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It’s been over 100 years since the public could step foot onto these grounds, so you will want to be sure to mark your calendars and bring the whole family for the grand opening event for the new Vancouver Waterfront Park, located along Columbia Way between Grant and Esther streets, on Saturday, September 29th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The celebration is free and open to the public and will include guest speakers, a ribbon cutting, live entertainment, kids activities and more. Opening remarks will take place at 11:30 a.m., followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the pier at 12:15 p.m.

The focal point of this new urban community is the waterfront park, designed with a cable stay pier and magnificent water feature.

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“The new waterfront park is an exceptional project and we are very excited to open it up for the public,” said Julie Hannon, Parks and Recreation Director. “This project reconnects downtown Vancouver with the Columbia River waterfront access that has been blocked for over 100 years.”

The new park features an overwater cable-stay pier, waterfront trail, urban beach, open lawn, play area, and basalt seating areas. Explore seven acres of brand new park and enjoy some great food (for purchase) from local restaurants and vendors.

The Columbia River Renaissance Trail, a five-mile long pathway connecting Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver with Wintler Park, is perfect for walking, jogging, biking or rollerblading. The Waterfront addition to this trail will provide a westerly extension with access to Grant Street Pier, the park and the 20 blocks which make up the mixed-use development with gorgeous views of Mount Hood and the Columbia River.