On Saturday, April 30, 2016, more than 20 volunteers from Bechtel Corporation and Bechtel’s young professional organization, NextGen, partnered with the Reston Association and Friends of Reston to execute an environmental clean-up of Reston’s Bordeaux Recreation Area. Volunteers gathered at the park early on Saturday morning to meet the Reston Association’s Watershed Team, who hosted the day’s event. After a safety message and briefing from the Watershed Team’s lead, Will Peterson, the Bechtel volunteers divided into three groups to focus on parts of the park and surrounding areas.
The first group ventured deep into the brush of the surrounding woods of the Bordeaux Recreation Area. Amongst the thorn bushes and spider webs, volunteers retrieved numerous recyclables and plastics bottles that had been left behind from previous sporting events. After cleaning the Bordeaux Recreation Area, the first group continued on to Hunters Wood Park and retrieved refuse that had found its way into the tree line of The Turquoise Trail from Reston Parkway.
The second and third volunteer groups proceeded to Reston parkway and started collecting trash and recyclables in both directions along the road way. The second team worked along Reston Parkway and cleaned the stretch of road, sidewalk, and wooded area all the way from Glade Drive to just before the intersection with Sunrise Valley Drive. Working in the opposite direction, the third team cleaned the stretch of road, sidewalk, and wooded area from Glade Drive all the way to Fox Mill Road.
Despite the persistent threat of rain, Bechtel volunteers collected 16 bags of trash and 9 bags of recyclables, plus some car parts and a VDOT “Adopt-a-Highway” sign that had been buried under leaves in the forest. Bechtel volunteers felt a sense of pride and accomplishment in having had a positive effect on the local environment especially in light of Earth Day on April 22. The day’s events would not have been possible without the help of Reston Chamber of Commerce Community Engagement Committee chairs LJ Wilson and Ginger Bristow, who assisted in identifying partner organizations in Reston Association and Friends of Reston for Bechtel to work with on this project. Bechtel volunteers look forward to working with Reston Association and Friends of Reston again on future environmental service projects that will help support the community’s mission of keeping Reston beautiful.