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RA, County May Want More Green Space at Reston Town Center North

by Karen Goff April 15, 2016 at 2:45 pm 3 Comments

The central green area planned for Reston Town Center North may not be big enough for meaningful programming — but it remains to be seen whether the county or Reston Association will look for ways to expand the outdoor space.

John McBride, Reston Association’s land use attorney, gave an overview of the potential planning issue for Town Center North to the RA Board on Wednesday.

A land swap and reorganization were approved by the county Board of Supervisors last year with a goal of eventually turning the 50-acre parcel into a new home for the Reston Regional Library, the Embry Rucker Community Shelter, recreational amenities and housing.

While owned by the county and Inova, the land has been under RA covenants since the 1970s.

In the center of it all is open space, which totals about 4.5 acres including streets that will cross through it. Overall, there will be a little more than three acres of open space in a long, narrow layout.

“I still think it is not quite big enough,” McBride told the RA Board. “If it is too narrow, there might not be much programming ability.”

McBride says county planners have researched other similar shaped parks, including, Klyde Warren Park in Dallas (5 acres), Citygarden in St. Louis (3.2 acres) and Grand Park in Los Angeles (11.5 acres) for comparison.

Other updates on RTC North:

  • The county intends to submit its development application, plan amendments and proffers this summer.
  • The county and RA are still working on the title issue that says 10 acres running along Baron Cameron Avenue must remain in a natural state.

Photo: Planned layout of RTC North with green space in the middle.

  • John Pinkman

    Great timing! Recommend folks watch the PBS special 10 City Parks That Changed Awmica.

  • Arielle in NoVA

    How about having the center bow out to both sides, making it more of an egg shape than a tampon shape?

  • Terry Maynard

    Besides the 10-acre deed commitment, the County plan falls woefully short of providing the park area and athletic facilities called for in its own Urban Park Framework (see http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/comprehensiveplan/policyplan/parksrec.pdf , Appendix 2).

    By Reston 20/20’s calculation, including the existing public and private parks in the Reston Town Center area, that station area (including Town Center North ) needs an additional 11.5 acres of parkland based population/jobs forecasts and including space for at least 10 athletic fields covering 16.7 acres.

    The Reston Master Plan calls for one playing field for all RTC and makes no specification as to the overall park area.

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