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Fairfax Park Authority Wants Your Thoughts on Indoor Recreation Centers

by Karen Goff — September 20, 2016 at 1:00 pm 4 Comments

Fairfax County Park AuthorityWhat does the Fairfax County Park Authority need as it upgrades its indoor recreation centers?

That’s what officials want to know as they conduct a community survey this fall and make recommendations in Spring 2017.

The Park Authority will hold a public information meeting on Wednesday to present information on its systemwide study that will guide future redevelopment and growth of the RECenter system throughout the county. The meeting is at 7 p.m. in Conference Room 106/107 of the Herrity Building, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax.

This meeting is an opportunity to learn more about the study, how to provide input into the study and how to stay informed of the study’s progress, says Park Authority Chair Bill Bouie.

Last year’s Needs Assessment Survey revealed that residents put a high priority on recreational facilities and see a general need for upgrades across the park system.

The Park Authority has hired Brailsford & Dunlavey, Inc. (B&D), CENTERS, and Hughes Group Architects (HGA) to develop a system-wide sustainability plan for the RECenters. The project team will look at potential future operational and facility improvements that effectively and efficiently help to meet the indoor recreation needs of Fairfax County residents, Bouie said.

A Community Interest Survey will be conducted later this month. The survey will be distributed to RECenter users and pass holders and other Fairfax County residents.

A second public meeting will be scheduled this winter.

Bouie said Reston is still on track to get an indoor recreation facility in the Reston Town Center North area during that area’s future redevelopment.

  • Chuck Morningwood

    Here’s my question: when will we get one in Reston? And it better be huge too, as our population is rapidly expanding.

    • JoeInReston

      I hadn’t realize we had gained that much weight. I guess we do need to hit the gym.

  • Sally Forth

    Oh, Jeez, NOT Brailsford & Dunlavey, Inc. again… RCC hired them a few years ago and their product was mediocre at best. Bouie is also a governor for RCC. Why is this firm being used when its work products are less than dazzling or even good value for the taxpayers?

    And why the big study on indoor rec centers, Bill? Reston would prefer that you concentrate on getting us OUR first indoor rec center before you rush around worrying about other districts. Gosh, How long do we have to wait??? In the meantime, our taxes are making everyone else in county happy, happy, happy rec users. We here in Reston are TICKED.

    I’m not inclined to repeat our demand that we get what our tax dollars are providing everyone else at your silly little Taj meeting. You KNOW how we here in your home town feel. What we don’t get is how you can not already have the obvious answer. That you are even having this meeting and asking these questions is insulting to all of us here in Hunter Mill District. Big boo for Bill Bouie on this one.

  • God bless the children

    I am only guessing but based on recent experiences 30% of the clientele goes to the rec centre not to work out but to show off and solicit their sex.

    Are sexual offenders permitted to visit public facillities? Not so sure about that either…

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