Open Air Shelters

There are over 17 parks in Urbandale that have open air shelters. These shelters provide a great place for individuals and families to meet, enjoy the park or have a picnic.

Many of the City’s shelters can be rented (see below). Reservations can be made by residents or non-residents of Urbandale for the middle of April through the middle of October, weather permitting. When not reserved, open shelters are first-come, first-serve.  Reservations for the following year open up each year in late November.

Restrooms (flushable or portable) are available at certain shelters and are opened/closed for the year based on weather. Please note that restrooms may or may not be available if you rent in April or October, depending on weather.

Monday - Sunday Rental Rate:

  • 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. [$75 - residents / $95 - nonresidents]
  • 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. [$150 - residents / $170 - nonresidents]  - Walnut Creek Regional Park Large Shelter ONLY

How Do I Rent - NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

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

If the reservation is made less than two weeks before the rental date, the full amount must be paid in cash or by credit card. 

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 on you own device, or you can also pay by check or cash in office. Watch our website for further updates. Thank you!

Ashleaf Park Shelter - (see below pictures)

(3934 Mary Lynn Drive)

A picnic shelter with 3 picnic tables in a city park
A picnic shelter with 3 picnic tables in a city park

Bent Creek Ridge Park Shelter - (see below pictures)

(146th Street & Plum Drive)  

Bent Creek Ridge Open Shelter
Bent Creek Ridge Open Shelter (2)

Barrett Boesen Park Shelter - (see pictures below) - Available to rent

(5301 156th Street) 

Barrett Boesen shelter
bb shelter 2

Bestland Shelter - (see below pictures)

(90th Street and Oakwood Drive) 

Bestland Shelter 2 (1)
Bestland Shelter 2 (2)

Bishop Family Shelter - (see below pictures)

(Mary Lynn Drive and Sherry Lane, Dunlap Arboretum) - Available to rent - Virtual Tour!

Bishop Shelter August 31 2016 (7)
Bishop Shelter August 31 2016 (2)

Charles Gabus Memorial Tree Park and Gardens Shelter - (see below pictures)

(3520 86th Street, south of Urbandale Library) - Available to rent - Virtual Tour!

A picnic shelter and picnic table in a city park
A picnic shelter and picnic table in a city park

Coronado Park Shelter - (see below pictures)

(Eula Drive & Sandler Drive)

A picnic shelter with picnic tables in a city park
A picnic shelter with picnic tables in a city park

Days Run Park Shelter - (see below pictures)

(124th Street & Tanglewood Drive)

Days Run Park (1)
Days Run

Deer Ridge West Park Shelter - (see below pictures)

(145th Street & Sheridan Avenue) 

deer ridge west shelter 1
deer ridge west shelter

Hallbrook Park Shelter - (see below pictures)

(14747 Dellwood Drive)

Hallbrook shelter (2)
hallbrook shelter

Lakeview Park Shelter - (see below pictures)

(80th Street & Aurora Avenue)

lakeview shelter
A picnic shelter with picnic tables in a city park

Lions Park Gazebo - (see below pictures)

(72nd Street & Aurora Avenue) - Available to rent - Virtual Tour!

Photo of the gazebo at Lions Park
A gazebo in a wooded area of a city park

Lions Centennial Shelter - (see below pictures)

(4151 72nd Street) - Available to rent - Virtual Tour!

Lions Open Shelter
Lions Open Shelter

Murphy Park Shelter - (see below pictures)

(67th Street & Urbandale Avenue) - Available to rent

Murphy Park Shelter House
Murphy Park Shelter House

Rocklyn Park Shelter - (see below pictures)

(70th Street & New York Avenue) - Available to rent - Virtual Tour!

A picnic shelter with picnic tables in a city park
A picnic shelter with picnic tables in a city park

South Karen Acres Park Shelter - (see below pictures)

(2809 77th Street)

south Karen Acres shelter2
south Karen Acres shelter

Walker Johnston Park Shelter - (see below pictures)

(3720 86th Street, south of Urbandale Police Station) - Available to rent - Virtual Tour!

A picnic shelter with picnic tables in a city park
A picnic shelter with picnic tables in a city park

Walnut Creek Regional Park Shelter (Small) - (see below pictures)

(4400 Walnut Creek Park Road, north of Aurora Avenue) - Available to rent

WCRP Shelter
WCRP Shelter

Walnut Creek Regional Park Shelter (Large) - (see below pictures)

(4100 Walnut Creek Park Road, south of Aurora Avenue) - Available to rent

*** 6/17/2022*** UPDATE

At this time, Urbandale Parks & Recreation is not taking any additional reservations at Walnut Creek Regional Park Large Shelter.  The Grimes Sewer Project will be going through the park and may affect rentals in the Summer/Fall of 2022.  When not reserved, open shelters are on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Please check back for further updates, or call our office at 515-278-3963.

WCRP large shelter July 2022
WCRP large shelter July 2022