Lions Park 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 50 people inside Lions 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?"


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 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.

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 - 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.
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 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.

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