Winter hours for city park gazebos, shelters start Nov. 6

VANCOUVER — The end of Daylight Savings Time means the beginning of winter operating hours for gazebos and picnic shelters at the City of Vancouver’s parks.

Starting Nov. 6, gazebos and picnic shelters at the following City parks will close to the public each night at 6 p.m. and reopen at 6 a.m. through March 12, 2017:

  • Esther Short Park
  • Leverich Park
  • Marshall Community Park
  • Fisher Basin Community Park
  • Shumway Park
  • LeRoy Haagen Memorial Community Park
  • Evergreen Park
  • Marine Community Park
  • David Douglas Community Park
  • Arnada Park

Advisory signs will be posted on the structures.

“The facilities at the park are best used during the daylights hours,” said Julie Hannon, director of the Parks and Recreation Department. “We want to ensure that our visitors have the safest and most enjoyable experience at our parks. As it gets darker earlier in the evening during the winter, gazebo and shelter hours at parks will change to reflect that. Come spring, these structures at our parks will be open longer.”

Facilities at Esther Short Park may occasionally be open during evening hours in the winter for permitted special events and programs. For a listing of parks and hours of operation, visit the city of Vancouver’s website at:


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