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Baron Cameron Park Master Plan Revision

Draft Master Plan Revision and Public Comment Meeting

The Fairfax County Park Authority has completed the draft master plan revision for Baron Cameron Park and welcomes public comment.

The draft master plan revision strives to increase the park’s field playing capacity, incorporate additional community-oriented facilities and amenities, provide better parking and traffic management, and generally enhance the park experience. The key elements found in the draft master plan revision include:

  • Upgrade the athletic fields to full-size with synthetic turf and lights
  • Increase the amount of parking spaces
  • Add a second park entrance off Wiehle Avenue
  • Add a picnic pavilion
  • Add a restroom/support facility
  • Add a multi-use court complex
  • Expand the community garden area
  • Retain the off-leash dog area (OLDA)
  • Create a trail network throughout the park and a pedestrian connection to the adjacent Reston Association Brown’s Chapel Park
  • Add outdoor fitness stations along the trail network
  • Retain wooded areas
  • Establish Resource Protection Zones (RPZs) to manage and protect natural resources

 The draft master plan revision also provides two alternative facilities:

  • Replace athletic fields with an indoor recreation center and additional parking
  • Relocate the existing off-leash dog area (OLDA) to a central location within the park and reuse the current OLDA location as a flexible community use area

By including these two alternatives facilities in the draft master plan, which may be implemented individually, flexibility is provided for exercising these options.

The Park Authority presented the draft master plan revision at a Public Comment Meeting on March 27, 2014. The public meeting included a staff presentaion and a moderated public input session to permit those in attendance to share their thoughts and suggestions on the draft master plan revision.  The meeting summary is available online.  A 30-day public comment period commenced following the public meeting and will end on April 27, 2014.

To provide comments on the draft master plan revision through April 27, 2014, or to get further information, please contact Parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov. Comments may also be mailed to:

Jay Rauschenbach, Project Manager
Fairfax County Park Authority, Planning and Development Division
12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 406
Fairfax, VA 22035

Project Overview

In early 2013, the Park Authority began the public planning process to revise the master plan for Baron Cameron Park in Reston. The existing master plan for the park was approved by the Park Authority Board in 1975 and has been amended twice through 2001. The existing approved master plan can be found in the Master Plan archive or from the documents list to the right.

The Park Authority kicked-off the master plan revision process with a public information meeting that was held on May 7, 2013, and attended by over 100 community members. Staff presentations at the public meeting provided an overview of the Park Authority master plan revision process, background information about the park including the existing approved master plan and current site conditions, and the role and purpose of the park as a district-serving park. In addition, staff held a moderated public input session to permit those in attendance to share their thoughts and suggestions for the master plan revision process. Staff presentations and a summary of the public meeting are available for review from the documents list.

Reston Community Center (RCC) presented its interest in pursuing an indoor recreation center in the park and provided an update on the Brailsford & Dunlavey feasibility report for such a facility in the Reston area. Please see the Reston Community Center Proposal – Indoor Recreation Center section below for more information.

Following the May 7, 2013, public information meeting, staff reviewed public comment, conducted further site and facility analysis, and began developing the master plan document and revised conceptual graphic. Please see the Draft Master Plan Revision and Public Comment Meeting section above regarding the completed draft master plan revision.

The Park Site

Baron Cameron Park is a 60-acre District Park that is owned and operated by the Park Authority. The park is located at 11300 Baron Cameron Avenue on the corner of Baron Cameron and Wiehle Avenues in Reston, just south of Buzz Aldrin Elementary School and east of the Reston Association’s Brown’s Chapel Park. The District Park classification is assigned to parks of a size that serve larger geographic areas of the county and provide a variety of indoor and outdoor recreation facilities and park experiences. Further, these parks offer diverse experiences and activities that typically involve an individual or group for a time period of up to a half day and may attract spectators or participants.

In accordance with an interim use agreement with Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) who previously owned the site, the Park Authority created a master plan for the park in 1975, and subsequently managed and developed the park for over 35 years. In 2006, FCPS deemed the site surplus and transferred ownership to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors (BOS), who subsequently transferred ownership to the Park Authority in 2012.

Baron Cameron Park has largely been developed according to the existing approved master plan and offers the following park and recreational facilities and amenities:

  • 9 rectangle fields
  • 1 diamond field with lights
  • 1 playground and picnic area
  • 1 off-leash dog area
  • 32 individual community garden plots
  • 300+ surface parking spaces

Reston Community Center Proposal – Indoor Recreation Center

Reston Community Center (RCC) expressed interest to the Park Authority to consider a partnership to build an indoor recreation center that would provide aquatic, gymnasium, and fitness options. RCC’s interest was based on a May 2009 feasibility study conducted by Brailsford & Dunlavey for such a facility in the Reston area. The May 2009 report is available for review from the RCC website at http://www.restoncommunitycenter.com/about_board.shtml. This study was updated in a report dated May 2013, which is also available for review from RCC’s website. Read More >>

At the RCC Annual Public Hearing for Programs and Budget held on June 17, 2013, the Board of Governors authorized funding in its FY15 budget to support the costs that might be associated with preparation of a bond referendum item on Reston ballots to determine whether or not the community would approve funding an indoor recreation center. The Board affirmed its commitment to seek proffer and other funding resources to support building an indoor recreation facility in Reston in order to reduce the scope of the contribution that might be provided from RCC.

RCC further charged its Building Committee to review potential sites for an indoor recreation facility. The Building Committee completed its review with a report dated October 29, 2013, that recommended pursuing two site options: Baron Cameron Park and Reston Town Center North. In addition to those two sites, the recommendations identified the current Hunters Woods site as having potential to be expanded if the preferred two locations for a new facility proved infeasible. The Building Committee determination, which is available for review from the RCC website, was accepted and endorsed by the Board of Governors at its monthly meeting on November 4, 2013.

Reston Community Center has reiterated its interest in pursuing joint planning with the Park Authority to realize an indoor recreation center in Reston. Specifically, RCC confirmed its interest to consider including the facility at Baron Cameron Park within the context of the master plan revision process. RCC also made a request to Fairfax County to consider an indoor recreation center in the replanning of Reston Town Center North area. RCC anticipates working collaboratively with the Park Authority in either context.

Throughout the master plan revision process, RCC conducted its own parallel and independent public input process regarding their proposal for an indoor recreation center and its potential programmatic features. For more information on the RCC proposal or to provide comments as a Reston resident or business, please contact RCC at RCCContact@fairfaxcounty.gov. For more information about Reston Community Center, visit www.restoncommunitycenter.com.

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