Vision for Cascades Park In North Town Center

Prepared for The Reston Master Plan Special Study Task Force
By: Dick Rogers Member of: Residence, Urban Design and Livability Work Group Reston 2020 Committee Reston Citizens Association

Residence, Urban Design and Livability Work Group Dick Rogers, Co-chair and Author Kathy Kaplin, Co-chair Fred Costello Guy Rando Jennifer Byl John Carter Mike Corrigan Paul Darmory Bill Dingell Dave Edwards Joe Leighton Terry Maynard Stephanie Mirabello Bryan Moll Richard Newlon Bill Penniman Tammi Petrine Terri Phillips Holli Ploog Wendye Quaye Guy Rando Rob Whitfield

CASCADES PARK Vision by Dick Rogers This proposal is for the creation of “Cascades Park” across from the Spectrum development. This park would occupy part of a proposed block South of Access (and west of the proposed Civic Center on the Noritake map). This urban park would serve several functions:  Provide innovative urban open space for the new residents of Spectrum and North Town Center, and attract shoppers and office workers.  Provide a “greenway” from Spectrum to the proposed civic center and mall.  Enliven the proposed retail concentration along Fountain. The proposed park would utilize the natural and topographic features of part of the existing “Reston Town Green” park. It would feature a “cascade” water course utilizing the topography of the site. The Fountain Street entrance might be about 200ft wide. It appropriately would be marked by a fountain type entrance (perhaps a waterfall). The water course “cascade” would then meander downhill through the area in the direction of the proposed civic center with cascades and falls as appropriate. Existing valuable vegetation, particularly the White Oaks, would be incorporated. A winding walkway (hopefully wheel chair accessible) would cross the water course in several locations. Benches and other urban park features such as picnic and game tables, small play areas and peaceful sitting sites would also be utilized. The park would widen out somewhat as it approached the civic center. This would provide space for a small pond in which kids could sail boards and an amphitheater for summer performances. At the Northeast, Fountain Street corner a restaurant site could be located to provide south and west facing terraces with a good view of the sunset; perhaps named “Sunset Deck”? Along the North side small fast food takeout kiosks could be sited.

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