Ridgefield’s new community library to open July 9

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The Reflector

The Ridgefield Community Library will be holding a grand opening celebration on July 9 after nearly a year of construction.

The Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries expanded the library from a 2,300 square foot space in the former Ridgefield Community Center to an 8,000 square foot building.

“ThenThe new library combines elements of the previous building with new construction to create a magnificent new centerpiece in downtown Ridgefield, ”a press release said.

The expanded library has ample community meeting space, multiple study rooms, additional computers and laptops, as well as separate areas for teens, children, and adults.

The new building was designed by Johansson Wing Architects of Battle Ground. The general contractor for the project was Union Corner Construction of Vancouver. Donations from various organizations, Washington State and the City of Ridgefield helped make the project happen.

“It’s amazing to see so many individuals, businesses and organizations from Ridgefield and beyond show their generosity and support to build a bigger and better library,” said Rick Smithrud, Executive Director of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation. “When a project like this comes along and strengthens the community and benefits future generations, everyone wants to be a part of it. “

The project received strong support from the Friends of the Ridgefield Community Library, who raised hundreds of thousands of dollars and raised awareness about the new building.

Jeanne Androvich, president of the group of friends, said that 75 individuals and companies have donated $ 1,000 each and have provided more than $ 350,000 in community support.

The Grand Opening Ceremony and Ribbon Cutting will take place on Ridgefield Main Street Day downtown on July 9 at 10:30 am.

The library will also host events and activities for children and families throughout the day. Limited in-person service will begin July 9, and small-group tours will be offered if COVID-19 regulations allow.

The first discussions about a larger library began as part of a facilities study in 2013, the statement said. A pre-design study was completed in 2014. The FBRLibraries set aside funds for the new location and worked with stakeholders to identify a suitable site, while the Friends of the Ridgefield Community Library and the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation have started their fundraising efforts. Through negotiations, the Ridgefield Community Center Association donated their property in 2018, which allowed the library to renovate the space and expand on-site services.

The donation was finalized in 2019 and community input was solicited on the library design.

Renovation and new construction started in August 2020.

The reopening of the library’s permanent residence in downtown Ridgefield will result in the closure of its temporary location at 228 Simons Street on June 3.

Both locations will remain closed until June 7, according to a press release, when curbside service begins at the permanent location at 210 N. Main Ave. at Ridgefield.


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