RA Estimates Bocce Site Plan Will Cost $14K

by Karen Goff December 8, 2014 at 3:00 pm 15 Comments

Outdoor Bocce Court/Credit: Joy of BocceReston Association will review this week an additional cost of $14,000 to build a bocce court at Cabots Point Recreation Area.

RA CEO Cate Fulkerson said in materials for Monday’s Board Planning Meeting that RA has checked with a civil engineering firm, who says that a site review for the land at Cabots Point will cost $14,000.

The estimate takes into account:

  • Establishing survey control and accurate topography on site: $2,000
  • Developing a minor site plan for submission to Fairfax County. Requirements include, but are not limited to: siting of elements, grading (existing and proposed topography), possibly erosion and sediment control plan and narrative, stormwater management calculations and narrative, possible landscaping requirements: $10,000
  • Plan submittal and review to Fairfax County: $2,000

Additionally, RA documents say that materials to build the court will cost most than $4,000. However, RA says it can donate the 80 hours of labor costs ($1,884).

RA will have to ensure the addition of the bocce court and additional elements (walkway, bench, picnic table etc.) would meet current ADA/accessibility standards, said Fulkerson.

RA documents also said that Friends of Reston, which says it will pay the costs of the court, has $1,500 in designated donations for the project. RA has not marked any money to pay for the courts, so it is unclear where it would get $14,000 for a site plan.

When the project was approved by the RA Board nearly a year ago, the estimated total cost of the project was about $2,500.

There have been several other setbacks for the plan as well, including many complaints from neighbors who do not want the court, saying it will bring noise, traffic and garbage to the area off of South Lakes Drive.

Others have told the RA Board that they were not adequately notified of the planned project, proposed by South Lakes Director Richard Chew last December, before the board approved it. RA has since changed the process of getting member feedback before voting on a new project.

In the last year, RA Directors have twice proposed pulling the bocce plan and starting over. Both times, the board voted to press on.

The board will discuss and vote Monday on whether to further move on the cost estimate at its Dec. 18 full board meeting.

  • Mike M

    . . . whereas my simple, yet popular pogo stick race course would cost a mere $13.1K. Given the critical nature of one or the other of these preposterous proposals, I say we pass the cheaper of the two. Her, here! Let’s throw away some money!

    • Chuck Morningwood

      Don’t like Blue Reston? Maybe you should move to Red Maryland.

      • Mike M

        When it comes to fight or flight, I tend not to run. I actually believe I can talk some sense into fools. But if you would like to move to super blue Europe, I will gladly help you pack.

  • Laura Calacci

    RA says they can “donate” the labor. Really? Are the RA employees going to do it on their off days ? Its a lie. They are not donating their time. We, the RA members, pay for all the labor. I

    • Dexter Scott

      Well that is true, but we pay them whether they are building the bocce court or sitting around the RA headquarters scratching themselves and websurfing.

      • Laura Calacci

        Right. So lay them off. Or cut everyone to less than 30 hours. Its like they have to come up with “busy work” for them to do, Yet, they still don’t pick up the trash.

  • Dexter Scott

    It fascinates me how they piled so many stupid and insane requirements that the cost of the project is magnified 20 or 30 times.

    And they wonder why businesses are going kaput left and right in Fairfax County…

    • Mike M

      It sounds like an Eagle Scout project to me.

      • Cluster Tycoon

        Dangerously close to the playground that put me on the verge of a nervous blake downs. Just sane

  • Southie

    Someone is taking advantage of RA’s volunteer board. Spending $14,000 on a site plan for this project makes no sense.

    • Mike M

      Excellent observation. I wonder how many people they asked. The problem isn’t that someone is taking advantage. The problem is that RA is unfit to buys stuff with our money.

  • east297

    Bocce court! Who needs it? Spending homeowners money is a drug to RA. Let’s do away with RA… Let the county who collects real estate taxes galore from Reston homeowners provide services.

  • OpenReston

    They’re only $12,000 over the original estimate, what could go wrong?

  • DC2Reston

    RA is ridiculous

  • DC2Reston

    They spend $ like pet projects. How about cleaning up the trash on the sides of South Lakes and Colts Neck. How about errecting lights to deter vandilism and make it safer for both drivers and pedestrians (oh yeah, we have a lot of them).



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