County Park Code Update

On September 4, 2012, the Clark County Board of Commissioners approved and adopted revisions to the Clark County Park Code, Chapter 9.04. The revisions will take effect on January 1, 2013.

The following is a sample of the adopted changes:

  • Changes the Chapter to 9.05. For administrative purposes and due to the extent of revisions, the Chapter 9.04 was deleted, and the changes incorporated into a new Chapter 9.05.
  • Prohibiting tobacco use in designated park areas. A voluntary no-smoking compliance policy has been in effect since 2005 in select park areas, including play grounds, sports fields, shelters and restrooms. The updated code will prohibit all tobacco use in the areas already regulated under the voluntary policy.
  • Revising the Park and Facility Use Permit process. The revised code language explains when a permit is needed and describes the application process.
  • Excluding repeat offenders from parks. The section will allow excluding, or removing, individuals for violations of the parks code or other laws. This provides law enforcement and park staff with another option besides seeking a misdemeanor charge, which is punishable by a fine and/or jail.
  • Increase in maximum fine. The maximum fine for violation of Chapter 9.05 increases from a maximum of $250 to $1,000.

Current Park Code
Background Fact Sheet

City Park Code Update

In December 2011, the Vancouver City Council unanimously approved and adopted revisions to the Vancouver Municipal Code, section 15.04, referring to the city parks, trails and recreation centers. The new code went into effect in January 2012. The adopted changes include:

  • The prohibition of tobacco use. Use of any tobacco product within a city park is now punishable by law. The maximum fine is $1,000.
  • The prohibition of intoxicating liquor. Although alcohol has always been banned without the proper permit, the code language imposes a local regulation, moving from state law to infraction.
  • The removal/exclusion of repeat offenders from parks. The code revision more clearly defines "due process" when it is necessary to exclude a disruptive individual from the parks.
  • Firearms in parks. Code language was updated to reflect compliance with the Washington State Constitution regarding the right to carry firearms in the parks.

Current Park Code
Background Fact Sheet
Frequently Asked Questions

2012 Park Fee Program Update

In December 2011, the Board of Clark County Commissioners approved the following changes to the park fee program:

  • Preliminary operations and fee policy for Luke Jensen Sports Park: This preliminary policy for the Luke Jensen Sports Park will implement hourly field rental fees for organized practices and games at this new sports facility, which will open in early 2012. It also establishs a field scheduling prioritization. When not reserved, fields will be open for free unorganized drop-in use. Fees will be used to help pay for operations and maintenance of the sports park and provide for the future replacement of the two artificial turf fields.
  • Discounts on annual parking passes: Vancouver Parks and Recreation will give a 25 percent discount ($10) on the $40 regional park and boat launch annual park passes for seniors 62 and over, active duty military and National Guard personnel, veterans, disabled citizens and volunteers who provide a minimum of 24 hours of service on agency approved projects and tasks.
    Buy an annual parking pass.

Fact Sheet: 2012 Park Fee Program Update
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Existing Policies

The Vancouver Parks and Recreation Department utilizes a variety of policies to guide day-to-day business. Listed below are several of the policies that guide the parks, community centers and programs.

Community Center & Recreation Policies:

Parks, Trails, Open Spaces, Sports Fields 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.