Vancouver City Parks

Vancouver's city parks have been designed as gathering places, and host a wide array of activities. The greens of Vancouver's parks provide a great way to enjoy the natural beauty of the northwest.

Columbia Springs Environmental Education Center 12208 SE Evergreen Highway 360-882-0936

Formerly known as Evergreen Fisheries Park, local and state agencies have come together to preserve this 82-acre site on the north shore of the Columbia River. The site will remain a working fish hatchery while also offering environmental education to the public.

Old Apple Tree Park 112 Columbia Way

Planted in Fort Vancouver in 1826,the Old Apple Tree is thought to be the oldest apple tree in Washington, and is considered an enduring symbol of Washington's apple industry. Every October, the Old Apple Tree Festival is held in the park to celebrate the environment.

Vancouver Lake Park 6801 NW Lower River Road

Located on the west shore of Lake Vancouver, this 234-acre park is great for many aquatic activities. The lake is a great place for beginning windsurfers, and is also perfect for kayaking or canoeing. Many college and professional rowing competitions are held on the lake each year. There is also a swimming area, although no lifeguard is on duty. The park also affords views of Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, and Mt. St. Helens, and the wetlands of the park are haven for migratory birds and other wildlife.

Orchards Park 9800 NE 54th St

An on-site ropes course and the Hall of Fame Rose Garden highlight this 33-acre community park. The park also contains picnic shelters, open lawn and play equipment.

Salmon Creek Park 1112 NE 117th St

A very popular swimming destination in the summer, the park consists of 35 developed acres and 368 acres of undeveloped green space. The focus of the park is a clear spring-fed lake with swimming areas and summer lifeguard supervision. Salmon Creek Park also has a bathhouse and several observation platforms.

Waterfront Renaissance Trail 115 Columbia Way

This 4-mile paved trail follows the Columbia River and connects Wintler Community Park, Marine Park, Waterfront Park, and downtown Vancouver. Vancouver landmarks along the way include the Kaiser Viewing Tower, Captain Vancouver Monument, and Vancouver Landing.

Wintler Community Park 6400 Beach Dr

This 12.5-acre park situated on the north bank of the Columbia River features picnic areas, observation decks, and a sand beach.

For more information, visit the Vancouver-Clark Parks & Recreation website.