It's been more than three years since the Reston Association and Reston Community Center took their plans to build a $65 million recreation center at Brown's Chapel Park off the table, but it's back. This time, RCC has a new partner -- the Fairfax County Park Authority -- and a new proposed location, right around the corner from Brown's Chapel on county-owned land. Give us some good blockquote, BFFs at Patch:
Reston Community Center is exploring the idea of building a new indoor recreation and community center at Baron Cameron Park.In some ways, it's like it's 2008-9 all over again: The same company is doing the facility planning, the cost is expected to be similar (or possibly slightly less), and a (much-needed) indoor pool tops the list of proposed amenities. (No word, though, on whether the juicery is still in the works.) It's also not clear what impact this would have on RA's own plans to build an (equally needed) indoor tennis facility at Lake Newport, which is currently in a holding pattern and would require a referendum to proceed.
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 Reston. The timing is right, Bouie said, because Reston is expecting an influx of residents and businesses with the arrival of Metrorail in 2013.
Even back in ought-nine when emotions ran high over the first proposed rec center, few folks could deny additional indoor facilties were needed. Now, three-plus years later, Reston's already looking a lot bigger, and the sweet bollardy development fun is just beginning. Will people freak out about the location (originally earmarked for another fun high school; would it have been called North Lakes?) or the additional tax burden for those of us who live in
Time will tell. RCC is planning a number of focus groups and public meetings before it hopes to make a decision on whether to proceed in June. As for us, we just want in on the juicery franchise, the end.