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Baron Cameron Park Master Plan Revision

Approved Master Plan Revision

On June 25, 2014, the Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved the Master Plan Revision for Baron Cameron Park. The Park Authority appreciates the broad and active public participation over the last 1 ½ years, and looks forward to the next master plan project in your community!

The 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 master plan revision include:

  • Upgrade and expand capacity of athletic fields with synthetic turf and lights
  • Increase the amount of parking
  • Add a second park entrance off Wiehle Avenue to improve access and circulation
  • 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 park (OLDA)
  • Create a trail network throughout the park and pedestrian connections to adjacent neighborhoods
  • Add outdoor fitness stations along the trail network
  • Retain wooded areas
  • Establish Resource Protection Zones (RPZs) to manage and protect park natural areas

The 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 alternatives in the master plan, flexibility is provided for exercising either or both of these options.

For additional information about the Baron Cameron Park Master Plan Revision, please contact the Public Information Office at Parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov or 703-324-8702.

Master Plan Process 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. 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 .

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 Authority published a draft master plan in early 2014 and held a public comment meeting on March 27, 2014, to present details about the draft plan and to permit those in attendance to share their thoughts and suggestions. A 30-day public comment period followed the March 27, 2014, public comment meeting. The draft master plan, staff presentations, meeting summary, and received public comment during the 30-day comment period are available for review in the documents list.

Following the 30-day comment period, staff reviewed received public comment and made adjustments to the draft master plan accordingly.

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

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