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!

NOTE: Vancouver City Parks are open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. It is unlawful to enter or be in any park between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. unless otherwise permitted by the director (VMC 15.04.150). Contact the police non-emergency line at 311 to report unlawful park use.

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!

NOTE: Vancouver City Parks are open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. It is unlawful to enter or be in any park between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. unless otherwise permitted by the director (VMC 15.04.150). Contact the police non-emergency line at 311 to report unlawful park use.

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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Dog walking and enjoying the easy community feel. Old and young, informal and quiet. Sadly, first camp tent appeared this week. Better alert parents, as kiddos cut through on way home from bus stop.

Jilly about 2 months ago

Well, they're here. First camp tents arrived last week.

Jilly about 2 months ago

I live very close to this park and love the location, nice big spot, but it doesn’t have much in it other than the dirt trail! would be great to have a few improved paths and something for larger and smaller kids to play on

Grove 2 months ago

I live down the street form the park. I love the natural nature. If it must be developed please leave most of it the way it is. I would like to see trails around the park, more benches to enjoy the nature, trash cans so people will pick up dog poop. As far as a play area please use natural elements such as logs, some animal features, climbing rocks and keep things low to the ground for safety. Definitely protect the nature as it is as much as possible.

Randy 3 months ago

Please leave the park as it is. I walk my dog regularly here and he loves to sniff and smell the wild vegetation. If you make it a manicured park you’ll inevitably will spray with herbicides like all the other parks I have to avoid so my dog doesn’t walk through toxins. Also a park with more facilities will attract homeless and druggies and make it unsafe like several other parks I can no longer safely use by myself as a female. Save the money you’d spend on destroying the beauty of this park, and use it to clean up other parks like leverich or Arnold or the burnt bridge creek trail which are now disgusting and unsafe to use.

Bdigitalart 3 months ago

I moved to Vancouver two years ago and I love this park. I used to live right on the edge of a forest, and I miss that easy access to nature. I can walk to RESC Park from my apartment. It’s a nice place to come and feel connected to nature even in the middle of the city. Plant more trees!

Therin 4 months ago

I walk in the park and love it just the way it is. It might be nice to have some of the open areas mowed and garbage collected. Don't touch a single tree! It's peaceful, and we need areas that are open and peaceful for physical and mental health.

Skye 4 months ago

Thank you for taking the time to read this. I would love if their was a trail that circled the entire park and it was made a little wider and covered on an annual basis with a soft surface like bark.

Aspens would be very pretty here as would encouraging fern growth.

Removal of invasive species like black berries would be great too.

Eight more benches too.

Jerry 4 months ago

"Developing" this area will 1, make it worse, and 2, attract the vagabonds and the associated trash and violence. If you have the money to be doing this, let alone thinking about it, be the thought leader and downsize the department and give the money back to the people. We don't need the government finding dumb things to do, we need it to be less of a burden.

Jamessmit 5 months ago

Keep the park wild please! There are places to park in the surrounding areas. Maybe a paved access around the park but leave the pathways for the dogs that love to explore and the pavement is hot on there paws in the summer.

Kpetersen60 5 months ago

We enjoy walks with our dog around the park. It would be nice to have a small dog unleashed area here. Would like to have a small basketball court for exercise. Would like to keep most of the trees around

Tannibal 5 months ago

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 5 months 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 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 6 months ago

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

Laucas30 6 months 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 6 months ago
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