Esther Short Park

301 W. 8th Street
Vancouver, WA 98660

(360) 487-8630


Escape your daily life and get outdoors, connect with nature, breath fresh air, and feel refreshed.

Place Information

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  • Place Cost Free
  • Place Hours
    Sunday 5:00am - 10:00pm
    Monday 5:00am - 10:00pm
    Tuesday 5:00am - 10:00pm
    Wednesday 5:00am - 10:00pm
    Thursday 5:00am - 10:00pm
    Friday 5:00am - 10:00pm
    Saturday 5:00am - 10:00pm

Word on the Street

A five-acre gem in the heart of Vancouver, Esther Short Park is the oldest public square in the state of Washington. It was established in 1853, when it was bequeathed to the city by its namesake. Today, it is anchored at its southeast corner by the 69-foot Salmon Run Bell Tower, made possible by generous donations from Burgerville founder and philanthropist, the late George Propstra and his wife Carolyn. A Glockenspiel diorama emerges from the tower on a regular schedule to depict a story of the Chinook Indians.

Esther Short Park: From the Parents


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