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Parks & Recreation

Reston operates small "pocket parks" and recreation areas not governed by the Fairfax County Park Authority. These parks are maintained by either the county, the Reston Parks and Recreation Department, or the Reston Association (RA), which maintains its own recreation areas.

RESTON ASSOCIATION oversees the following facilities:

<lst>Swimming pools and tennis courts: Dues-paying RA members have full access to 15 pools — each with its own design, lane lengths and amenities — and 49 tennis courts, including the North Hills and Glade Recreational Area clay courts . Nonresidents can purchase a membership to gain access. Call 703-435-6530.

Playing fields: RA maintains many ball fields and multipurpose courts that can be scheduled for games, picnics and outdoor activities. Call 703-435-6530.

Pathways: 55 miles of paved paths and 8 miles of natural surface paths throughout Reston connect with the W&OD Trail. Call 703-437-9580.

Vernon J. Walker Nature Education Center: 11450 Glade Drive. For information call the Reston Association, 703- 435-6530. The 71-acre, forested park includes an educational center, picnic pavilion, self-guided trails, flower garden and other features. RA staff, supported by the Reston Environmental Education Foundation, sponsors educational programs throughout the year.

<lst>PARK AUTHORITY facilities in Reston/Herndon areas:

<lst>Dranesville Tavern, 11919 Leesburg Pike, Herndon, 703-750-1598. A restored 19th-century tavern available for parties and receptions. Call 703-938-8835.

Fox Mill District Park, 2801 Fox Mill Road, Herndon. 703-324-8700. www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks.

Includes baseball, football, and soccer fields, and a nature trail.

Frying Pan Park, 2709 West Ox Road, 703-437-9101.

This 98-acre, fully managed park features outdoor equestrian facilities, amenities for craft fairs and other events. Frying Pan now has a country store and offers hay rides. It has a rentable activity center with seating for 800. Horses are not provided.

Lake Fairfax Park, 1400 Lake Fairfax Drive, Reston, 703-471-5415. This park has paddle boats and excursion boat rides on Lake Fairfax and offers fishing from the banks. There is a water park complete with slides, a lazy river and a carousel. In addition, the park has picnic areas, camp grounds, athletic fields and cross-country skiing, with a concession stand during the summer.

Baron Cameron Park, off Baron Cameron Avenue, Reston. 703-324-8700. www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks

Soccer and softball fields, recycling depot.