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Esther Short Park

Address: W. 8th & Columbia Streets, Vancouver, WA 98660
Phone Number: 360-696-8171
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Ranked #2 of 27 Attractions in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Sun - Sat 5:00 am - 10:00 pm

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Portland, Oregon
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Free water fountains, nice fountains for kids to play in, across from dining at the Hilton, Farmers Market nearby on weekends, nice Xmas lights, good little playground for the kids or your dog, big old trees, close to a great walk along the Columbia River to the south. I like the old fashioned lamp posts.

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Vancouver, Washington
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11 reviews 11 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Esther Short is certainly known in the Vancouver/Portland area but never really written or spoken about. Downtown Vancouver still leaves a bit to be desired in appearance overall, but the improvement is in pockets and not with massive capital influx. In all of this, during the late Spring, Summer and early Fall Esther Short is abuzz with weekend activity. I... More 

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Vancouver, Washington, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Great for families and canine friends! Love the farmers market and the playground is a perk for the kids. Beautiful grounds with historic buildings and rose garden.

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Bellevue, Nebraska
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120 reviews 120 reviews
54 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Esther Short park is located downtown in Vancouver WA. There are numerous summer and Fall events in the park. Everything from Saturday markets to the Vancouver Symphony. There is a weekly music program, wine festival, beer festival and a Jazz festival. The park is not huge and feels like you have stepped back to a friendlier, slower paced time. There... More 

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Vancouver, Washington
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Esther Short Park stays busy with concerts, movies, beer and wine and jazz festivals and the wonderful Farmer's Market, always a nice visit on summer days. A cultural hub. Watch the papers and websites for event schedules. There are some good restaurants and bars nearby providing rich repost and libation.

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Vancouver, Washington
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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Ester short park is a smaller Park in the heart of downtown Vancouver. There are a couple places to sit where there are benches. The bad news is you will have to fight the homeless off to sit on them. I have seen more than 40 at a time at this small Park. In addition, it is clear that they... More 

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Vancouver, Washington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This park is always clean. Kids love the playground. The Farmers' Market is great as far as FMs go. Summer is full of events and winter is full of greenery and beauty. At the town center, it is run by the city of Vancouver, Washington. As a member of a band that frequents the awesome stage/gazebo there, I think it... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

A lot of homeless people congregate in the park. Most of them don't bother people but you should be aware of that. Not a bad place to people watch, The city does a pretty good Job of bringing in a lot of different events

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Vancouver, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is a beautiful park and a City's attempt to create a central park feel. Nicely maintained and summer concerts can be enjoyable. Now surrounded by high rise apartments makes it look smaller than it is. Unfortunately a nesting place for vagrants, not recommended at dark.

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Vancouver, Washington
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 via mobile

So sad they put in those nice condos by the park, but can't seem to get rid of the druggies and transients and hangout/live in the park. I would never take my kids there. Last time we were there, there was a bum washing his cloths in the fountain where kids were playing in the water. Really?!? You'd let your... More 

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