Picnic Shelter Reservations

Vancouver Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services maintains four covered picnic shelters that can be reserved for events taking place May 1 – Sept. 30:

Reservation guidelines:

  • All picnic shelters are available on a first-come, first-served basis at no charge, Oct. 1 through April 30. 
  • Reservations are $75 for the entire day.
  • Picnic shelters must be reserved at least seven days before the event date.
  • When not reserved, shelters are available for free on a first-come, first-served basis year-round.

Picnic shelters at David Douglas Park and Leverich Park are available to use on a first-come, first-served basis at no cost. Reservations for these shelters are only required when use is part of a permitted event. A Park Use Permit is required to hold an event at one of these parks.

Make a Reservation

Picnic shelter can be reservations can be made online, or by phone and in-person at Firstenburg and Marshall community centers.

  • Firstenburg Community Center | 360-487-7001 | 700 NE 136th Ave.
  • Marshall Community Center | 360-487-7100 | 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd.

Park Use Permits

A Park Use Permit allows you to bring special items and equipment into the park for your event and outlines any approved special services or park staff assistance you may require. Applications must be submitted 30 days before your event date. Requests made less than 30 days prior to the event date may be denied, or subject to a $100 late fee. 

Any event exceeding the shelter capacity and/or extending beyond the boundaries of the shelter must complete the Special Event Interest Form. For more information about holding permitted events in the parks, email the Parks Permitting Team

Cancellation Policy

Picnic shelter reservations and Park Use Permits canceled one month or more before the rental date will be refunded 100 percent of the fee, minus a $10 processing fee. Reservations canceled 1 to 4 weeks before the rental date, will be refunded 75 percent of the fee, minus a $10 processing fee. No refunds will be granted if the reservation is canceled less than one week before the rental date.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I find out if an event is already scheduled at a park with a non-reservable picnic shelter?

Contact Marshall Community Center at 360-487-7100 or Firstenburg Community Center at 360-487-7001 to find out about events taking place in our parks.

What is included with a picnic shelter reservation?

Reservations include use of all picnic tables located within the shelter and electricity (there is no electricity at Marine Park). Playground amenities and restrooms will be shared with the public.

Can I bring a bounce house to my reservation?

Yes, with a Park Use Permit. A shelter reservation is also required if at Marshall, LeRoy Haagen, Marine or Fisher Basin Parks. A certificate of insurance is required and an attendant from the bounce house company must be on site to operate the inflatable for the duration of the rental. The bounce house vendor must be listed on the Certified Amusement Ride Operators for the State of Washington’s Labor and Industries

Can I hold a sporting event or tournament at a park?

Yes, with a Park Use Permit.

Can I use additional park space, outside the picnic shelter for my event?

Yes, with a Park Use Permit.

Can I have amplified sound at the park during my event?

Live bands, DJs and significant amplified speakers are allowed with a Park Use Permit. Use of small Bluetooth speakers does not require a permit.

Are BBQs allowed at the park?

Yes, gas grills are preferred.

Is alcohol allowed at the park?

Alcohol consumption or possession is not allowed at most parks, unless it is specified in a Park Use Permit. Some events, when properly staffed and permitted through the Liquor Control Board, may be allowed to serve alcohol within a park.

How far in advance should I apply for a Park Use Permit?

Applications must be received at least 30 days before your event. Applications received less than 30 days prior to your event may not be accepted or are subject to a $100 late application fee. 

Reduce Waste with Waste Connections

Waste Connections offers tips and tools to reduce waste at Clark County events of all sizes. They have a lending library of items available for checkout including:

  • Garbage receptacles and bags
  • Recycling receptacles and bags
  • Food waste containers (for compost)
  • Reusable tableware sets

Clark County Picnic Shelters

Clark County maintains several picnic shelters at Captain William Clark Regional Park, Frenchman’s Bar Regional Park, Lewisville Regional Park, Salmon Creek Regional Park, Pacific Community Park and Vancouver Lake Regional Park.