Top 5 Best Parks Among Neighborhoods In Vancouver Washington

Dated: 06/03/2016

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Top 5 Parks and Playgrounds among Neighborhoods in Vancouver, Washington

One thing Vancouver, Washington has to offer is it's many parks and playgrounds nestled within the beautiful neighborhoods.  Here are some of my favorite daytime activities with my kiddos!

5)    Wintler Park

The only city park with beach access, this 12.5-acre park has plenty to offer. Close proximity to East Evergreen Highway Neighborhood and Columbia Way Neighborhood.  With amazing views of Portland, you can walk down sandy beaches right in town. With walking trails, picnic tables and resting benches you and your kids can play while digging your toes in the sand. Oh and if the little ones are up for it, this is a wonderful place to watch the sun set (or maybe you and your sweetheart can get a sitter for an evening).

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4)    Marshall Park

Located in the epicenter of Vancouver’s most charming neighborhoods including Bagley Downs, Northcrest, Meadow Homes, Evergreen Highlands, Maple Wood and Harney Heights just to name a few. Set on 19 acres, the Marshall Community Center has many activities including sports, summer camps and senior programs. Picnic areas can be reserved with a fee and there are public restrooms!  My two boys affectionately refer to this as the “spider web park” because of it’s massive, ultra-reinforced, super safe (for all sizes) climbing structure. Instead of your usual metal rungs to climb up, on and through ... this structure has giant braided ropes secured with some serious hardware and it is so fun to climb through the intricate maze or “web”. Another reason the park is unique is the all-natural sandpit and log area for “nature play”. With sticks, pinecones, and squirrels there is plenty to explore for the youngest of visitors.

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3)    Lacamas Lake

Be sure to explore Camas, Washington; a small community with a quaint downtown featuring appealing shops and restaurants. A few miles west of downtown Camas, this 312-acre park has 6 miles worth of beautiful scenic trails that loop around the oblong lake with a forest that is full of wildlife such as raccoons, beavers, bald eagles, and many other birds. Round Lake (a damned off area of Lacamas Lake) has great shores for swimming and fishing and many locals take their kayaks for day trips here. The south end of the park has a parking lot for easy access, a playground, standing BBQ’s with picnic areas, restrooms and paved trails to make stroller pushing a breeze. A great place to come when the sun is out as the tall trees provide abundant shade on hot days.

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2)    Battleground lake

The City of Battleground is 21 miles northeast of Vancouver and just north of the quiet community of Brush Prairie. Beautiful Battleground Lake is a state park that makes for a perfect day trip getaway. The 280-acre park is set atop a 400 ft. volcano featuring a dormant crater in the middle that has formed this small, yet beautiful lake. They have buoyed off a kid friendly section for ultra safe swimming and the lake is also stocked with many trout, bass and catfish. There are campgrounds with cabins, a playground and many hiking trails. The playground here is cool because it’s “old school” made of mostly wood, tires and ropes. There are also plenty of picnic areas and fields for sports, games and family gatherings all summer long.

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1)Esther Short Park

Downtown Vancouver Central Park Neighborhood is surrounded by beautiful new construction condo living amidst old town charm. Also near the industrial growing Fruit Valley Neighborhood.  If you live in or near Vancouver I’m sure you’ve heard of Esther Short Park by now. This five-acre gathering place in the heart of downtown is the oldest public square in Washington State. The event stage is impressive to say the least, I recommend the free concerts in the park and farmers markets both weekly all summer long. On one end of the park there is a massive playground structure to keep the kids busy for a while, and on the other end there is a magnificent 69-foot bell tower next to a very safe, bathing suit friendly water fountain that mimics the flow of a natural small river. The hardest part is leaving so bring towels and snacks!

Vancouver is a wonderful place to live and play.  If you are planning to move into any of these awesome neighborhoods I would love to help you find your perfect home! Contact me at:

Jess Jones


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