Reston has much to celebrate on founders day | News
RESTON, VA, (WUSA9) -- Reston turns 50-years-old and its founder is also celebrating a milestone. Robert E. Simon turns 100-years-old.
With the Silverline to open, the 60'000 population is expected to rise to 100'000 people.
At age 50, Robert E. Simon founded Reston and purchased the land after his family sold Carnegie Hall.
Virginia and local dignitaries came to the celebration.
Supervisor Cathy Hudgins, Chairman Sharon Bulova, Delegate Ken Plum, Senator Janet Howell, Congressman Gerald Connolly, Lt. Governor Ralph Northam, Governor Terry McAulifffe and Senator Tim Kaine were all in attendance.
Sen. Kaine said, "I've been in politics for 20 years but to celebrate Bob's 100th year and 50 with this community, it's remarkable to see how Virginia has changed. Bob gets a lot of credit for being a visionary for changing our state for the better."
Reston is named after the founder's initials: Robert E. Simon. The beginning of Reston was built right at Lake Anne Plaza where its founder still lives.
Robert E. Simon, Founder of Reston said, "I love living here. I live on the 13th floor of Heron House. There is a sense of a community. We don't just walk past each other we greet each other. It's a community."
Reston is often ranked as one of the best places to live in the country, known across the globe as one of the first successful modern day planned communities in the United States.
Margaret Belfield, Restonian said, "it's great living here the trails, the local tennis courts, swimming pools. I've lived her for 14 years."
Kim Miller, Restonian said, "I grew up in Reston we were actually neighbors."
The popular Reston Town Center brings business, residents and entertainment to one spot.
Simon said plazas are the community glue. Parts of Lake Anne will be redeveloped.
Mason Miller, Restonian said, "When it was time to start having kids, I knew there was no better place to raise them. You've got everything within walking distance that you could want."
A documentary, 'The Reston Story' will be screened at the Hunters Woods Community Center in Reston on April 5, 2014 as part of Reston's 50th Anniversary Celebration.