Raymond E. Shaffer Community Park Development

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Vancouver Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services is making plans to develop Raymond E. Shaffer Community Park and we want your help!

Community parks are designed to serve residents who live within 3-miles of the site or about a 10-minute drive. They provide access to nature, space for recreation, and serve as a community gathering place. Special amenities found at community parks may include:

  • Large Playground
  • Sports Fields/Courts
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Skate Parks
  • Water Features/Splash Pads
  • Dog Parks
  • Parking Lots
  • Restrooms

Planning, design and construction at Shaffer Park will take a few years. Residents are invited to participate by providing feedback throughout the process. Some elements and ideas that cannot be implemented in the initial planning may be considered for further development in the future, so we want to hear your ideas, hopes and dreams for Raymond E. Shaffer Community Park!

Raymond E. Shaffer Park is a 10 acre undeveloped community park in north-central Vancouver. Located at the corner of NE 58th St. and NE 76th Ave., Shaffer Park is in a recently annexed portion of the city and serves residents in the Walnut Grove Neighborhood.

The landscape features open grassy fields lined with groves of tall Douglas fir and noble fir trees. Recent expansion of the park boundary has added groves of fruit trees and a spectacular walnut tree. Since the site is currently undeveloped, most visitors use the park to walk on the soft surface trails that loop through the park. The fence surrounding the park has also made it a popular spot for local dog owners.

Edith Shaffer sold the property to the City of Vancouver in 2010, with the future park to be named after her late husband, Raymond E. Shaffer. Approximately 8 acres of the property was immediately open for use as an undeveloped community park. Mrs. Shaffer continued to use a portion of the property where her house, garage, workshop and barn were located until she passed away in 2020.

There were originally two houses on the property, one built in 1920 and one built in 1930. Beginning in 1935, the property was used for small-scale farming including an apple and pear orchard, family garden, cultivation of hay and grain, a pasture for horse grazing, and chinchilla farming.

In 2018, Washington Trails Association (WTA) partnered with the City to build soft surface trails throughout the park. Benches were installed in 2019 as part of an Eagle Scout project.

The house built in 1930 was removed in 1980, the house built in 1920 was removed in 2021. With the Shaffer's permission, both buildings served as training sites for the Vancouver Fire Department before they were demolished. This gave firefighters the opportunity to practice life-saving skills in a real world setting.

The second portion of the property (approx. 2 acres) became available for public use at the end of 2021, when the site was cleared and the fence that originally surrounded the Shaffer home was removed.

Vancouver Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services is making plans to develop Raymond E. Shaffer Community Park and we want your help!

Community parks are designed to serve residents who live within 3-miles of the site or about a 10-minute drive. They provide access to nature, space for recreation, and serve as a community gathering place. Special amenities found at community parks may include:

  • Large Playground
  • Sports Fields/Courts
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Skate Parks
  • Water Features/Splash Pads
  • Dog Parks
  • Parking Lots
  • Restrooms

Planning, design and construction at Shaffer Park will take a few years. Residents are invited to participate by providing feedback throughout the process. Some elements and ideas that cannot be implemented in the initial planning may be considered for further development in the future, so we want to hear your ideas, hopes and dreams for Raymond E. Shaffer Community Park!

Raymond E. Shaffer Park is a 10 acre undeveloped community park in north-central Vancouver. Located at the corner of NE 58th St. and NE 76th Ave., Shaffer Park is in a recently annexed portion of the city and serves residents in the Walnut Grove Neighborhood.

The landscape features open grassy fields lined with groves of tall Douglas fir and noble fir trees. Recent expansion of the park boundary has added groves of fruit trees and a spectacular walnut tree. Since the site is currently undeveloped, most visitors use the park to walk on the soft surface trails that loop through the park. The fence surrounding the park has also made it a popular spot for local dog owners.

Edith Shaffer sold the property to the City of Vancouver in 2010, with the future park to be named after her late husband, Raymond E. Shaffer. Approximately 8 acres of the property was immediately open for use as an undeveloped community park. Mrs. Shaffer continued to use a portion of the property where her house, garage, workshop and barn were located until she passed away in 2020.

There were originally two houses on the property, one built in 1920 and one built in 1930. Beginning in 1935, the property was used for small-scale farming including an apple and pear orchard, family garden, cultivation of hay and grain, a pasture for horse grazing, and chinchilla farming.

In 2018, Washington Trails Association (WTA) partnered with the City to build soft surface trails throughout the park. Benches were installed in 2019 as part of an Eagle Scout project.

The house built in 1930 was removed in 1980, the house built in 1920 was removed in 2021. With the Shaffer's permission, both buildings served as training sites for the Vancouver Fire Department before they were demolished. This gave firefighters the opportunity to practice life-saving skills in a real world setting.

The second portion of the property (approx. 2 acres) became available for public use at the end of 2021, when the site was cleared and the fence that originally surrounded the Shaffer home was removed.

Do You Use Shaffer Park?

Before we make any plans for improvements, we want to know what you already love about Robert E. Shaffer Community Park! Let us know what activities you enjoy at the park or share a favorite memory.

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Please leave the park as natural as possible. My dog loves sniffing in the long grass and we enjoy the shade of the trees and the feeling of a more wild space. It’s harder and harder to find places like this. No off leash dog park please.
A couple more trash cans, making the paths accessible to all (paved), and putting in a small designated parking area would be fine, but we really hope this doesn’t turn into a manicured, mowed, and frankly boring city park. Keep green spaces as natural as possible- it’s clear the community is in agreement based on the comments. Please listen to the local folks who use and enjoy the park.

Andrea 1 day ago

Expand the trails and safe access from the road by connecting the sidewalk. I would like to see some picnic tables but would like it largely left alone. There are plenty of play spaces nearby and living right next to it I would NOT appreciate an off leash area, walking my dogs on leash is fine. I go to this park for a peaceful walk in the woods and hope to continue to do so.

Eherring1 5 days ago

I live in the neighborhood bordering the park I can see most of it from my upstairs window. I have lived there for 8 years and absolutely love this park exactly the way it is. I walk my dog at least once a day there year round and it is our happy place. To change it would be very disappointing! I feel that it would bring in unwanted traffic and loitering. It's our own little nature spot in the middle of a busy area, and we love it. Please, please don't change it. Thank you :-)

Jaxy's Mom 13 days ago

I love walking my dog on the trails throughout the park. As others have stated I hope the park stays mostly undeveloped except for maybe adding some more trash cans and benches along the walking paths. Most importantly please oh pleas do not waste a single square foot on a parking lot. We need to encourage people to drive less and taking away recreational area for a car is not the right answer.

Zack 17 days ago

Yesterday at Steigerwald we met a woman with two small children who said that she loves that park because there is no play equipment. She said when they lived in Vancouver and went to the park she was always anxious because her child nearly fell off of the equipment and there were too many children. These children were happily climbing on the rocks and jumping and having a great time looking for bugs. So I’ve written before that I hope that you will retain the park in its current configuration without amendments, unless you could add some rocks for the kids to climb on.

Mary Renaud 18 days ago

Keep it simple and wild! Orchards Park is nearby and has full amenities if we want them. At the most: level the current small parking pad, add a walking path in the newer section, fill muddy holes on the existing path, and add a trash can under each welcome post. This park is a gem for being quiet, walkable, and a natural haven.

NeighborKay 19 days ago

Love, love, love this park. I walk my dog here quite often. Please keep the park wild and undeveloped. That’s its best quality. There are plenty of other parks with playgrounds. This is a quiet and gorgeous slice of nature. Some trash cans are really the only improvement needed in my opinion.

crobby 21 days ago

I love taking nature walks during the day and I’m the evenings with my dog and husband.

Laucas30 about 1 month ago

Driven by for years. Stopped by today to walk the dog. Marvelous. Quiet, shaded. Good mix of open spaces that could be mown for play space. Keep most of it wild & under-developed. If you must insert play equipment, avoid metal traditional swings, slides, etc. Those are nearby at schools. Create natural play areas with logs or rocks, etc. expand the trails to walking along the fence line for those who want to walk the maximum distance. Love it!

PennyRandy about 1 month ago

Marvelous! Driven by for years - parked & walked the dog for an hour. I stuck to the trails. She ran the entire fenced perimeter. Bird calls. Wind in the limbs. Good variety of trees. Convenient benches.

PennyRandy about 1 month ago

I live in the neighborhood that borders the park. The walking trails and trees are great, giving it a forest feel. I am here almost every day walking my dog and I notice that the overwhelming majority of people using the park are other dog owners. Some suggestions would be to maintain the grass as it’s usually overgrown and hard to play in, and make an off leash dog area for fetch.

amyjoywilliams about 1 month ago

No playground, keep it as it is. Maybe just add lights so it can be safer when people walk thru it at night. When you add a playground and restrooms then we get homeless people

Son about 1 month ago

I am so disappointed to hear of possible changes. I walk my dog here on the trails. I also ppreciate the leash rule. I would be at a dog park if I wanted to be where dogs are off leash. The thing I love most about this park IS the under-development. It is such a wonderful quiet park to just get away in and meander through the trails. There's very few people there at one time, which is why I go to this park. I have another park closer to me, with all the playground equipment, etc. but that park doesn't appeal to me because I'm going for the peace and quiet that this park offers. The feeling that you are on a nature trail even though you are in the city. I would love a few more trails leading to the tree groves so you dont have to walk through the tall grass. Other than that, it is perfect in my eyes just the way it is. Thank you for providing this park to us. Thanks for letting us contribute our thoughts on the matter.

Vic about 1 month ago

We love taking our dog to this park, it would be great if there was an off leash area for the dogs to play.
If there is a play area, a restroom is a must. As a mom of a toddler, I avoid any parks that don’t have them.

Kmiser about 2 months ago

My family and I love our park. We can see its beauty from our backyard and windows. I love bringing my kids here to run and play. I avoid so many other parks in this city due to homeless camps and aggressive dogs. I'd love to see a playground and a greenspace that all can use. On our frequent walks we always see dog piles which is so disappointing. I strongly suggest this stay an on leash park for safety and cleanliness. My children loved sweet Edith and I was so happy to see that the appletrees her husband planted were largely left to flourish after she passed. I plan to spend many summers with my kids meandering around this beautiful property of hers.

Krystal 3 months ago

I live right next to this park and helped WTA add the bark chip walking trails. I walk here all the time. I would love to see it remain a simple green space. Expand the walking trail into the newly acquired acreage and work on keeping it clean and more maintained. There is a school and another park within walking distance that both have play structures. Don’t ruin a good thing, just focus on keeping it clean and safe.

Neighbors 3 months ago

I have lived on 81st St 4 years now. I walk my dog every day thru the park and around the neighborhood. Shaffer park offers a little piece of woods in the area and gives us the ability to enjoy walking thru the trees. We all benefit from the green space and bird habitat. I have always been concerned with the access from 58th Ave - the single entrance, the lack of sidewalks, narrow street, and impatient drivers makes it an adventure every time. With the development of "The Grove on 58th" houses, the sidewalk on 58th is scary at best. Create an entrance on the SouthEast corner connecting sidewalk to park, then a path in the park to unite with the existing path. Maybe even doing the same on the SouthWest corner rejoining the sidewalk there.

Steve Manning 3 months ago

I love the trees which provide shade on a hot summer day. I love the benches which I sit to see the nature of the park. I love the trail in the park. I want to see a beautiful playground for the kids in the area.

Shantae Clayton 3 months ago

From the mouth of a child who has been "Vancouver parking" from age 2 to current age 11:

1) Copy all features found at Dubois Park (off Phoenix in McLoughlin heights area?) and put them in Shaffer
2) Copy the red "dome" rope climbing contraption at Marshall Park (by Marshall Center) and put it in Shaffer

There... you have features for nearly all ages of kids from toddlers to tweens!

And, as the parent, I'll have to say I agree.

thalcoozyo 3 months ago

Let's keep it simple and nice! Keep it a neighbor park (it is only 10 acres) Keep the trees. No dog park. Dogs on leash only (maybe people will follow the rule). Play structure for kids. No restrooms etc. (Unfortunately attracts wrong group of people). Nice walking paths. Picnic tables. No parking.
Thanks for allowing our input.

keith k 3 months ago
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