Lions Park Shelter

Please follow all current CDC Guidelines during rental.


The Ralph Whitten Shelter at Lions Park is one of three enclosed facilities available for rent. The shelter is nestled within one of Urbandale’s most iconic and centrally located parks. The Ralph Whitten Shelter is a perfect place to hold a business meeting, a community meeting, and a small family gathering or wedding reception. The space can accommodate up to 100 people and has approximately 10, 8-foot rectangular tables and 75 chairs. A kitchen is included in the rental with a stove/oven and 2 under-the-counter, 5.5 cu. ft refrigerators (no freezer space). The shelter is also heated and air conditioned. The shelter is located in Lions Park, at 72nd Street and Aurora Avenue.

All time slots INCLUDE your set-up and clean up time.

Monday - Sunday Rental Rates

  • 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. - $175 resident, $215 nonresident
  • 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. - $150 resident, $190 nonresident
  • 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. - $300 resident, $340 nonresident

In addition to the rental rate, a $100 refundable deposit is required.

For more information, see a sample contract of the Lion Ralph Whitten Shelter.

How Do I Rent?  ONLINE STARTING JANUARY 5, 2021

Starting Tuesday, January 5, 2021, all customers (residents of Urbandale and non-residents of Urbandale) will be able to reserve the Lion Ralph Whitten Shelter ONLINE and also 365 days in advance through our online registration system.    

The full rental fee, plus a $100 refundable deposit is required at the time of reservation. The deposit is refunded 2 weeks after the rental, providing all the rules and regulations are followed. If the reservation is made less than two weeks before the rental date, the full amount must be paid by credit card.

Questions?  Call Urbandale Parks and Recreation at 515-278-3963

Mobile Food Vendors / Food Trucks during Private Facility Rentals 

If you are utilizing a mobile food vendor / food truck(s) during your private facility rental through Urbandale Parks & Recreation, your food vendor must contact the Urbandale Fire Marshal at 515-278-3970 for an onsite inspection. (This must be scheduled in advanced for the day of the rental).  

Renter assumes ALL responsibility and liability of food vendor(s) / food truck(s) at their rental.  Food Trucks should be licensed, carry adequate insurance, and pass a fire inspection.  Renters are responsible for the collection and retention of this information for their benefit.  

Vendors can set-up and operate only during the scheduled hours of the rental and provide their own necessary utilities.  Vendors must park in a designated parking stall.  More than 2 mobile food vendors during your rental requires permission from the Urbandale Parks and Recreation Department.

Credit/Debit Card Service Fees - Effective January, 2019

Please be aware that a non-refundable credit/debit card service fee of 3.95% applies to all in-office and over-the phone credit/debit card transactions with the City of Urbandale (including Parks and Recreation). To avoid the credit card transaction fee, simply pay by check or cash in office. Watch our website for further updates. Thank you! 

Lion Ralph Whitten Shelter (1)
Lion Ralph Whitten Shelter (3)
Lion Ralph Whitten Shelter (4)
Lion Ralph Whitten Shelter (2)
A large indoor shelter in a wooded area of a city park