RA News
July 17, 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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worldgamesVideo: Storm Clean-up

In this week's edition of Reston Today, Mike McNamara, Deputy Director for Maintenance, explains Reston Association's efforts to deal with recent storm damage. Click the image above to watch the video. Learn about how RA prioritizes storm clean-up, how experts on staff expedite the process and what members can do to help in those efforts.
RTC North Development Proposal
rtcFairfax County is seeking to enter into a public-private partnership to redevelop the existing Embry Rucker Shelter and Reston Regional Library as Phase 1 of a mixed-use development proposed for the overall Reston Town Center North area. The mixed-use development will include affordable housing, public services and private development. Reston Association plans to work with the county to discuss various issues related to the proposal. Click here to read more about the development plan and a July 29 community meeting on the the subject.
Pools to Close Early
poolSeveral Reston Association pools will close at 5:30 p.m. this Sunday for the Reston Swim Team Association team parties. The pools include Autumnwood, Glade, Hunters Woods, Lake Audubon, Lake Newport, Newbridge, North Hills and Ridge Heights.   
artPublic Art at Lake Thoreau

The latest South Lakes High School students  public art installation (titled Nothing Twice) was unveiled this week at the Lake Thoreau spillway. Click here for information about the project or view additional photos on our Facebook page. For the second consecutive year, the Initiative for Public Art Reston (IPAR) assisted art students with this project at the Reston lake.
Hickory Cluster Pond Work

dredegeThe dredging of the Lake Anne canal was completed on June 29. Reston Association and its  contractors are now conducting similar work at the Hickory Cluster pond. The project will take approximately three to six weeks. Click here for more information. 

gardSustainable Garden Hosts Sought

Do you garden with water resources in mind? Do you have a rain barrel (pictured on left), wildlife habitat/native plants, rain garden, compost/soil amendment, porous paver driveway, edible landscaping or other sustainable features? If so, Reston Association is now seeking hosts from Reston and Herndon for the Watershed Friendly and Sustainable Garden Tour on June 12, 2016

Your garden does not have to be perfect. The tour is a great way to connect with like-minded gardeners and help inspire others to take steps in the right direction. For more information, click here.


Contact the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District to suggest a garden (or gardener) at lily.whitesell@fairfaxcounty.gov or 703-324-1423, TTY 711. 

Passes Now Discounted
passesThe non-resident and corporate pool and tennis passes are now being discounted 50 percent for the remainder of the season. For more information, go to the Pool & Tennis Passes page on the RA website, then choose the specific category in the menu on the left side of the page.
senseSensational Senses

Saturday, July 25

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive

$6/child RA members, $8/child non-members

Ages 3-5 (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)

Reservations required by July 22. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.


Bring your nature tools with you to explore life along the trails. Smell a fragrant flower, touch smooth moss, and listen for the birds and bees.  See if you can find the colors of the rainbow and use your tastebuds on a tasty snack. Be prepared for a sensational experience.

Critters in the Creek
critterMonday, Aug. 3 or Tuesday, Aug. 4
10-11 a.m.
Buttermilk Creek Nature Trail, 11032 Ring Road, park at Uplands Pool.
$5/child RA members, $7/child non-members.
Ages 18-35 months (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by July 29. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.

Search the cool waters of Buttermilk Creek for frogs, tadpoles, minnows and other aquatic creatures. Be ready for a fun hike and a wet time. Wear your wading shoes and clothes that can get dirty. We will provide nets and buckets.
panTrip to See Peter Pan

Friday, Aug. 14

6:30-10:30 p.m.

Ages: 5 years and older.


Register now for a chartered-bus trip to experience Peter Pan like you never have before at the Threesixty Theatre in Tysons Corner. Fly to Neverland in a whole new way with a spectacular innovative live stage production that combines intimate theater-in-the-round, overhead surround CGI projection, actors in dazzling flying sequences forty feet in the air, and whimsical puppets that bring J.M. Barrie's classic tale to fantastical life.


Registration is required. Click here to download form. All sales are final. 


Contact Ashleigh@reston.org or 703-435-6577 for information.

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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 donates 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.  

poolpartyPool Party for Volunteers

Friday, Aug. 7
4-7 p.m.
Lake Newport Pool, 11601 Lake Newport Road.

Reston Association will hold a pool party in appreciation of its volunteers. This family-friendly event will include food, music and door prizes. Contact Ha Brock at 703-435-7986 or RSVP at http://bit.ly/1LAFAb3.

Charity Tennis Tournament

tennisJuly 25-26

Lake Newport and Hook Road tennis facilities. 


Reston Association is hosting the 3rd Annual Serving Our Heroes Charity Tennis Tournament to support children of military families. Proceeds from the tournament will go to benefit Our Military Kids (www.ourmilitarykids.org) - a non-profit organization that provides support to the children of deployed and severely injured National Guard and Military Reserve personnel (along with children of Wounded and Fallen Warriors from all branches of service) through grants for sports, fine arts and tutoring.

Volunteers are needed at Hook Road tennis facility to keep score of matches and help communicate with the tournament desk.


If you would like to support this event and need more information, please contact Wilson Paine at wilson.paine@gmail.com or call 865-803-8650.  
Help With Reston Kids' Triathlon

triSunday, Aug.2

8-11 a.m.

Ridge Heights Pool, 11400 Ridge Heights Road.


kids tri The YMCA Fairfax County Reston and Reston Association will be holding the 5th Annual Reston Kid's 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. 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 receive a T-shirt, breakfast and participation in a feel-good event.  

We strongly discourage parents from volunteering if your child is in the race. For more information on the event go to www.restonkidstri.org.

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: http://bit.ly/1Clc2uw.