Waterfront Park History
Past 1930s: Reviving the historical legacy of the Columbia RiverHistoric Use In 1855, Esther Short donated to the City of Vancouver what is now Esther Short Park and a long strip of waterfront property. This parcel of land was to be used for economic development and to preserve public access to our beautiful waterfront. The site of the Vancouver Waterfront Park has changed dramatically over the centuries, having served both commerce and community.
PresentYour Park Design The City of Vancouver and Columbia Waterfront, LLC conducted an in-depth public involvement process in 2008–2009 to gather community direction on a park master plan. This plan, approved by the City Council in 2010, provides a clear vision and related principles for park development.
Waterfront Park FutureDiscover Your Park Use the Vancouver Waterfront Park as your launching point to experience the sights, sounds, scenic wonders and limitless recreational opportunities – all just a short drive from downtown Vancouver. Bike, jog or stroll to Esther Short Park, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and Officer’s Row at the National Historic Reserve.