What's the Best Way to Proceed With New RCC?

Reston 2020 report looks at process, alternate locations, demand for potential new indoor pool at Baron Cameron Park.

Advocacy Group Reston 2020 is proposing that a panel of representatives from Reston Association, Reston Community Center and Reston Citizens Association band together to make the best decision for the community regarding a new RCC at Baron Cameron Park.

Reston 2020, had this suggestion in the final draft of a white paper on the new facility. Other main topics of the paper - does Reston need a new indoor pool? How should it be financed? What should the center include?


RCC is looking into the feasibility of building a new facility, which will likely feature a 50-meter indoor pool, on about five acres at the 68-acre Baron Cameron Park.

The proposal has met with mixed reaction at several community meetings. Swimmers and triathletes are in favor; many nearby residents are not, citing traffic, costs paid by Small Tax District 5 residents, and loss of green space among their concerns.

"How do we make the best decision for Reston?" the draft reads. "There are many ways by which Reston can arrive at a decision about the issues discussed above—and we believe must be a community decision.

"We believe that this decision should not be RCC’s alone despite the noteworthy work it has done in developing the proposal and reaching out to the community. To date, however,we are concerned that RCC has been generally unwilling to consider any location except Baron Cameron Park for the new recreation center and it appears fixed on the idea that the new center should be paid for by [Small Tax District] #5 tax revenues, not withstanding some possible contributions from proffers.

Reston 2020 says "it is not at all clear that those are the best options for Reston."

The multi-group panel, with two reps from each organization, could assess the merits of the idea of a new Reston recreation center and develop a specific recommendation on whether the community should pursue building one, what facilities and services it should provide, where it should be located, and how it should be financed.

"It would certainly also need to elicit public input in this process," says 2020. "Such a joint effort would better reflect the broad range of views and interests across the entire community.In this way, we believe that all the community’s equities—including the majority of Restonians who might make limited use of a recreation center—will be represented and considered in the fairest possible way."

Do you think this would be a good way to represent the whole community? Tell us in the comments.


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RareRestonRationalist May 17, 2013 at 06:48 PM
Also not in favor, many residents of Reston who are not nearby residents. I live off of Glade and I'm not in favor of the plan or the reasoning behind it.
Jim Hubbard May 18, 2013 at 01:35 PM
If you start with the wrong question, you get the wrong answer. Recreation is a County function. The County should build and operate recreational facilities. While the need for more facilities in Reston may not be clear, the need in the northwest quadrant of the County is obvious. (Think about the areas to the west, between Reston and the County line.) The goal should be a northwest Fairfax facility and people from throughout the area should be involved in planning it. (And a host of other locations could then be considered.) The cost recovery numbers provided by the consultants are literally incredible. No one should project future tax rates based on them. Assuming that a facility should be located so that many people can walk to it is unrealistic. Most current Reston residents would not be able to walk to a facility regardless of location. (Consider that planners assume that folks will walk only about a quarter mile to a bus stop.) Advocating that the County provide adequate public transportation and that a facility be located adjacent to public transportation makes much more sense.
Kate Peterson May 19, 2013 at 11:08 AM
I have to agree with Mr. Hubbard. I would think that Fairfax County Parks & Recreation has ample resources from which to draw should RCC somehow get stuck in the decision making process as it relates placement and design of a recreational facility. Does RCA have a lot of real world experience in much besides extensive data analysis? I've been thinking back over all the things that Restonites, and North Restonites in particular have complained about: 1. When the dog park was proposed No. Reston when nuts. "Barking dogs, traffic, dog poop, bad smells, dangerous dogs!" 2. The Nature Center - "There will be traffic backed up to Wiehle Ave! School buses, kids running around!" 3. Lights for ball fields - "Too much noise!" With all due respect to RCA, I think you should submit your input through the normal channels and allow an agency with deep expertise do what they know how to do.
gj May 21, 2013 at 10:05 PM
It appears that the largest percentage of residents are opposed to an indoor Swimming facility that will put such a huge tax burden on residents of Reston. Further, a very large percentage are also against seeing this type of facility on Baron Cameron Park Land, taking away our last remaining Green Space. It seems also that RCC and Bill Bouie, operating in conflict of interest positions, has already decided that this plan will go through. And, I though we were living in a democracy.
Terry Maynard May 22, 2013 at 02:49 AM
The RCA Board of Directors approved the draft white paper last evening at its regular monthly meeting--with the addition of one footnote. The paper focuses on the many important unanswered questions--including some mentioned in previous comments here--that need to be answered before we decide whether, where, what, when, and how to proceed. It also provides some analysis of the market and financial research done by Brailsford & Dunlavey in 2009--which they are now updating. It's key conclusion is that the decision making process ought to be a community one, not one made by RCC alone. It suggests to ways in which this could be accomplished. If you would like to read the final paper, it is available at http://www.scribd.com/doc/142696774/The-Reston-Recreation-Center-Proposal-Final


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