During a very special meeting -- not to be confused with a "community input meeting" -- last night, the results of the long-awaited feasibility study on the proposed $65 million "idea" for a rec center / imaginarium at Brown's Chapel Park was unveiled. Here's the report, prepared by Brailsford and Dunlavey for the Reston Association and Reston Community Center. Be warned -- it's a bit of a slog, which is why B&D thoughtfully prepared this PowerPoint presentation, which at 54 pages, or "slides," is a bit of a slog itself.
Here's what we gleaned as we skimmed through the presentation while on the phone with a third party discussing an unrelated subject and attempting to eat lunch. While our ability to multitask in this way resembles that of an "experienced journalist," consider this a disclaimer that you are instead reading a filthy "web log" and therefore not gaining the benefits of their level of expert analysis:
- People who live in Reston are getting older! And richer! As a result, we need more facilities.
- While people lost interest in tennis for a while after Andre Aggassi was taken off the market by an overwrought singer, it's recently become one of the fastest-growing sports in the country -- especially for the riches and the olds (see point #1).
- There aren't many indoor tennis courts nearby.
- B&D prepared three scenarios for the rec center, but never fear: even the most austere option would have a "juice bar."
- Each of the three scenarios would cover between 74 and 80 percent of operating expenses. That translates into an annual deficit somewhere in the range of $3.9-$4.8 million, presumably depending on how many strawberry smoothies patrons buy.
- No matter where or what is built, it'll probably take 3-4 years.
- "Community input" is the next step in the process.