County picnic shelter reservation fees to increase on March 1

VANCOUVER – Residents have a little more than two weeks to reserve picnic shelters in Clark County parks before higher fees kick in at the beginning of March.

Reservation fees will increase by $25 for most picnic shelters at five regional parks: Capt. William Clark, Frenchman’s Bar, Lewisville, Salmon Creek/Klineline Pond and Vancouver Lake. Fees will increase by $50 for shelters seating more than 100 people at Frenchman’s Bar, Lewisville and Vancouver Lake regional parks.

Beginning March 1, reservation fees will range from $50 to $150, depending on the size of the shelter.

Reservation fees at most picnic shelters will increase by $25 on March 1. Fees will increase by $50 for shelters seating more than 100 people at Frenchman’s Bar, Lewisville (shown here) and Vancouver Lake regional parks. Photo by Mike Schultz
Reservation fees at most picnic shelters will increase by $25 on March 1. Fees will increase by $50 for shelters seating more than 100 people at Frenchman’s Bar, Lewisville (shown here) and Vancouver Lake regional parks. Photo by Mike Schultz

Also starting March 1, Clark County will accept reservations for eight picnic shelters at six community parks: Fairgrounds, Felida, Hazel Dell, Hockinson Meadows, Orchards and Pacific.

Picnic shelters can be reserved up to 365 days in advance for events taking place May 1 through Sept. 30. Reservations must be made at least seven days in advance.

Picnic shelters not reserved will remain available for free on a first-come, first-served basis. All shelters are available on a first-come, first-served basis at no charge, Oct. 1 through April 30.

“Reservation fees help us cover our costs to be sure picnic shelters are clean, tidy and ready,” said Bill Bjerke, Clark County Parks manager. “Most people consider it a modest expense for the peace of mind that comes with knowing they have a shelter reserved for a family reunion, church picnic or other large gathering.”

Picnic shelter reservations can be made using the county’s online reservation system. To make a reservation or find out more information, visit www.clark.wa.gov/public-works/picnic-shelters.

Picnic shelter reservations also can be made by calling Clark County Parks at (360) 397-2285.

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Ken Vance got his start in the newspaper industry in 1987 as a reporter at The Columbian Newspaper in Vancouver. Vance graduated from Stevenson High School in Stevenson, WA, and attended Clark College in Vancouver. He worked for The Columbian from 1987-2001. He was most recently a staff member of The Reflector Newspaper in Battle Ground, where he served as editor since 2010 and reporter since 2007. Vance’s work in the newspaper industry has won him multiple awards, including a first place award from the Society of Professional Journalists for in-depth reporting.

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