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.

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

In addition to the rental rate, a $100 refundable deposit is required.

For more information, see a sample contract of the Lion Ralph Whitten Shelter.


Starting Tuesday, January 5, 2021, all customers (residents of Urbandale and non-residents of Urbandale) will be able to reserve the Lion Ralph Whitten Shelter ONLINE and also 365 days in advance through our online registration system.    

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 by credit card.

Reservations can also 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.  Our offices are currently closed to the public, but appointment times may be taken.  Call 515-278-3963 for more information.

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! 

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