The location of Brown's Chapel in Reston is no longer the proposed site for a Rec Center designed to be run by Fairfax County Park Authority. For months this site has been under consideration and on Thursday, July 23, 2009 the Reston Board voted 7-2 to eliminate it as a possible location.
Fairfax County parks has been looking for a site to build a new recreation center for indoor swimming and tennis. The Brown's Chapel site has been under consideration by the county and the Reston Association. Following a series of studies, the discussion was opened for public debate; it quickly became clear that support for this location came primarily residents who live outside of Reston. A series of round table discussions were held to allow for public input. While most concede that a center is needed, many Reston residents felt that this was the wrong location.
The fact that Brown's Chapel is no longer the proposed site for the Rec Center, is also the result of the fact that there was opposition to the funding proposed for the center. Much of the money would be generated by homeowners in the Small Tax District 5 (a Reston Tax district with 23,000 households), yet the facility would be available to 381,000 households. The homeowners in Small Tax District 5 already pay an extra tax to support the Reston Community Centers.
A local organization SaveBrownsChapel.org created a video to get the message out to the community. The video, created for the organization by Brainwave is posted for public viewing on YouTube.
The fact that Brown's Chapel in Reston is no longer the proposed site for the Rec Center is a testament to the efforts of the Reston residents who worked hard to bring the issue to the public and who worked tirelessly in support of maintaining the lovely green spaces that comprise Brown's Chapel in Reston,Virginia.
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