Category Archives: Environment

Over 450 Residents Signed Petitions Against Road in Battery Park

There was a really big push against the road – which was wonderful to see. A few nice quotes here.

One of the most eloquent speakers was Paul Hanos who stated:

“Who benefits from this? Not the people that live around here…Not the folks who are living in Bethesda and using the park.”

More on Battery Park!

We posted a link to this Bethesda Magazine article recently and just noticed a comment there by Paul Vincent, a local resident, that is worth posting here in part so it gets wider coverage and continues the discussion:

……I invite Kraut to walk down Norfolk Ave on a sunny day to observe the park in use and to investigate the motives of the petitioners. While seated at a picnic table shaded by tulip poplars and cottonwood trees, he can observe groups of young children playing safely, teenagers and young adults using the basketball courts, residents walking dogs, parents and grandparents wheeling infants on the path, elderly persons sitting quietly, and passersby stopping for a few minutes to rest in the shade and listen to the birds singing….I am sure he will find that surrounding residents feel as I do: The park is a quiet, safe place for residents to recreate and enjoy the outdoors primarily BECAUSE Norfolk Avenue does not connect with Battery Lane!”

Paul then goes on to ask a few questions:

“1) Kronenburg suggests a need for greater access to Battery Lane. But access to what? Between Woodmont and Old Georgetown, Battery Lane is lined with apartments–the residents of these apartments are the pedestrians, bicyclists, and recreators who oppose the road.

2) According to Kronenburg, the recommendations include expanding the park to the east if the low-rise office building and Sherwin Williams are redeveloped or sold. Is that a promise? Where’s the guarantee? What will that “redevelopment” entail? another highrise? What will this expanded park look like in the shadow of another high-rise? We have a park filled with mature trees now. Let’s not lose that.

3) Kronenburg says that the plans are to make Norfolk more cyclist friendly. I cycle up and down Norfolk everyday. Norfolk Avenue is wide; it has stops signs and traffic lights that slow the traffic. In my view, it’s the safest road in Bethesda.

4) Kronenburg argues for “a more pronounced bicycle link” between Woodmont triangle and Battery Lane Park. What does that mean? We’re talking about a few hundred yards. Wouldn’t a few strategically placed signs suffice? Let’s do that tomorrow.

5) Finally, Kronenburg mentions a walking path. Norfolk has sidewalks already. They seem pretty functional to me. Is the plan to do away with sidewalks so that pedestrians are walking in the street or sharing a bicycle lane?

Kronenburg and Kraut miss the point. We have a park now that is cut off from automobile traffic. It’s a safe, well-used treasure that improves the quality of life for residents and provides habitat for plants, birds, and other wildlife.”

Very important points are raised here – ones that the authorities must consider at their hearing.

Update on Proposed Road Through Battery Park

As you know the County is looking to put a road through Battery Park. The community is rallying to urge them to reconsider and the story is picking up press attention. The online petition has topped a 100 signatures and various groups from day care center (parents and staff), cross fit athletes, dog walking club members etc. are all registering their disapproval with the plan.

The road is not needed to connect the community with the rest of Bethesda as there are bike and foot paths to do so.

Further, the damage to one of the few places in Bethesda where kids can run free would be immense.

The County leadership needs to think long and hard – is this really the best use of tax payer dollars?

A loyal reader just noted that the Montgomery County Planning Board has proposed a road through Battery Park. She has set up a petition to oppose it as the road really would harm this wonderful community park. I hope readers who use this park or care about it are able to take action and oppose the road.

The petition is at: https://www.change.org/p/montgomery-county-planning-board-and-montgomery-county-council-no-road-through-battery-park?

You can also go to the public hearing on June 24, 2015  and/or submit testimony at: http//www.montgomeryapps.org/planning_board/testify.asp

 

Should Bethesda’s Parking Garages Charge at the Weekend?

An interesting argument is kicking off regarding the cost of parking in Bethesda. It seems that the parking authority in charge of Bethesda garages is losing money, in part because of capital intensive projects and in part due to not charging in garages at the weekend.

This all leads to an interesting question – if you drive into Bethesda at the weekend and park for free in one of the free garages, would you change your behavior if you had to pay? Would you walk? Take the free shuttle? Bike? Drive to the Mall?

Let us know!

A nice post from our friends at Central Farm Markets (Bethesda) – they have some super ideas for food fun and of course there is so much fab stuff to pick up at the market:

What are your favorite Winter activities? In the Washington area you can ice skate, hike on the C&O Canal, ski and go sledding. If you love being outdoors, we suggest trying another unique winter activity that can be loads of fun: a winter picnic. Yes, you read correctly; winter is the perfect time for an outdoor picnic.

Before you venture out, make sure it isn’t too cold! 40s and above and sunny is best. Bundle up in layers, take some warm blankets and pack an insulated bag with lots of goodies. Bring thermoses filled with steaming hot chocolate or hot spiced apple cider to drink and piping hot chili to eat. Heat up some finger foods (like empanadas) and wrap them up in foil to keep them warm. The more hot foods you pack together, the warmer your basket will be. And of course don’t forget pickles, salami, cheese and dessert! S’mores are a must if you are in a park and can light a grill.

If you don’t want to be outside, try having an indoor picnic by the fire. If you have kids, its a great way to celebrate the winter. Fun games, great food…the possibilities are endless.

So think outside the box this winter. Pick up great foods at the market and have a picnic!

We look forward to seeing you at the market!
Sincerely,
Mitch Berliner, Debra Moser, Jessica Band, Chef Lynn Foster & Chris Hitchens.

Bethesda Green Event: TEDxManhattan 2014 — Changing the Way We Eat

“Bethesda Green and the Montgomery County Food Council invite you to this year’s FREE “Changing the Way We Eat,” a live webcast of the TEDx Manhattan conference. In our fourth year, join us for a day-long series of live-webcast presentations broadcast from New York and discussions about our local food system in Montgomery County. Come for an hour or stay the whole day!”

Symphony Park Update

There are still some units available for sale at Symphony Park.  As regular readers know, there is no doubt that Symphony Park is a project that I have felt really good about from the moment they broke ground a couple of years ago.

The location is fantastic – the project blends into the grounds of Strathmore Music hall in north Bethesda and is just south of the new development scheduled for the White Flint mall area.

The concept is wonderful – this green space and arts integrated community gives owners the opportunity to interact with the nationally renowned Music hall while living in a serene green environment.

The properties themselves are fantastic – they have won numerous awards and have features including optional elevators, high end kitchens and wonderful floor plans.

I’d love to take you to Symphony Park to tour their model homes and meet their sales VP. The final phase is on tap for delivery. So, if you want to chat about Symphony Park or any other real estate matter, drop me a line at rajlaw@yahoo.com or give me a call at (240)486-3921. Cheers!

Bethesda Green Happy Hour on Thursday: Lighting the Way to a Greener Community!

Folks, if you have time this Thursday do try and pop over to the Bethesda Green Happy Hour – here are the details:

Kick off the holiday season with an evening of casual conversation and networking with Bethesda Green and representatives from the faith-based community. Congregations associated with Interfaith Power & Light (MD.DC.NoVA) will share their extraordinary work to save energy and go green.

Thursday, Dec. 5 5 – 8 pm

The Parva Restaurant and Lounge 7904 Woodmont Avenue Bethesda, MD 20814

Located two blocks from Bethesda Green.

Enjoy complimentary appetizers in the restaurant’s beautiful second floor lounge.

$10 Donation requested at the door; proceeds shared with Interfaith Power & Light.

Bethesda Green Happy Hour and Networking Event

Hope to see you at this one!

Autumn, Sustainability and Trees

Join Bethesda Green and Trees for the Future for casual conversation and social networking, Thursday, Nov. 7, 5-8 pm @ Jaleo, 7271 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814.

Trees for the Future is a local non-profit that plants trees in developing world communities, enabling them to restore their environment, grow more food, and build a sustainable future.

Complimentary appetizers courtesy of Jaleo

Donation at the door: $10, proceeds shared with Trees for the Future