Bob Simon’s Favorite Events, Places in Reston

Reston’s founder, Bob Simon, joins the Reston Connection’s Insiders Guide by sharing his list of top ten favorite events and places in Reston.


  • 1960 — Signing of contract to purchase 1,750 acres of farmland and woods located between DC and the airport under construction (to be named Dulles)

  • 1962 — Adoption by Fairfax County Board of Supervisors of Residential

Planned Community Ordinance (RPC)

  • 1964 — Singer Electronics Laboratory and Air Survey Corporation open for business. First residents move in.

  • 1966 — Official dedication with presentations by Poet Laureate Steven Spender and NYC Parks Commissioner August Hecksher, Interior Secretary Stuart Udall and representatives of 37 countries with "New Towns"

  • 1997 — I return to Reston and move into condo on 13th floor of Heron House

  • 1998 — I meet Cheryl Terio

  • 2009 — Dedication of Nature House at Nature Center

  • 2010 — Asian Festival at Brown's Chapel


  • My bed in 1301 [Heron House] — I love to sleep and nap

  • Lake Anne Plaza (officially designated Washington Plaza) — Modeled after plazas throughout the rest of the world as the social glue of communities

  • Jasmine and Montmartre restaurants on Lake Anne Plaza — good food, reasonable prices

  • Pathways going all around Lake Anne — beautiful views, lovely gardens

  • Fountain Square in Town Center — a true gathering place with its pavilion for skating in winter and events the rest of the year; restaurants and shops

  • Nature Center — 70 acres of natural beauty and its Nature House for permanent exhibits and frequent classes

  • Center Stage at Reston Community Center, Hunters Woods — a fully equipped stage with orchestra pit, seating 300 and offering a full schedule of concerts, plays and events