Reston Association launches public survey on proposed Shadowood renaming

A sign for Reston’s Shadowood Recreation Area (via Reston Association)

The push to rename Reston’s Shadowood Recreation Area has reached a new phase with the launch of an online survey.

Reston Association announced on Wednesday (May 1) that it’s officially seeking community input on a possible name change for the swimming pool and tennis courts on Springwood Drive.

In addition to the survey, which asks respondents whether they support a renaming and what the new name should be if they do, RA will host a community input session on the topic at Walker Nature Center (11450 Glade Drive) on May 13, starting at 6 p.m.

“Staff will collect all community input and provide recommendations to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee and the Board of Directors,” RA said in a news release.

The survey is expected to remain open through May 17, according to RA Communications Director Cara O’Donnell. The parks and recreation committee’s next meeting is scheduled for May 29.

At a Board of Directors meeting in March, RA CEO Mac Cummins indicated that the goal is to implement a name change, if one is approved, in conjunction with Shadowood pool’s reopening. The facility finished a renovation in November and is expected to reopen on June 15 during RA’s summer pool season.

Residents first proposed renaming the Shadowood Recreation Area in 2009 and 2010, but insufficient signatures for a petition led the board of directors to vote against a change in 2011.

The issue resurfaced in December 2022, as advocates made the case that a different name would make it clearer that the recreational facilities are open to all RA members, not just Shadowood Condominium residents.

An RA work group floated the possibility of repurposing Shadowood and three other pools in 2021, citing their low usage and the association’s climbing maintanence and capital costs. RA’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee ultimately recommended a renovation instead, arguing that improved amenities might boost the pool’s usage.

Approved by the RA board in 2022, the renovation involved a reconfiguration of the main pool to add lap lanes, the conversion of a wading pool into a splash pad, and roof, deck, flooring and bathhouse repairs. A gas line has also been installed from South Lakes Drive to heat the pool.

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