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RCC Outlines Process, FAQs for New Facility

Reston Community Center will be gathering input on proposed indoor swim and rec center at Baron Cameron Park from citizens through the spring.

Reston Community Center has organized a Frequently Asked Questions brief to advise residents on the new community center proposed for Baron Cameron Park.

RCC announced two weeks ago that it is looking into building a new facility on Fairfax County Park Authority land at Baron Cameron and Reston Parkway. The RCC  Board - along with the Park Authority - is gathering public input for the project.

RCC officials say they will spend five months gathering data and feedback before deciding whether to build a new rec center in partnership with the Park Authority, and if so, what it will feature.

To see the outline and FAQs from RCC, click here.

RCC officials say the sports fields, dog park, and community gardens at Baron Cameron Park are also being considered in the planning.

At the first public meeting on Feb. 11, citizens representing many teams and leagues gave consultants from Brailsford & Dunlavey their thoughts on what they would like to see. 

Top among the requests - a 50-meter indoor pool. Representatives from Reston Swim Team Association, Reston Masters Swim Team, and South Lakes High School, among others, urged RCC to build a regulation pool so SLHS swim team would be able to host home meets and RSTA swimmers would be able to participate in year-round training.

RCC has a smaller indoor pool at its  but demand for use is high and space and time are tight.

The facility would be built with money from Fairfax County Small Tax District 5, which operates the current Reston Community Center. Most residents of Reston pay this additional tax already (47 cents per $1,000 of assessed home value).

There will be a series of opportunities for public feedback from March to June. To see a complete schedule, click here.

To read a white paper from Reston Citizens Association's Dick Rogers on possible drawbacks to the Baron Cameron location and ideas for alternative locations, click here.

Do you think RCC should build a new facility? Tell us in the comments.  

JAK February 28, 2013 at 12:44 PM
I'm surprised that Lake Fairfax Park has yet to be mentioned. Only 100 out of approximately 300 available acres are being utilized there at this given moment, and they already have a well established infrastructure for aquatics (Pumping systems, lifeguards, maintenance and administration, etc.). Also, I take great exception to Mr. Bouie using two separate positions of his own to the advantage of this project, with one being Reston based (RCC (Vice-Chairmanship), who will run the facility), and the other county based (The Fairfax County Park Authority (Chairmanship), which is in charge of designating and placing this facility within our community). This reeks of "Good ol' boy politics" at its finest, is immensely dishonorable as it represents a gross conflict of interest, and it mustn't be allowed.
Jim Hubbard February 28, 2013 at 02:04 PM
The Board of Governors' proposal leaves unaddressed two vitally important questions: who will pay for a new facility and where it will be located. The current arrangement for recreational facilities in Reston is patently unfair. Reston residents pay their share of the Park Authority's funding. (About 60% of the Park Authority's funds come from tax revenues.) Nevertheless, the Park Authority provides little of no facilities within Reston. Reston residents also pay for the Reston Community Center. (Over 80% of RCC's funds come from tax revenues.) The Board of Governors owes the community, at least, an explanation of why they think Reston residents should bear the costs of any new recreational facility. Why should recreational facilities be funded differently from schools or the police? Second, Lake Fairfax Park stands largely undeveloped. Building a new facility there will raise none of the difficult issues that any new construction in Reston will raise. Again, the Board of Governors and the Park Authority owe the community an explanation of why they have chosen the less appropriate site.
Lee February 28, 2013 at 02:36 PM
I'd be interested to know the revenue and expenses of the current RCC indoor pool. It appears overcrowded to me, but that doesn't always mean it's paying for itself.
Jim Hubbard February 28, 2013 at 02:58 PM
Fees pay for only 1/7 of RCC's expenses, compared to the 2/5 generated by Park Authority fees. ( In other words, Reston taxpayers are subsidizing RCC users far more than County taxpayers subsidize users of the recreation centers.) RCC fees across the board are lower than County fees for the same service or the fees charged by the Herndon Rec Center. RCC extends resident status to employees of Reston-based companies, which neither the County nor Herndon do.
Denise February 28, 2013 at 03:44 PM
I agree with your sentiments Jim Hubbard. I have long wondered the same and thought the setup seemed unfair.
Amy March 01, 2013 at 12:40 AM
The proposed rec center site location and cost just doesn't make sense. There are many better locations for a facility like this that are near to transportation and areas designated to be high density. For example, there is a large vacant lot behind the current YMCA. The YMCA has expressed eagerness to partner with RCC or FCPA to expand their facility in this area. The cost would be significantly less than building at Baron Cameron as they could take advantage of the existing YMCA facilities. The location is ideal as it is adjacent to Town Center. This begs the question -- Why doesn't FCPA partner with the YMCA? It would cost everyone less tax dollars. Why won't RCC even talk to the YMCA about a partnership? The answer I'm afraid is that RCC and others behind this project are not just motivated by altruistic motives. There is definitely some empire building going on. RCC and Bill Bouie want to make sure they are the ones running the new facility, even though there are alternatives at a better location that would cost the tax payers a lot less money.
fred greenwald March 02, 2013 at 01:13 AM
I believe, since the proposal is to fund the facility out of small tax district funds, that the facility must be built in the tax district. Lake Fairfax is not in the tax district. When it was proposed, several years ago, for RCC to partner with the Y to build a Skate Park it was turned down as the lot behind the Y not being a feaseable location. The proposed location is about as community central as they can get and transportation should not be a problem. FCPA and RCC have come up with a viable plan for a badly needed community of our current size let alone what it will look like after the development the county has planned over the next ten years. Good for them. Fred
Jim Hubbard March 02, 2013 at 02:04 AM
If the northwestern portion of the county lacks a major recreational facility (which it does) shouldn't the Park Authority build it? That's what has happened everywhere else in the county. Isn't that the Park Authority's mandate? Why must RCC be involved?
Amy March 02, 2013 at 03:28 PM
Lake Fairfax is the perfect location and FCPA can build it, pay for it and run it. RCC should stick to what they are good at and what is not typically offered through FCPA. That is classes and camps and theater. Fitness and swimming should be provided through FCPA or the YMCA. The YMCA could expand their building onto the vacant lot behind them. I know this was turned down for a skatepark, but that was a different type of facility. This lot will eventually be built on and expanding fitness and/or aquatics is a good use of the lot. We in SD5 should not have to pay for a rec center when the rest of the county gets it for free.

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