(Originally Published October 11)
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.
SILVER SPRING, MD —- Montgomery Parks, Montgomery County, The Montgomery Parks Foundation and the Coalition for the Capital Crescent Trail (CCCT) will name a new park plaza on the Capital Crescent Trail after the late Neal Potter, former Montgomery County Executive and six-term member of the County Council on November 3, 2018 at 10 a.m. 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” will also honor 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 will feature benches, two stone sitting walls, a pergola, trees, lawn areas, bike racks and a repair station. A three-panel kiosk will be installed with information about Potter, Burwell and Dennison as well as a map and historic photographs.
“Thanks to the partners and generous donors involved in this project we have been able to transform a previously unused space into a beautiful, open green where trail users can stop for a rest or meet up with friends,” said Mike Riley, Director of Montgomery Parks. “The Capital Crescent Trail is one of the most used and treasured amenities in our park system. Many trail users will benefit from this new space.”
“Neal Potter was a model public servant who always exhibited the highest personal integrity. He was a mentor and friend,” said County Executive Ike Leggett. “Because of his deep appreciation for maintaining Montgomery County’s quality of life and his tireless efforts to preserve our environment it is fitting that now future generations will learn of his legacy at this new public gathering space.”
“We are pleased and excited to see this enhancement to both the community and the Capital Crescent Trail finally completed. And, we offer our gratitude to the hundreds of donors throughout the area who helped make the plaza possible,” said Ron Tripp, Chair of the Coalition for the Capital Crescent Trail.
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.
About Neal Potter:
Neal Potter served as Montgomery County’s fourth county executive in 1990 and was a six-term member of the Montgomery County Council starting in 1970. Potter played a leading role in Council actions on controlling development, fiscal affairs, tax legislation, sewage and transportation issues, and assessment inequities. For more information on Neal Potter, please visit: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/exec/previous/Neal_Potter.html
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
About Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC)
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is the nation’s largest trails organization—with a grassroots community more than one million strong—dedicated to connecting people and communities by creating a nationwide network of public trails, many from former rail lines. www.railstotrails.org
About the Montgomery Parks Foundation
The Montgomery Parks Foundation is a 501c3 organization that champions Montgomery County Parks by cultivating financial support and public engagement of county residents and businesses as members, donors, sponsors and advocates. www.MontgomeryParksFoundation.org
About Montgomery Parks
Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 421 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other park systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org
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