Ridgefield envisions an interconnected community with park, trail, and greenway system that contributes to the City’s small town characer, 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.
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.
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 rental room, Bennett Hall, with picnic tables and kitchen facilities by reservation only. To reserve Abrams Bennett Hall or the sport fields, please visit our page, Reserve a Park.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Trails
- Oak to Wetlands Trail: A 2.1 mile loop on an established path that travels through a rich array of wildlife, waterfowl, and colorful wildflowers.
- Gee Creek Exploration Trail: Provides an alternative to the established path. The trail isn’t officially maintained for hikers, but this portion of the Refuge is open to the public
- Carty Lake Trail: A 1 mile trail system that allows visitors to the Port of Ridgefield to get a taste of the Refuge without paying the $3 daily fee. The loop travels through restored woodlands and offers gorgeous views of wildlife on Carty Lake and Lake River. Past the free loop, explore a new seasonal trail that meanders along Carty Lake and over Gee Creek to the Cathlapotle Plankhouse. From here, you can connect to the Oak to Wetlands Trail System.
- Kiwa Trail: A 1.5-mile loop with wildlife as the star attraction. Experienced birders can identify 40 to 50 species in a single morning.
- The Refuge also offers a GeoAdventure: a free group activity kit that includes a GPS unit and a bag of clues designed for ages 12 and up.
Abrams Park is a local access point for Gee Creek which 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.
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.| View the Water Trail Report. | Read the Paddle Guide. | View the trip recommendation on Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership.
Whipple Creek Regional Park
This 300-acre regional park is located off NW 179th St. West of the Clark County Fairgrounds. The park’s primary is 4.3 miles of trails that cater to hikers and horseback riders alike. View the trail map. Please check out Whipple Creek Regional Park for more information.
Historic Walking Tour
Downtown Ridgefield is the home to many historical sites including home, churches, theaters, banks, and City Hall. A guide for a self-led walking tour can be downloaded here.
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.
A list of Heritage Trees will be added soon.