Main Street Program

Join the Main Street Program Thursday, May 18th for their monthly Community Meeting at the Sportsman’s, 121 N. Main – 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Mayor Ron Onslow will present on “Alleys – The Possibilities”. Learn about what can be done to transform and beautify these forgotten roadways.
Ron attended a Statewide Convention of the Main Street  program and his speech will highlight what he learned.
Complimentary coffee will be served, and breakfast is available.

Musing on a Sunny Day

Yesterday I sat on the bench in Overlook Park, looking out at all the activities going on. It was a sunny day, the air was brisk, clouds scudded across the sky. I thought back about all the time and work that the building of this park had taken, and the thought came to my mind, ‘Allene was right. This park is truly a heritage for the people of Ridgefield.’

One of the first things I did when I moved to Ridgefield in 2003 was to volunteer on the Overlook Park Committee. At that time it was still a dream in the hearts of a small group of people. They’d been meeting for about a year to come up with a plan for the park. We held meeting after meeting, hashing out what the park should look like. Consultants were used to draw up plans and public meetings were held to find what citizens felt about them. A group of students in Dave Tanner’s class met with us and came up with more ideas.

This was the last public viewpoint over the Refuge in downtown Ridgefield, and we wanted to do it right.

Now all that work was done and we could enjoy the park. The Farmers’ Market was busy. The Art Association was there, presenting their 25th annual show and sale. There was music from Opus School of Music. The Maypole was still up from that morning’s Maypole Dance, celebrating the first of May.

Kids were playing on the bear and balancing on the beach rocks. Others were running along the stone benches at the overlook. Imagine! A place where kids could run and tumble and not be chastised.

A big thanks goes to all the community members who had a part in building Overlook Park. I’m not going to name you, because for sure I’d leave someone out, but you know who you are.

We done good.

Pre-Order Plants

For the first time in the history of the Ridgefield Garden Club it is possible to pre-order a limited variety of plants and pick them up the day before the plant sale starts. Orders must be placed before this Thursday, April 27. Call Jeanne Androvich, 360-887-2579 or email her at jeanne.androvich@mindspring.com and she can send you a picture of what’s available and an order form. This is a good deal as you’ll be able to pre-order these beautiful urns and pick them up on Friday before the main sale. Other items, such as vegetables, flats of flowers, shrubs, etc. will not be available that day.

The sale opens to the public at 9am on Saturday, May 6, at the school maintenance building at Third and Pioneer. Popular items in past years have been the plants grown by members because we know they thrive in our climate, but there is also a wide variety of hanging baskets, annuals, perennials, shrubs and even some trees.

Come and support the Garden Club. Proceeds from this year’s sale will go to buy and maintain the beautiful hanging baskets downtown.

Ron Does it Again!

It’s not his responsibility, no one asked him to do it, but Mayor Ron Onslow spent part of his Sunday weeding, trimming and rototilling some of the unassigned plots in the Ridgefield Community Garden. He really loves this city. Thank you Mr Mayor.

Main Street Program Reminder

The Main Street Program will host their first Community Roundtable Thursday, February 16, from 8:30 to 9:30am at the Sportsman’s and the public is invited to attend.

Join us to hear about what the Main Street Program has accomplished and how we’re moving forward.

Come with your ideas and help brainstorm about what YOU want Ridgefield Main Street to accomplish to make our downtown core vibrant.

Complimentary coffee will be provided by the Sportsman’s.

Main Street

main-street-logo

Ridgefield Main Street invites all downtown businesses to a complimentary buffet breakfast and social time on Thursday, December 15, from 8:30 to 9:30am at the Historic Sportsman’s Restaurant and Saloon.

We have some exciting news to share about our Main Street Program for 2017, and as a downtown business, you won’t want to miss out!

The Holiday Decorating Contest winners will be announced, and we are asking everyone to bring a paper product (toilet paper, paper towels, diapers, sanitary products, etc.), which will be donated to the Ridgefield Family Resource Center.

Bob’s Automotive

Bob's Automotive

Bob’s Automotive

Bob’ Automotive has new energy efficient windows – another store ‘sprucing up’ in downtown Ridgefield.

Ridgefield Rocks!

Rocks

Last week someone notified me that mysterious rocks were appearing in various planters downtown. I took some photos, but had no idea why they were there or who put them there. Now the mystery is solved. This morning’s Columbian had an article about them. Apparently it all started in Gray’s Harbor earlier this year, and someone decided to bring the idea to Ridgefield.

After seeing the rocks in Gray’s Harbor, Angelique Vines Reagan started a Facebook page, Vancouver Rocks!, with the mission statement: ”Spreading joy through rocks. This is a community-building group meant to inspire creativity in all ages and energize people to explore the beautiful area in which we live.”

How many rocks can you find?

Thank you!

In the interest of giving credit where credit is due, I’d like to thank the people at the Post Office for (finally) cleaning up their front yard. Here’s the photo I posted early in June, hoping they would take action before the 4th of July parade. What a mess, eh? Not very representative of Ridgefield.

PO weeds before

Today when I walked by the weeds were gone and a heavy layer of mulch was laid down. With the rain/sun combinations we’ve been having lately the garden patch should thrive this summer, and hopefully remain weed-free all year. This is the first year I remember having mulch put down – the soil always looked so bare.

PO Weeds after

Now if some one (or several) would step up to buying a flowering hanging basket for $130 we could bring even more beauty to our city. The cost includes the basket, the hanger to suspend it and watering all summer. Call me if you’d like to step up to the program. The first two people who call will get a $5 discount – and you can choose which pole in the downtown area you’d like to have it displayed.

Buy a Basket!

hanging basket

Are you enjoying the flower baskets hanging throughout town? Would you like to see more?

You can have one put up! Cost is $130, and that includes putting up the metal support, hanging the basket and watering and fertilizing it throughout the summer.

The best thing is, you can choose the location of the basket, as long as it’s in the downtown area. There are only a few left, so if you want to add another spot of color to our downtown, give me a call and I’ll arrange it. kwinters@q.com or 887-2160.

You could even get together with some friends and share the cost.

No Fireworks this 4th

No fireworks

What?!? No fireworks this year? There will be no fireworks show at 10 pm on the 4th of July sponsored by the Fourth of July committee. For several years they had a fireworks technician that did a wonderful job. He was not available last year and the spectators were clearly disappointed in the show. The committee realized it was subpar to what they had in the past. Considering their budget, they could not afford to put on the same show that Ridgefield was used to seeing.

If funds become available next year, the committee will resume a fireworks show. The dance in the park will still go from 5:30pm until 9:30pm.

If anyone is ever interested in helping with the 4th of July celebration they are always looking for volunteers. It takes 100 volunteers and a committee of 23 to put on the parade and festival. Let’s hope for good weather this year and a great festival. For a schedule, you can go to Ridgefield4th.com

Parking Lot

parking lot with gravel

Workers were installing the split rail fence around the parking lot next to the police station this morning. The entrance will be from the side street, just to the left of the truck’s open door. There will be diagonal parking along the perimeter and a row down the middle of the lot, for a total of 30 spaces. The opening at the right bottom will provide pedestrian access to Main Avenue. Looks like there will be shrubbery along the fence and I was told there will be concrete markers to define the parking spaces.

The City has a use agreement in place with the owners of the three parcels. It is a temporary agreement that will remain in place for two years. Paved ADA parking for two vehicles will be provided in the existing Police Department lot.

State of the City Address on Saturday

City of Ridgefield logo

Mayor Ron will present his State of the City Address Saturday, June 18, 2016, 11:00am, at Overlook Park, Corner of Pioneer Street and Main.

Farmer’s Market opens at 9:00am and Mayor Onslow’s presentation begins at noon.

Before and following the presentation Upfront Band will provide live entertainment with Jazz – Latin – Classic Rock – R&B – Oldies – Pop music.  Enjoy listening and dancing to the music of Chris Bidleman (keyboards, vocals) and Steve Burpee (saxophones, vocals), the founders of the band. Chris and Steve are joined by Robert Schultz on drums and are often fused together with good friends Ed Couture on bass (upright and electric) and Larry Pindar on guitar (plus vocals, flute and sax).

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Hanging Baskets Downtown

hanging basket

Have you noticed the hanging baskets downtown?

They were a joint project of the Ridgefield Garden Club, the Main Street Program, the City of Ridgefield and Gary Adkins, a local community-oriented donor.

Not to brag, but I feel very good about the fact that I was the one who initiated the project. We’ve talked for several years about bringing back the hanging baskets that the Garden Club used to maintain. (One summer Phyllis Vidin and her husband dragged a stepladder throughout town in order to water the baskets – and it was not pleasant.)

After enjoying the baskets outside the building south of the Post Office last summer, I finally stopped to ask who maintained them, contacted Tim Blake of Landscaping NW and found he lives in Ridgefield.

I passed on this information to Steve Coxen of the Main Street Program, and he ran with it, found donors, and VOILA! we once again have hanging baskets decorating our downtown.

Aren’t they beautiful? Maybe next year we can have even more….

Parking lot in downtown!

Work began this week on a parking lot on the three lots north of the police station, that will hopefully be done in time for the 4th of July celebration. The trees are down, the lot will be leveled and paved with gravel. Eventually there will be a split rail fence along the perimeter.

Parking lot