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The Pony Barn Pavilion, located at the corner of Steeplechase Drive and Triple Crown Road, has been a recreational facility of the Reston community since 1969. Since its original conveyance to Reston Association, the pavilion has undergone many changes. As part of the 2014/2015 budget development process, RA staff recommended updating or changing the use of the Pony Barn Pavilion and investigating what other uses may be feasible for the site. The RA Board of Directors originally allocated $30,000 in the 2014 capital budget for this work.
In the summer of 2014, Reston Association formed the Pony Barn Working Group (PBWG), comprised of RA members from throughout the community and the neighborhood surrounding the site. The PBWG held over twelve public meetings to discuss the major components desired for the site, and shared its proposal with the RA Board of Directors at its July 30, 2015 regular meeting. The working group's presentation and new conceptual renderings are available under the Final Designs section on the right side of this page.
The new plan calls for an improved pavilion area with various amenities such as play areas, picnic tables and new barbecue grills. The proposal also calls for new fencing and landscaping and increased accessibility. A butterfly meadow with a viewing deck is also part of the plan.
The board approved the concept for the Pony Barn at the July meeting and allocated $350,000 in the 2016-2017 budget for the project. Following approval by the Board of Directors, in late summer the RA Design Review Board also approved the concept plans for the pavilion. In the first quarter of 2016, Reston Association hired Christopher Consultants, a Fairfax-based engineering firm, to develop site plans for submittal to Fairfax County. It is anticipated that the site plan development and approval process with Fairfax County may take six to nine months.