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‘DESERT’ STORM & Family drama stirs up a battle of emotions. B-5 The Gazette BETHESDA | CHEVY CHASE | KENSINGTON DAILY UPDATES ONLINE Wednesday, April 9, 2014 25 cents County has designs on park Improved entrance, reconfigured walkways possible in Bethesda n BY ELIZABETH WAIBEL STAFF WRITER Planners with Montgomery Parks are designing the future of Freeland Park in downtown Bethesda and hope to have plans ready to pitch to the Planning Board this winter. Caroline Freeland Urban Park is at 7200 Arlington Road in Bethesda, with houses on one side and shops and restaurants on the other. The park, which was purchased in 1983, already has a pavilion and a playground built in 2010. Planners are refining designs to renovate the park in hopes of improving amenities and connections to downtown Bethesda, according to Montgomery Parks. In March, planners debuted three possible schemes for renovating the park. The initial designs suggest revamping the entrance to the park from the intersection of Elm Street and Arlington Road with stairs and landscaping to lead people into the park. They also include adding event space and reconfiguring walkways through the park, which is near the Bethesda Library. Earlier in the planning process, designers considered and rejected ideas for a skate park, a dog park and playing fields, The Gazette previously reported. The 1-acre park is too small to incorporate some elements that people might like, and six parks offer playing fields and courts within a mile of Freeland Park, a project manager said at the time. This spring and summer, designers are expected to develop and refine a preferred plan to take to the Planning Board this winter, according to the Montgomery Parks website. If the board approves the plan, See PARK, Page A-10 BILL RYAN/THE GAZETTE Riders with the Great MoCo Bicycle Summit bike up Second Street in Silver Spring on Saturday. Cyclists seeking higher profile n DAN GROSS/THE GAZETTE Ellen McCormick of Chevy Chase and her 3-year-old son Simon enjoy the swing at Caroline Freeland Park in downtown Bethesda recently. Big changes are in store for the county park on Arlington Road. Advocates seek ways to make biking more mainstream BY STAFF WRITER Most people have at least some interest in biking, advocates say, and overcoming their reservations is the first step toward making biking a mainstream form of transportation. Bike advocates at the Great MoCo Bicycle Summit on Saturday in Chevy Chase pointed to a study in the Portland, Ore., area that found more than half of people were interested in biking more, but didn’t feel comfortable making it a part of their daily routine, especially boost from lawmakers n MONTGOMERY PARKS An artist’s rendering shows three possible configurations for Freeland Park. Construction of the park isn’t likely for several years. Redskins’ new ‘first ladies of football’ make cut Women balance careers, other commitments with passion for dance n E LIZABETH W AIBEL STAFF WRITER After months of preparation and three rounds of auditions, a new team of cheerleaders danced to “Hail to the Redskins” together for the first time Sunday in Bethesda. The final stop in the audition process to pick the 2014 Redskins cheerleaders was a ticketed event at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club. For a full house of friends and fans, 60 women showed off their dance, cheer and modeling skills in a bid to join the “first ladies of football.” From a pool of about 200 who came to the first audition, 60 were selected to audition Sunday in a final that See DANCERS, Page A-10 BILL RYAN/THE GAZETTE The final auditions for Redskins cheerleaders were held at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club on Sunday. SPORTS NEWS Georgetown Prep freshman golfer views life differently after facing down brain cancer. Volunteers help remove invasive plants around the county. FINDING A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE B-1 1910233 See CYCLING, Page A-10 Prekindergarten gets New program to direct funds to public, private providers BY BY ELIZABETH WAIBEL on nonresidential roads. “We win when we get that full 50 percent able to bike comfortably,” said Shane Farthing, executive director of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association. Farthing, one of several planners and bike advocates who spoke at the conference, said the first challenge in making bicycling more mainstream is getting people who are not regular cyclists to consider biking. That means making infrastructure more bike-friendly, but also using marketing campaigns, outreach and signs to remind people that biking is an option for getting around. David Anspacher, a plan partner coordinator with WEED WARRIORS WAGE WAR A-13 Automotive Business Calendar Classified Entertainment Opinion School News Sports Please LINDSAY A. POWERS STAFF WRITER Maryland school systems and private providers will soon have access to a new grant program aimed at expanding prekindergarten services in the state. Gov. Martin O’Malley signed on Tuesday the PreKindergarten Expansion Act of 2014, which sets aside grant money to help programs take in more children, jump from half-day to full-day services or open their doors for the first time. The O’Malley administration labeled the act one of its priorities in the state’s 2014 legislative session, which ended Monday. The program will start in fiscal 2015 with about $4.3 million. Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) said the legislation marks another step toward the larger goal to provide universal, halfday prekindergarten by 2018. The state will seek out the best, most innovative public and private programs to channel grant funds to, he said. “Our intent is to see an equitable distribution around the state,” Brown said. “We would like to see, if not every county, every region of the state have a program that is funded [through the grant program].” He said the new grant funds will allow about 1,600 more children to attend prekindergarten programs than the current 29,000 low-income children in the state who use the services. Janine Bacquie — director of Montgomery County Public Schools’ Division of Early Childhood Programs and Services and co-chairwoman of the Montgomery County Early Childhood Advisory Council — See PRE-K, Page A-10 B-14 A-11 A-2 B-10 B-5 A-14 A-12 B-1 RECYCLE Check out our Services Directory ADVERTISING INSIDE B SECTION

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