Vancouver Parks and Recreation
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The City of Vancouver has a strong legacy of parks, natural areas and recreation dating back to the dedication of Esther Short Park back in 1853. Since then, the community's resources have grown dramatically. The Vancouver Parks and Recreation Department serves a city with diverse recreational interests and a strong environmental ethic.
Residents clearly value conservation, an active lifestyle and the community benefits realized through a healthy and interconnected green infrastructure. Today, the City of Vancouver serves the community with approximately 1,600 acres of parkland at 113 sites which includes 90 parks and 20 miles of trails plus numerous natural areas. The City's three community centers include a regionally distinguished tennis and racquetball center and a senior center for residents age fifty and over.
Our mission is meeting community needs by providing an interconnected system of parks, trails, recreation facilities and activities, and natural areas that support environmental stewardship and diverse recreational programs and opportunities.
Together, this vision will guide us in creating a premier park system that improves quality of life in our community.