The long-awaited Vancouver Waterfront officially opened in autumn 2018, and since then, Clark County residents have been flocking there to experience the sweeping cityscape and water views. The waterfront park is a half mile in length and encompasses 7.3 acres with a flat walking trail and plenty of seating along the way. There are currently two restaurants open along the waterfront and construction is underway for more business space, new apartments and lofts, a hotel, and more.
Julie Hannon, parks and recreation director for the City of Vancouver, shares that the master planning for the site started to take shape in 2008, but the development didn’t officially start until 2015 because of several factors, including the economic downturn, which affected both the private and public pieces of the project. “The buildings are privately funded, and the park is funded through a combination of grants, private funding, and city funding,” adds Hannon. “The Master Plan design included collaboration and input from a variety of different companies and industry professionals.”
Twigs Bistro is one of the first restaurants to open on the waterfront. Trevor Blackwell, vice president of Twigs Bistro says, “We knew from the start that The Waterfront was the right place to be and it has turned out to be just spectacular. The combination of the water, the pier, office, and residential buildings—it’s a perfect fit for Twigs and our eclectic atmosphere and menu. So far, the community and our guests have been incredible, and are embracing what we and The Waterfront have to offer.”
Maryhill Winery, which will open a new tasting room this winter along the waterfront, is also thrilled to be welcomed to Vancouver. “We’ve been eyeing the Vancouver market for many years,” says Craig Leuthold, co-owner of Maryhill Winery. “The city’s waterfront district along the Columbia River is a natural fit for us, given that our two other Washington tasting rooms — our flagship tasting room in Goldendale and our tasting room in Spokane — are also riverfront properties. The Waterfront tasting room will allow us to better serve our wine club members in the Portland-Vancouver area, and help others discover our wide variety of Washington wines.”
As for the future, Hannon echoes the feelings of many Clark County residents who have fallen in love with this newly developed slice of Vancouver by saying, “We hope to see the waterfront continue to grow and prosper and become a vital part of the overall vibrancy of Vancouver.”
Photos courtesy of City of Vancouver, Washington