Water features wind down for the season, set to close Sept. 25

September 13, 2023

The Columbia River water feature at Vancouver Waterfront Park (695 Waterfront Way) and the water feature at Esther Short Park (West 8th Street and Columbia Street) will begin reducing hours of operation to prepare for the seasonal closure. Both features will run daily through Friday, Sept. 15. They will run only on weekends Sept. 16-17 and Sept. 23-24, and will be turned off for the season on Monday, Sept. 25.

The increased rain, leaves, pine needles and other debris that come with fall and winter weather can damage the mechanics of water features. Vancouver Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services aquatics staff will winterize the features to keep them protected. Limiting operation to seasonal use ensures these community resources can continue to run smoothly for years to come. 

The architectural portions of both features will remain fully accessible to the public for seating and climbing when the water is not running. Both the Columbia River and Esther Short Park water features will be turned on again in spring 2024; exact dates and times are weather permitting. 

To learn more about the City’s water features, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/aquatics

Media Contact: Tim Becker, Strategic Communications Manager, tim.becker@cityofvancouver.us, 360-831-3240