Speak Out: What's On Your New RCC Wish List?

Reston Community Center wants to build new recreation and community center at Baron Cameron Park. What would you like to see there?

Reston in conjunction with the Fairfax County Park Authority, announced on Monday it is looking to build a new recreation facility at Baron Cameron Park in Reston.

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

RCC has begun taking feedback from residents on what they want to see in the multimillion dollar rec center. While a 50-meter pool came up often at Monday's first public hearing, many ideas were offered up by community members and organizations. Among them, basketball courts, a climbing wall, and indoor and outdoor tracks. Those in attendance asked for non-sports amenities too, such as rehearsal and performance space for musical and theater groups and space for children's birthday parties.

Some people in the crowd were thinking big. One Reston Masters Swim Team representative said there are enough swimmers to support three pools. Local businessman and philanthropsit Joe Ritchey suggested building an indoor pool with facilities capable of hosting major national meets.

So, what's on YOUR wish list. Tell us in the comments below. 

There will also be many more opportunities to tell RCC officials what you would like. Click here for a calendar of upcoming public feedback sessions.

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Susan February 14, 2013 at 03:00 PM
hear...not here :)
Tammi Petrine February 14, 2013 at 04:57 PM
Clemyjontri for SENIORS, adults and children would be wonderful (and is a goal of Reston For A Lifetime). But I am worried about the location of this facility. Wouldn't it be better located closer to the center of Reston where it is equidistant from the outer limits of our community? Also, Baron Cameron is now a park but should be given back to the school system for a HS/JHS campus as Reston will need another facility for sure. Nowhere else in Reston is the acreage large enough that is already County-owned. Sorry, Mr. Bouie. I know you have your heart set on BC but educational facilities are as important if not more so... Let's place the rec center in the middle of Reston AND get help from proffers from the RCIG area development coming to town pronto. The wallets of Restonians deserve a break, don't you think?
Ali Robbins February 14, 2013 at 07:34 PM
How about a large pavilion for outdoor events and the Wednesday farmer's market?
Noel Campbell March 06, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Would really like to see an outdoor mountain bike & BMX area. The Baron Cameron woods area was in use for years, DIY style, by local riders until the FCPA destroyed their work last summer. How about making it into a facility that would draw MTB and BMX enthusiasts from the whole region? Not a race track, but various riding tracks, jumps, ramps, etc. The interest is definitely there...
Frank Sogandares March 13, 2013 at 12:23 PM
while we're at it... lets not forget a launchpad... for spaceships
Jonathan March 20, 2013 at 10:43 PM
I hope there are no plans to eliminate the dog park. I'm disabled and use a wheelchair, and it is the only dog park in the area that is accessible for me.
Cassandra F March 21, 2013 at 08:19 PM
Agreed re the dog park, which is slated to be destroyed along with the rest of Baron Cameron Park. There are a lot of benefits of a new rec center, but many drawbacks to what those who currently use/rely on the existing park will loose. The dog park may be an after thought to many, but for many others, it means a great deal, and the unfortunate thing to note is that while there are other playgrounds, pools, climbing walls in the area, this is the only dog park for many. I know I will no longer be able to make our daily morning trips with the dogs to get them exercise before work, there is not other place close enough to go. :(
nancy hurwitz March 21, 2013 at 08:40 PM
I was unaware that the plans would mean the loss of the dog park. I am in agreement with Cassandra F.
nancy hurwitz March 21, 2013 at 08:45 PM
It is unfortunate that the next scheduled meeting to offer ideas and hear plans fall on the start of the Jewish holiday of Passover. It is also during spring break when a number of families ,who might otherwise had planned to attend, will be away. Whoever set up this date is not very savvy.
Karen Goff March 21, 2013 at 08:48 PM
I don't think anything is slated yet to be built or destroyed or anything. If you want the dog park to stay, go to one of the feedback sessions and speak up. RCC people are listening.
Steve L March 21, 2013 at 10:24 PM
Indoor basketball courts PLEASE
Steve L March 21, 2013 at 10:26 PM
You can email your comments and go to the hearings in May and June. You'll be okay. Enjoy your holiday.
Tom G. March 24, 2013 at 04:58 PM
There are many outdoor tennis courts throughout Reston. They are in great condition and not heavily used. So where is "here" for you that you cannot take advantage of the facilities that already exist?
Tom G. March 24, 2013 at 05:07 PM
I agree. I'm not in favor of replacing green space in the middle of a residential community with a big, indoor facility, associated parking and roads. Baron Cameron park is heavily used by people in the neighborhood and those in the surrounding areas. It is the basically a community back yard. Why not locate an indoor complex, if we are to have one, somewhere where it will fit in with the surroundings and not take away recreational opportunities for others.
Tom G. March 24, 2013 at 05:14 PM
Still trails in the woods by Baron Cameron park. Lake Fairfax park, right up the road from Baron Cameron park, has some nice MTB trails. If you are willing to go 20-30 minutes farther away there are awesome and extensive MTB trails at Wakefield Park just off the beltway at Braddock Rd.
Tom G. March 24, 2013 at 05:19 PM
The dog park and open spaces are a big reason why we moved to North Point Reston. The Baron Cameron dog park is the only place nearby where we can take our dog off-leash and let her run around and socialize. We go almost every day and have made great friends there. We love the fresh air and open spaces of Baron Cameron Park.
Tom G. March 24, 2013 at 05:25 PM
The Water Mine swimming park is just up the road at Lake Fairfax Park, about a two minutes drive from Baron Cameron Park. The Water Mine Swimming Hole features "more than an acre of slides, flumes, sprays, showers, floatables and interactive play features, circled by Rattlesnake River with a 2.5 mile per hour current that gently nudges tubes along."
Tom G. March 24, 2013 at 05:31 PM
Are we interested in Reston as a destination for visitors living outside of our community or as an enjoyable place to live for those who live in these neighborhoods and use this park and others to recreate and socialize on a daily basis? I enjoy playing tennis, and indoor courts would be nice, but it seems like a better idea would be to convert some of the existing outdoor courts, which aren't that heavily used, into indoor ones.
Tom G. March 24, 2013 at 05:39 PM
You're in luck. There's a big YMCA right down the road on Sunset Hills, and many other gyms in the immediate area.
gj March 25, 2013 at 05:55 PM
NO MULTI MILLION DOLLAR REC CENTER FOR THE PRIVILEGED FEW Keep our green spaces, control our taxes and let us have our dog park, soccer fields, baseball field and public gardens. We are NOT DC, do not turn us into a place many of us will run from. The dog park is one reason I have stayed. Reston is not Reston any longer. When did we stop paying attention to the reasons this town was built?
Rich Savage May 07, 2013 at 12:42 AM
I'd be in favor of a disc golf course. It's something the Reston area sorely needs. Low cost and would promote outdoor activities for the area's youth. Anyone else in favor?
Laura Calacci May 07, 2013 at 01:10 AM
I have 2 comments. First, how about an indoor shooting range? Secondly, I have a suggestion for a new drinking game for all Patch readers/contributors. Everytime someone uses the word "proffers", we all do a shot of our favorite spirit.
Dennis Schulte May 07, 2013 at 10:55 AM
I like this idea!
Tom G. May 07, 2013 at 11:42 AM
I'd be for an indoor shooting range. A surprisingly high number of people that I've talked to about this would like such a facility nearby.
Ronald Aberman May 07, 2013 at 05:41 PM
I would like to see a medium-large size federal or state detention center that houses low-moderate risk level inmates. I think it would bring a number of jobs and even maybe an opportunity to construct government subsidized housing nearby to accommodate the new workers. Also, some one has to shut up these swimming groups. When did so many people in Reston become so interested in swimming?-was that because of the Olympics? Swimming is not a sport. They need to stay in the many other pools in Reston and just remember that it is a fun activity for the kids who can't make it onto the actual sports teams.
Albert Haynesworth May 07, 2013 at 06:15 PM
Mr. Aberman: I agree completely with your sentiments. I remember one of my son's first baseball games at Browns Chapel field. It is located right by the Baron Cameron facility. It was a wonderful fall day, and my son's team was up by about 3 runs in the bottom of the fifth. For those non-baseball lovers out there - by "fifth" - I mean "fifth inning". Well, my son's team goes out into the field with a new pitcher on the mound. I thought this was a ridiculous idea, because not only had the kid never played baseball before - but, you guessed it - he was a swimmer. He waddled out to the mound with his pink swim cap on and flippers! What a whack job! He ended up walking 7 batters in a row (that is bad - for those non-baseball fans out there). My son's team lost - all because of these swimmers invading "real" sports teams. I treated my son to a faux-slurpee at the nearby E Supermarcado Latino (a real great spot for cheering up your kids) but I couldnt raise his spirits. He stayed in the entire weekend, crying and watching power rangers. Thank you Mr. Aberman for bringing some awareness to the problem of non-athlete swimmers participating in Reston Youth Sports.
Sera Finnia May 08, 2013 at 01:49 AM
Wow I remember that game...such memories, oh my! But back to the issue at hand: What a shame it would be to lose this luscious green space. Really, a mega-plex of any sort is NOT why any of us moved to Reston! C'mon, the plan makes no sense, please leave the enjoyment of simpler things in life...ball fields and dog parks not buildings, even if they promote jobs they will be a traffic nightmare, too!
Ronald Aberman May 08, 2013 at 11:49 AM
Oh my goodness. Why do you think he wore his flippers and swim cap to play baseball? Anyways, I thought of another idea that may be a good compromise for the swim enthusiasts. There are at least 3 or 4 fairly large lakes in Reston. I know this because one of them is very close to my house-I see it almost everyday and there is always water inside of it. See where I am headed?-Swimmers, have you thought of this? I know if liked to play in the water a lot and I saw these large bodies of water, I would be pretty excited. We can use the lakes for the swim teams. Just put in the lanes and a couple of diving boards and some lifeguard stands. This way all the swimmers get their own new pools to play in and they don't have to bother everyone else anymore-except for when we hear all the marco polo yelling coming from the lakes during the swim meets, but we'll cross that bridge when it comes.
Albert Haynesworth May 08, 2013 at 03:08 PM
Mr. Aberman - I like your creativity and I appreciate your question. I think he wore his flippers because he had a swim meet right after the ball game - and the swim meet was actually in the lake nearby! So, your creative idea (totally would have initially agreed with the lake idea) has actually been tried before. We had a few problems - two major ones to be specific. First off, if you check out the local pools you will see that they are all rectangular. They are PERFECT for swim lanes - I believe Robert E. Simon actually developed the rectangular idea himself! However, you will notice very quickly that the lakes in Reston are more circular. Every time we used to (well not me obviously but my swim team neighbors) hold meets in the lakes, we had a lot of problems with the swim lanes. We could line them up but the kids couldn't quite figure out which way to go since the lakes were circular and the lanes were straight. We finally gave up and just had the swim meets on land. Secondly, we had a lot of problems with geese at the meets. The geese were cute at first, but they started actually trying to "race" against other swimmers. It was weird and almost surreal. I documented the behavior and submitted it to National Geographic, but was rejected since I filmed it in black and white. I think NG has something against Restonians, but that is another story. Anyways, like your idea just its been tried before.
Ronald Aberman May 08, 2013 at 08:10 PM
I can't believe that didn't work! Someone has to think of something, every productive and normal Restonian would admit that a swim team is at best a nuisance. The three most influential and accomplished swimmers in American History-Michelle Phelps, Marco Polo, and Elian Gonzales really never contributed anything noteworthy to our society. They prance around the pool in their little bikinis, shave their legs and arms, and throw rings and stick like things that sink to the bottom and then go down with their goggles and pick them up. Wow so impressive. Does anyone really think its a good idea to ruin the baseball and soccer fields and the dog park to put in more pools for these deviant swim teamers? How did the swim meet that you held on the land work out? Maybe that's an idea that we could run with. Or maybe we could tell them that the pool water tastes way better in West Virginia, so they will just leave.


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