Vancouver makes a splash, opens Esther Short Park water feature

The Esther Short Park water feature is a popular spot for residents and visitors to cool off on hot summer days

VANCOUVER – The beloved water feature at Esther Short Park (West 8th Street and Columbia Street) opened to the public today, after being closed last season due to COVID-19.

The Esther Short Park water feature is a popular spot for residents and visitors to cool off on hot summer days. The feature includes a waterfall that cascades down a path of boulders, providing comfortable seating for park goers of all ages. Photo courtesy of Vancouver Parks & Recreation
The Esther Short Park water feature is a popular spot for residents and visitors to cool off on hot summer days. The feature includes a waterfall that cascades down a path of boulders, providing comfortable seating for park goers of all ages. Photo courtesy of Vancouver Parks & Recreation

The Columbia River water feature at Vancouver Waterfront Park (695 Waterfront Way) is still being prepared for seasonal operations with plans to open in early July.

The Esther Short Park water feature is a popular spot for residents and visitors to cool off on hot summer days. The feature includes a waterfall that cascades down a path of boulders, providing comfortable seating for park goers of all ages. The water is typically turned on daily, from dawn to dusk.

Visitors to the water features are asked to follow COVID-19 guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fully vaccinated people do not need to wear face coverings or practice physical distancing when visiting outdoor water features. 

People who are not fully vaccinated, including children under the age of 12 who cannot receive a COVID-19 vaccine at this time, should maintain at least six feet of distance from all non-household members and wear a face covering when physical distancing is difficult. People who are showing symptoms of any illness should avoid using the water features until they are symptom free for at least 72 hours.

For more information about operations, rules and safety guidelines at Vancouver’s water features, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/waterfeatures.  

Information provided by city of Vancouver.

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