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Esther Short Park Vancouver

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Where are we going today?

Esther Short Park is five acres of landscaped, family friendly space in the heart of Vancouver best known for it's vintage bell tower with glockenspiel.

Features include a large adventure playground with physical play activities for all ages and abilities, plus a lazy river water play area with fun interactive splash pad.

Paved walkways suitable for push and wheel chairs segment the parkland and other features such as the gazebo, rose gardens and bandstand make interesting stops for children.

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Where is it at?

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Esther Short Park
301 W. 8th Street
Vancouver
WA
98660
Tel: 360 487 8600

When can we go?

5am to 10pm daily.

How much does it cost?

  • AdultsMetered parking only. Special park use fees.
LAST UPDATED 2013

Any Top Tips?

Restrooms are available here..

What people are saying?

  • by John Borgen

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    This is really is a great park in down town Vancouver. The city has done a great job in the last decade to clean it up and make it a destination for families, events and our very own Farmer's Market. Still, it's a public park and there are plenty of transients that spend large portions of their day there. Almost everyone I've met has been friendly and non-threatening...often a pleasure to talk to, so don't let that put you off about the park.

    If you're looking for a destination during the weekend, be sure to check the parks schedule at the city...Read More

  • by Anka Trinity

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    If you care about your kid's safety, stay away from the so-called 'splash pad' here! It's the most dangerous pad I've ever seen! It's unsafe for small or big kids with hard concrete, slippery and with all sorts of sharp edges! The city needs to either close it down or do something about its safety especially since during these hot days it's hard to keep the kids away from water.

  • by Pops1122

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    This park is the heart of dowtown Vancouver. It's well manicured and diverse. They hold many events here on their stage like Hawaiian Days, and the street to the west is where you can find Vancouver Saturday Market. On a hot day, the best part is that you can relax in the grassy fields drinking a latte, while your kids play at the playground or get soaked in the water feature. It's also surrounded by local shops that you can peruse if the weather turns.

  • by John Hall

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    A fun if someone small park in downtown Vancouver. Plenty of summer activities and the farmers market.

  • by Steve Feather

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    Pretty park, just full of homeless people!

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by John Borgen

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This is really is a great park in down town Vancouver. The city has done a great job in the last decade to clean it up and make it a destination for families, events and our very own Farmer's Market. Still, it's a public park and there are plenty of transients that spend large portions of their day there. Almost everyone I've met has been friendly and non-threatening...often a pleasure to talk to, so don't let that put you off about the park.

If you're looking for a destination during the weekend, be sure to check the parks schedule at the city of Vancouver's website. There's always something going on so it may become a regular destination for you.

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