Saturday, July 3, 2010

A Day at the Park and Farmer's Market

Today was a gorgeous sunny day and too beautiful to pass up going to Esther Short Park and the Farmer's Market. It was the first time that I had gone so far this year. Established in 1853, Esther Short Park is the oldest park in Washington State and one of the oldest in the West. When we first moved here, it was a scary place to go as it had become rundown and the transient population had taken it over. In 1997, Mayor Royce Pollard made it his mission to make Esther Short Park "Vancouver's Living Room". It is now revitalized with the bell tower that has a Columbia River theme, a fountain that children are allowed to play in, a playground, a concert stage, a rose garden, and the Slocum House Theater. We have gone to concerts, plays and festivals there. It is such a beautiful place to go and enjoy the day now.

It is fun to go to the Farmer's Market there as well. It is always wonderful to see all the beautiful flowers, fruits and vegetables, listen to the music being played by various entertainers, and smell the wonderful odors coming from the food court vendors. It is definitely a feast for all one's senses.

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