With sweeping views of the Wildlife Refuge, downtown Ridgefield’s tree-lined streets are the perfect place to enjoy a number of unique shops and charming restaurants.
A pleasant walk along Main and Pioneer streets will take you past a salon, coffee house, antique stores, gift boutique, tea house, historic theater, and more.
Downtown Ridgefield is also the City’s civic center with City Hall, the post office, community library, community center, and police station. Downtown also offers four community parks including Overlook Park, Davis Park, Abrams Park, and a Community skate-park. A self-guided Historic Walking Tour of Downtown Ridgefield was created for the City’s centennial in 2009 to help residents and visitors explore Ridgefield’s rich history.
Overlook Park, at the intersection of Pioneer and Main, offers a plaza, a stage with interpretive panels and amazing views. It is used as a gathering area for citizens and is the focus of many community events including the Farmers Market, and First Saturdays.
West of this intersection is the Lake River waterfront with public access to the water for fishing, boating, and other water recreation. The waterfront property, owned by the Port of Ridgefield, includes 40 acres of open area, a paved waterfront trail, a public boat launch, and views of the Refuge. The adjacent marina area serves a variety of uses, including covered and uncovered boat slips, boat houses, the Clark County Fire and Rescue fire boat house, a kayak rental business, upland parking, and a floating home community. In 2009, the City of Ridgefield embarked on an Integrated Planning Grant project to develop a shared vision for the downtown and waterfront areas. View the complete Downtown Waterfront Integration Plan (PDF).
Ridgefield’s rolling hills, tranquil setting, and old-fashioned downtown evoke a welcoming “Main Street America” charm and character. Ridgefield wants to preserve the small, hometown feel that brings to mind a safe, walkable downtown – a place you are likely to meet and greet your neighbors.
Downtown Regulations / Guidelines
Strategic planning to assure this goal is met has produced a number of regulations and guidelines including: