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.
Developing a long term vision for Abrams Park
Development of a new park on N 32nd Avenue.
Construction of a new park alongside green space adjacent to Acero Ridgefield and Pioneer Village.
Construction of a ground level water play area in downtown Ridgefield.
Developing a large community park on S Hillhurst Road adjacent to the entrance to the wildlife refuge.
Analysis of how to replace the current skate park, in a new location.
The City is teaming up with the Port of Ridgefield to develop a vibrant community park along Lake River.
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 interconnected 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.
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)
Ridgefield envisions an interconnected 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.