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Speak Out: Should Commuter Lot Become a Park?

Should this space, a block from the new Wiehle-Reston East Metro, be a park or a parking lot?

Patch photo: Karen Goff
Patch photo: Karen Goff
The Reston North Park and Ride lot, which holds about 240 cars, currently is a place where commuters board buses to take them to existing Metro stops.
 
When the Silver Line starts service, that lot will become a free parking lot for Wiehle-Reston East users. But since the underground garage at Reston Station, adjacent to Wiehle-Reston East, will have more than 3,000 spots, several parties would like to see the narrow park and ride turned into a park.

Maggie Parker, spokeswoman for Comstock, the company that is building the parking garage (along with Fairfax County) and the adjacent Reston Station development, says the lot's proximity to the W & OD Trail, along with the safety issues of pedestrians crossing Sunset Hills to get the the Metro, makes a park there an attractive idea. Comstock and Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins have approached the Virginia Department of Transportation about the idea, but no agreement has been reached.

What do you think? Could Reston use some more green space as more high-rises go up near the Metro? Or do you say "the more parking, the better"? Let us know in the comments.


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