Park Rules and Policies

Gender Equity Policy
The City of Vancouver and Clark County comply with Washington’s “Fair Play and Community Sports Act” that prohibits discrimination against any person in a community athletics program on the basis of sex. Contact the Vancouver Parks and Recreation director at 415 W. 6th Street, Vancouver, WA 98668, (360) 487-8311 or via email at with any questions or comments.

City of Vancouver Municipal Code
New in 2011 - No Smoking/tobacco in City of Vancouver parks. Ordinance 15.130

THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES ARE PROHIBITED in all parks, trails, plazas and undeveloped open spaces owned and/or operated by the City of Vancouver, unless otherwise posted or authorized with a Park and Facility Use Permit:

  • Conducting business (e.g. selling goods or services)
  • Amplified music
  • Littering/vandalism
  • Alcohol possession
  • Discharge of firearms
  • Use of tobacco products
  • Traffic/ATV/ORV
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Fires or camping
  • Horseback riding
  • Cruising & squirreling within motor vehicles
  • Diving, jumping or horseplay in parks with water access
  • Glass containers on beaches in parks with water access

Additionally, pets must be on a leash in all parks and undeveloped open spaces and owners must clean up after their pets and properly dispose of pet waste.


Typical Hours of Operation:
City Parks: 5AM TO 10PM

Shelter and Gazebo Winter Hours
Effective January 1, 2015, City of Vancouver Shelters and Gazebos will be closed to the public from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Longer hours will resume on March 31, 2015. Click here for more information

For maintenance issues, please contact:
City parks: (360) 487-8177