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Esther Short Park

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Address: W. 8th & Columbia Streets, Vancouver, WA 98660
Phone Number: 13604878311
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Sun - Sat 5:00 am - 10:00 pm
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A 5-acre park in the heart of downtown Vancouver, Esther Short is the...

A 5-acre park in the heart of downtown Vancouver, Esther Short is the oldest public square in the state of Washington. Today the park contains a bell tower, gazebo, large shelter, playground, rose garden and walking paths. You will find the Vancouver Farmer's Market here on weekends March 19 - October.

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Great park. Family friendly

Just sent to this park for the first time & loved it so much we went again. There's a nice playground, food & Starbucks close, & theres a small water play area.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Andrea W
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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Just sent to this park for the first time & loved it so much we went again. There's a nice playground, food & Starbucks close, & theres a small water play area.

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Thank Andrea W
Vancouver
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Salmon clock tower is an artistic reminder of the importance of this area to nature and economy.Love walking through the park during the many cultural and musical events during the spring, summer and fall. Close enough to shoppes and restaurants and micro breweries to kick back and enjoy!

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Thank Elena P
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

local community park in the midst of downtown. Nicely treed and shaded. Fountain for kids to play in. Water is heavily chlorinated, for obvious reasons. Great time to visit is during the weekend farmers market on the west side of the park.

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Thank tunahoagie1
Vancouver, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My amazing little girl and I had a picnic at the park yesterday. We played together at the play ground. After that we took a walk over to the waterfall. We learned about salmon at the bell tower. We played and splashed in the waterfalls and climbed all around the rocks! My daughter loves going in the water at the... More 

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Thank Heather C
Vancouver, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My family go all summer, music concerts, as part of a walk, and Sat. Market which is Sunday too. Clean park and it's very nice to just hang out there.

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Thank connieblais
Bellevue
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This park is a nice place to meet friends, catch a concert, let the kids play, or just wander around to kill time or read a book. It's near a bunch of cute little shops, Starbucks, Farmers Market, public transportation, lots of pubs and public parking.

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Thank anastasia6771
Portland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great place to hold the local Saturday Market. Clean, cozy and with plenty of parking nearby. The city keeps up this park quite nicely and it is more orderly than many other such events that I've been to.

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Thank Larry M
Vancouver, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

As an avid park-goer, I can attest to the beauty and versatility of good 'ol Ester Short Park in the heart of the 'Couv. Twenty plus years ago when our kiddos were just toddlers and in pre-K, we started frequenting Ester's Park (as my kids called it.) Soon we were making play dates and it became a family-friendly hangout for... More 

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Thank TJA_traveler
Vancouver, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This park boasts a great clock tower and it is common to meet your friend, family or lover here. The vibe is always fun. The gazebo in the middle is lovely and the starbucks on the north side is very convenient. :)

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Thank Melissa W
Ariel, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We just went here this weekend for the Recycled Arts Festival and was pleasantly surprised on how much we love this little park....

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