We've written before about the earlier, more genteel Reston which was home to a pony barn that was supposed to transform South Reston into an equestrian paradise to rival Middleburg, only with better midscale retail. Sadly, the barn collapsed early on, and the only remnants of Reston's horsey-would-have-been-future are street names like Steeplechase and
Now the Reston Association is looking at plans for the park and pavilion that sit where the Pony Barn once stood, and one suggestion on the table is constructing the memorial garden that was never originally planned in Reston because Bob Simon was famously not a fan of the funeral industry. (No truth to the rumor that this unforeseen consequence of not having an appropriate place to mourned lost loved ones began the talk of a proper memorial garden.)
But we digress. Earlier this summer the Initiative for Public Art Reston (IPAR) approached the RA board about the possibility of considering the Pony Barn Pavilion site, and the former riding ring site, for a memorial garden, which is part of IPAR's own master plan for Reston. Give us some good blockquote, BFFs at Reston Now:
The IPAR Memorial Garden committee was formed in 2011 after the death of IPAR supporter Ann Rodriguez. It envisions a site with natural beauty, wooded elements, as well as walkways and benches. Once the project is awarded a site, the next steps will be to raise money to fund the project, as well as hire a landscape designer.As with other fun projects of late, some Pony Barn neighbors are complaining because -- wait for it -- of concerns about traffic and other impacts of a memorial garden site. (Though, to be fair, a memorial garden would be a much quieter neighbor than, say, a dog park or a boccedrome.)
A new working group appointed by the RA Board will hold its first meeting on Monday at 6:30pm. Details and a form to collect input are here.
By December, the working group hopes to have a proposal to submit to the RA Board and (shudder) the DRB for approval. Given that our previous suggestions seem to have fallen on deaf ears, we're guessing they won't take our own humble suggestion seriously now:
WE CAN DREAM.