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Three adults take a Vancouver Parks and Recreation karate class
Three adults take a Vancouver Parks and Recreation karate class
Registration for winter recreation activities now open (Photo) - 12/11/19

Vancouver, Wash. – Whether your New Year’s resolutions involve getting active, learning a new skill or connecting with your neighbors, the Vancouver Parks and Recreation winter activity guide is here to help. Registration is now open for community classes, youth camps, sports leagues and enrichment activities that run from January through April.

The activity guide is available to view online at www.cityofvancouver.us/catalog. Printed activity guides are free and may be picked up at Firstenburg Community Center (700 N.E. 136th Ave.), Marshall Community Center (1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd.), Vancouver City Hall (415 W. Sixth St.) and the Water Resources Education Center (4600 S.E. Columbia Way).

The winter activity guide boasts a wide range of recreation opportunities for children and adults including swim lessons, rock climbing, dance classes, taekwondo and pottery. Youth and adult sports leagues are open for baseball, softball, soccer, volleyball, flag football and basketball. Adults may choose to register a full team or sign up as a “free agent” to join a newly formed team.

Parents and caregivers can start planning early for spring break by registering for day camps for ages 6 to 14 at both Firstenburg and Marshall community centers.

Seniors can use the winter activity guide to register for fun social activities, exciting hikes and group trips across the Pacific Northwest through Vancouver Parks and Recreation’s 50 and Better program. The Access to Recreation program features winter activities for adults with disabilities, including fitness and enrichment classes and weekly social events.

Recreation scholarships are available to qualifying families who live in Clark County. Scholarship funds may be used to register youth ages 18 and younger for classes, camps or leagues. They are also available to adults with disabilities who enroll in Access to Recreation classes. Learn more about scholarship guidelines at www.cityofvancouver.us/scholarship or by calling Firstenburg Community Center (360-487-7001) or Marshall Community Center (360-487-7100). 

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Marshall Kids Camp
Marshall Kids Camp
Winter day camps offer fun for kids, support for working parents (Photo) - 12/09/19

Vancouver, Wash. – Winter break is even more exciting with day camps from Vancouver Parks and Recreation. Winter camps are open to children ages 6-10 and run from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Camps are $36 per day for City residents and $41 for non-residents. Learn more at www.cityofvancouver.us/camps.

Vancouver Parks and Recreation offers a winter day camp at each of the city’s two community centers. Both camps provide structured activities from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., including games, crafts, swimming and field trips. Drop off starts at 7:30 a.m. with pick up by 5:30 p.m. There is no deadline for registration, but availability is on a first come, first served basis.

Adventures Youth Day Camp
Marshall Community Center, 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd.
Dec. 26-30, 2019 and  Jan. 2-3, 2020
Register online or call 360-487-7100.

SPARK Youth Day Camp
Firstenburg Community Center, 700 N.E. 136th Ave.
Dec. 26-31, 2019 and Jan. 2-3, 2020
Register online or call 360-487-7001.

Recreation scholarships are available to qualifying families who live in Clark County. Scholarship funds may be used to register for winter day camps. Scholarship applications may take up to one week to process, so applicants should plan accordingly. Learn more about scholarship guidelines at www.cityofvancouver.us/scholarship or by calling Firstenburg Community Center (360-487-7001) or Marshall Community Center (360-487-7100). 

Children with special needs are welcome to participate in Vancouver Parks and Recreation camps. Parents or caregivers must notify staff at 360-487-7057 or vices@cityofvancouver.us">inclusion.services@cityofvancouver.us at least 15 days prior to their first day of camp to make arrangements for proper inclusion support services.

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About Vancouver Parks and Recreation

Vancouver Parks and Recreation builds upon the City’s strong legacy of parks, natural areas and recreation dating back to the dedication of Esther Short Park in 1853. Each month, the Parks and Recreation Department provides hundreds of recreation opportunities for youth, adults, seniors and persons with disabilities at its two community centers. Parks and Recreation operates 1,600 acres of parkland at 113 sites, including 91 parks, 20 miles of trails and many natural areas for the City of Vancouver. The Parks and Recreation Department cultivates community in the City and beyond through on-going special events and volunteer programs that celebrate the City’s natural spaces.

Attached Media Files: Marshall Kids Camp
Vancouver City Council to consider development agreement with HP - 12/04/19

Vancouver, Wash. -  A development agreement between the City and HP will be the subject of a Vancouver City Council workshop on Dec. 9 and a public hearing on Dec. 16 during the regularly scheduled City Council meeting. Public testimony will be accepted at the Dec. 16 meeting but not at the Dec. 9 workshop. Meeting locations and broadcast information can be found below.

If approved by City Council, the development agreement will allow HP to move forward with the purchase of 68 acres of property and the initial development of two buildings with 330,000 square feet of office space in an area known as Section 30 in east Vancouver.

Section 30 is the name of the City’s subarea plan for approximately 553 acres of land located between NE 1st Street and NE 18th Street, west of 192nd Avenue. The subarea plan, adopted by the City in 2009, designated much of Section 30 for significant employment uses. It was also identified in the Columbia River Economic Development Council’s 2016 Land for Jobs Study as being an important source for employment land and as a high priority area for public infrastructure investments in the City’s Stronger Vancouver initiative.

Phase 1 of the development will consist of two office buildings, with subsequent phases anticipated to bring up to 1.5 million square feet of space in multiple buildings for office, research & development, industrial services, and manufacturing and production over the next 15 years.

“We are fortunate that HP, which has had a significant presence in Vancouver for almost 40 years, wants to stay and grow right here in our community,” said Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle.

“As companies look to best position themselves for the future, they have many different locations and cities to choose from. The significance of HP’s decision to construct the first major development project in Section 30 cannot be overstated,” said Chad Eiken, Director of Community & Economic Development. “We look forward to continuing to support HP in their efforts.”

Significant public and private infrastructure will be required in Section 30 to allow for more development and job creation in the future, including a commitment from the City to invest in the extension of NE 184th Avenue north from SE 1st Street and construction of a new sewer pump station in addition to other public utilities and infrastructure.

“We are thrilled that HP continues to strengthen its investment in the region and will help accelerate infrastructure developments on a critical parcel of employment land," said Jennifer Baker, president of the Columbia River Economic Development Council. “This is yet another example of how Clark County is a compelling choice for companies that value access to a talented workforce paired with an unparalleled quality of life.”

City Council  Workshop and Meeting information:

City Council workshop 

Date: Dec. 9

Time: 5 p.m.

Location: Firstenburg Community Center, community room, 700 NE 136th Ave, Vancouver, WA

Broadcast information:  Broadcast live on Facebook (www.Facebook/ClarkVancouverTV) on Dec. 9. Available on-demand as of Dec. 10 on www.cvtv.org.

City Council meeting and public hearing

Date: Dec. 16

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Vancouver City Hall, Council Chambers, 415. W. 6th St.

Broadcast information:  Broadcast live on CVTV, Comcast channel 23/323, and www.cvtv.org.  Available on-demand as of Dec. 17 on www.cvtv.org.

City of Vancouver Launches New Commute Trip Planning Tool - 12/02/19

Vancouver, Wash. – Getting to, from and around Southwest Washington without a car just got easier with the City of Vancouver’s new tool: www.getthereswwashington.org.

“Working with our regional partners, the City of Vancouver had the opportunity to lead the development of a trip-planning tool to make non-drive alone travel options, like riding a bike or carpooling, to and from SW Washington easier for those who live and work in our community,” said Jennifer Campos, Principal Transportation Planner at the City of Vancouver.

The Get There SW Washington program’s goal is to decrease the number of drive alone trips in Southwest Washington. Less people driving alone also means less congestion and time spent in traffic, less environmental impact from carbon emissions and less costly infrastructure improvements to our roads and highways.

The first 500 people who register and log at least one trip will receive a $5 Burgerville gift card.

The new trip planning and trip tracking tool was designed with every traveler in mind, and features tools to easily:

  • Find the best public transit options when traveling in Clark County or the Portland Metro area 
  • Find a carpool partner
  • Join or start a C-TRAN vanpool that starts, ends or travels through Clark County. For more information about C-TRAN’s Vanpool program call 360-906-7447 or email SindyQ@c-tran.org
  • Log your non-drive alone trips and be entered to win one of the monthly $25 gift card reward drawings
  • Log your commute trips using the companion CommuteTracker app by RideAmigos, which automatically detects when you commute between your home and work location

For more information about Get There SW Washington, visit http://www.getthereswwashington.org/ or call Jan Bowers, Commute Trip Reduction Coordinator, at (360) 487-7733.

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City of Vancouver Public Works crews and equipment are winter-ready - 11/26/19

Temperatures are dropping, and Vancouver Public Works crews, plows, deicers and trucks stand ready to roll should winter bring severe weather. The public is encouraged to be prepared, too.   

With more than 1,900 lane miles of paved streets in the city, Public Works crews and equipment are strategically deployed to maximize the most effective and efficient response to snow, sleet and icy winter conditions. The department has 19 vehicles of varying sizes, including a large grader, capable of moving snow. Over half of those vehicles can also be quickly equipped with deicing applicators. City crews make their own deicing solution at mixing stations in both west and east Vancouver, and supplies are fully stocked.

During severe weather and emergencies, Public Works crews’ highest priority is keeping open and passable those major streets that connect police, fire and medical services. Next in priority are other arterial streets, selected collectors, snow bus routes, and key streets around schools and over hills. In addition, Public Works crews are on-call ready to assist Vancouver Fire, Vancouver Police and Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) when emergency access is needed to a specific site.

This critical effort in support of public safety is a constant job, night and day, particularly during long bouts of bad winter weather. Due to these demands, limited resources, and difficulties posed by multiple driveways and parked cars, neighborhood residential streets are not plowed or deiced.

Timing, coordination and preparation for whatever the weather brings are vital components of the City’s winter weather response. Once again, Public Works staff will be keeping a watchful eye on temperatures, precipitation and forecasts this winter, ready to provide a preventive layer of deicer should the potential for icy or slick conditions arise, as conditions allow.

Businesses and residents can help by making sure traction devices, snow shovels and emergency kits are ready in advance of being needed, while replacement supplies are readily available in local stores. Property owners are responsible for keeping adjacent sidewalks passable. Those who can are encouraged to lend a helping hand to elderly or disabled neighbors that may need assistance with sidewalks and other services during severe weather.

To view Vancouver’s snow route priority map, get winter weather tips, and stay informed during severe weather, please visit www.cityofvancouver.us/severeweather.

When severe, inclement weather strikes, look for updates to also be posted on Vancouver Public Works' Facebook page (www.facebook.com/VancouverPublicWorks) and on Twitter (@VanPubWorksUS), as well as on Nextdoor and other City of Vancouver social media communications.  

To report an urgent problem concerning City of Vancouver streets, signals or utilities, please call Public Works Operations at 360-487-8177 and follow the prompts outside of regular business hours. In case of a life-threatening emergency, please call 911.

CORRECTION: City seeks applicants for Vancouver Housing Authority board vacancy - 11/22/19

CORRECTION: The application web address listed in the second to last paragraph is incorrect. The correct address is www.cityofvancouver.us/boards. We regret the error.


Vancouver, Wash. – The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants for one vacancy on the Vancouver Housing Authority (VHA) Board of Commissioners. The deadline to apply for the open positions is Monday, Dec. 23.

The six-member volunteer board is appointed by the mayor to establish policy for the operation of various low-income rental housing assistance programs and properties administered by VHA that are offered in the city and Clark County.

Regular VHA board meetings are held from 10 a.m. to noon on the fourth Thursday of the month, with executive sessions often beginning at 8 a.m. Meetings are customarily held at the VHA office at 2500 Main St., Vancouver. Occasionally, the chair of the board calls special meetings and work sessions with a 48-hour notice and, from time to time, meetings are held elsewhere.

VHA commissioners are identified as public officials under Washington state law. Therefore, people with personal business conflicts of interest may not be eligible to serve. Such conflicts would include landlords with a rental assistance contract, or vendors, individuals or developers doing business with the VHA. Commissioners serve five-year terms, and may be reappointed by the mayor a maximum of three times.

Applications may be submitted online at www.cityofvancouver.us./board. To request an application or for further information, contact Jill Brown by mail at Vancouver City Hall, P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, by email at c_coordinator@cityofvancouver.us">bc_coordinator@cityofvancouver.us, or by calling 360-487-8600.

Visit https://vhausa.org/about-vha/board-of-commissioners for more information about the VHA Board of Commissioners, including links to past meeting minutes and agendas.

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City of Vancouver LED Street Light Project Gets Underway - 11/21/19

Over the next nine months, the City of Vancouver will be converting 13,500 cobra-style street lights throughout the community to energy-efficient LED technology.

The City’s contractor for this project, Magnum Power of Kelso, will begin replacing those old high-pressure sodium lights with new LED fixtures starting this week in neighborhoods in the northeast portion of the city, roughly east of Interstate 205 and north of Northeast 18th Street.

To help the community follow along with this project, Vancouver Public Works has created a handy dashboard tool so residents can zoom in and see when street lights in their neighborhoods or along their favorite routes have made the switch to LED. Start by visiting www.cityofvancouver.us/streetlights. Then:

• Click on the link at the top right that best matches how you are viewing this site: desktop computer or mobile device.

• Zoom close into the map. Existing street light fixtures are shown in amber color.

• As City street lights are converted to LED, checked and approved, the color of those lights shown on the map will change to blue.  And we’ll add another to the LED count up.

As the project progresses, look for schedule updates and additional information to be posted on the City webpage and social media channels.

Under optimal conditions, installation of a single neighborhood LED fixture may be done in a flash, with the typical conversion taking only about 15 minutes. As a result, impacts within residential areas are generally expected to be minimal. Should crews encounter obstructive tree branches, a follow-up contractor with certified arborist on board will be tapped to help with trimming.

Along major commuter routes and heavily traveled streets, some short-term lane closures or other traffic control may be needed during LED fixture installation and inspection. Please slow down and give crews room to work. 

Light output from the new LED fixtures will be equivalent to the city’s existing street lights, but with improved light distribution and a warm white color that increases visibility while reducing impacts related to glare, sky glow and wildlife.

LED lights consume about 50 percent less energy than their high-pressure sodium predecessors. They have an estimated useful life of 20 years, so they last far longer and require less maintenance. And they have a reduced carbon footprint that’s environmentally friendly.

Funding for the LED project is supported by a low-interest loan from the state Public Works Board. Energy savings from the new LED fixtures - an estimated $500,000 per year – will be used to pay off the loan and set aside reserve funds for future fixture replacement expenses. Clark Public Utilities' incentives for low-energy fixture usage - currently estimated at about $1.4 million - will also support the project.

Please note: Only cobra-style City lights being converted with this project will be reflected in the data on the project dashboards. Decorative street lights, such as acorn and top hats fixtures, are expected to make the transition to LED at some future time, when stylized light fixtures with LED technology become more cost-effective. 

For more information or questions, please visit www.cityofvancouver.us/streetlights.

Urban Forestry Commission Announces Silva Bolds Award for 2019 - 11/15/19

The City of Vancouver’s Urban Forestry Commission is pleased to name Dale Erickson as the newest recipient of the Silva Bolds-Whitfield Award for his commitment to the community's urban forest and open spaces.

The Silva Bolds-Whitfield monument plaza, located at West 13th and Main streets in downtown Vancouver, recognizes those who have contributed to the ongoing growth, health and protection of Vancouver's urban forest. The award is given by the Urban Forestry Commission on a meritorious basis to honor citizens who have gone to extraordinary lengths to inspire and enrich the quality of life in Vancouver through the benefits of trees. Erickson's name will be added to the list of award recipients whose names are etched in stone at the plaza.

Erickson has been a dedicated, lifelong supporter and advocate for trees throughout the community. As Chair of the Parks and Recreation Commission; he served as parks liaison to the Urban Forestry Commission from 2002 through 2006. Erickson later returned to the Urban Forestry Commission and served as Commission co-chair and chair from 2012 through 2017.

Erickson was instrumental in helping to build the strong Urban Forestry program that Vancouver enjoys today, championing it as a benefit to not just parks, but neighborhoods and the entire city.

“A true ‘community builder’, Dale is an inspiration for all of us to find ways, big or small, to make our community a better place,” Susan Sanders, Urban Forestry Commission Chair Susan Sanders said.

Vancouver Urban Forestry, part of the city’s Department of Public Works, recognizes trees as a valuable asset to our community and an important component of managing stormwater. Visit the webpage at www.cityofvancouver.us/urbanforestry for more infomration about this program.

Questions? Please call (360) 487-8308 or email banforestry@cityofvancouver.us">urbanforestry@cityofvancouver.us.

Annual Father Daughter Valentine's Ball expands to include the whole family - 11/13/19

Vancouver, Wash. – Vancouver’s annual Father Daughter Valentine’s Ball now includes an opportunity for everyone to celebrate the love of their birth or chosen family. This February, in addition to two dances in the traditional father/daughter style, Vancouver Parks and Recreation will also host a third Sweethearts Valentine’s Ball that welcomes all family members.

“We have been doing this event for a while now and people really love it,” said Johnie S. Tucker, special events coordinator at Vancouver Parks and Recreation. “We’re excited to be back at Pearson Air Museum’s beautiful historic hangar and we look forward to sharing this fun celebration with even more people in the community through the new Sweethearts Ball. Whichever date you attend, you are sure to have a great time at the Vancouver Valentine’s Ball!”

Both dances will be fun and memorable events for all ages. Attendees will enjoy a wonderful evening of music and dancing at the Pearson Air Museum Historic Hangar (1115 E. 5th St., Vancouver). The event features a local DJ, dessert and refreshments and a temporary tattoo station. A professional photographer will be on hand to beautifully document each dance and guests will receive a link to download free keepsake photos.

The cost per attendee for the Valentine’s Ball is $13 for city residents or $15 for non-residents. Valentine’s Ball tickets go on sale Monday, Nov. 18. Advance registration is required and space is limited. Visit www.cityofvancouver.us/ValentinesBall to learn more.

Valentine’s Ball Dates:

  • Father Daughter Valentine’s Ball: Friday, Feb. 7, 6- 8 p.m.
  • Sweethearts Valentine’s Ball: Saturday, Feb. 8, 1-3 p.m.
  • Father Daughter Valentine’s Ball: Saturday, Feb. 8, 6-8 p.m.

Volunteer opportunities are available! Click on a link below to sign up as a volunteer or contact cityvolunteer@cityofvancvouer.us or 360-487-8344 to learn more.

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