More than 160 Supporters Enjoyed Golf, Nature Walk and Dinner
Reston, VA October 7, 2015 – Hurricane Joaquin did not descend on Virginia after all. The sun came out, the grass dried, the wind died and the temperature rose. Clearly, Mother Earth is on Rescue Reston’s team!
More than 160 supporters of the grassroots organization turned out to enjoy golf, a nature walk and dinner at Reston National Golf Course on Monday afternoon. While the six-hour event focused on enjoying the great outdoors and good food, the tournament’s purpose was to raise awareness and help Rescue Reston fund the ongoing legal efforts to keep the golf course green. A Fairfax County Circuit Court hearing is scheduled for November 6, 2015.
The event kicked off at 1 p.m. as 112 area residents, community and business leaders and members of the South Lakes High School golf team competed for prizes and honors.The top winning foursome was from the Seahawks Boys Golf Team: Kurtis Grant, Nick Kim, Sean Shaughnesy and Khyal Kapoor. Five Seahawks golf teams got to play on their home course thanks to sponsorships from the Reston Citizens Association, Concept Plus, LLC, the South Lakes High School Athletic Boosters and the Scott Wedell Jr. Golf Foundation.
At 3 p.m., Bill Burton and Ed Hass led walkers on a two-hour hike along Reston paths that abut and crisscross the golf course, discussing the different forest habitats and water systems that populate the edges of the fairways and pointing out fox dens and areas where sightings of herons, owls, hawks and even falcons are abundant.
At 5 p.m., participants crowded into the large patio at the golf course clubhouse to enjoy appetizers and then a delicious dinner donated and catered by Glory Days Grill, one of Rescue Reston’s generous supporters. Afterwards, the tournament’s winners were announced, followed by raffle prizes and recognition. Click here for a complete list of sponsors of this effort to keep the golf course green and links to photos.
The primary work of Rescue Reston is to establish cohesive community-based strategies and activities to promote grass-root efforts that oppose redevelopment attempts by the Reston National Golf Course investor-owners. Together with Fairfax County and Reston Association, lawyers representing petitioners who border the golf course property will appear in County Circuit Court on November 6th. This all stems from RN Golf Management’s investor-owner’s attempts to sidestep the normal process to change a land use designation or to simply respect the Reston Master Plan.
On August 14, 2015, Robert Simon, Reston’s founder, declared “The Reston National Golf Course area should remain as open space forever.” On Monday, Rescue Reston’s golf tournament proved that Reston’s homeowners, schools, businesses and community leaders share Mr. Simon’s belief.