Reston Community Center Launches Community Survey, Explores Future Performing Arts Venue

Reston Community Center is launching a major community survey to explore how residents use its program, facilities and services. The survey is the first of its kind since a decade.

RCC is partnering with the Center for Survey Research at the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service to complete the survey. It will also explore community opinions on a new performing arts venue in Reston.

The effort is prompted by changes in Reston’s population and projected future growth due to the expansion of the Silver Line.

“Reston depends on RCC for leisure-time options to enjoy; we want to assure that we are in touch with current views about how people want us to serve their needs. In addition, the media landscape has radically changed and we want to know more about how people get information,” said Leila Gordon, RCC’s executive director, in a release. “Along with these issues, this is an ideal opportunity to find out the community’s views about development of a new performing arts venue.”

Respondents selected to participate in the survey will receive an advance letter this month notifying them of the chance to complete the survey. Questionnaire and a postage-paid return envelope will be mailed thereafter. The survey will also be available in Spanish, Russian, Mandarin and Arabic.

Other residents can also participate in the survey, which will be available online for Reston residents and at RCC’s customer service desks.

Surveying will continue in the summer. The Center for Survey Research will submit its analysis of survey responses to RCC in September.

Individuals interested in receiving a copy of the completed report can request one by emailing [email protected].

All email requests will be kept confidential and completely separate from survey responses, according to RCC.

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