Local Parks and Playgrounds

Elm Street Park

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4600 Elm St, Bethesda, MD. One block off Wisconsin Ave (Rt 355) at Elm Street or Willow Lane, in downtown Bethesda. Map

This neighborhood park has two small play areas, lots of shaded picnic tables and a half basketball court.

One of the play areas is mostly shaded, the other is mostly sunny. There are lots of things to climb on, both your combined slides/climbing structure as well as monkey bars. There are also several slides. Of note is that there are two baby swings and a tire swing, but no standard swings.

This park just one block off Wisconsin Ave, very near lots of office buildings, making it a popular lunch spot for the office workers. There are lots of picnic tables, pretty evenly split between small ones that seat four (two comfortably) to large ones that seat 6. Almost all of them are in the shade. There are 3 open shelters/gazebos that are all clustered around and connected by a pergola. Several paths run through the grass of this block long 2.1 acre park.

On one edge of the park is an entrance to the Georgetown Branch trail that runs from Silver Spring to Bethesda where it connects with the Capital Crescent Trail. There is also a stone and metal statue titled "Girl with Hoop".

Detailed park inventory

Playground Equipment

Baby Swings2
Tire Swings1good
Straight slides2good
Spiral slides1good
Covered slides1good
Monkey Bars1good
Things to bounce on6okOne of the things you can bounce on is currently broken.


Picnic Tables10+goodAbout 10 small and 10 large ones
Pavilions3goodThree small, connected gazebos


Treesyesvery good
SunyesMostly shade, but sun makes it through in some spots.
Shadeyesvery good

Sports and Fitness

Tennis practice walls1Part of the basketball court.
Half Basketball Courts1


Trash cansyes

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Playground equipment
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Small picnic tables under trees
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Path through the park
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