Lions Park Shelter

The City of Urbandale has imposed a 50% capacity restriction on all future facility rentals.  Maximum of 50 people inside Lions at any given time.  Masks ARE REQUIRED inside facility


The Ralph Whitten Shelter at Lions Park is one of three enclosed facilities available for rent. The shelter is nestled within one of Urbandale’s most iconic and centrally located parks. The Ralph Whitten Shelter is a perfect place to hold a business meeting, a community meeting, and a small family gathering or wedding reception. The space can accommodate up to 100 50 people and has approximately 10, 8-foot rectangular tables and 75 chairs. A kitchen is included in the rental with a stove/oven and 2 under-the-counter, 5.5 cu. ft refrigerators (no freezer space). The shelter is also heated and air conditioned. The shelter is located in Lions Park, at 72nd Street and Aurora Avenue.

2020 Availability Calendar

To view the 2020 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 - Sunday Rental Rates

  • 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. - $175 resident, $215 nonresident
  • 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. - $150 resident, $190 nonresident
  • 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. - $300 resident, $340 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.  Appointments are required.
The full rental fee, plus a $100 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 Lions Ralph Whitten Shelter House.

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 10/19/2020

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

Reservations for 2021 facilities are open to Urbandale Residents at this time.  In order to reserve enclosed facilities for 2021, residents of Urbandale can call our office at 515-278-3963 to make an in-person appointment.  Appointment times are available Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 4:00pm.

Non-residents may begin making reservations on January 5, 2021. Contact the Urbandale Parks and Recreation office at 515-278-3963 with any questions.

To view the 2021 availability of this rental facility check the online calendar or contact the Parks & Recreation office at 515-278-3963.

Starting January 5, 2021 - ONLINE RESERVATIONS 

Starting Tuesday, January 5, 2021, all customers will be able to reserve Lions Shelter 365 days in advance through our online registration system.  For additional information, please call our office at 515-278-3963.

Lion Ralph Whitten Shelter (1)
Lion Ralph Whitten Shelter (3)
Lion Ralph Whitten Shelter (4)
Lion Ralph Whitten Shelter (2)
A large indoor shelter in a wooded area of a city park