City celebrates Ridgefield sports complex groundbreaking Thursday
There is some inventive math happening at the site of the upcoming Ridgefield Outdoor Sports Complex, where city and Ridgefield School District officials have a simple equation to describe the joint project.“The guiding concept is one plus one equals three,” said Bryan Kast, the city’s public works director. “We can build more together than separately.”The complex, which breaks ground Thursday, was promised to residents as part of the school district’s $78 million bond, which residents passed with 68.82 percent of the vote in February. However, no bond money is going toward the actual complex.The roughly $20 million complex will be paid for by the city, using a combination of Park Impact Fees, Real Estate Excise Tax, grants, sponsorships and a $10 million councilmanic bond the city will issue later this year. A councilmanic bond is one issued by city councilors that is not voted on by residents and doesn’t raise property taxes.The complex will have six multipurpose turf sports fields that can be used for baseball, softball, soccer, football and other sports. There will be a track around the football field, along with trails throughout the complex, picnic tables and an amphitheater. The complex will also have a community center where local groups can hold meetings.