Park Rules and Policies

The City of Vancouver has over 80 parks and trails for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Park Hours

City parks are typically open from 5 a.m. until 10 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Gazebos and shelters are closed to the public from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. Longer hours will resume after March 13, 2016. See more information about these changes.

Rules and Policies

Gender Equity
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, by calling 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.


For maintenance issues please contact 360-487-8177