Ridgefield council rejects Overlook Park bids

By Ray Legendre, Columbian staff writer

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The Ridgefield City Council unanimously voted Thursday night to reject bids for the Overlook Park project after they came in $80,000 more than an engineer’s estimate.

The Overlook Park proposal includes a welcome center and park overlooking the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. The project would strengthen the tie between the city’s downtown and refuge, city officials said.

The lower of two bids on the project came in around $637,000. By contrast, the engineer’s estimate was $450,000-550,000.

The council voted 5-0 against accepting the bids during Thursday’s meeting inside the Ridgefield Community Center, 210 N. Main.

The project is expected to go out to bid again in the fall, Mayor Ron Onslow said, noting it could happen in November.