Firstenburg Community Center, Esther Short Park named ‘Best of Vancouver’

Voting conducted by readers of Vancouver Family Magazine in annual contest

VANCOUVER — The votes are in and Vancouver Family Magazine readers have named Firstenburg Community Center (700 N.E. 136th Ave.) and Esther Short Park (W. 8th and Columbia streets) as the “Best of Vancouver 2020” in an annual contest designed to highlight family-friendly resources and amenities available in Vancouver. 

Esther Short Park is the oldest public square in the state of Washington. This 5-acre park in the heart of downtown Vancouver features mature trees, a lush lawn, a playground, restrooms, bell tower and water feature, and covered stage. Photo courtesy of city of Vancouver
Esther Short Park is the oldest public square in the state of Washington. This 5-acre park in the heart of downtown Vancouver features mature trees, a lush lawn, a playground, restrooms, bell tower and water feature, and covered stage. Photo courtesy of city of Vancouver

Firstenburg Community Center was voted “Best Family Fitness” because of the diversity of options offered at the center. The aquatic playground, multiple gyms, climbing wall, indoor track, robust exercise classes and drop-in playgroup ensure that visitors of all ages will stay active and have fun.

During the month of January, new community center passholders can get 50 percent off their January dues. Sign up at Firstenburg Community Center or visit www.cityofvancouver.us/passpromo to learn more. Visit www.cityofvancouver.us/fcc to learn more about the center.

Esther Short Park took home this year’s award for “Best Public Park.” The oldest public square in the state of Washington, this this 5-acre park in the heart of downtown Vancouver features mature trees, a lush lawn, a playground, restrooms, bell tower and water feature, and covered stage.  Esther Short Park hosts community events throughout the year and is the summer home to Vancouver Famers Market. Learn more about the park at www.cityofvancouver.us/parksrec/page/esther-short-park.

Vancouver Family Magazine is a free monthly magazine founded in 2003 that provides families in Southwest Washington with comprehensive, local resources and information regarding parenting, education, news, community events, recreation and more. Check out the full list of the “Best of Vancouver 2020” at https://vancouverfamilymagazine.com/best-of-vancouver-2020/.

Information provided by city of Vancouver.

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