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Bring the kids and check out all the big trucks that Reston Association uses. In addition, we may have a police and fire truck on display. Click image above for more information.
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Kids' Triathlon

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Reston's paths are one of the community's greatest joys. Set as your goal to explore all 55 miles of paved and natural surface pathways winding throughout Reston's open spaces. Not only do these paths provide a great place to exercise and get some fresh air, they also connect neighborhoods, recreation areas and shopping centers.
Reston Station

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is constructing a 23-mile extension of the Metrorail system, which will be operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority from East Falls Church to Washington Dulles International Airport. The extension will serve the Reston-Herndon area, the state's second largest employment concentration. It will provide a one-seat ride from Dulles International Airport to downtown Washington. Click here for more information.

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IN THE NEWS: Updates and Announcements
 videocontestVideo Contest Begins
my community logo To commemorate Reston's 50th anniversary, Reston Association is sponsoring the My Community video contest. The contest complements the Reston Story, a feature-length documentary film produced by Storycatcher Productions with support from the Reston community. Click here for more information on how to enter the contest.
budgetoptionsBoard Reviews Budget Options
The Reston Association Board of Directors continued the 2014-2015 budget process during its regular meeting last week. Various proposed annual assessment rates, based on three different budget scenarios, were reviewed by the board:

Budget Option 1 - Reflects the operating revenues and expenses, along with the capital expenditures required for the upkeep of existing Capital Assets. As well, this option funds the Repair & Replacement Reserve, at approximately $2.4 million in 2014 and 2015 as recommended by the Fiscal Committee. The projected Annual Assessment levels would be $646 in 2014 and $647 in 2015. This option provides no extra dollars for any new budget initiatives.

Budget Option 2 - Assumes all of the operating revenues and expenses, along with the capital expenditures required for the upkeep of existing Capital Assets as presented in Option 1 above; however, this option does include a loan of $2 million to offset expenses, provide lower annual assessment levels of $615 in 2014 and $635 in 2015 thereby providing $1,045,843 in additional funds for new budget initiatives.

Budget Option 3 - Assumes all of the operating revenues and expenses, along with the capital expenditures required for the upkeep of existing Capital Assets as presented in Option 1 above; however, this option does include a loan of $2.5 million to offset expenses, provide lower Annual Assessment levels of $615 in 2014 and $635 in 2015 thereby providing $1,534,593 in additional funds for new budget initiatives.
BCPBaron Cameron Park Plan

Reston Association's Board of Directors has written a letter to William Bouie, chairman of the Fairfax County Park Authority Board, asking that the county consider Reston's "Essential Elements" in the Master Plan revision process for Baron Cameron Park.


In his letter to the county, Ken Knueven, RA's board president, stated that the county should plan for community amenities such as an indoor tennis facility at the park site. Knueven also outlined recommendations related to design, accessibility, the arts and environmental stewardship.


Click here to read the July 28 letter to the FCPA.
campspaceCamp Space Available

These session 4 RA camps, which start Aug. 5, have space available:

  • Walker's Rangers (6-8 years old)
    sessions 4A/4B
  • Sportsters (6-8 years old) session 4
  • Hug-A-Tree PM (5-7 years old) session 4
  • Camp on Wheels (6-13 years old) session 5
  • Teen Camp (11-14 years old) session 4 

Go to www.reston.org to login and register. You can also register in person at Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive. For more information contact camp@reston.org or call 703 435-6551.


CALENDAR: Events, Programs, Community Activities
kidstriReston Kids' Triathlon
Sunday, Aug. 11
8 a.m.
Race held throughout Reston.
All proceeds from the third annual Reston Kids' Triathlon will be used for Reston Association and YMCA youth scholarship programs.

Race packets can be picked up on Saturday, Aug. 10 from 2-4 p.m. at the YMCA at 12196 Sunset Hills Road. Parents must present a photo ID. Click here for more information.
treebSecrets in Tree Bark
Sunday, Aug. 11
2-3 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$4/person RA members, $6/person non-members.
All ages (Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by Aug. 8. E-mail naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Ever wonder what happens under tree bark? What do the layers of a tree do? What animals burrow into tree bark to use it as shelter? Take a short hike to identify different types of bark, learn about the tree's inner workings, and spot signs of insects and other pests.
kidsKids Outdoors

Wednesday, Aug. 21

9 a.m.-Noon

Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.

$15/child RA members, $20/child non-members.

Ages 7-10 years.

Reservations required by Aug. 14. E-mail naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.


Parents: Drop off your child at this morning jam-packed with outdoor fun. We will pick up where camp ended with exciting outdoor activities.


Kids: Go on a wild safari. Discover which creatures live under logs in the forest. Play a game of camouflage critters. Search for tadpoles, minnows and insects in a cool stream. Finish with a campfire and a traditional campfire treat.

GET INVOLVED: Volunteerism at RA
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RA's volunteer program consists of members in our community working in a variety of capacities. Volunteers are RA's strongest line of communication with the community. Each year a diverse group of RA members donate thousands of hours to the association. Through their dedication, we are able to provide a wide range of high-quality programs, services and events that make Reston a great place to Live, Work, Play and Get Involved

Habitat Heroes Project
(Formerly Weed Warriors)

Our native trees, ferns and wildflowers are under attack by invasive exotic plants like English Ivy, Japanese Honeysuckle and Bamboo. That is why we need heroes like you to join us in rescuing Reston's beautiful parkland from these aggressive plants. These fast growing, invasive plants escape from people's yards and seriously threaten local ecosystems, taking away vital food and habitat from already stressed wildlife populations. Please spend a couple hours in our parkland protecting our forests every fourth Saturday of each month as we help restore Reston's forests to their natural state.

Please wear long sleeves and long pants to protect against poison ivy, thorny plants and biting insects. RA will provide tools, gloves, snacks and water.
triVolsHelp Needed for Triathlon
On Aug. 11 at 8 a.m., the YMCA Fairfax County Reston and Reston Association will be holding the third annual Reston Kids' Triathlon. The event is intended to be a fun opportunity for youngsters to stay active through the summer and learn about the fast-growing sport of triathlon.

kids tri In keeping with the missions of the sponsoring organizations, a number of the participants will be from families who might not be able to afford the entry fee and equipment for the event. Through individual and corporate sponsors, their costs will be covered. All net proceeds from this event will be used for the Y and RA youth scholarship programs.

Volunteers are needed for many different areas and if you would like to support local kids and volunteer for this event, please sign up at: www.restonkidstri.org/volunteer.html.

Volunteers receive a T-shirt and breakfast.

We strongly discourage parents from volunteering if your child is in the race. For more information on the event go to www.restonkidstri.org.
DRBDRB Seeks New Member
Reston Association is seeking a volunteer to serve on the Design Review Board (DRB). A design professional (architect, land planner or landscape architect) is needed to serve a three-year term. Click here for more information.

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