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Esther Short Park

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Address: W. 8th & Columbia Streets, Vancouver, WA 98660
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+1 360-487-8311
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05:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 05:00 - 22:00
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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 clock tower, gazebo, large picnic shelter/stage, playground, rose garden, walking paths and seasonal water feature. You will find the Vancouver Farmer's Market here on weekends mid-March through October.

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Farmers market

A fun place to shop for craft items and fresh produce. Some of the most beautiful hand thrown pottery I've seen. People are friendly and like to bring their dogs, on a leash of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Dorothy M
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A fun place to shop for craft items and fresh produce. Some of the most beautiful hand thrown pottery I've seen. People are friendly and like to bring their dogs, on a leash of course. Be ready to walk and spend the day.

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Thank Dorothy M
Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I remember when you wouldn't go to this park with all the druggies and homeless sleeping in the park. But then the mayor decided he wanted to take the city back and it was transformed into one of the most beautiful uses of a city block. So many events around the year are held here and now there are great... More 

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Thank Allen R
Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This park is located in down town Vancouver WA. It is surounded by businesses and residential properties. It often hosts city of Vancouver functions. Cute place to take a walk, let your dogs walk and your kids play

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Thank C M
Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

Yes...I've walked the park, a large square sidewalk with trees and shrubs on the inside perimeter. In summer the place is full of hustle and food as the local farmers market is located here. Its got a rose garden, rest rooms, nearby restaurants and other various shops. Go to the clock tower, sit on the large rocks and wait for... More 

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Thank geethree w
Pacific Junction, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

Great park, very welcoming, lot of daily activity, hot local hangout in the summer. There were movies in the park on some evenings, music on others. It is such a pretty spot to hang out. Be sure to check the rose garden, blooms the size of a man's hand across! Watched folks do yoga, play, read, eat, and generally enjoy... More 

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Thank Koco S
Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

One of my favorite places in Vancouver. This park is perfect for tourists and locals alike. In the summer they have a water area for the kids to play in, they also have a big gazebo with occasional live bands, and a solid play area. Plenty of grass for picnics and also in the heart of downtown so it's easy... More 

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Thank wanderingaustins
Spokane, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

We were there on the weekend so the Farmer's Market was going. It was a small farmer's market but had lots to choose from. Lots of people leaving with bags full of vegetables and goodies.

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Thank Garnet449
Vancouver, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

This is a popular spot for events in Vancouver. Everything from the jazz festival to six to sunset (summer concert series), this is the place to be. During the farmers market, there are often events going on at the park. So you can grab a bite at the market then wander over to the park. There are lots of shops... More 

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Thank KendraDawnRN
Vancouver, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

If you like walking a Farmers Market and seeing what locals are selling I recommend it. Dog walking is acceptable as long as it's well trained and there are no surprises.

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Thank Vito B
Fairbanks, Alaska, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

Really pretty park to walk around in. Has an actual bell tower that rings on the hour. There's a sweet little art gallery in one corner of the park that was fun to go through, featuring local artists.

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Thank Beverly F

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