Reston was founded in 1962 by Robert E. Simon on 7,400 acres located 18 miles west of Washington, DC and 5 miles east of Dulles International Airport. The population is about 60,000 people and there are close to 2,000 businesses, professional firms and associations employing more than 40,000 people (projected to be 50,000 in the near future).
A wide range of housing, neighborhoods, recreational amenities, shopping and business districts follow the Reston Master Plan, the foundation of which is its neighborhood concept. This includes every effort possible to reduce the need for an automobile. There are four village centers, Spectrum Centre and Plaza America for shopping, in addition to our popular Reston Town Center with its eleven screen cinema, stores, restaurants, fountain, skating and summer music pavilion, Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE), banks, businesses, and more. The Reston Internal Bus System (RIBS) provides scheduled service within Reston. Washington Metro/Fairfax Connector buses provide scheduled bus-to-rail service between the Reston and Washington area.
Students attend the nationally praised Fairfax County Schools, as well as several private schools nearby. George Mason University is 14 miles away and there are many other large and small colleges, universities and community colleges in the area. There are more than 25 Child Care Centers and 5 Fitness Centers. Golf may be enjoyed at Hidden Creek Country Club or the renowned Reston Public Course, and there are several driving ranges nearby.
The Reston Association (RA) protects and enhances our daily quality of life. It offers environmental, recreational and community service programs to make living in Reston an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. Every owner/occupant of residential property in Reston is a member. RA owns and maintains over 1,000 acres of open space/parkland dedicated as a permanent asset for Reston residents. Included are:
·71 acre nature center
·50 miles of paved pathways for strolling, biking, blading and jogging
·4 man-made lakes covering 125 acres for fishing and boating
·34 "tot lots", 14 play meadows, 25 baseball and soccer fields
·20 multi-purpose volleyball and basketball courts
·49 outdoor tennis courts (22 with lights, 4 with clay surface)
·18 outdoor swimming pools ( 1 with winter indoor "bubble") including an Olympic size pool
·4 picnic pavilions, 18 picnic areas with 80 picnic tables
·3 community buildings for meetings or parties
·RestonCommunity Center which includes 25 meter indoor pool, banquet room, art studio, theater, meeting rooms, photography dark room