RIDGEFIELD, Wash. – During the Port of Ridgefield’s spring 2022 community engagement process around the future of the Ridgefield waterfront, residents identified access to and open space on the waterfront as leading amenities for this port-owned property on Lake River. The port is making this a top priority as it examines next steps for the site, which is key to the future of the port and community.
“The most important uses people identified were public access to Lake River and open space or a community park at the waterfront,” said port CEO Randy Mueller. “We heard the community loud and clear, and this is also consistent with port goals for the site, so we are making this our top priority for the waterfront right now.”
Port staff are working to permanently designate approximately 8 acres of industrial land along the Lake River and Carty Lake shoreline for public access and recreational purposes. The port hopes to plan and develop the park in partnership with the City of Ridgefield and build it in phases as funding becomes available.
Later parts of this process will include planning and creating new commerce on the remaining non-shoreline area of the 41-acre site, which is zoned for mixed-use development.
“As part of cleaning up the contamination from past uses at the waterfront, we tore down most of our leasable buildings, which historically provided the majority of the port’s operating revenue,” said Mueller. “So, to build the public amenities that we all want to see at the waterfront in the future, we need to replace that revenue with facilities that can support the port and our community going forward.
“Building Ridgefield’s waterfront will be a years-long process, and we are committed to working with our community and partners to make the journey and the result something we can all be proud of.”
Learn more about the Port of Ridgefield at www.portridgefield.org.
The Port of Ridgefield is a community port with a track record of successfully tackling complex challenges. Located in a fast-growing suburb in the Portland-Vancouver Metro Area, the port focuses on environmental stewardship, infrastructure projects that generate economic benefit and help reduce the tax burden for citizens, and community projects that support quality of life in Ridgefield and Southwest Washington. Learn more at portridgefield.org.