The RestonStation AreaAthletic Field Situation Gets Worse
The County Parks staff is making up “standards” that cut the need for athletic fieldsin Reston’surbanizing areasby more than 90 percent.
Terry Maynard, RCA Representative to the Reston TaskForce
The County Parks staff is making up “standards” that cut the need for athletic fields in Reston’surbanizing areas by more than 90 percent.
A month ago, I wrote apost hereon the urban parks wasteland envisioned for Restonas developers aregiven the go ahead to more than double building density around Reston’s Metrorail stations.Part of that development envisions adding up to 44,000 new residents, including some 4,000 to 6,000 kids.Thelatest draft Plan—
the final draft before this Plan goes to the County Planning Commission for a hearingand its endorsement
—calls for adding as few as
three athletic fields
of any type for those residents.If you share my concern that this proposal is unacceptable for Reston,this Tuesday evening’s meeting of the Reston Task Forcewill be the last time you will have to tell the task force you believe Restondeserves better.The task force intends to endorse the draft Plan at that meeting.Anyone may speakfor a few minutes in the public input portion of the meeting at its outset.The meeting is at
RAHeadquarters Conference Center, 7PM, Tuesday, October 29, 2013
.Worse,new languagecalls for, “Enhancements to and redesign of nearby . . . Reston Association fieldsto increase capacity. . . for serving the increased athletic field needs in Reston.”(See p.78 of Version10 of the draft plan.) That means the 60,000 of us who live in Reston are being asked to provide ourprivately-owned and annually paid for athletic fields to serve the needs of 44,000 new residents.
Do you think that will lead to further overcrowding of Reston’s existing athletic fields? Do you suspect that may not be consistent with what the County provides elsewhere? Do you think Restonians will pay for the bulk of these enhancements and redesigns? Do you think that isfair?
The math behind this limited addition to Reston’s parks and athletic fields is twisted.It undercutsReston’s commitment to extensive open space and recreational facilities.In particular, it makesReston’s urban dwellers—like their counterparts inTysons—second-class citizens.And Restonians willprobably pay for the privilege of reducing their park and recreation access.Warning:The rest of this post looks at the details and gets a bit wonkish.First, a look at park space.The County’s UrbanParks Framework, an appendix in theCounty’s policyplan for parks and recreation,makes a point of justifying about one-third as much overall park space forthe County’s urban residents as its suburban residents, includingReston.The suburban standard is fiveacres of parkland for every 1,000 residents; the urban one is 1.5 acres of parkland for every 1,000