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Esther Short Park
The oldest public park in Washington, Esther Short Park is definite must-see on your next trip into Vancouver in southwest Washington. Established in 1853, Esther Short Park doubles as the town square in downtown Vancouver. Check out the bell tower, rose garden, and the historic Slocum House.
Esther Short Park was named for an early Vancouver resident. The park was dedicated in 1922, after the Pioneer Mother statue was sculpted by Avard Fairbanks to commemorate the life of Esther Short.
Esther Short park has played host to a number of different concerts and performances, and won the Development of Excellence award from the Urban Land Institute of Oregon & Southwest Washington. In 2013, it was voted by the American Planning Association as one of the "10 great public spaces."
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