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Recreation Fees and Residency

Vancouver Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services now offers early registration for recreation programs to people who live within Vancouver city limits.  

Open registration for summer recreation programs and activities will begin at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, April 17 for people who live within Vancouver city limits and at 7 a.m. on Thursday, April 18 for everyone else.

Resident Benefits 
Everyone is welcome to participate in our programs. You do not need to live within the city limits to register for programs or services, but recreation fees are based on the location of your primary residence.  

People who live within Vancouver city limits directly support our parks and recreation programs through their property taxes. As Vancouver taxpayers, they receive benefits like a 24-hour early registration window and lower program fees. Non-profit organizations are also eligible to receive these benefits. People who live outside of Vancouver, or in unincorporated parts of Vancouver are not eligible. 

Check Your Address 
To see if you live within Vancouver city limits, you can check your property tax bill or enter your street address in the Vancouver City Limits Map. A flag icon will show your location and confirm if you are inside or outside city limits.  

Be Recreation Ready

If you already have an ActiveNetwork account, confirm that your household information is correct in our online registration system before you register. This includes checking to see if all family members are listed and if all contact information is correct.  

If you have participated in a program, had a Marshall or Firstenburg membership in the past or made a reservation at a picnic shelter or community center, you already have an account with us. If needed, you can enter your email address on the login page and use the ‘forgot your password’ feature to have a temporary password emailed to you. 

If this is your first time registering with us, you will need to create an account online

If you have trouble creating an account or verifying your contact information, please visit or call one of our community centers for assistance. 

Frequently Asked Questions

If your question isn’t answered here, please call 360-487-8311 or email for assistance. 

Why are you adding an early registration benefit now?

Early registration for people within city limits is standard for many park and recreation departments across the country. As Vancouver grows and interest in our programs and services increases throughout the region, there is a need to prioritize access to Vancouver taxpayers before opening it to the broader public. 

I live in Vancouver. How do I take advantage of early registration and/or lower fees?

Benefits for residents are provided automatically based on the contact information in your ActiveNet registration account. You can check your account information by logging into your account, or by visiting or calling Firstenburg or Marshall community center.  

I live in Vancouver and the system isn’t recognizing me as a resident.

First, confirm that the information listed in your registration account is current. If you have moved recently, your account may be reflecting out-of-date information.  

If your account information is correct, check your address on the Vancouver City Limits Map to confirm that you are within the incorporated city limits. Addresses in unincorporated Vancouver are not eligible for early registration and lower fees.  

If you are still experiencing registration issues, please call Firstenburg or Marshall community center or email  

I live outside Vancouver city limits. Can I still register online?

Yes. The online registration process is the same for all participants. People who live within Vancouver city limits qualify for lower program costs and early registration, but everyone is invited to register for our programs. Visit our registration site for more information about online registration.  

Can I purchase a resident card to qualify for resident benefits even though I live outside Vancouver city limits?

No. Resident cards were phased out of our system in 2023 and are no longer available for purchase. If you currently have a resident card that has not yet expired, you will continue to receive resident benefits until the expiration date, which is one year from the purchase date.  

Can I still apply for recreation scholarships? 

The Everybody Plays scholarship is open to qualifying households within Clark County. You do not need to be a Vancouver resident to receive scholarship funds. Visit our scholarship webpage to learn more.