Main Avenue Access Project: Procession and Ribbon Cutting Celebration to be held in Ridgefield

To celebrate the recent completion of the project, project partners and residents are invited to a procession on the newly improved path and a ribbon cutting celebration at the Refuge

RIDGEFIELD — In 2014, the city of Ridgefield, Clark County, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service were awarded a Federal Lands Access Program grant by the USDOT, Western Federal Lands Highway Division to create safe pedestrian access along Main Avenue from downtown Ridgefield to the headquarters of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. 

To celebrate the recent completion of the project, project partners and residents are invited to a procession on the newly improved path and a ribbon cutting celebration at the Refuge. The procession will meet on Fri., Feb. 14 at 1 p.m. at Overlook Park in Downtown Ridgefield (113-131 S Main) and walk north on Main Avenue about 1 mile to the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. 

The path will follow the newly constructed sidewalk and pass over the new and improved Gee Creek crossing. At the Refuge, a brief presentation and ribbon cutting at 1:30 p.m. will conclude the procession. Those who prefer not to hike, may park at the Refuge and meet the procession for the ribbon cutting at 1:30 p.m. 

The completion of this major project improves access to the Refuge and further links the Refuge with its local community. When the Carty Lake Trail opens for the season in May, walkers will be able to complete a 4.8-mile loop through Downtown Ridgefield, the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, and the Port of Ridgefield. The loop will serve as a tour of the heart of Ridgefield and offers views of historic downtown buildings, Gee Creek, the Cathlapotle Plankhouse, Carty Lake, and Lake River. 

Information provided by city of Ridgefield.

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