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Policies

Group of dog walkers on the Waterfront Renaissance Trail in Vancouver

The City of Vancouver maintains over 70 parks and trails and three community centers for residents and visitors alike to enjoy.

Park Rules and Policies

Park Hours

City Parks are open from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Gazebos and picnic shelters are open to the public between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

City of Vancouver Municipal Code

Read through the City Park Code (15.04), Watercraft and Watersports Policy (15.06) and Conducting Business in City Parks and Plazas (15.08) to understand what is lawful and unlawful in our parks, trails and natural areas. For an abbreviated list, see Prohibited Activities below.

Prohibited Activities in City of Vancouver Parks

  • Use of tobacco products (max fine $1,000)
  • Making a fire or camping
  • Conducting business (selling goods or services)
  • Having a pet that is off-leash (leashed is fine)
  • Playing amplified music
  • Littering, vandalism and defacing park property (including plants)
  • Possessing alcohol
  • Discharging a firearm
  • Operating a vehicle, including ATVs and ORVs
  • Horseback riding
  • Diving, jumping or horseplay in a park with water access

Focus on Accessibility

All parks built after 1992 have been designed to meet the federal accessibility standards required by the Americans with Disabilities Act at the time of construction. Accessibility barriers at our older parks are included in the City of Vancouver's Americans with Disabilities Act Transition Plan.

Please contact park maintenance at 360-487-8177 to report any problems with park facilities or accessibility.

Recreation Rules and Policies

Program Fees 

The City of Vancouver maintains a separate fee structure for residents (someone who lives within City limits) and non-residents. Non-resident fees are typically around 15% higher. Non-residents can purchase an annual resident card for a one-time fee of $70 that entitles them to resident rates. Daily drop-in fees are not subject to resident vs. non-resident rates, but classes, camps and sports leagues are.

Focus on Non-Discrimination

Vancouver Parks and Recreation complies with Washington's Fair Play and Community Sports Act, which prohibits discrimination against any person in a community athletics program on the basis of sex. Contact us at 360-487-8311 or parksrec@cityofvancouver.us with any questions, comments or concerns

We invite people of all ages with a disability to fully participate in any program we offer through Access to Recreation. Learn more about activities and events we have for people with disabilities or about requesting Inclusion Services.