The Bandstand at Vancouver Barracks
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 to learn more, or call (360) 816-6241.
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). Learn more about obtaining an application form here.
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.
Last updated: December 29, 2017