Vancouver, Washington sits on the north bank of the Columbia River directly across from Portland,
Oregon. The Pacific Coast is less than 90 miles to the west. The Cascade Mountain Range rises on
the east. Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and Mt. Hood are less than two hours
away. The spectacular Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area lies 30 minutes to the east.
Vancouver combines the excitement of a major metropolitan area with small-town charm and
abundant recreational opportunities.
Work is now underway to reconnect downtown Vancouver with the Columbia River waterfront – access that has been blocked for over 100 years. Vancouver’s waterfront will soon be home to jobs, restaurants, shops, housing, a hotel and a park as new development reconnects 35 acres along the Columbia River to the city’s historic core. The City of Vancouver begun construction in summer 2016 on a new waterfront park as part of the redevelopment of an old Boise-Cascade mill site along the Columbia River just west of the former Red Lion Inn at The Quay. The 7.3-acre waterfront park is part of a 32-acre, high density, mixed use urban redevelopment project that will include office space, retail space and residential units.
The park will integrate public open spaces with a more natural river edge, park landscapes and the dynamic opportunities of the adjacent urban development. The design incorporates the fluctuating character of the Columbia River, the site’s cultural history, and public art. Year-round access, flexible spaces for activities and events, and a unique experience will capture the imagination of every visitor.
The Vancouver Waterfront Park is an investment in our future, connecting you to your new park and future jobs, housing and retail. It will also help reconnect our downtown to the nearby water; and our historic past to our bright future.