The City of Vancouver has a strong legacy of parks, natural areas and recreation dating back to the dedication of Esther Short Park back in 1853. Since then, the community's resources have grown dramatically. The Vancouver Parks and Recreation Department serves a city with diverse recreational interests and a strong environmental ethic.
Our mission is to meet community needs by providing an interconnected system of parks, trails, recreation facilities and diverse recreational programs and opportunities.
More information on the City of Vancouver Parks and Recreation department's guiding principles can be found in the 2014 Vancouver Comprehensive Parks, Recreation and Natural Areas Plan.
Firstenburg Community Center: includes a cafe, climbing wall, event venue with outdoor patio, fitness center, gymnasium, indoor walking track, pool and spa.
Marshall/Luepke Community Center: includes a community park and garden, multiple event venues, fitness center, gymnasium, pottery studio and pool (currently under construction).
Vancouver Tennis Center: includes nine indoor courts, four outdoor courts, fitness equipment and elevated viewing area.
Day Camps for Youth: including Little Campers, SPARK Youth, Youth Adventures and Teen Camp.
Fifty and Better Activities: including SilverSneakers® and Silver&Fit® endorsed fitness classes, weekly hikes and dances, monthly trips and several clubs and activities.
Programs for Persons with Disabilities: including Access to Recreation, Inclusion Services and Sensory Camp.
Today, the City of Vancouver serves the community with approximately 1,600 acres of parkland at 113 sites which includes 90 parks and 20 miles of trails plus numerous natural areas.
Planning and Acquisition: Before a park comes to be, we must lay the groundwork for getting there through maintaining and renovating existing resources, acquiring land and developing needed facilities.
Park Design and Development: Review the Master Plan process, see classifications for parks and our funding sources.