Columbia River Waterfront Park (WWRP)

Category Overview

Local Parks grants help protect these symbols of vibrant communities, providing places for families to gather and play and promoting a healthy and active lifestyle in an era when people spend increasing amounts of their time inside. The WWRP is the largest source of local parks funding in Washington, helping communities fund the acquisition, development, and renovation of vital recreation areas and green spaces.

Project Highlights

The City of Vancouver developed a 7.3-acre park on the Columbia River in downtown Vancouver, located west of the I-5 Bridge in Clark County. The project created a vibrant waterfront park for passive and active recreation including a half-mile extension of regional Columbia Renaissance Trail along the shoreline. It achieved the city’s vision to reconnect downtown Vancouver to the Columbia River with an active, recreation-oriented waterfront to re-establish public access that has been blocked for over 100 years by industrial use. The project includes viewpoints and overlooks, pathways, festival lawn and gathering areas, an upland sand beach, children’s play area, and interpretive displays focused on the historic land uses and engineering of the iconic cantilevered pier.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Vancouver Parks & Rec Dept Category: Local Parks WWRP Grant: 214971 Applicant Match: 1115590 Project Type: Development County: Clark Legislative District: 49 Status: Active RCO Project # 14-1471

Location Details

I-5 south to Exit #1C (E Mill Plain); Turn right (west) on exit to East Mill Plain Blvd; Turn left (south) onto Washington Street; Turn right (west) onto E 6th Avenue; At round-about, turn south onto Esther St; Park at City Hall (on left) and walk under railroad overpass to site, or continue south to Waterfront Way and park on-street or public parking as available.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.