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Feature: Play Ball: Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex is Open for Play
Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex is Open for Play By Vivian Mattila Walikainen
In the summer of 2014,
“This facility is a game changer for our organization,” says Nick Allen, head baseball coach at Ridgefield High School. “It’s the only facility in western Washington with multiple full-sized, turfed baseball fields with lights. Our kids will have better access to the tools that they need to develop. Beyond that, the facility gives us the opportunity to better connect with the community at large by putting on special events that will hopefully draw people to the park.”
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The Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex (RORC), located on Hillhurst Road next to Sunset Ridge Intermediate and View Ridge Middle School, and just south of Ridgefield High School, is a 53acre outdoor sports facility that has been co-developed by the City of Ridgefield and RSD and includes a community building, a playground, trails, and six sports fields designed to accommodate soccer, baseball, softball, lacrosse, track and field, and football. This dynamic complex has already provided a big boost for sports teams, RSD, and for families in this fastgrowing community.
Photo courtesy City of Ridgefield
Ridgefield School Board members dreamed of a large sports and recreation hub that would benefit Ridgefield School District sports teams, as well as enhance recreation for general residents. Five years later, the field of dreams has become a reality.
A bird’s eye view illustration of Ridgefield’s newly completed 53-acre RORC.
An artist's rendering of RORC's community building.
Ridgefield city manager, Steve Stuart, explains how the complex is facilitated: “The RORC is a joint venture between the school district and the City. The school district provided the majority of the land for the project, and the City built the complex. The City saved approximately $2 million on land costs and the school district saved
Top right photo: Ridgefield High School’s baseball team practices at Ridgefield’s new RORC, located just down Hillhurst Road from the school.
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approximately $5 million on costs for parking and fields necessary for the new intermediate and middle schools on the site.” Stuart clarifies, “Management is shared between the City and school district through an interlocal agreement, lease, use agreement, and maintenance agreement. Decision-making and ongoing maintenance of the facility are shared.” Some parts of the final complex plan are still under development, but will be opening soon. All elements will be available to various community groups as well as official sports teams, but also open for the general community to enjoy. “There will be rental fees for the fields and community meeting room at the RORC, but during park hours when the fields are not rented, they are open to the public to use for free,” says Stuart. In addition to sports, the complex will be available for family use, concerts, and festivals, such as the Ridgefield Oktoberfest which was held there last year. “We are working with local sports clubs to get grants that continued on page 20
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