In an evolving response to the COVID-19 outbreak and with guidance from Clark County Public Health, Ridgefield City Council has decided to close all play structures within City limits, including City owned and privately owned structures. Public restrooms at City Parks will also be closed.
Public parks and trails, including the off-leash dog park, remain open. During this time, residents are encouraged to exercise and spend time outdoors at home whenever possible. Use of parks and trails should be limited and a distance of six feet or more must be maintained between people from different households at all times.
If you choose to use a park or trail, please practice National Recreation and Park Association recommendations for social distancing:
Follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on personal hygiene prior to heading to parks and trails. Wash your hands, carry hand sanitizer, do not visit public spaces if you have symptoms, and cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
Observe at all times CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other people. Practice it and know what it looks like. Please keep it as you walk, bike or hike.
Bring a suitable trash bag. Please take your trash with you to protect city workers.
For ongoing updates related to the City’s response to novel coronavirus COVID-19, visit www.RidgefieldWa.us/coronavirus.
Ridgefield envisions an interconnected community with park, trail, and greenway system that contributes to the City’s small town character, provides a variety of recreation opportunities, and is an integral part of the community.
There are several small neighborhood and pocket parks located around the city. Larger City Parks, Trails, and Heritage trees can be found here.
Please click here for City Park Rules.
Davis Park is located in the heart of downtown at Main and Mill street. This park features children’s play equipment, picnic tables, and a large grassy area perfect for a summer’s night picnic. Many fun events are held at Davis Park during the summer, such as outdoor movie nights!
Located at the end of Division Street off of N. 5th Avenue near Union Ridge Elementary School, this 40-acre park features a children’s play area, horseshoe pit, baseball, softball and soccer fields, a disc golf course, and a large area for playing volleyball.
The Park also has a picnic shelter, Bennett Hall, with tables and kitchen facilities by reservation only. If you are interested in reserving Bennett Hall or any of the sports fields at Abrams, please visit our Event Planning page for more details.
The Abrams Park Disc Golf Course is a 9 hole course through the wooded area of Abrams Park. You can find Tee 1 just up the hill from the northern play structure. Click here to view a map of the course or click here for a printable map.
Located at the end of Main Street, Overlook Park “overlooks” the beauty of the National Wildlife Refuge. It is a way to connect to the urban and natural aspects of the city. The Park, which was recently redone, includes an amphitheater where live music is played, a brick plaza, where the Ridgefield’s Farmers Market and First Saturday Events are held, historical information about the early settlement of the Native Americans, and public restrooms.
Overlook Park may be reserved for events. Please visit our Event Planning page for more details.
Community and Skate Park
Located at the corner of Simons and 3rd, Ridgefield’s Community Park includes picnic tables, a gazebo, and multiple features to challenge skateboarders. You will find teens and kids enjoying the park on a nice sunny day. Safety regulations and usages rules are enforced throughout the venue.
Eagle View Park
Located at the Corner of S. Main Ave and Sargent St. The Park contains a picnic table and benches so you can enjoy a nice picnic while overlooking the beauty of the National Wildlife Refuge.
Ridgefield Off Leash Dog Park
The Ridgefield Off Leash Dog Park is located on Hillhurst near Great Blue Rd. It features a fenced, off leash area where licensed dogs can run and play. There is water available, trash cans, and benches. Please pick up after your pet.
Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex (RORC)
Is a 53-acre outdoor facility for sports, recreation and education that will benefit the Ridgefield School District and the Community. This complex features six multipurpose sports fields, playground, community room, trails, and more. Please visit Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex for more information. Reservations of RORC may be made through the Ridgefield School District.
The Community Garden is located on S 5th Ave at the east end of Sargent St in downtown Ridgefield.
Mission: Improve community health by providing citizens the opportunity to locally raise healthy foods and ornamental flowers and plants: Grow your own food, build relationships and community, get exercise, and live healthy!
Other Parks in Ridgefield
The following are in Ridgefield, but are not City Parks.
The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge
The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge offers adventures as well as driving, walking and hiking opportunities. The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1965 to provide wintering habitat for the dusky subspecies of the Canada goose. Today, the Refuge preserves both habitat for wildlife, and evidence of the people who once lived here.
There are two Refuge entrances, one on N Main and one on S Hillhurst. Please check out Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge for more information.
Fairgrounds Park is an 88-acre Clark County park that offers basketball courts, a picnic shelter, a playground, and a beautiful walking trail. It is located just south of the Clark County Fairgrounds.
The City of Ridgefield recognizes the importance of sufficient trails and walking paths for recreation. A map of all existing trails, including neighborhood trails and connection points, can be found here.
Gee Creek Trail
The Gee Creek Trail begins on the North side of Pioneer, just past S Gee Creek Loop. The trail follows Gee Creek through Abrams Park to Heron Drive, and then further north to Main Ave. View the trail map here.
Gee Creek is a 4th order tributary to the Columbia River. The creek is named for William Gee, an early pioneer upon whose land the stream arose. The lowest segment of Gee Creek meanders for three miles through the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge before reaching the Columbia River.
Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Trails
The Refuge offers multiple trails on varying terrain for visitors enjoyment. Daily entrance fees are required – learn about entrance fees here.
Oaks to Wetlands Trail, Open Year-round, daily
The Oaks to Wetlands trail is located on the Carty Unit of the Refuge. The trail has several internal loops and offers hiking distances of less than a mile to over 2 miles. The Cathlapotle Plankhouse may be viewed from this trail.
Kiwa Trail, Seasonal Closure
A 1.5-mile loop with wildlife as the star attraction. Experienced birders can identify 40 to 50 species in a single morning. Check for closures on the refuge website.
Carty Lake Trail, Open May 1 – Sept 30
The Carty Lake Trail entrance is located at the Port of Ridgefield. The trail system offers Port visitors a free path to the Lake River overlook. Beyond there, visitors can go on the fee-entry seasonal trail to the Cathlapotle Plankhouse, the Oaks to Wetlands Trail System and Refuge Office. Visitors can connect back to town by exiting the refuge at Main Avenue and walking along the newly improved pedestrian path for a 5-mile loop trail system through the Refuge, City and Port.
Lewis River to Vancouver Lake Water Trail
A 32 mile water trail that stretches from Lewis River to Vancouver Lake, includes the entire stretch of Lake River, and passes right through the heart of Ridgefield.
Ridgefield’s Heritage Tree program aims to preserve and recognize the significant trees in our community. With this program, the city and any areas that may become part of the city will continue to realize the benefits provided by heritage trees. And, uncontrolled cutting or destruction of heritage trees will be minimized.