The 2015 World Police & Fire Games get underway with opening ceremonies at RFK Stadium in DC Friday night.
But lots of the action is already in Reston. The Hyatt Regency Reston is the credentialing headquarters, and hundreds of the athletes from 68 countries filled long lines in the Hyatt Ballroom to pick up official IDs and other gear on Friday.
Reston Town Center is also the site of the Athletes Village, where many of the 10,000 athletes and thousands of family and friends will gather each afternoon and evening from Saturday until the Games end July 5.
If you are going to (or near) Reston Town Center, please bring your patience and a sense of humor.
Even as of Friday afternoon — before the Games or the Athletes Village were officially open — parking was not easy to find and Reston Parkway was slow going.
The surface parking lot has been turned over to become Champions Square, a gathering place for the athletes and the general public for the duration of the games. There are games, a climbing wall, refreshments for sale, and entertainment. But note the reduction in parking spots.
Overflow parking is available at the Kiss and Ride lot at 12050 Sunset Hills Rd. (Sunset Hills Road and Town Center Parkway).
Also, a portion of Cameron Glen Drive will be temporarily closed for the duration of the Games. The section from Towne Center Parkway to the drive accessing the Glen will be closed. Access to this area will be from the Bowman Town Drive entrance.
This weekend at the Games:
The full slate of competition gets underway Saturday. Admission is free.
Events in Reston include:
- Ice Hockey, Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Reston SkateQuest
- Honor Guard, Sunday, 8 a..m. to 4 p.m. at Hyatt Regency Reston
- Police Service Dogs, Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lake Fairfax Park (Note: Closed to the public)
- Open Water Swim, Sunday, 9 a.m. to noon, Lake Audubon
To see the full schedule of events all over the region, visit the World Police & Fire website.