Giovannetti Shelter

7/10/2020 COVID-19 UPDATE:  New rentals will be taken only for September 1st or after.  The City of Urbandale has also imposed a 50% capacity restriction on all facility rentals through December 31, 2020.  Maximum of 92 people inside Giovannetti at any given time.  Questions?  Call 515-278-3963

9/1/2020 COVID-19 UPDATE:  Due to COVID-19, procedures for 2021 facility reservations have changed.  Please see below under "When Can I Rent for 2021?"

Available for rent Monday - Sunday

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.

Click here for a video tour of Giovannetti.

Availability Calendar:

To view the availability of this shelter check the online calendar or contact the Parks & Recreation office at 515-278-3963.

ALL time slots include your set-up and clean-up time.

Monday - Friday daytime Rental Rates

  • 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. - $40 per hour with a 3-hour minimum rental (+ $40 nonresident surcharge per rental).

Monday - Friday evening Rental Rates

  • 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. - $450 resident, $490 nonresident.

Saturday - Sunday Rental Rates (and Holidays)

  • 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. - $525 resident, $565 nonresident
  • 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. - $450 resident, $490 nonresident
  • 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. - $925 resident, $965 nonresident

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 $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 or see the room diagram.

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!

When can I rent for 2021?  Updated 9/1/2020

Due to COVID-19, Urbandale Parks and Recreation procedures for 2021 facility reservations have changed:

Residents of Urbandale may begin making reservations (for rentals through 2021) beginning on October 1, 2020. However, in-person reservations are not accepted as city offices and buildings continue to be closed to the public. 

In order to reserve for 2021, residents of Urbandale can call our office at 515-278-3963 and leave a message, any time after 12:01 am on Thursday, October 1.  Messages will be returned in the order that they are received.  Please allow staff 1-2 business days to return your message

You must include the following information in your message:

  • Name
  • Best way to contact you (best phone number)
  • E-mail address
  • Requested facility
  • Requested date and time 
  • Alternative date/time/facility if your 1st choice is unavailable. 

Non-residents may begin making reservations on January 4, 2021. Contact the Urbandale Parks and Recreation office at 515-278-3963 with any questions.

A picnic table next to a community facility in a wooded city park
A round table next to a fireplace in an indoor community facility
A kitchen area of an indoor community facility
A large community room filled with chairs and round tables set up for an event
Giovannetti Community Shelter
Giovannetti Hallway