Current Online Exhibition

Reston & Title IX

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The 1962 Reston Master Plan set aside one-seventh of Reston property for green space. Reston’s first founding principle stated “the widest choice of opportunities be made available for the full use of leisure time… [with] a wide range of... recreational facilities.” Another goal stated “commercial, cultural and recreational facilities be made available... from the outset of development.”

These goals were achieved. An 18-hole golf course was the first recreational facility to open in 1964. Swimming pools, tennis and volleyball courts, playgrounds, riding areas, and more were created for Reston’s first residents. The February 1965 Reston Letter emphasized that Restonians did not have to travel far to take advantage of recreational facilities.

Today, Reston has 16 tennis courts, 15 swimming pools, two golf courses, and over 55 miles of biking and jogging paths.

While Reston had recreational facilities for all residents from the beginning, equality in federally assisted athletic programs was not guaranteed by law until Title IX was enacted in 1972.


Title IX stated: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participating in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” Although not originally conceived with athletic programs in mind, Title IX has greatly impacted athletic programs particularly in regards to participation, scholarships, and benefits such as equipment.

Reston Historic Trust & Museum

Lake Anne Plaza

1639 Washington Plaza

Reston, VA  20190


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