The Neal Potter Plaza at the Capital Crescent Trail is the result of a partnership among Montgomery Parks, Montgomery County, the Montgomery Parks Foundation and the Coalition for the Capital Crescent Trail.
As a long time financial supporter of the Coalition for the Capital Cresent Trail, the Westmoreland Hills Garden Club was honored by having our name placed on a brick on the walkway.
On Saturday, November 3, 2018 a new park plaza on the Capital Crescent Trail was dedicated to the late Neal Potter, former Montgomery County Executive and six-term member of the County Council. The plaza is located at River Road on the Capital Crescent Trail, in the open space adjacent to the bridge.
Potter is known as one of the architects of the modern Montgomery County for his leadership in tax policy, land-use planning, and transportation. The “Neal Potter Plaza at the Capital Crescent Trail” also honors the late David Burwell, co-founder of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and the late Lee Wick Dennison, an avid trail user whose generous donation to the Coalition for the Capital Crescent Trail helped support the construction of the plaza.
A path leading from River Road to the plaza serves as a new entrance to the Capital Crescent Trail. The plaza features benches, two stone sitting walls, a pergola, trees, lawn areas, bike racks and a repair station. A three-panel kiosk has been installed with information about Potter, Burwell and Dennison as well as a map and historic photographs.
The Capital Crescent Trail is an eleven-mile trail which runs from Bethesda to Georgetown. It is one of the most popular trails in the nation, used as a commuter route for cyclists and for leisure by cyclists, runners and walkers.
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About the Coalition for the Capital Crescent Trail
The Coalition for the Capital Crescent Trail (CCCT) is a non-profit volunteer citizens’ group promoting a first-class development of the 11.2-mile Rail-to-Trail conversion from Georgetown, D.C. to Silver Spring, MD, for multi-purpose, recreational use. http://www.cctrail.org