Whether you are planning a family picnic, hiking with friends or just craving some solitude in a magnificent setting, Clark County's many parks and trails can provide a great outdoor experience.
Parks plan status - Feb. 2015 Clark County is working with its Parks Advisory Board to update a long-range plan that will guide the purchase of land for parks and the development of parks, trails, sports fields and other amenities.
County residents can participate by taking an online community survey that will help set priorities and determine how limited resources are spent. The survey takes only about 5 minutes to complete.
In addition, three open houses have been scheduled on the long-range parks plan:
5-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 3
La Center Community Center, 1000 E. Fourth St.
5-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 4
Camas-Washougal Fire Station 42, 4321 N.W. Parker St., Camas.
5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 5
Three Creeks Community Library, 800-C N.E. Tenney Road.
Park impact fee balances
Clark County primarily relies on park impact fees to pay for purchasing land for new parks and developing new parks. Park impact fees are collected when new residential housing is built. They must be spent within the district in which they are collected.
The county collects two park impact fees, one for land acquisition and one for park development. Prior to 2014, these fees were deposited into separate accounts for each district. After that date, park impact fees were deposited into combined accounts for each district. Money from these combined accounts can be spent on either land acquisition or park development.
A park is developed when the county owns the land, has sufficient funds to pay for construction and has ongoing revenue to maintain the park.
Parks reservations Please note that reservations are not required for non-exclusive use of parks facilities. They are available free of charge, on a first-come, first served basis, unless the facility is reserved for exclusive use for a special event.
If your special event requires exclusive use to ensure a particular facility is available and ready upon your arrival, a reservation is highly recommended. Reservations help county parks staff coordinate with other events to ensure your exclusive use and provide adequate information to properly prepare for the event.
To use the system, go to the online reservations page and create an account. Once you are registered, click on the reservations button near the upper left corner of the screen to book a picnic shelter, reserve a sports field or view facility details.
Picnic shelters can be reserved in five regional parks for events taking place May 1 through Sept. 30.
More information is available on the picnic shelters page.