There are 11 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.
Eight (8) of the City's shelters can be rented (see below). Reservations can be made for the middle of April through the middle of October, weather permitting. When not reserved, open shelters are first-come, first-serve.
The following open shelters have electricity: Bishop Family Shelter, Charles Gabus, Gazebo at Lions Park, Lions Centennial, Murphy Park, Walker Johnston Park.
The following open shelters do NOT have electricity: Hallbrook, Rocklyn, Walnut Creek Regional Park.
Outdoor grills are available near the shelters in the following parks: Ashleaf, Coronado, Hallbrook, Lakeview, Lions Centennial, Lions Gazebo, Murphy, Rocklyn, Walker Johnston, and Walnut Creek Regional Park. There are no grills available at the Bishop Family or Charles Gabus shelters.
The City of Urbandale Parks & Recreation Department rents open air shelters at the Bishop Family Shelter, Charles Gabus Memorial Tree Park and Gardens, Lions Centennial, Lions Park Gazebo, Murphy Park, Rocklyn Park, Walker Johnston Park and Walnut Creek Regional Park. Reservations can be made for the middle of April through the middle of October, weather permitting. When not reserved, open shelters are first-come, first-serve.
Restrooms are available at: Lions Centennial & Gazebo, Walker Johnston, Rocklyn (portable), Murphy (portable), Bishop (portable), Walnut Creek Regional park (portable) and Charles Gabus (at Urbandale Library during library hours). Please note that restrooms are public and are made available for all park users. Restrooms are opened and 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.
Open Air Shelter rentals are now available ONLINE here! Click on "Register" and then "Reserve a Park or Facility" or simply click on the "Reserve Open Shelters / Softball Fields" button.
You can also rent in person at the Parks and Recreation office at 3600 86th Street, or over the phone at 515-278-3963.
The full rental fee, plus a $50 refundable deposit is required at the time of reservation. The deposit is refunded 2 weeks after the rental through the mail, 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 in cash or by credit card. For more information, click here for a sample contract for the Open Air Shelters.
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 make your reservation online, or pay by check or cash in office. Watch our website for further updates. Thank you!
Residents of Urbandale may begin making reservations on October 1, 2019. Non-residents began making reservations on January 2, 2020. Contact the Urbandale Parks and Recreation office at 515-278-3963 with any questions.
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