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Esther Short Park

W. 8th & Columbia Streets, Vancouver, WA 98660
360-696-8171
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Ranked #2 of 34 attractions in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Parks
Traveler Description: At the urban center of Vancouver, between 6th & 8th streets, historic Esther Short Park has been totally reworked to include a fountain fit for... more »
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Seattle, Washington
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

This is a well laid out park and safe. Enjoyed morning exercise and others that was in the park was very helpful with info and directions.

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Jacksonville, fl
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Cleanliness, roses, beauty, peaceful. Two of the days we were there they had a nice farmers market with food and other vendors

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Vancouver, Washington
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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

. Close to downtown. Parking a little dicey but if you make it on days when the Sat. market is not happening, its easier. There are some good places to eat close by.. Very easy access from I-5

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Vancouver, Washington
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51 reviews 51 reviews
15 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Esther Short is essentially Vancouver's living room and plays host to many festivals and events. My kids love the playground and in the warmer months the water feature is a nice treat from the summer heat.

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Vancouver, WA
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This is our 'first' city park and it covers the area of four downtown city blocks. At the southeast corner is a beautiful plaza with a carillon/clock tower surrounded by cool pools and another nearby "creek" style fountain with stair-stepping falls - all of which are quite wade-able by small children. There is a frequently used bandstand/stage for concerts. On... More

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Portland, Oregon
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This is a lovely open park with something for everyone. Kids can enjoy a large play structure on the north side or a water fountain on the south side. It stretches a few city blocks of downtown Vancouver. Leashed dogs are welcome. There are events all year long. Here is a calendar of events for 2014: http://www.cityofvancouver.us/calendar/month/2014-08

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Vancouver, Washington
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

One of the nicest events that the City of Vancouver sponsors is the Summer Concerts at Esther Short Park. Past bands have included KC & The Sunshine Band, the Beach Boys and the Temptations! Most venues are free or a nomincal entrance fee. Kids are welcome! Grab a blanket, a couple of low sandchairs and your picnic. Nothing better than... More

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Vancouver, Washington
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7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

There is a pretty clock tower in one corner of the park along with a fun and attractive man made waterfall. Suitable for children to play in. On Saturday you can enjoy the Farmers Market with a lot of yummy food choices to enjoy in the park.

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Vancouver, Washington
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74 reviews 74 reviews
20 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Ester Short park is the gathering place for Vancouver. It is well maintained and ideal for families. On Saturday and Sunday there is a fabulous farmer's market on the west end. starbucks is situated accross from the NE corner. Many places to eat and shop are accross the street. Its a great place to hang out

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Seattle, WA
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73 reviews 73 reviews
19 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

We visited the Farmer's Market that is hosted here on weekends. We had a wonderful time. There was an amazing variety of food trucks, beautiful flowers, wonderful fresh vegetables. There is a large play ground in the park for the kids. Very friendly atmosphere.

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