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Esther Short Park

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Address: 605 Esther St, Vancouver, WA 98660
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+1 360-487-8311
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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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Great local Family Hang Out

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... read more

Reviewed 27 June 2016
anastasia6771
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Bellevue, Washington
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Bellevue, Washington
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5 reviews
Reviewed 27 June 2016

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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Portland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2016

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2016 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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Vancouver, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2016

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 S
Ariel, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2016

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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Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 June 2016

$5.00 specialty beers from local breweries. I thought it was fun, but a bit pricey. BTW - No one got out of line or intoxicated. Just people going down to the park to enjoy some local brews.

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Thank Jim F
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Reviewed 21 June 2016

The oldest park in the northwest.It is a beautiful park...In July and august they have free concerts in the park on Thursday evenings......It has two water features that are cool.one is kid friendly.There is also a play area for kids...

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Thank Angie P
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2016 via mobile

Nice clean place to relax in downtown Vancouver. We walk here frequently after having dinner or drinks in the area. Always a restful and relaxing time.

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Thank Dixon9717
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 2016

It's a very nice park and the focal point of so many things I like to do, like the USA Marathon and the Farmer's Market, but I'd never drive down there just to go to the park. There's plenty of grass to play on, a big play structure for young children to have fun on, a Starbucks right across the... More 

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Vancouver, WA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 June 2016

We love Esther Short for the many free events (concerts, art fairs, etc) and the next door farmer's market.

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