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‘Pirate Fest’ Comes to Lake Fairfax Park Saturday

by RestonNow.com — May 3, 2017 at 4:30 pm 25 Comments

Pirate Fest is returning to Lake Fairfax Park (1400 Lake Fairfax Dr.) this Saturday, May 6, offering the area’s youngest pirates the chance to ride in pirate ships, sing pirate ditties, and hear tales of excitement on the high seas.

Kids — and parents — are encouraged to dress up in their favorite pirate costumes and practice their best “arrrrgh, matey” and head to Lake Fairfax Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission is $10 through Fairfax County Parks and Recreation. For an additional $4 per person, you can book a pirate boat tour with a real pirate captain at the wheel.

Other planned activities include the raingutter regatta, a treasure hunt for real pirate booty, the “Pirate Skills Challenge” with jousting and cannons, fun science and craft projects and more.

There were also be a marketplace full of “exotic treasures” to shop for.

Advance registration for the event is recommended, and required for the pirate boat tour. Visit the Pirate Fest page on the Parks and Recreation website to register and see more details about the event.

Images of Pirate Fest by Fairfax County Parks & Recreation

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  • John Farrell

    Lake Fairfax is not actually located in Reston, Jennifer.

    • Brian Moran

      Fairfax County thinks Lake Fairfax is in Reston and gives it a Reston address.
      http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/lakefairfax/

      • John Farrell

        The Post Office assigns place names in addresses but the Reston boundary is clear and Lake Fairfax is outside the Reston boundary.

        Further, FCPA records show that most patrons of Lake Fairfax come from Great Falls.

        • Brian Moran

          What data are you using to say the border is clear and Lake Fairfax is not part of reston? Google ‘map of reston va’ and the first result is Google drawing a mapline around Reston which shows Lake Fairfax in Reston.

          • John Farrell

            The Reston Deed boundary which is clear and unambiguous.

          • Brian Moran

            Are you talking about the RA deed? I could be wrong but my understanding is that the RA deed only covers land that is part of RA. The Town Center for example is not, as far as I know, part of RA but it is certainly part of Reston. Where do you think Lake Fairfax is if not in Reston? Now I am curious. I will stop by RA tomorrow and ask them. I suspect the answer is that lake Fairfax is part of reston but not part of RA and not subject to the RA deed. I will let you know what I found out.

          • John Farrell

            Or you could look at the map to which I posted the link.
            in my last post.

            There are only 4 FCPA properties in Reston: South Lakes Drive Park, Reston North Park; Baron Cameron Park and Stratton Woods Park. At least two of those facilities are in terrible condition.

            There aren’t any FCPA faciiities in RTC either.

          • Brian Moran

            P.s. Are you saying property in disrepair is not in Reston? If that’s true then my front lawn moves in and out of reston based on how lazy I get with cutting the grass.

          • Bill Bouie

            Lake Fairfax is in Reston. The official boundaries of Reston are defined as Small Tax District 5. This was updated when the boundaries of the Tax District were redrawn in 2008. We hope to being the engineering of the upgrade at Baron Cameron later this year, and plans will be underway for the new Rec Center in Reston Town Center North.

            Bill Bouie, Chairman
            Hunter Mill District
            Fairfax County Park Authority

          • cRAzy

            Bill–You obviously missed Wednesday’s community meeting on Reston rezoning in which DPZ showed a map of Reston that clearly excludes the Lake Fairfax area.

            Are you saying DPZ has it wrong?

          • Bill Bouie

            Yes, if that is what was presented. Go to the County website and pull up the map of SD5 and the Adopted Reston Master Plan and it will include Lake Fairfax along with other locations that are not a part of RA. RA does not include Town Center, Deep Wood, or Stratton Woods as well as other outlying parts which are Reston, but not RA.

          • cRAzy

            Again, the DPZ map was of RESTON, not RA-land. You really ought to learn about your community.

            In fact, Bill, at this time, you are just plain lying. I have reviewed all the maps of Reston in the newly adopted (thru 3/14/17) Reston master plan and NONE of them include LF Park. And you (should) know that.

            BTW–How much property tax does LF Park pay under STD#5 or even the general property taxes? Just thought I’d ask.

          • Bill Bouie

            No sense in arguing with someone that does not know. There is no tax on parkland.

          • Bill Bouie
          • cRAzy

            So RCC thinks LF Park is in Reston. In fact, the map is labelled as a map of STD#5, not Reston. Unfortunately, the Comprehensive Plan says the park is not in Reston.

          • Reston2000

            All of this discussion above is part of the problem…no one understands all these boundaries and the taxes tied to each of them. So here are the questions: There is RA, which is part of small tax district #5, but does not include all of STD #5, right? And all of STD #5 is part of Hunter Mill District, but Hunter Mill District extends a little beyond STD#5, correct? And Lake Fairfax does not fall in RA boundaries, but does fall in STD#5 boundaries, right? And we – RA residents – pay RA assessments for RA-owned parks and paths and pools; AND we pay STD #5 tax for RCC rec centers and pool and programs; AND we pay county tax, part of which goes to parks and recreation, right? So where other communities pay only a county tax for parks and pools and programs, we actually pay three taxes for our parks and rec facilities and programs. And we paid outright for most of our park facilities like the Nature House and now the Lake House. And, by the way, if you pay to go to the Water Mine, you’re paying another fee toward our parks. So if we are paying an assessment, two taxes, and fees to use our parks, facilities, programs, pools, and all the maintenance, then why is it we still have port-a-potties at Baron Cameron Park?? Feels like we picked up much of our parks and rec costs that are traditionally covered by the county, and still we are last on the list for county-sponsored improvements…the discussion to me is not about the boundaries at all, but about equity in the distribution of county funds to Reston.

          • Bill Bouie

            I could not agree with you more. Most people do not understand the alphabet soup and the roles and responsibilities of each. Please let me answer your questions:

            1. There is RA, which is part of small tax district #5, but does not include all of STD #5, right?

            That is correct. RA is a homeowners association and not a government entity. There are two government entities in Reston, STD5 and the Hunter Mill District with the Supervisor.

            2. And all of STD #5 is part of Hunter Mill District, but Hunter Mill District extends a little beyond STD#5, correct?

            That is correct, In fact the Hunter Mill District is much larger and includes the Town of Vienna.

            3. And Lake Fairfax does not fall in RA boundaries, but does fall in STD#5 boundaries, right?

            That is correct. RA has nothing to do with Lake Fairfax other than the connecting of trails.

            4. And we – RA residents – pay RA assessments for RA-owned parks and paths and pools; AND we pay STD #5 tax for RCC rec centers and pool and programs; AND we pay county tax, part of which goes to parks and recreation, right?

            That is correct. The STD5 tax, $.047 per $100 of assessed value, pays for the Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods and Lake Anne. If your home is assessed at $500K, you pay $235 in STD tax. If you take three classes or attend three events at RCC with your family, you have more than recouped your taxes.

            5. So where other communities pay only a county tax for parks and pools and programs, we actually pay three taxes for our parks and rec facilities and programs.

            That is correct!!! Reston is pretty special in that it is unique in the facilities available to it from all entities.

            6. And we paid outright for most of our park facilities like the Nature House and now the Lake House.

            Not true. Nature House was given to Reston Association by the Friends of Reston and no RA dollars were used for building it. RA now operates nature House and derives revenue from it. The Lake House was purchased by RA from a private developer with RA dollars.

            7. And, by the way, if you pay to go to the Water Mine, you’re paying another fee toward our parks.

            The Water Mine is a part of the Revenue Fund from the Park Authority and pays for itself. It was built with Park Bond funds from the County that will be paid back by the county via tax dollars. It is a capital investment.

            8. So if we are paying an assessment, two taxes, and fees to use our parks, facilities, programs, pools, and all the maintenance, then why is it we still have port-a-potties at Baron Cameron Park??

            Baron Cameron is an undeveloped park whose Master Plan was approved in 2013 for full buildout. When the buildout occurs, permanent bathrooms will be built, much like was done at Fred Crabtree District Park. Cuts over the years to the Park Authority maintenance budget cut out bathrooms to many park facilities, so we have depended on groups that adopt the parks or use them a lot to team with us to provide bathroom facilities in the interim and they pay the cost of those today.

            I hope that this is helpful and I am more than happy to discuss with you and anyone else at any time.

            Thanks for asking the questions and for your support of our parks.

          • Reston2000

            I’m not sure I would call it “special” to pay three taxes when others outside of Reston are paying one…

          • Sarah

            I think you just don’t know what you’re talking about.

          • Brian Moran

            That map is a map of voting districts in Reston. It’s not a map of reston per se. No one lives in Lake Fairfax so of course it’s not part of a voting district. You could be right on Lake Fairfax not being part of reston but that map doesn’t prove anything.

        • Brian Moran
  • Donald

    It is quite apparent Lake Fairfax is not a part of the Reston Deed, so it is not a part of Reston Association. However, Fairfax County sees great benefit in “connecting ” Lake Fairfax with the Reston Association.

    The big question. Is Lake Fairfax a part of the Reston Special Tax District 5?

    Donald

    • Jenny Gibbers

      Thanks Donald, good to know.

    • Joe

      This article was about something fun why bring politics into it?

  • Mike M

    Ahem!
    . . . Arrrrrrrgh!

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