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Day 109: Veteran's Park

Veterans Park

Veteran’s Park is located in the center of the area they call the “Woodmont Triangle” at the apex of Norfolk Avenue and Woodmont Avenue.  It’s coincidentally a triangular-shaped park.  I like this little park for a couple of reasons.  First, parks in downtown settings are always a nice respite.  This particular one has a nice fountain in the middle when the weather permits. The kids like the fountain because it splashes over the brick side and they can get a little wet.  Second, at the base of the fountain is a flag pole with the American flag waving high above the park.  A granite memorial is “dedicated to the men and women of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase area who gave their lives in the defense of our country.”  Each of the wars that have been fought since WWI are listed.  Hence the name Veteran’s Park.

Veterans Park

There’s not a lot of green foliage in this park but the herringbone brick patterned walk and low flagstone walls are nice.  There are beautiful flowering cherry trees here this time of year and planters full of blooming tulips.  I also like the chair and tables nearby especially so close to The Burger Joint (see our blog post on BGR).  This is a great place to chow down a burger and enjoy some sunshine.  Bethesda Urban Partnership has an information stand at the corner as well as a recycling bin for cans and bottles.  There’s also a Bethesda Cares meter here if you’re inclined to help the homeless.  The bus stop for the Bethesda Circulator is also here as well.

Starting May 5 the park is the location for Bethesda’s Summer Concert Series brought to you by Bethesda Urban Partnership.   On Thursday evenings through July the area is treated to free concerts performed by local artists from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Last December the Bethesda Winter Wonderland activities here included an amazing ice-sculptor, a concert and a visit from Santa Claus.

This spring stop by the park, pull up a chair, and enjoy some sunshine.  A Bethesda Korean War veteran, Jim Trawick, helped rededicate the park in 2003 through a generous donation.  He passed away in 2008.  I ask you to reflect on the lives of the area residents that were sacrificed in the defense of our country, in order that we can now enjoy all the wonderful amenities our hometown of Bethesda has to offer.   ~ Brian

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