Closure Update: Monday, February 10, 2014
After our onsite crew assessed the safety of the site and access via Fifth St, we're going to keep the reconstructed fort site (1001 E. Fifth St.) closed to the public today. The Visitor Center will still open at Noon.
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One of our more popular venues, it is most used for events such as weddings, receptions and events that desire or require a gazebo. It provides some shelter from the weather and is located near Officer's Row on the Parade Ground.
Alter reading the information below, please visit our Permit Application Process page, or call the Visitor Center at (360) 816-6241 for a permit application.
Venue Specific Information
Historic Parade Ground, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Just west of 1501 Evergreen Blvd, Vancouver WA 98661
Due to available parking and other concerns, the Bandstand can facilitate activities drawing up to 200 attendees. Activities seeking to attract more than 200 attendees will need to be reviewed in greater detail by the park's management team and will incur additional cost associated with this review.
The area is not wheelchair accessible. The nearest accessible public restrooms are located at the Visitor Center.
Approximately 3-5 picnic tables are usually located in the area. Electricity may be available. As part of a large open area, the Bandstand is available on an as-is basis; no additional equipment is provided.
The site has limited, first come, first served parking available in public parking lots along East Evergreen Blvd. There are 40 parking spaces available for use at the Visitor Center parking area, about 400 yards away. Parking may be permitted on the shoulder of Park Road, though additional costs may be required for traffic control personnel to ensure safe public access. No parking is permitted on any grassy area adjacent to the Bandstand. Be prepared to provide a parking plan to address you activity's parking needs.
To apply for a permit to reserve the area for your activity, please complete an application form and return it to the park, along with a $100 application fee (see below). This form can be picked up in person at the visitor information desk at Pearson Air Museum, the Visitor Center, or the contact station at the reconstructed Stockade, or you can download it here. It can be submitted to the park at these places, mailed to the address listed on the application or emailed to us.
A $100 application processing fee is due with the application. This fee is non-refundable, and may be paid by check (made payable to National Park Service) or cashiers check only. Payment of the Application Fee does not guarantee that the National Park Service will issue a permit. Complex applications and proposed activities may require more extensive review; in these cases, a permittee may be charged an additional application fee.
Management costs are costs that may be incurred by the park through expanding park hours of operation, monitoring, supporting, cleaning up or restoring a resource after event use. They are covered at the rate of $50/hour per employee.
Your Special Use Permit does not grant exclusive access to the grounds surrounding the bandstand, including the Historic Parade Ground and the public parking areas on East Evergreen Blvd. For increased privacy, it recommended that you schedule your event early or after hours.
Due to the archaeological significance of the site, ground disturbance, including the use of stakes is prohibited.
to protect parklands and wildlife, the releasing of balloons, doves or butterflies and throwing of rice, birdseed, flower petals or other natural or artificial material is prohibited.
Due to the natural terrain of the area, set ups such as chairs, carpet runners, arches, trellises, podiums, organs/pianos, loud music instruments or related items are not allowed. Flowers are permitted as long as they arrive and depart with permittee. Please discuss your decorating plans with park staff and consider using the existing landscape as your back drop.
Torches, fires and other sources of open flame prohibited.
Music both amplified and non-amplified (acoustic), may be permitted upon request, and must be managed at a level not to exceed 85 dB measured at the perimeter of the event.
Free standing directional signs related to the event are permitted and are to be removed immediately after the event. Affixing directional signage to government property is prohibited. Any posted signs will be immediately removed. Please coordinate with park staff on the placement of event signs.
Inflatable play structures, including but not limited to bounce houses and slides, are prohibited. The park has a permanent children's play structure adjacent to the Visitor Center to facilitate such needs.
Transportation vehicles, including but not limited to horse-drawn and electric carts are prohibited outside of paved roadways.
The sale of all merchandise--including but not limited to T-shirts, clothing, and arts and crafts--and vending of food/beverages on park land is prohibited.
Alcohol may be consumed on site, but may not be sold. If you anticipate serving alcohol at your event, please let the National Park Service staff know during the permitting process.
Prior to and immediately following the event, a National Park Service and permitted representative will complete a Facility and Equipment Checklist indicating the condition of the Bandstand.
All decorations and trash must be removed from the park within the permitted time period; should park staff find it necessary to perform additional cleanup or repair damage upon your departure, you will be billed for these costs.
Additional documents may be required, including a Certificate of Insurance, a performance bond, and/or a permit from the City of Vancouver. The National Park Service staff member facilitating your request will discuss these with you as necessary, depending on the size, scope, and type of activity being proposed.
Did You Know?
Did you know that Fort Vancouver National Historic Site functions as a research center for many of the British Hudson’s Bay Company's sites, curating collections from Fort Vancouver, Fort Colvile, Fort Nez Perces, and Bellevue Farm? More...