Fees and General Guidelines:
A $100 non-refundable application fee is for the administrative process of the application. It is required when submitting a request. Acceptable forms of payment are cash, cashiers check or money order made payable to the National Park Service, or via phone with a debit/credit card. Payment of the Application Fee does not guarantee that the National Park Service will issue a permit.
Please note that complex applications and proposed activities may require extensive review in these cases, additional application fees may apply. Please review Application Process
Reservations during Park regular operational hours the application fee includes 2 hours of use; $25 for each additional hour. During Park non-operational hours and holidays, the application fee included 1 hour of use, $50 per hour for each addtional hour.
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.
- Your Special Use Permit does not grant exclusive access to the grounds surrounding the Picnic Shelter, including the children’s play structure. For increased privacy, it is 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 helium balloons, doves or butterflies and throwing of rice, birdseed, flower petals or other natural or artificial material is prohibited.
- Helium filled balloons are not permitted on park outdoor grounds. A permit is required to use indoors.
- Due to the natural terrain of the area, set ups such as chairs, carpet runners, arches, trellises, pinatas podiums, organs/pianos, loud music instruments or related items are not allowed. Flowers are permitted as long as they arrive and depart with the permittee. Decorating plans must be discussed with a Special Park Use Coordinator. Consider using the existing landscape as your backdrop.
- Hanging items outside of the structure is not permitted. Nailing, tacking or taping decoraction to structure is not permitted.
- Music, both amplified and 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 area.
- Barbecuing with propane is allowed on concrete portions of the exterior of the Picnic Shelter, but prohibited on grass or walkways.
- Torches, fire pits, and other sources of open flame are prohibited.
- Freestanding directional signs related to the event are permitted and must be removed immediately at the expiration of the permit. Affixing or staking directional signage to government property is prohibited and will be promptly 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.
- 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, arts and crafts, and vending of food/beverages on park land is prohibited.
- Alcohol may be consumed on site, but may not be sold. Serving alcohol at your event, must be coordinated with the Special Park Use Coordinator during the permitting process.
- Prior to and immediately following the event, a National Park Service and permittee representative will complete a Facility and Equipment Checklist indicating the condition of the Picnic Shelter.
- All decorations and trash must be removed from the park within the permitted time period. Additional charges will apply if park has to provide any cleanup or repair of damage.
- Additional documents may be required, including a Certificate of Liability 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.
- A permit application is required to reserve the Picnic Shelter. Reservations for the Picnic Shelter can be made up to six months in advance. Please request a permit application; see contact information below.