The Visitor Center Annex

A green building with large windows and picnic benches.
The Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Visitor Center Annex.

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About the Visitor Center Annex

This lovely space is ideal for potlucks, picnics, and various smaller events.

The Visitor Center Annex is located near the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center and not far from the national park's Playground. The Annex contains an accessible restroom, a food prep area with a sink, large windows with views of the grounds, and overhead glass roll-up doors on the north and south sides of the building.

Venue-Specific Information


The Visitor Center Annex is located just east of the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center. The Vistor Center address is 1501 E Evergreen Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98661.

The Visitor Center Annex can accommodate events with up to 50 attendees.


A ramp leads from the parking lot down to the Visitor Center Annex. Accessible restrooms are available inside the Annex. Accessible parking is available nearby.

Overhead heaters keep this space warm in cold weather. Electricity is available. 50 white chairs and 8 rectangular tables can be made available. Wi-fi is not available.

40 parking spaces are availble in the Visitor Center parking lot. Additional street parking is available along East Evergreen Blvd.

To apply for a permit to reserve the Visitor Center Annex 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.

Application Fee

A $100 application processing fee is due with the application. This fee is non-refundable and may be paid by credit card, cashier's check, or check (made payable to National Park Service) only.

Recovery Fees

Reservation fee during regular park hours: first 2 hours included with $100 application fee, $25 for each additional hour.

Reservation fee during park non-operational hours and holidays: first hour included with $100 application fee, $50 per hour for each additional hour.

Management Costs

Management costs are incurred by the park through expanding park hours of operation, monitoring, supporting, cleaning up, or restoring a resource after event use. They are recovered at a rate of $50/hour per employee per hour.

General Guidelines

  • Your Special Use Permit does not grant exclusive access to the grounds surrounding the Visitor Center Annex, including the playground, the Pearson Air Museum parking lot, and public areas on East 5th Street.
  • Due to the archaeological significance of the site, ground disturbance, including staking, is not allowed.
  • 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. Certain flowers are permitted as long as they arrive and depart with the permittee. Please indicate on the application.
  • Torches, fires, grilling, cooking, and other sources of open flame are prohibited.
  • Balloons are 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.
  • Freestanding directional signs related to the event are permitted and are to be removed immediately by the event. Affixing directional signage to government property is prohibited. Any posted signs will be 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.
  • 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 parkland is prohibited.
  • Fundraising or requests for donations are prohibited
  • Serving and consumption of alcohol is prohibited.
  • No gum, Jellybeans, or gummy types of candy, e.g. gummy bears, Swedish Fish, licorice, or any other type of product that would stick to the floor, walls, or furnishings in a building.
  • Before 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.
  • Nailing, taping, hanging of items or hammocks are prohibited. All decorations and trash must be removed from the park within the permitted time period. If park staff must clean up or repair damage upon your departure, the permittee will be billed additional fees.
  • Additional documents may be required, including a Certificate of Insurance, a performance bond, and 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 proposed.

Contact Information

Mailing address: 800 Hatheway Road Building 722, Vancouver, WA 98661
Email: Office of Special Park Use
Phone: (360) 816-6241

Apply For a Permit

Learn more about the application process for permitted events at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

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Last updated: June 10, 2022

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

800 Hatheway Road, Bldg 722
Vancouver, WA 98661


360 816-6230

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