Parks, Recreation, Open Space, & Athletic Facilities Meeting of July 18

This letter, prepared by CPR Discussion Leader (and Reston Citizens Association President) Dennis Hays after last week’s joint RA/CPR/Fairfax County working group meeting to discuss the status of parks, recreation, open space, and athletic facilities, drawing from guidance in the Comprehensive Plan (Reston portion). It was sent to Supervisor Hudgins and other attendees yesterday, and RCA posted it today on their website. We’re sharing it here to in the interest of broadening awareness of the topics included in the meeting, as well as of the next steps and information-gathering pledged by both Fairfax County and CPR/RA representatives.

Reston Association has posted the full video of the meeting on their YouTube channel.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Dear Supervisor Hudgins:

Thank you again for working with the CPR/RA coalition to help develop a better public understanding of the issues involved in the proposed Reston PRC amendments.  We appreciate your dedication and hard work on behalf of Reston and your making available to us the County officials most responsible for working on these issues.  We also wish to thank Goldie Harrison of your staff for her tireless efforts to pull everyone together at the same time and place!

On July 18th, the Parks, Recreation, Open Space, & Athletic Facilities group met.  We began the meeting by looking for high-level areas where we had common ground and common goals, conforming to the Reston Master Plan.  This proved very successful and we had unanimous agreement that:

  • Parks, open space, athletic facilities are essential to the health, wealth and well-being of a community.  Open space has direct physical and mental health benefits, is environmentally key to having a safe and productive landscape and brings direct and indirect economic rewards;
  • A fundamental characteristic of Reston has been a commitment to preserve natural areas and integrate open space throughout the community;
  • Development will be phased with infrastructure;
  • High quality open space will be required; and
  • Public participation in planning and zoning will continue to be the community’s foundation.

We then set a framework for Continue reading “Parks, Recreation, Open Space, & Athletic Facilities Meeting of July 18”