Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Citizens continue to offer feedback about proposed new indoor pool.
A vision is beginning to emerge for the proposed new Reston Community Center facility at Baron Cameron Park. RCC and the Fairfax County Park Authority, along with consultants Brailsford & Dunlavey, have been conducting public feedback sessions since February to get an idea of what the community wants, and now, keeping that in mind, what it might cost. While feedback has been mixed overall, at Monday's meeting, every one of the more than half dozen speakers was in favor of the new rec center. "It has occurred to us we are really shortchanging the kids," said Gordon Gerson, president of Reston Masters Swimming. "The outdoor world of Reston only available to them six months a year - no baseball, no swimming. Where do they go? What do they do…
Friday, April 12, 2013
Fairfax County Park Authority to start public planning process for Baron Cameron Park Master Plan.
The Fairfax County Park Authority will begin the public planning process to revise the master plan for Reston's Baron Cameron Park A public meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7 at Buzz Aldrin Elementary School. Baron Cameron Park is a 68-acre park owned and operated by the Park Authority. The existing master plan for Baron Cameron Park was approved by the Park Authority Board in 1975 and subsequently amended in 2001. The site was formerly owned by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors until the spring of 2012, when ownership was transferred to the Park Authority. Earlier this year, the FCPA and Reston Community Center announced they are looking into a partnership to build and operate a new RCC facility that will most …
Monday, April 8, 2013
Last-minute money from SLHS Athletic Boosters gets project closer to reality.
It looks as though South Lakes High School will break ground on artificial turf fields later this spring. Fairfax County Parks Authority Board Chair Bill Bouie says the money is now in place for the project, which is expected to cost between $1.4 and $1.8 million. The partners are still working out several details, he said. The fields are a partnership with several community organizations, including a $175,000 grant from Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services; $1.1 million in bond money from the Fairfax County Park Authority; $50,000 from Reston Association; $25,000 from Reston Youth Association (football); $30,000 from South Lakes High School discretionary funds; and $100,000 from Reston Community Center. Bouie has previously…
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
John Dargle cited personal reasons for leaving the Park Authority; search for a new leader will take anywhere from six to nine months.
John Dargle has resigned from his position as director of the Fairfax County Park Authority. The resignation was announced in a release from parks officials Monday. In an email to Patch, Park Authority Board Chairman Bill Bouie wrote Dargle resigned to “pursue some other personal interests.” “The Park Authority Board wishes him the best in his future endeavors,” Bouie wrote. The Board will conduct a national search for a Dargle’s successor. Bouie said the search would likely take anywhere from six to nine months. Cindy Messigner, the authority's deputy director and chief financial officer, will serve as acting director until a successor is found. Messinger has worked in the Park Authority for more than 30 years. Parks face a $200,000 …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Reston Community Center looking at nearby facilities, financing and demand to make a decision on whether to build a new indoor swim facility.
Figuring out where Reston Community Center stands in comparison to the competition will be a key factor in determining whether to build a new indoor pool and recreation facility at Baron Cameron Park. RCC officials announced last month they are looking into build a new facility on the grounds of the park, currently owned by the Fairfax County Park Authority. The top request from residents at the first public feedback session was a 50-meter indoor pool as RCC's current 25-meter indoor pool has way more demand than supply among area swimmers. RCC is working with consulting firm Brailsford & Dunleavey, the same firm it used in 2008 and '09, when it examined the feasibility of building an indoor recreation facility (along with Reston …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Gordon: "We look forward to continuing the discussion of all the possibilities for RCC in the months ahead."
Wednesday, February 13
The Reston Community Center Board of Governors and staff thank the people of Reston who participated in our February 11 meeting to discuss Reston Community Center’s future and we look forward to continuing the discussion of all the possibilities for RCC in the months ahead. It is important to note, as a foundation to the community’s conversation, that how Baron Cameron Park serves Reston and Fairfax County is ultimately the jurisdiction of Fairfax County Park Authority and subject to its master planning process. The Park Authority and RCC are exploring the potential for a partnership in realizing amenities at Baron Cameron Park; this will necessitate engagement by RCC with its constituents as well as the Park Authority engaging in its …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Reston Community Center, Fairfax County Park Authority taking public feedback for potential facility at Baron Cameron Park.
Reston Community Center is exploring the idea of building a new indoor recreation and community center at Baron Cameron Park. In spring of 2012, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors transferred 68 acres at that location to the Fairfax County Park Authority, Bill Bouie, RCC Board of Governors member and chairman of RCC's program committee. The Park Authority will work in partnership with RCC to move the project forward, said Bouie, who is also chairman of the Fairfax County Park Authority Board. "RCC would operate it, and for the parks department, it would be another amenity," Bouie said at a public meeting on the issue at RCC Hunters Woods on Monday. The financing for the facility would come from Small Tax District 5, which includes …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Fairfax County Park Authority is considering making adjustments at several facilities, including at Reston's Lake Fairfax Park.
The Fairfax County Park Authority wants residents’ input on a package of proposed fees hikes for park services that would take effect April 1. Park Authority officials will hear from residents at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Herrity Building, 12055 Government Center Parkway. In light of continued budget struggles, parks officials are hoping to make slight adjustments to fees in order to raise revenues and keep facilities such golf courses and recreation centers – funded solely by user fees – operating at full capacity. Part of the proposal is for small increases at Reston's Lake Fairfax Park. The Park Authority has proposed raising the weekend adult entry to the Water Mine by $1 and raising the rental fees for renting pedal boats. Other …
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Skaters of all ages were testing out the ramps, rails and bowl at the grand opening of the new Lake Fairfax Skate Park on Saturday. The park is open daily from dawn til dusk. For a complete story, click here.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Fairfax County Park Authority will help present daylong program for 150th anniversary of Civil War battle.
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Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Revisit the Battle of Ox Hill/Chantilly on Sept. 1. The 150th anniversary of that historic Civil War battle will be commemorated by the Fairfax County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee and the Fairfax County Park Authority. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Ox Hill Battlefield Park, 4134 West Ox Road, Fairfax. Admission is free. Parking will be at the County Government Center with shuttle bus service provided to event site. The 150th commemorative event will include flag presentations, childrens' activities and crafts, artillery and infantry demonstrations, period medical displays, civilian Civil War re-enactors engaging the visitors to the park, musical concerts, wreath layings, and special guest speakers. The fighting at Ox …