McLean Hamlet Community Association

Park Bench Memorial for former Hamlet resident Charlotte Zimmerman


The MHCA Board is seeking donations to fund a park bench memorial in the McLean Hamlet Park for long-time resident Charlotte Basset Zimmerman.  

Charlotte was an original Hamlet owner on Birnam Wood who exemplified the community service and volunteer spirit that help make the Hamlet such a desirable place to live.  She was at the foundation of many Hamlet community traditions such as the Hamlet Swim & Tennis Club, the Architectural Control Committee, the Safety and Security Committee known as Neighborhood Watch in the early years, a founding member of the Hamlet Garden Club, and the creator of the popular Festival of Lights that she ran for more than two decades.   

In December, we saw the annual Hamlet Festival of Lights that has become renowned in Northern Virginia.  This year will mark the 50th anniversary of this long-time tradition that Charlotte created.  Please consider making a donation  in memory of Charlotte Basset Zimmerman's many  contributions to the Hamlet.

Park bench donation is an established Fairfax County Park Authority program.  Park Authority staff will install a bench and a donor recognition plaque and maintain the bench in parks identified with a need.  We have coordinated with the Park Authority for the Hamlet Park.  The MHCA Board and Hamlet Garden Club have pledged contributions.  We are seeking donations from interested residents.   Please contact any Board member or Marlene Guroff at for information or to make a pledge. 

The total Sponsorship of a bench is $2500 and up.  Individual donations can be made in any amount; however, a minimum donation of $[25] is suggested.  Payments can be made through checks to MHCA or by donating below. For checks, please indicate in the check memo or by note that it is for the park bench donation.  You may contact to learn about the bench donation program. 

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