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Proposals for Parks in North Town Center, Guy Rando & Kathy Kaplan, with Residential, Urban Design, & Livability Work Group, RCA Reston 2020 Committee, June 1, 2010

Proposals for Parks in North Town Center, Guy Rando & Kathy Kaplan, with Residential, Urban Design, & Livability Work Group, RCA Reston 2020 Committee, June 1, 2010

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Proposals for ParksNorth Town Center
Prepared forThe Reston Master Plan Special Study Task Force
By:Guy L. Rando
Urban DesignerLandscape Architect
&Kathy KaplanWithResidence, Urban Design and Livability Work GroupReston 2020 CommitteeReston Citizens AssociationJune 2, 2010
 
Residence, Urban Design and Livability Work GroupDick Rogers, Co-ChairKathy Kaplan, Co-ChairGuy Rando, AuthorJennifer BylJohn CarterMike CorriganFred CostelloPaul DarmoryBill DingellDave EdwardsJoe LeightonTerry MaynardStephanie MirabelloBryan MollRichard NewlonBill PennimanTammi PetrineTerri PhillipsHolli PloogWendye QuayeRob Whitfield
 
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North Town Center Proposals
Plan A and Plan B
Guy L. Rando
Urban DesignerLandscape Architect
 
Proposed is a walkable galleria/atrium of varying heights and widths along thenorth-south axis of Town Center. The galleria will provide a climate-controlledspace. It will be composed of residential units, hotels, offices, and retail.Residential units at the upper levels will have open balconies overlooking thegalleria below.The distance between Baron Cameron and Reston Parkway Station is about amile. People will not walk that distance unprotected from the elements. Anenclosed galleria will promote pedestrian connectivity between North Town Centerand the station. People will come to the galleria for exercise and to walk the safeand clean mile-long space back and forth all year, 24 hours a day.The new residents of Town Center will need open space and parkland. BothRando Plans A and B provide open space and parkland and increased propertyvalues for the community.The following are a few examples: the gallerias in Milan and Naples, PrudentialCenter in Boston (Boston Properties), and the public atrium at James R.Thompson Government Center in Chicago, and the atrium at the Bank of China inBeijing with a stone water garden designed by I. M. Pei. Please see photographsbelow.In Town Center new school buildings will be attached to the gallerias/atriums andthe adjacent parks will provide outdoor recreation for the students.Fountain Drive is too wide for successful synergy for a retail street and increasingthe traffic along Fountain Drive will further defeat a retail purpose, thereforeFountain Drive should be narrowed.
 
 3Cascades Park (Plan A)
Cascades Park will be composed of an expanded Reston Town Green and anadditional parcel of equivalent size west of Library Street stretching to TownCenter Parkway.A watercourse will “cascade” downhill utilizing the existing topography withwaterfalls over rocks down through the park providing peaceful sitting areasamong the rocks for people to enjoy the sight and sounds of the water.Existing tree cover will be preserved where appropriate to the overall design.A wheelchair-accessible, winding walkway will cross the watercourse in severallocations. Benches and other urban park features such as picnic, game tables,and play areas will add texture to the park.The park will host Shakespeare-in-the-park and music concerts with an outdooramphitheater. The park will have multiple small specialized gardens dedicated tohorticulture, butterfly gardens, and a bird sanctuary.At the northeast Fountain Street corner a restaurant will be located to providesouth and west-facing terraces (“Sunset Deck”) with views over the park.A climate-controlled galleria from Baron Cameron to Market Street and then on toMetro will be connected to civic uses, commercial, parks, and residences.Cascades Park will draw people from all over Reston and beyond and thosevisitors will then be able to visit local restaurants and retail stores in Town Centerand the galleria.Please see Rando Plan A, Cascades Park, and the Diagrammatic Section of PlanA.

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