Don Stose delivered his first State of the City address as Ridgefield’s Mayor on March 5th at the Ridgefield High School Performing Arts Center.
His theme “Welcome to Ridgefield” reflected on the city’s growth and progress in 2018, showcased current and future projects, and celebrated services that will arrive in Ridgefield in 2019.
“We are welcoming businesses that offer new jobs for our residents, neighborhoods built to the highest standards in southwest Washington, and new services that all our residents will use every day,” said Mayor Stose. In the last year, Ridgefield has seen more than 15 new businesses and services, and eight new quality neighborhoods. And, the City kept its commitment to create at least one-mile of new trail.
Mayor Stose spoke of the businesses all over Ridgefield, but spent extra time inviting everybody to visit downtown Ridgefield. The mayor touted signature events like award winning First Saturdays, the MultiCultural Festival, Big Paddle and Farm-to-Table, and expanded services in the newly designated Arts Quarter with five new merchants in 2018 alone.
The highlight of the night was a big reveal of long term projects that will become a reality in 2019. The repurposed View Ridge Middle School opened its doors as the Ridgefield Administrative and Civic Center in January – with offices for school administration, community education, local non-profit organizations, and the City’s Business Center, and a new assembly room that will host City, School District, and Community meetings. The Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex is opening with six fields and a two-story community building, and will play host to Ridgefield school and sports club teams, as well as being the home field for the West Coast League’s newest franchise the Ridgefield Raptors. Vancouver Clinic will begin accepting appointments in July and open its doors in August. Rosauers Grocery Store is opening in the fall. Fort Vancouver Regional Library is already imagining a design for a new and larger library at the Community Center, which will start construction this year. And construction will begin on a downtown Ridgefield mixed use project which will boast new shops, offices, and a new location for the Ridgefield Police Department.
“This is awesome. Through proactive planning by this City and community and a shared vision with important City partners, Ridgefield is becoming a community where we can live, work and play. Welcome to Ridgefield!”