughfare through the East Bethesda community – used by bikers and pedestrians, commuters walking to the metro, dog walkers, parents walking their kids to the bus stop or to school, and families walking into downtown Bethesda.

Two years ago a group of East Bethesda residents began work on this space, resulting in many improvements, including a reorientation and repaving of the bike path, removal of unseemly metal traffic barriers and installation of more attractive wooden bollards to prevent usage of the path by cars, removal of over one ton of trash and weeds, trimming existing trees, removal of a fence to allow the community to enjoy public use of all of the publicly owned space along this segment, and planting one canopy tree that will be enjoyed for generations to come.

The group also worked with George Washington University’s School of Landscape Design to develop a comprehensive landscape plan for the space. Graduate student Lizzy Jenny worked with the team to develop the FINAL PLAN. The state’s Department of Transportation has approved this plan as well. The group also applied for and received a $500 County Beautification Grant from the County Beautification Grant Program, with $300 in matching funds from the East Bethesda Citizens Association, and donations from several neighbors to help make this plan a reality.

The team chose to follow a conservation landscape plan as an educational model for the community. Conservation landscaping is working with nature to reduce pollution and helps to improve and protect the Chesapeake Bay. The objectives of this environmentally-sensitive design are to:

            - minimize runoff (increase the amount of permeable soil)
            - conserve water usage
            - incorporate  native plants (trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses) 
            - increase nectar availability for key pollinators
            - support wildlife
            - provide a beautiful park setting for our community to enjoy