Ground-breaking ceremonies for the long-awaited Reston Community Center were held recently behind the Hunter's Woods Village Shopping complex.
County officials and members of the Reston Center's elected governing board turned the clay for the $2.5 million center, as more than 100 members of the Reston community watched.
Just prior to the ground breaking, James Todd, president of Gulf-Reston, presented the center's governing board with a $100,000 check to buy furniture for the facility. Gulf-Reston had earlier donated the three-acre site for the project.
The centntr, which is being funded through a 1975 bond referendum, is expected to open in 1978 with a swimming pool, an auditorium and special rooms for teen, club and craft activities.
A community "dream" since 1972, the center "involved community groups, county government and the developers all working together," said James V. Allred, who chaired the first task force on the center in 1974 and has acted as chairman of the elected governing board for two years.
Guided by task force studies and community polls on what should be included in the center, Jansons Associates Architects of Reston drew the plans.
Progress on the proposed center, however, has not always been smooth. At one point, several families objected to being included in the special taxing district for construction of the center because they were outside the formal Reston community. They had originally been included because of their closeness to the country center site.
But the strong sense of community involvement was reflected in the participants and honorees of the day. Allred and his wife received a plate designed by Reston sculptor Theodore Salazaar for their work. Members of the Reston Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Wilbert King, performed for the group while Ronald McDonald entertained the youngsters in the audience.
A plaque won by the late Max Libman for his efforts in the community in 1975 was returned to the members of the governing body by his wife to be hung in the completed center.
Cheese, crackers, wine and punch, served after the ground breaking, were doneated by Robert White, manger of the Hunter's Woods Village Center Safeway store.
Management of the center is controlled by the decentralized local governing board, according to toto an agreement worked out with Fairfax County in 1975. Members are chosen through preference poll elections to allow maximum community particpation, according to Allred..
Other governing board members present were board treasurer David A. Edwards, David T. Beecy, Baba Freeman, Harvey Hoffman, Elinor Perez, Margaret Boyd and Jack Wimsatt. Youth members, elected each year from area residents under 18, were Robert Everhard, Kate Kabeisman and Lindsay Peterson.
Centerville District Supervisor Martha Pennino and Fairfax Board of Supervisor's chairman efforts and participation at the ceremonies.