RA News
June 5, 2015
Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter




Reston Station
The Silver Line provides rail transportation from Dulles International Airport to downtown Washington. The first phase of the Silver Line opened on July 26, 2014. Click here for more information on the Silver Line and the Wiehle-Reston East station.


On the Rise
New projects and construction continue around Reston. Keep up with all the latest news by visiting the Development & Future of Reston section of RA's website.


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videoReston Today on YouTube

This month's Reston Today video features segments about Bike to Work Day and Reston Association summer camps. Click the image above to watch the video on YouTube.
addProposal: Add Properties to RA

As directed by the Reston Association Board of Directors, CEO, Cate Fulkerson provided an overview of a proposed new model for adding properties to the association. The presentation came during a public hearing about the BLVD Residential at Reston Station last week. A second public hearing is set for June 25.


The new model for adding properties to RA concerns the area known as the Dulles Corridor. Currently, new or existing properties along the corridor do not fall within RA's jurisdiction (RA covenanted land) therefore assessments from those residences are not collected by RA. Those properties also do not fall under RA's design guidelines.


If the revised model is adopted by the board, developers would have the opportunity to join RA. The association would receive an initiation fee and/or proffers from developers in exchange for RA providing certain services such as overseeing the future administration and design review process of the properties. Click here to read more about the proposal. 

talloaksBoard Votes on Tall Oaks Motion

The Reston Association Board of Directors voted to "include a residential component" in the Tall Oaks Village Center redevelopment plan. The board, which unanimously approved a new motion at last Thursday night's meeting, stated that "the center should include neighborhood-serving retail and services and a public open space oriented to the Tall Oaks Assisted Living Facility."


Tall Oaks is one of five village centers in Reston. The shopping center at Tall Oaks is being considered for a redevelopment project that would include a mix of residential and commercial uses. The developer, Jefferson Apartment Group, purchased the Tall Oaks Center in December 2014. Click here to read more.

dragonDaring Dragonflies
Monday, June 8 or Tuesday, June 9
10-11 a.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive
$7/child RA members, $9/child non-members.
Ages 18-35 months (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by June 5. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Dragonflies are fierce aerial predators, catching other flying insects as their prey. See how a dragonfly sees, using its large eyes to find food. Make your own dragonfly to take home. View dragonflies in action at the pond.
socialSocial Bike Ride
Wednesday, June 10
10 a.m.
Starts at 1816 Isaac Newton Square West.
Ages: 55+

Join Reston Association for a social bike ride led by a League Certified Instructor. The ride will start in the parking lot of Isaac Newton Square in front of Nova Labs. Bring your bike, helmet, bike lock and water to our starting point at 9:45 a.m. The ride is approximately 6 miles on the W&OD trail. There will be an optional coffee stop in Herndon at Green Lizard Cycling on the return trip. This is a "shake-down" ride to see how we all like it. We will travel at the pace of the slowest rider.

Registration required as space is limited. Contact Ashleigh@reston.org or 703-435-6577 to register.
navNavigate the Transit System
Wednesday, June 10
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free.
Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.
Ages: 55+
Become familiar with the regional transit systems through an innovative transportation experience. Ride the MATT (Mobile Accessible Travel Training) bus, which is a hands-on learning experience. Learn to read bus schedules and route maps, pay fares, signal the driver to stop, as well as other bus travel skills. The bus will stop at the Silver Line station where participants will learn how to determine the fare and purchase Metrorail fare cards, load a provided SmarTrip card, read the rail system map and board the train to travel by rail. Contact Ashleigh@reston.org or call 703-435-6577 to register.
legalLegislative & Legal Update
Thursday, June 11
6:30 p.m.-8:30 pm
Reston Association Conference Center.

A workshop will be presented by Reston Association legal counsel, Ken Chadwick, of Chadwick, Washington, Moriarty, Elmore & Bunn, P.C. on the latest regulations and policies coming out of Richmond, which have a direct impact on cluster residents and their policies. There also will be a question and answer session. Please RSVP to member_services@reston.org by Monday, June 8.
walkingWalking Stick Workshop
Friday, June 12
7-8 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$7/child RA members, $9/child non-members.
Ages 5-12 (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by June 9. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
School's almost out, and it's time to explore new territory. Make a walking stick that can travel with you on your next hiking adventure. Choose the perfect stick, make a leather grip, and with help, engrave your name or initials to make it your own. All supplies included.
plantsPlants as Herbal Remedies
Sunday, June 14
1:30-3 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$6/person RA members, $8/person non-members
Reservations required by June 11. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Many common plants have been recognized for therapeutic properties. Explore some traditional uses as well as some modern day research. There will be a presentation followed by a plant walk. Guest presenter: Lori Thomas.
drbHearing on Design Guidelines
Tuesday, June 16
7 p.m.
Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.

The Reston Association Design Review Board (DRB) will hold a public hearing regarding proposed edits to the Design Guidelines and DRB application forms. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and the edits will be discussed after other agenda items. To review the edits, click here. For more information, contact Barbara Ramey at bramey@reston.org.
publichearingsPublic Hearing Notice

Thursday, June, 25, 6 p.m.

Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.


The Reston Association Board of Directors will hold the second of two public hearings to consider adding to the RA the real property known as Comstock Partners LC - BLVD Residential at Reston Station. Topics for discussion will include money to be directed towards recreation and the purchase of the Tetra property located at 11450 Baron Cameron Avenue. For more details, click here.

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cutoutCut Out the Double File Viburnum

Saturday, June 27

10 a.m.-Noon

Old Trail Drive Natural Area.


The Habitat Heroes will challenge the invasive double file viburnum, a tall flowering shrub that has taken over a large portion of the natural area. Meet between 2337 and 2339 Old Trail Drive. We will follow the wooden stairs down to the natural area. Look for the RA truck.


To volunteer go to: http://bit.ly/1C52xeM