Our Paths, Our Passion
Parks, trails and natural areas are a critical part of what shapes quality of life for everyone in the City of Vancouver.
Vancouver Parks and Recreation is dedicated to creating a variety of recreation opportunities for our residents and visitors, while preserving and enhancing the rich heritage and natural beauty of this area.
Whatever your age and whatever the season, you’ll find many ways to be active and enjoy the great outdoors. There’s so much to explore!
For more information on trails, recreational and nature-based opportunities across the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area visit The Intertwine.
Your Park System
The City of Vancouver encompasses approximately 1,600 acres of park land, including 90 parks and 20 natural areas. We also have a 20-mile network of trails for walkers, runners, bikers and others to enjoy.
Parks range in size from the tiny 0.4-acre MyPark Neighborhood Park to all 88 acres of David Douglas Community Park, home to some of our adult softball and youth baseball leagues.
Bicycle Safety and Laws
When ridden on any roadway, a bicycle rider has all of the rights and responsibilities of any vehicle. (RCW 46.61.755). Unless bicycles are specifically excluded, all traffic laws apply to bicycles. All violations are subject to issuance of an infraction.
Search our Interactive Parks and Trails Map and Directory
You can search for Community Parks, Neighborhood Parks or Trails within your own Neighborhood or city-wide. Most of our parks have benches, picnic tables, walking paths and playground equipment. You can search by Amenities using the Directory as well.
Barbequing in Parks
A small gas or charcoal barbeque may br brought to any park except Esther Short Park; however, please be aware of where you place a barbeque so that it does not damage park property. Large barbeques (towed on trailers) are allowed on a case-by-case basis and require a Park Use Permit.
Boating, Fishing and Hunting in Parks
Vancouver Parks and Recreation does not issue boating, fishing, or hunting licenses. These are issued through the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife. Boating is allowed at Marine Park and Fishing is allowed at Marine and Wintler Community Park. Bows, arrows and sling shots are prohibited in city parks. In addition, it is unlawful to shoot or fire a gun (including BB guns).
Swimming in Parks
There are no lifeguards on duty at any of our outdoor swimming areas. Please exercise caution when visiting parks along our local rivers and creeks. Only Wintler Community Park along the Columbia has recognized public swimming access.
Visiting a Park with Your Pet
None of the parks located within the City of Vancouver include an off-leash area for dogs. You’re welcome to bring your furry companion to our parks but we ask that you keep them on leash at all times. In addition, owners are required by law to pick up and dispose of pet waste. You’ll find dog waste stations around our parks and trails to help you do this. There are designated off leash-parks for dogs located outside the City of Vancouver in Clark County, check out one of the links below to learn more.
Special Park Features
Most of our parks have benches, picnic tables, walking paths and playground equipment. Certain parks feature additional elements like a community garden, skate spot or sports field. To find a list of specific amenities a park may have, refer to the interactive Parks and Trails Map and Directory. To learn more about specific amenities, chose one of the links below.
Read Through our Park Rules and Policies
Find Park hours, prohibited activities, information on accessibility, fees and policies for Vancouver Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services programs and much more.