Opinion: Commentary: Why I Love Potomac

I love Potomac because it’s a community of people who care about one another. I love Potomac because it offers an unparalleled combination of rural, suburban, and urban living. I love Potomac because it’s home.

Welcome newcomers to the only place I’ve ever called home. Potomac truly is the village that raised me. The recreational sports games between kids from Wayside and Beverly Farms Elementary Schools before we became teammates and friends at Hoover Middle School and Churchill High School; the summer days biking to the Eldwick Community Pool; growing up watching Churchill football games and attending the “Blast from the Past” musical review until I had the chance to play under those same lights and perform on that same stage. Potomac is the place that provided me with so many extraordinary opportunities.

You’ll quickly realize those opportunities keep getting better as Potomac and its surroundings grow and evolve. It’s a place that connects suburban, urban, and rural with quiet neighborhoods that offer easy access to farms in the Agricultural Reserve and the action and amenities of Bethesda and DC.

Where else can you spend a morning picking your own produce on a farm, enjoy an afternoon at a local winery, and finish the day watching the sun set beyond the monuments in the heart of our nation’s capital? Where else can you connect with nature quite like you can in our world-class local parks and trails system – biking along the C&O Canal towpath, riding the miniature train at Cabin John Regional Park, or hiking my personal favorite, the Billy Goat Trail?

Potomac connects the past to the present with a rich history that still offers glimpses of its country origins with some of the best modern facilities and attractions such as the Glenstone Museum, Falls Road Golf Course, Shirley Povich Field, and the Cabin John Ice Rink. With some of the country’s best schools, Potomac is also laying the groundwork for the future.

Potomac’s greatest asset isn’t what it has to offer but who: People who care about each other and making our community the very best it can be. A village movement of neighbors helping neighbors to age in place with dignity, vitality, and security. Schools and programs dedicated to supporting children with different abilities. Some of the world’s top talent in business, philanthropy, and government. Purpose-driven people in a place with tremendous natural resources and an unmatched physical location.

We’re so glad you’ve chosen this place. You’re going to love it, too.

Andrew Friedson is the District 1 Montgomery County Councilmember representing Potomac, Bethesda, Poolesville, Chevy Chase, Kensington, and North Bethesda. Contact him at councilmember.friedson@montgomerycountymd.gov.

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