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Reston Association to court feedback on renaming of Shadowood Recreation Area

The Shadowood Recreation Area in Reston (file photo)

Reston residents will soon get a chance to share their thoughts on a proposed name change for the Shadowood Recreation Area.

Reston Association plans to host a town hall meeting in early May after its Board of Directors voted last week to defer the initial date of April 15.

Area residents are seeking the name change to the recreational area, which includes a swimming pool and tennis courts, in order to clarify that the pool is open to all RA members, not just Shadowood Condominium residents.

With the results of a board election set to be revealed this month, RA board president John Farrell said at a meeting last Thursday (March 28) that conducting the town hall while new members transition to the board would be an “uncomfortable moment.”

The delay, which was approved by the majority of the board, was criticized by board member Margaret Perry, who noted that neighbors have been seeking the name change for several years.

“The Shadowood neighbors have been asking for that name change to happen for years and so, I think to continuously put it off and put it off is at this point once again ignoring member requests to at least go in and see what can be done and get it moving,” she said.

Farrell emphasized that a similar request to change the name of the facilities at 2201 Springwood Drive was ultimately voted down in 2011.

“This group of people who are interested in this have already had their day in court. That doesn’t mean I’m not going to give them another one,” Farrell said, adding that the date change would delay the timeline by three weeks.

In addition to the town hall workshop, RA plans to launch an online survey to gauge feedback on the name change.

RA CEO Mac Cummins said the hope is to line up the proposed name change — if approved — with the reopening of the Shadowood pool this year. The renovation project shifted to a new phase last fall and is expected to be complete in time for the upcoming summer pool season.

RA is also exploring a name change for Lake Audubon, but a meeting on the proposal was unexpectedly cut short due to a health emergency.

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