A group of Reston residents opposed to the awesome new $65 million recreation center/roller derby arena the RA and RCC are proposing be built at Brown's Chapel has done what any group of disenfranchised citizens in the 21st century would do -- get a bunch of dopey teabags and stand in a rain-soaked field. Oh, wait -- we're thinking of another group of Right-thinking Americans, but like the teabaggers, the Coalition to Save Brown's Chapel Park has set up an online petition, a Facebook group (which links to another group with a petition to BAN HOMEWORK), and even that cutting-edge bit of technology, a P.O. box.
Let the board members of Reston Association and Reston Community Center know we do not want them to destroy this picturesque park to build a massive recreation center complex and multi-story parking garage. Reston residents will solely carry the burden for this $100,000,000.00 (one hundred million dollar) project. We don't want to lose our baseball fields, picnic areas, walking trails, basketball court and playground. Open spaces are valuable resources which require stewardship for all Restonians.The wearing of color-coordinated fashions to public meetings reminds us of another awesome advocacy group, but maybe this one will have better luck. Apparently this Unstoppable Coalition has enlisted the forces of Reston Little League, which is concerned about losing playing space. Writes one:
Call to Action: Come to the Public Input Meeting on May 18 at 7:30 at the Reston Community Center at Lake Anne. Show your support wear a White shirt. Kids are encouraged to attend wearing their baseball uniforms.
This is a travesty - we are trading hours of fun for our children in the outdoors for a small number of people to play tennis.Watch out, kids -- the one thing people in Reston are rabid about is indoor tennis. But maybe the RA will take a "divide and conquer" approach to shattering the coalition by offering to include in the new facility an indoor "base-ball" field, complete with fancy CFC lighting to keep young outfielders from losing the ball in the sun. Or maybe more parking. Everyone loves parking spaces. Wheee!