Elm Street Urban Park (P138701)

  • Category: M-NCPPC
  • Sub Category: Development
  • Administering Agency: M-NCPPC (AAGE13)
  • Planning Area: Bethesda-Chevy Chase
  • Date Last Modified: 3/6/14
  • Required Adequate Public Facility: No
  • Relocation: Impact None
  • Status: Planning Stage




This project completes the renovation of the northern portion of the existing two-acre Elm Street Urban Park, located at 4600 Elm Street in downtown Bethesda, just outside of the Bethesda Central Business District. The first phase of the project will be completed by a developer as part of a site plan requirement. This phase includes demolition of the existing facilities, tree protection, stormwater management, sediment and erosion control, grading, an eight to ten foot asphalt bike path, specially paved walkways including the east-west promenade, ornamental fencing, lighting, signage, and site furnishings. The second phase will be completed by the Commission under this PDF and includes a new playground with poured-in-place resilient surfacing, seating areas, special paving, fencing, public art, stormwater management facilities and landscape planting. The Planning Board and the County Council will consider a minor master plan amendment in FY14 that will address re-alignment alternatives of the Capital Crescent Trail, at least three of which may directly impact the park. This will require additional coordination with the Maryland Transit Authority.


4600 Elm Street, Bethesda MD 20815

Estimated Schedule

Design in FY16 with construction in FY17

Cost Change

Cost increase due to inflation.


On December 2, 2010, the Montgomery County Planning Board approved a project plan amendment for an office building in Bethesda, and as part of that agreement, the developer is required to provide improvements to the northern portion of the park. The southern portion of the park was recently renovated under a similar arrangement. The developer is responsible for certain upgrades (Phase I) and the Commission has agreed to complete the renovation (Phase II).


A pedestrian impact analysis has been completed for this project


Maryland Transit Administration, Town of Chevy Chase, Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Department of Permitting Services, Developer