FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Volunteer Efforts to Build New Park in Ridgefield
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Steven Wall, Public Works Director
Ridgefield, WA, September 4, 2007 - Volunteers will work together on September 15 and 16, 2007 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day to install a large play structure and swing set in a neighborhood park serving the Heron Ridge and Bellwood Heights residential subdivisions. The park is located on Heron Drive between 13th Place and 15th Court and will ultimately serve over 400 families. Volunteers are anticipated to include council members, parks advisory board members, city staff, Clark County Fire District No. 12 staff, citizens and representatives of the play structure manufacturer, Columbia Cascade Company.
Neighborhood parks are a combination playground and park designed primarily for non-supervised, non-organized, recreational activities. These parks are intended to service neighbors within a ½ mile walking or biking distance.
Bellwood Heights is a four-phase, 279-unit single family residential subdivision west of Reiman Road which began construction in 2002 and is completely built out. Heron Ridge is a three-phase, 145-unit single family residential subdivision east of Main Avenue in which phases 2 and 3 are still under construction.
The new park is part of a unique public/private partnership effort initiated several months ago in response to concerns by residents regarding limited public park areas in the neighborhood. The City of Ridgefield has worked with Cascade West Development, Columbia Cascade Company, Hopper Dennis Jellison, PLLC, Holt Homes, LL Lindberg Co. and neighborhood residents to develop the park.
Steve Wall, Public Works Director, said: "This is a great example of a public/private partnership with volunteer efforts and the benefits a relationship like this can bring to the community. Without the efforts of all involved, especially the residents of Bellwood Heights and Heron Ridge, this project could not be completed. This new park is a fulfillment of the City's on-going efforts to create new park facilities in the City that will enhance our citizen's quality of life."
The City expects the new park to be open for use shortly after installation of the play structures is completed. In addition to the play structures, this approximately 1.5 acre new neighborhood park will offer City residents a sport court with basketball hoops, a walking path, on-site parking, and grass open space. A restroom will also ultimately be provided either through donations or by the City as funds become available.
The City of Ridgefield, incorporated in 1909, is a rapidly growing community located in northern Clark County, Washington approximately 10 miles north of Vancouver, Washington. Over the next 10 to 15 years, the City of Ridgefield expects to grow to a population of over 24,700 persons with an employment base of over 15,000 jobs. The City has adopted a Council-City Manager form of government. The City Manager acts as the chief executive officer of the City overseeing daily operations, annual budget development and implementation, and personnel. The City Manager works with a management team composed of the Director of Communications/City Clerk, Director of Finance and Administration, the Community Development Director, the Public Works Director and the Police Chief to insure that community services are provided and that the policy directives of the City Council are carried out in the most efficient manner possible.