The Giovannetti Community Shelter at Walker Johnston Park is one of three enclosed facilities available for rent. This shelter opened September 2013 and can accommodate up to 180 people. The shelter has approximately 3,000 square feet of rental space, a kitchen and fireplace. The shelter also has a 60-feet by 30-feet outdoor covered patio. The shelter has 16, 6 foot round tables, 8, 18" x 6' rectangle tables and 180 chairs. The shelter is heated and air conditioned. The shelter is located in Walker Johnston Park, at 8900 Douglas Avenue.
The shelter is also designed as a tornado safe room and is made of precast concrete panels. During severe weather the shelter can accommodate up to 600 people seeking shelter from the severe weather.
To view the availability of this shelter check the online calendar or contact the Parks & Recreation office at 515-278-3963.
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 $200 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 of the Giovannetti Community Shelter.
Credit/Debit Card Service Fees - Effective January 28, 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!
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 if you have any questions.