Our Priorities
Walking to brunch on the weekend or strolling to the market to pick up a few things was part of the Reston vision. Open space for nature walks, birdwatching, kids' golf camp, community gatherings, sports or just a family picnic was also a goal. The neighborhood and much of South Reston lacks basic amenities. Improving this would add value to the neighborhood and improve the quality of life.
Open Space
The private Reston National Golf Course is not open space for the public – but it could be. It’s for golfers only. Reston was created in the 1970s with a vision of trails, natural walks, open spaces and nearby amenities, like shopping, recreation and dining. But to live in the neighborhood in 2022 is to drive to everything.
Reston Values
Most of us heard about Reston Values as soon as we arrived. Prime among these is the idea of living, working and playing without having to drive everywhere. We also value recreation, open space and community gathering places. And a diverse community, where people in all areas, at all income levels, can fully participate in the Reston experience is fundamental. Can these values be restored?
Our neigborhood’s trees, meadows, animal habitat, lakes and other water resources are all challenged. But the Reston National Neighborhood has more immediate issues. Invasive plant species are killing trees at an accelerating rate. Much of this problem is on land adjacent to the golf course, not on the course itself. Solving the problem will require all property owners to work together.
Our Vision
The Study Group’s vision is a community-driven process that produces ideas for the neighborhood to restore our environment and improve the neighborhood for everyone.  By working together, we can address current problems and think through opportunities for the future.
Any plan that emerges will be the work of many neighbors and community stakeholders.  But we know that best practices for any change will keep a few things in mind:
  • Where there is no open space today, new permanent space should be created for the entire neighborhood to enjoy.
  • Any new amenities that are envisioned should use best practices and remain close to existing and planned infrastructure.  Walkability is essential.
  • Investments should be made in neighboring clusters to improve existing views, upgrade common areas, connect them to new spaces, and add value for everyone in the neighborhood.
We welcome all ideas. Contact us today!
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