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by Karen Goff — May 25, 2016 at 4:30 pm 1 Comment

New Water Mine slide/Credit: Fairfax County Park AuthorityLake Fairfax Park’s The Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole opens for the season Saturday with some new features as part of it’s recent $5.5 million renovation.

New this year: Private family cabanas and umbrellas that you can reserve in advance. Some of the canopies can accommodate groups of 40-150 people. Rental fees range from $39 for a “funbrella” to $59 for a six-person umbrella to $300 for the 150-person party tent.

Visit The Water Mine’s website to learn more.

The Water Mine, which is run by the Fairfax County Park Authority, completed most of its renovations late last summer. The star attraction is a big, new slide tower with three chutes.

Other improvements include the individual cabanas; improved shaded seating areas in the grass area around the Water Mine; an additional play structure in the spray ground; and space for mobile food vendors.

Old favorites remain. Among them: the Rattlesnake River, a 725-foot lazy river feature, and Tenderfoot Pond, a zero-depth entry water play area for young patrons.

2016 prices:

  • $15.95 – Over 48″ tall – weekends and holidays
  • $14.85 – Over 48″ tall – Monday through Friday (except holidays)
  • $12.25 – Under 48″ tall
  • $9 – After 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (except holidays) Not available in August/September
  • Free – 2 years old and younger
  • Group Rates
  • Season Pass

Photo: New slides at The Water Mine

by Karen Goff — May 25, 2016 at 2:45 pm 10 Comments

Sign at dog park at Baron CameronReston Association has created a dog park working group in an effort to bring compromise to the dog park issue that has been, well, dogging Baron Cameron-area residents and dog park users for several years.

The move comes after citizens on both sides of the issue spent about two hours speaking to the Reston Association Board of Directors at their March meeting.

The problem, say many residents of Longwood Grove, a subdivision located across Wiehle Avenue from the off-leash area at Baron Cameron Park, is noise. The Longwood Grove residents say they can hear dogs barking at the park day and night and it is affecting their quality of life.

Affected Longwood Grove residents have complained to the Fairfax County Park Authority, which runs the park, and filed a lawsuit against FCPA and the nonprofit that formerly administered the dog park.

This spring, the Longwood Grove homeowners asked RA for its help, even though RA does not have jurisdiction over the county park. Residents have told RA that they would like to see the dog park moved to Lake Fairfax Park, another Fairfax County Park Authority park that is farther away from homes; or any available and appropriate Reston Association land and participate in a land swap with the county.

Members of the working group include Longwood Grove residents Carrie Sawicki, Linda Levy and Moira Callaghan; dog park users Barbara & David Okerson, Lee Stokes, Natalie Shanks, Robert Barnett, Heather Lawson, and Gabriel Relva; and former Reston Dogs (the nonprofit that administed the park until last year) members Cary Coryell and Rachel Kranz.

The group will provide the RA Board of Directors by late July a set of community recommendations that the association can convey to the Fairfax County Park Authority on improving the operation of the park.

by Karen Goff — May 25, 2016 at 1:30 pm 0

This week’s Reston Pet of the Week is Edie, an older cat looking for a forever home as her owner had to go into assisted living. Here is what the Feline Foundation of Greater Washington has to say about her:

Purrfect companion and videogame partner!

If love could be packaged, it would come wrapped in fur. Brown tabby and white fur, to be exact. And FFGW’s got it! Love = Spice Girl a/k/a Spicey a/k/a Edie, her current and favorite name.

Although her life has been long and rich already, Edie has plenty in reserve to share with you. Edie came into foster care when her dad, a long time FFGW volunteer, had to enter assisted living. She made the adjustment from a multicat household to being an only child as if born for the role.

Her foster mom is a graduate student, and, as you can see from the photo below, Edie is an excellent study partner. She is also a practitioner of meditation (or napping), and an avid player of feline video games. Most of all, Edie is a friendly, loving companion eager to open her heart to you, to climb into your lap and cuddle.

Edie doesn’t believe in calendars, and talk of her age bores her. But we do have to tell you that she has been examined by our vet from the tip of her pink nose to the last hair on the tip of her tail and been pronounced in excellent health.

Are you and Edie a match? If so, let us know and our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, will send you $100 in Becky’s Bucks, as well as some treats.

Want your pet to be considered for the Reston Pet of the Week?

Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet.

Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks.

Becky’s Pet Care, the winner of three Angie’s List Super Service Awards and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year, provides professional dog walking and pet sitting services in Reston and Northern Virginia.

by Karen Goff — May 25, 2016 at 12:30 pm 0

Wiehle Reston-East Metro/Credit: Mike HeffnerVirginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed an executive directive Wednesday instructing state transportation officials to facilitate the creation and staffing of a Metro Safety Commission.

The commission will have the authority to oversee compliance with safety directives at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

Executive Directive 8 also instructs the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation to review all accident investigations related to the Metrorail system, to inspect public and nonpublic areas of the system, and to assess the state of repair for all trains, tracks and other infrastructure.

“Our administration has been a constant advocate for stronger safety protections for the commuters who use the Metrorail system each day, including more than 300,000 Virginians,” McAuliffe said in a statement. “We concur with the direction of the new leadership at WMATA and its work to ensure that safety is the central goal of the Metrorail system. By establishing the Metro Safety Commission and collaborating with our partners in Maryland and the District of Columbia, we are putting in place the necessary policies and oversight to ensure that safety continues to be the top priority.” (more…)

by RestonNow.com — May 25, 2016 at 11:30 am 23 Comments

The Lake House/Credit: RAThis is a commentary from Reston resident Terry Maynard. It does not represent the opinion of Reston Now.

As RestonNow readers know by now, RA has at least a $451,000 budget shortfall in its operating income and capital investment for renovations of the Tetra property to bring it up to County code and other standards that make it usable for its intended purposes.

If I am reading the Board of Directors and Fiscal Committee agenda packages for this week correctly, the so-called Lake House Working Group is asking for an additional $428,000 for renovation of the property in addition to the $259,000 —  increasing the projected renovation costs by 165 percent — apparently budgeted for Tetra property renovations this year although it is unclear that the previous sum was ever approved by the Board of Directors. (See the “Lake House” presentation to be given to the Board in the agenda packet, p. 11.)

That’s a total of $687,000 in renovations to be put into a building that, at a $2.65 million purchase price, was already a $1.5 million above fair market value. So if the supplementary capital budget is approved, through this year RA will have spent $3.35 million for a building worth about one-third of that. And that will probably not be the end of what of the investment needed to make the Tetra property usable. (more…)

by Karen Goff — May 25, 2016 at 10:00 am 0

Davelle Clothiers

One of Reston Town Center’s longest-running tenants is moving — but just to another location at RTC.

Davelle Clothiers, which has been located at 11904 Market St. for 25 years, will open a new space this summer. The new shop will be just across the lobby of the same building, and will face the parking garage rather than the  fountain, Davelle management says.

The locally owned men’s clothing store is currently holding a moving sale, where all merchandise is 30 to 60 percent off.

When the store relocates later this summer, it will be into a larger space with much more offerings, says Davelle’s website. Look for a custom design studio, an expanded shoe department and refreshments, among other changes.

by Karen Goff — May 25, 2016 at 9:00 am 0

Bow Tie Movies. Reston Town Center

Big Gift to Reston Historic Trust — Reston Residents Shashi and Margaret Gupta have donated $100,000 to the Reston Historic Trust Endowment Fund. This is the largest donation received by the Endowment Fund, which is now up to about $600,000 in gifts and pledges that will go towards providing school outreach programs, history lectures,  permanent and temporary exhibits and more.

Intern At Riverbend Park This Summer — Riverbend Park, a Fairfax County Park Authority Park in Great Falls, is looking for a Nature Education Intern and a Fishing Education Intern for 10 to 12 weeks.  The positions involve teaching at camps and working with children at a park alongside the Potomac River. [FCPA]

Crabs At Red’s Table — Red’s Table at South Lakes Village Center is hosting a Maryland-style crab feast on June 4. Reserve buckets of crabs ($65 per dozen) by calling (571) 375-7755.

Lax Time — The South Lakes boys lacrosse team, which has won 14 straight games, will play a Virginia Northern Region 6A Semifinal game at home against Woodson tonight at 7  p.m. The Seahawks already qualified for the state tournament with their quarterfinal win last week.

by RestonNow.com — May 24, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0


Wouldn’t it be fun if your dog can hit the bars with you?

Nova Pets Alive and World of Beer are hosting an event just for you and Fido.

Join them for Yappy Hour on Monday, June 6 from 3 to 7 p.m.

There will be beer, treats and fun while supporting Nova Pets Alive, a nonprofit that supports animals and their companions in Northern Virginia.

World of Beer is located at 1888 Explorer St. at Reston Town Center.

Can’t make it on June 6? Nova Pets Alive will also host Yappy Hour at World of Beer on July 4, Aug. 8 and Sept. 5.

by Karen Goff — May 24, 2016 at 2:45 pm 6 Comments

Supervisor Chair Sharon Bulova after Transportation Committee meeting TuesdayExpress buses will be running from Reston to the Pentagon when Metro’s SafeTrack program gets underway early next month.

That’s just one means of mitigating aggravation, delays and traffic during Metro’s accelerated safety program that will condense three years of repairs into one year.

Metro will accomplish this by working nights, weekends, and in 15 “Safety Surges,” which will mean rolling, longterm track outages in various parts of the system.

See the full schedule of Safety Surges.

Reston-area commuters will be affected early in the process. The Silver and Orange Lines will be single tracking from Ballston to East Falls Church June 4 to 16. Then from June 18 to July 3, the Silver/Orange/Blue lines will be closed from Eastern Market to Minnesota Ave/Benning Road in D.C.

Metro officials said Silver Line trains will run about every 18 minutes during the surge. They are also encouraging riders to seek alternate forms of transportation.

Fairfax County Supervisor Chair Sharon Bulova said on Tuesday, following a transportation committee board meeting, that the Board of Supervisors is “very supportive of the SafeTrack Plan.”

“We feel the time is more than over for WMATA to put in this kind of safety effort,” she said. “But it will not be easy and convenient for folks.”

Bulova said she encourages Fairfax County commuters to carpool, take buses and and telework during Safety Surges.

The Pentagon bus service will cost $4 per trip. It will depart from the Reston North Park and Ride (11300 Sunset Hills Rd., opposite the Wiehle-Reston East Metro) every 30 minutes from 5:05 a.m. to 8:20 a.m. The one-way trip is expected to take 35 minutes.

In the evening, the buses will depart Pentagon Bay L7 every 10 minutes from 3:40 p.m. to 6:05 p.m.

See more information and more alternative transportation resources on Fairfax County’s website.

Photo: Sharon Bulova, chair of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, after Tuesday’s transportation committee meeting.

by Karen Goff — May 24, 2016 at 9:00 am 0

Bikeable = Likable? — Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling (FABB) has a look at how more bicycle connectivity will improve suburban areas such as Reston and Tysons. [FABB] So Long,…


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