Open Air Shelters

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, Gazebo at Lions Park, Lions Open, Murphy Park, Walker Johnston Park.
The following open shelters do NOT have electricity:  Charles Gabus, Hallbrook, Rocklyn, Walnut Creek Regional Park.


Outdoor grills are available near the shelters in the following parks: Ashleaf, Coronado, Hallbrook, Lakeview, Lions, Lions Gazebo, Murphy, Rocklyn, Walker Johnston, and Walnut Creek Regional Park (coming soon!).  There are no grills available at the Bishop Family or Charles Gabus shelters. 

Open Air Shelter Rental Information

The City of Urbandale Parks & Recreation Department rents open air shelters at the Bishop Family Shelter, Charles Gabus Memorial Tree Park and Gardens, Lions Park, 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 Park & Gazebo, Walker Johnston, Rocklyn (portable), Murphy (portable), Bishop (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.

​Availability Calendar:


To check the availability of the Open Air Shelters check the online calendar or contact the Parks and Recreation office at 515-278-3963.

Monday - Sunday Rental Rates

  • 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. [$25 - residents / $35 - nonresidents]
  • 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. [$25 - residents / $35 - nonresidents]
  • 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. [$50 - residents / $70 - nonresidents]

How Do I Rent? 

 
Shelter rentals must be done in person at the Parks and Recreation office at 3600 86th Street.  Office hours are 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday.  

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, 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.


When can I rent for 2018?

Residents of Urbandale may begin reservations October 2, 2017. Non-residents may reserve the facilities beginning January 2, 2018.  Contact the Urbandale Parks and Recreation office at 515-278-3963 with any questions.

Ashleaf Park Shelter 
(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

Bishop Family Shelter 

(Mary Lynn Drive and Sherry Lane, Dunlap Arboretum) - Available to rent
Bishop Shelter August 31 2016 (7)
Bishop Shelter August 31 2016 (2)
Charles Gabus Memorial Tree Park and Gardens Shelter
(3520 86th Street, south of Urbandale Library) - Available to rent
A picnic shelter and picnic table in a city park
A picnic shelter and picnic table in a city park

Coronado Park Shelter 

(Eula Drive & Sandler Drive)
A picnic shelter with picnic tables in a city park
A picnic shelter with picnic tables in a city park

Hallbrook Park Shelter 

(14747 Dellwood Drive)
Hallbrook shelter
Hallbrook park shelter house
Lions Park Gazebo
(72nd Street & Aurora Avenue) - Available to rent
Photo of the gazebo at Lions Park
A gazebo in a wooded area of a city park

Lakeview Park Shelter 
(80th Street & Aurora Avenue) 
A picnic shelter with picnic tables in a city park
A picnic shelter with picnic tables in a city park

Lions Park Shelter  - CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION


(4151 72nd Street) - Available to rent
A picnic shelter with picnic tables in a city park
A picnic shelter with picnic tables in a city park
Murphy Park Shelter 
(67th Street & Urbandale Avenue) - Available to rent
A picnic shelter with picnic tables in a city park
A picnic shelter with picnic tables in a city park
Rocklyn Park Shelter 
(70th Street & New York Avenue) - Available to rent
A picnic shelter with picnic tables in a city park
A picnic shelter with picnic tables in a city park
Walker Johnston Park Shelter 
(3720 86th Street, south of Urbandale Police Station) - Available to rent
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 

(4400 Walnut Creek Regional Park Access Road) - Available to rent (in progress...)
WCRP Shelter (2)
WCRP Shelter (1)