Neal Potter Plaza

The Neal Potter Plaza is at the north (uphill) end of the bridge where the CCT crosses River Road. It was dedicated on Saturday, November 3, 2018. It is like a pocket park, but the whole CCT is a park, so it's called a plaza. The major features are seating areas, a bike rack and bike repair station, a path up from River Road, plantings, a metal pergola, a triangular display, bricks and pavers honoring many donors to the Plaza, and a Neal Potter commemorative plaque on a boulder. There is a Capital Bikeshare station very near the Plaza, closer to River Road. The triangular display includes:

  1. A map of the Capital Crescent Trail.
  2. A description and brief history of the Capital Crescent Trail.
  3. Biographical briefs about Neal Potter (former Montgomery County Executive and a long-time County Council member), David Burwell (co-founder of the Rails to Trails Conservancy), and Lee Wick Dennison (the largest donor to the Plaza.)

With the help of The Montgomery County Parks Dept and The Montgomery Parks Foundation, the Coalition for the Capital Crescent Trail raised the funds necessary to cover the contract awarded to construct the Plaza. Excavation and soil remediation was a large and expensive part of this work, which was necessary due to the many years that construction equipment and vehicles were stored on this site. The Plaza is a great improvement over that gravel parking area.

Donations are still needed

A number of significant amenities from the original design were set aside awaiting further funding. We hope much of this can be added to the Plaza with your help. All contributions are tax-deductible, and you can donate online. You can also donate by mail to:

The Coalition for the Capital Crescent Trail
PO Box 30703
Bethesda, MD 20824

Donors to the Plaza

Business donors —
  • American Plant River Road
  • Capital Properties
  • Evers & Co. A Long & Foster Company
  • Giant Food, Westbard Avenue
  • Griffin Cycle of Bethesda
  • Ledo Pizza River Road
  • Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc
  • McDonalds at River Road
  • The Neighborhoods of EYA
  • Regency Centers
  • Security Public Storage
  • Talbert’s Ice and Beverage Service
Civic Organization donors —
  • Citizens Coordinating Committee on Friendship Heights
  • Little Falls Watershed Alliance
  • Kenwood Citizens Association
  • Kenwood Garden Club
  • Kenwood House, Dorset Avenue
  • Springfield Citizens Association
  • Washington Episcopal School
  • Westmoreland Hills Garden Club

Dedication attendees around the triangular display and pergola.

This links to the Plaza design and construction page that used to be here.