Norwood Local Park Dog Park Plan

Division: Park Development Division
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Project Description

The purpose of this project is to design and install a dog park within Norwood Local Park. The dog park will provide a dedicated, fenced area for dog exercise with separated small and large dog areas and may include amenities such as a shade structure, seating, and water source for dogs and maintenance.

As identified in the 2017 Park Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan and the 2011 Vision Montgomery 2030 Strategic Plan, dog parks are one of the most needed facilities in Montgomery County’s park system, particularly in areas of high density. A Site Suitability Study for Dog Parks was approved by the Montgomery County Planning Board in June 2019, and Norwood Park was chosen as the first dog park in Bethesda to address area needs.

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Norwood Local Park is a 17-acre park located at 4700 Norwood Dr, Bethesda, MD.  It is a thriving community park with intense usage that serves the growing urban areas of Bethesda and Chevy Chase. The Little Falls Trail borders the south side of the park, and park paths connect to the larger trail system to the west through Little Falls Park.

The bucolic nature of the park reflects its historic significance: Norwood Park was the site of the federal government’s agricultural experimental farm during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In the late 1930s, the land was transferred to the M-NCPPC for use as parkland.

One of the challenges for the park is to balance the demand for new facilities while protecting the extensive open space in the park. Existing amenities include community activity buildings, active recreation fields, open lawn areas, a basketball court, two playgrounds, an open-air grass stage and amphitheater, and tennis courts.

Status/Project Update

In the Fall of 2020, the M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks is hosting a community meeting as part of our community engagement process.

Calendar and Meeting Notes

Links to review meeting notes and presentations will be attached to each applicable calendar event as it is scheduled and completed.

Fall 2020
– Project initiation
– Survey and preliminary assessment of site conditions
November 10, 2020 

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

-Virtual Community Meeting

  • View postcard
  • View the meeting notes
  • View the recording of the virtual meeting
Montgomery Parks will be using Microsft TEAMS to host the meeting.

  • Watch the community meeting live online.
  • Listen live via phone by calling: 443-961-1463 (Code: 436 630 638#)
Coming Soon- Community members are invited to provide input by visiting Open Town Hall.
Winter/Spring 2021
-Develop park renovation concept alternatives based on existing conditions assessment and community input
TBD -Virtual Community Meeting Montgomery Parks will be using Microsft TEAMS to host the meeting.

A link will be provided closer to the date.

Summer 2021
-Final Design, Construction Documents, and Permits
Winter/ Spring 2022

* Dates and time subject to change. Please contact the project manager for updates.

M-NCPPC Staff Contact

Christie Ciabotti, Project Manager
(301) 650-4365

Last Updated: October 27, 2020