RIDGEFIELD, WA – At the City Council meeting on Thursday, December 16 Mayor Stose recognized Marie Bouvier, Jerry Bush, and Kim Stenbak for their contributions to Ridgefield through volunteering on the Parks Board and Planning Commission.
Marie Bouvier has been a member of the Parks Board since October, 2004 and served as the chair from 2005 to 2019. Marie led the Parks Board through times of fast growth and an economic recession. With over 17 years as a voice for parks and open spaces, Marie helped to shape Ridgefield into a community that offers a dog park, a trail network connecting neighborhoods with recreation, and park spaces for families to enjoy.
Jerry Bush has been a member of the Planning Commission since 2006 and served as the chair from 2009 to 2016. During Jerry’s time on the Planning Commission, Ridgefield’s population more than doubled and his recommendations have been instrumental in planning for that growth and development. Through careful attention to zoning and other development policy, Ridgefield has seen a growth in services alongside residential growth, including a full service grocery store, Rosauers, and an urgent care center, Vancouver Clinic.
Kim Stenbak has been a member of the Parks Board since 2014 and served as the chair from 2019 to 2021. Kim led the board through the planning and development of the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex (RORC), a state of the art facility with six multipurpose sports fields, a playground, walking trails, and a community building. Kim led the Parks Board through critical community engagement efforts to recommend and prioritize park projects in Ridgefield.
Ridgefield City Council and Staff rely on the help of great volunteers such as Marie, Jerry, and Kim to provide valuable insight, leadership and advice in the development of our city. We are grateful for their service, and wish them the best in their future endeavors.