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Sneak Peek: Final Plans for RA’s Pony Barn Area

by Karen Goff — June 15, 2015 at 2:00 pm 17 Comments

Pony Barn Plans/RA

After nearly a year re-imagining, Reston Association’s Pony Barn working group has formed its final conceptual plans for the renovation of the recreational area.

RA last year set aside $30,000 for the renovation of the area at Steeplechase Drive and Triple Crown Road.

The park, once home to an actual pony barn, is mainly a picnic pavilion, open grassy space and small play area. RA sought community feedback last summer, where ideas from a memorial garden of reflection to an archery range were suggested.

Pony BarnIn December, the group nixed those ideas in favor improvements to existing facilities and the addition of a butterfly garden.

The final plan calls for an improved pavilion area with upgrades to the play areas, picnic tables and new barbecue grills. The proposal also calls for new fencing and landscaping.

The proposal will be presented to RA’s Board on July 30. If approved, the plan then will go to the RA Design Review Board on Aug. 18.

Photos: Top, final concept renderings for Pony Barn/Courtesy RA; Bottom, Pony Barn Rec Area/file photo

  • Greg

    Wow — another chock-a-block, used-to-the-max RA facility!

  • Greg

    And, nothing like the RA listening to its assessment-paying members:

    “RA sought community feedback last summer, where ideas from a memorial garden of reflection to an archery range were suggested.

    In December, the group nixed those ideas in favor improvements to existing facilities and the addition of a butterfly garden.”

    • Karen Goff

      Actually, they did listen. Much of the feedback was people did not want a memorial garden, that a religious type place did not belong on RA land.

      • Ming the Merciless

        “A quiet spot for remembrance and reflection” — yup, that would be a magnet for crazed religious zealots, all right. Can’t have that.

        Good thing they moved the Brown’s Chapel building in 1968… the outrage of a “religious type place” on RA land would never be tolerated today.

      • Greg

        Memorial gardens of reflection, need, and should, not be religious-type things. Moreover, there IS a memorial garden, albeit weed-infested, terribly neglected, and only for those affiliated with Reston killed on 9-11, near Baron Cameron Park (perhaps on RA land), no?

        What’s to become of those of us who perish of other than extraordinary, terrorist causes? There is, after all, no cemetery, public, private or otherwise, in Reston.

        And, what about the archery range? Why was that nixed?

  • Mike M

    I think I see a bocci ball court in that diagram!

  • Rex Cramer

    Pony Barn?

  • Greg

    AND, no hypocrisy here, is there, RA?

    http://www.reston.org/Parks,RecreationEvents/NatureEnvironmentalResources/MemorialPrograms/tabid/923/Default.aspx

    “…certain fees apply.”

    Pay to play…my, oh, my, the hubris.

    • shagga

      you know it, its RA style!

  • JCSuperstar

    Folks this is old news. I remember this effort started over a year ago, with significant commentary. The community drove this one …and the ongoing activities and results can be found here:

    https://www.reston.org/DevelopmentFutureofReston/PonyBarn/tabid/531/Default.aspx

    JC

  • Ricky Spanish

    Finally a place in Reston where the Bronies can gather in safety.

    • shagga

      are bronies gender confused or species confused? It sounds like we need to have a political debate about which locker room, bathroom or barn they are entitled to.

  • HealthyAtEverySize

    What a great usage of my fees. Between this and the other junk no wonder due’s go up every year

    • Sorebonius

      Maybe your fees should go toward…

      • HealthyAtEverySize

        If we had a Hooteres in RTC I’d go there every day after work

  • Arielle in NoVA

    Please post a link to the full image so we can read the labels that are off the page. Thanks!

  • buddy

    So, wait. After a year of planning and asking for input, basically they are just adding some paving, landscaping, and updating the grills. All for the $30k budgeted?

    The new path to Steeplechase is nice since that is currently dirt and tree roots.

    Painted games area is a waste, but could be pretty if it is done nicely.

    Oh well, better than a death-garden…

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