Parks, Trails, & Recreation Planning & Development
Ridgefield envisions an interconnected community with park, trail, and greenway systems that contribute to the City's small town character, provide a variety of recreation opportunities, and are an integral part of the community.
This Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan considers the park and recreation needs of Ridgefield residents and was prepared with the input and direction of local recreation leaders, stakeholders and residents. The Plan provides a blueprint for the growth, enhancement and management of the Ridgefield park and recreation system and is an update to the 2014 Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Plan.
As a six-year guide and strategic plan for enhancing park and recreation services, the Plan establishes a path forward for providing high-quality, community-driven parks, trails, natural areas and recreational opportunities across Ridgefield.
Located adjacent to the River S entrance to the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Refuge Park is on Hillhurst Road and includes the Ridgefield Off Leash Dog Park. Visit the project website.
- Design for Phase 1 is currently in progress.
- Phase 1 Construction planned for 2022 to 2023.
- Currently seeking funding opportunities to continue building the park in phases.
Horns Corner Park is located adjacent to Pioneer Village south of Pioneer Street and west of Royle Road. Visit the project website.
- Design for Phase 1 currently is completed.
- Wetlands Restoration started Fall of 2022 and will continue into early 2023.
- Additional improvements are planned for 2023
Staff is seeking funding opportunities to keep building the park in phases.
Overlook Park is located at the intersection of Pioneer St (SR 501) and Main Avenue in Downtown Ridgefield. A new splash pad is planned to be built behind the stage at the existing park. Visit the project website.
- Construction is scheduled to begin in 2023.
The City of Ridgefield, with input from the community, City Council, and Parks Board, is currently developing a high-level concept plan for the Boyse Park property.
Boyse Park is a 9 acre neighborhood park located off of N 32nd Avenue. Park land was acquired in 2020 and 2021. The site sits alongside a tributary of Gee Creek and currently includes informal foot and mountain bike trails. There have been preliminary discussions about expanding the trails and adding a pump track or other cycle-focused features to this park. Master planning concepts will be taken to the Parks Board and City Council for feedback and the final plan will be approved by the Council.
Over the next few years, staff will continuously seek funding opportunities, including grants and donations, to keep building the park in phases.
- Development of Master Plan Concepts, 2022
- Community Engagement on Master Plan Concepts, 2022 / 2023
- Present High Level Concepts to Parks Board and City Council, Winter 2022
- Final Master Plan Concepts, Spring 2023
- Phase 1 Design, Spring 2023
- Phase 1 Construction, 2023 to 2024
Abrams Park is located at the end of Division Street off of N 5th Avenue near Union Ridge Elementary School. This 40-acre park features a two children's play areas, trail system, horseshoe pit, baseball, softball and soccer fields, a nature play area, 9 hole disc golf course, an orienteering course and a large area for playing volleyball. The Park also has a picnic shelter, plaza, and stage, with tables and kitchen facilities by reservation only.
The park offers many options for recreation and needs an updated and actionable vision as the city continues to grow. As such, the City Council has directed staff to develop a Master Plan for the park. The plan will include a robust public outreach strategy, operational assessment, review of past plans and current stakeholder needs, and a high-level master planning document the city could use as a guide for ongoing management and development of the site.
This trail project was identified and included in the City of Ridgefield's 2020 Parks Plan and Capital Facilities program as a priority. The project plan is to develop a multi use path along SR 501 (Pioneer Street), from Mayor's Meadow on the southeast corner of Abrams Park to the intersection of Pioneer Street and N Reiman Road. The path will connect to an existing path at N Reiman Road, which leads north to the rapidly expanding residential areas long N Reiman Road.
This project is an opportunity to provide an accessible multi-use path between residential areas and downtown Ridgefield, Union Ridge Elementary School, and the commercial, business, and recreational facilities to the west.
This project is currently pending funding approval via WSDOT Pedestrian and Bicycle Program Grant.
- Alternative Analysis Completed in 2022.
- WSDOT Pedestrian and Bicycle Program Grant Application Submitted, 2022.
- Surveying, Permits, Design, and Trail Construction are pending funding and prioritization.
Ridgefield envisions an interconnect trail system that encourages healthy, active living, promotes pedestrian transportation options and independent mobility, increases community safety, reduces environmental impact, and supports greater social interaction and community identity. Pedestrian and trail improvements are a critical step to meeting this goal. However, areas of the city that developed prior to current pedestrian standards have created gaps in the city's network. The proposed pedestrian trail improvements will help connect Teal Crest to Taverner Ridge and provide access to open space and recreational opportunities in the part of the city where these opportunities are currently limited. This project includes 30% design only and will be prioritized for funding if future phases are approved.
Project Location Map:
The Gee Creek Trail is a major trail in the Ridgefield trail network. It stretches from Heron Drive in the north, to the Osprey Pointe neighborhood to the south. The trail follows Gee Creek and effectively provides a north-south trail connection through the west end of city. A variety of trail surfaces can be found along the trail.
A northern segment of the Trail, following the creek through to Main Avenue, is planned to be completed thanks to funding through a Federal Lands Access Program grant. This segment will connect Abrams Park, Union Ridge Elementary, and all other locations along the trail to the wildlife refuge. This is the final critical piece to connect a long-envisioned trail that connects built environment with the natural environment.
Visit the Gee Creek Trail page and learn more about the project.
- Project Surveying and Permits, 2022-2023
- Project Design, 2024
- Trail Construction, 2025-2026
The Hillhurst Multi-Modal Trail is included in the City's Multimodal Transportation Plan (PDF) and is recommended in the 2020 Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan (PDF).
The design was completed for this highly desired connection in 2022. The design includes a multi-modal trail, for pedestrians and bicycles, along the north side of Hillhurst Road stretching from in front of Ridgefield High School to just past 22nd Circle with a new connecting crosswalk to Sevier Road.
- 2022: Design Completed
- 2023: Apply for grants
- 2024: Construction (pending funding)