Lake Thoreau Pool Update

Reston Association recently sent an update on the status of the Lake Thoreau Pool with the following information:

The Lake Thoreau Pool project is currently in the final design and permits processing phase. Once permits have been cleared by various county and state agencies, on-site work will begin, hopefully in mid- to late February or early March. Construction is planned to take 12 months, meaning a reopening in time for the 2023 swim season is still likely unless the schedule is affected by supply chain disruptions and labor shortages caused by COVID-19. Any delays will be communicated to the RA Board and membership. 

Work will be performed Monday through Friday starting no earlier than 7 a.m. and no later than 7 p.m. Weekend work is not anticipated but will be communicated in advance should it be deemed necessary. Noise levels will vary and will be at their greatest during the first few months of the project during the site work and demolition phase. Heavy machinery, dump trucks, jackhammers, and heavy drilling should be expected. 

The initial steps include securing the project site, including closure of the parking lot and the detour of the Red Loop Trail to the sidewalk on Sunrise Valley Drive (yellow arrows in image). The area shaded in red is restricted to authorized personnel only. Erosion and sediment controls, tree protection, security fencing, and project signage will also be installed. 

Heavy machinery will then perform selective demolition and site grading for two to three months, followed by installation of structural elements—including retaining wall foundations, concrete piers, and stormwater pipes—over the next three to four months. Construction of the new pool basins and deck, parking lot, retaining walls, sidewalks, fencing, and bathhouse addition will require an additional five to six months. Final clean-up, inspections closeout, and punch list fulfillment will occur before RA takes control of the facility and installs public art and maintenance equipment. 

A preconstruction notification mailer will be sent to all nearby property owners two weeks in advance of mobilization. Project status reports, as well as associated project documents, will be updated monthly on the RA website under the “capital projects” subsection titled “Lake Thoreau Pool Project.” Project videos, as well as RA News newsletter segments, will be provided on a quarterly basis. On-site signage will also be deployed that will have information resources and contact information. 

If you have any questions, concerns, or complaints leading up to or during the project, please contact the RA Capital Projects Department at or call 703-435-6556.

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