Local Parks grants help protect these symbols of vibrant communities, providing places for families to gather and play and promoting a healthy and active lifestyle in an era when people spend increasing amounts of their time inside. The WWRP is the largest source of local parks funding in Washington, helping communities fund the acquisition, development, and renovation of vital recreation areas and green spaces.
The City of Ridgefield will use this grant to buy 7.5 acres and develop the second phase of the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex. The City will build a multi-use field, playground, picnic areas, parking, and trails for walking, jogging, and biking as well as landscape the area. In the first phase, the City is building five multi-use athletic fields and parking and making improvements to the road. The recreation complex is on Ridgefield’s quickly developing southeast side. It has is surrounded by a new residential development to the west, a planned residential development to the south, a planned middle school next door, and Ridgefield High School across the road. With a population that skews young (77 percent below age 45), the City faces significant demands for sport fields to accommodate youth leagues. Ridgefield will contribute more than $3.8 million in cash and council bonds.