Planning & Projects

April - June 2017: Cascade Park Community Library parking lot repaving

The City of Vancouver is repaving the parking lot shared with Cascade Park Community Library and Firstenburg Community Center, affecting parking and traffic patterns for patrons at our branch. We apologize for any inconvenience through the project’s anticipated June end date.

Existing pervious concrete will be replaced with permeable brick pavers. The resulting surface is much more durable, easier to repair and maintains drainage needs. Firstenburg and Cascade Park Community Library will remain open throughout construction. This project will be done in three separate phases and will affect parking and traffic patterns for the next few months.

Phase 1

  • Construction began the evening of Sunday, April 16.
  • The main driveway will remain open.
  • Patrons can park around the north side of the building where parking won't be disturbed.

Phases 2 and 3

  • Driveway access will narrow to allow entry-only traffic.
  • A new temporary exit point will be created at the north end of the parking lot.
  • Left turns out of the parking lot will be restricted. Signage will alert drivers.

Please note that the layout of the parking lot and dimension/size of parking stalls will not change as a result of this project.

New or enlarged libraries for Washougal, Woodland, and Ridgefield

Following up on the 2013 Facilities Study, we proceeded with a pre-design program for new or enlarged facilities for the three locations identified by the study as the district's highest priorities.

Following up on the need for new facilities identifed in the Berger ABAM study, FVRL contracted with FFA Architects and Interiors to conduct a Pre-Design Study, one purpose of which is to identify the elements of library service each of those communities are most in need of and recommend the size of library that would best fulfill those needs.

From June through September 2014, we welcomed the participation and input of everyone interested in the future of libraries in these three unique communities, holding meetings, inviting people to focus groups, and collecting input from community leaders.

Final Pre-Design Report by FFA Architects and Interior Design

On October 20, 2014, the Pre-Design Study for the communities of Ridgefield, Washougal, and Woodland was completed and presented to the FVRL Board of Trustees. The full 251-page Final Report and appendix are available here for download. The report includes the recommended square footage of a new library for each community, as well as a projected project cost estimate. The Appendix includes the content of the presentations FFA conducted in each community, as well as notes and comments from meetings and focus groups.

If you have questions about these projects, contact Sam Wallin at 360-906-5013 or send a message to Sam via the district's Ask a Librarian page.