Southgate Community Center Opening
Fairfax County Office of Public
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 711, FAX 703-324-2010
June 30, 2006
Grand Opening of Southgate Community Center
in Hunter Mill District
On Saturday, July 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Hunter Mill District Supervisor Catherine M. Hudgins and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will host the grand opening of the new Southgate Community Center, 12125 Pinecrest Road, Reston. The formal ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. with Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly joining Supervisor Hudgins at the event. Partners in this endeavor include the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority, the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Department of Community and Recreation Services, and the Reston Association. Community members can tour the center and join in the festivities, which will include a variety of family fun activities, games and prizes.
The new facility is 7,733 square feet and replaces the original meeting room, swimming pool, and basketball court, which was demolished for the new construction. It will accommodate a comprehensive program of recreational, educational and cultural activities that will serve the surrounding Reston community. These activities will be managed by the Department of Community and Recreation Services. The property on which the Southgate Community Center is built is owned by the Reston Association, but leased by Fairfax County. The Reston Association members voted by an overwhelming margin — 96 percent — to lease the property to Fairfax County for a period of 99 years.
In 1997, a community task force came together to formulate a plan to redevelop the Southgate Community Center. The task force included representatives from the Reston Association Board of Directors, the local Southgate and Stonegate communities, the Reston Community Center, and a number of county agencies like the Department of Housing and Community Development, Department of Community and Recreation Services, the Police Department, and also area businesses. Based on the recommendations of the task force, HCD and the Reston Association put together the redevelopment plan for the center. Total project cost is $4,599,410, including construction and financing fees. Permanent financing will be tax exempt bonds issued by the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority, federal Community Development Black Grant and Economic Development Initiative Grant funds.
The Southgate Community Center staff will offer multicultural programs for families, adults, children, teens, seniors and individuals with disabilities. The programs and services will be based on the needs and requests of the community as communicated through the Southgate Advisory Council. Most of the programs and services will be free. Beginning July 10, the center will offer RECQuest, a drop-in structured recreation program for children in grades one through six, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $70 per child. A sliding fee scale is available. For more information about these programs, call 703-324-5555, TTY 711. Registration is going on now.
For more information, contact Kristina Norvell, director of Public Affairs, Department of Housing and Community Development, 703-246-5104, TTY 711, or Patricia McClenic, public information officer, Department of Community and Recreation Services, 703-324-5641, TTY 711.