Open Air Shelters

There are 14 parks in Urbandale that have open air shelters. These shelters provide a great place for individuals and families to meet, enjoy the park or have a picnic.

Eight (8) of the City’s shelters can be rented (see below). Reservations can be made for the middle of April through the middle of October, weather permitting. When not reserved, open shelters are first-come, first-serve.

The following open shelters have electricity: Bestland Park, Bishop Family Shelter, Charles Gabus, Days Run, Gazebo at Lions Park, Lions Centennial, Murphy Park, South Karen Acres Park, Walker Johnston Park, Walnut Creek Regional Park.

The following open shelters do NOT have electricity: Ashleaf, Coronado, Hallbrook, Lakeview, Rocklyn.

Outdoor grills are available near the shelters in the following parks: Ashleaf, Bestland, Coronado, Hallbrook, Lakeview, Lions Centennial, Lions Gazebo, Murphy, Rocklyn, Walker Johnston, and Walnut Creek Regional Park. There are no grills available at the Bishop Family or Charles Gabus shelters.

Open Air Shelter Rental Information

The City of Urbandale Parks & Recreation Department rents open air shelters at the Bishop Family Shelter, Charles Gabus Memorial Tree Park and Gardens, Lions Centennial, Lions Park Gazebo, Murphy Park, Rocklyn Park, Walker Johnston Park and Walnut Creek Regional Park.  Reservations can be made for the middle of April through the middle of October, weather permitting. When not reserved, open shelters are first-come, first-serve.

Restrooms are available at: Lions Centennial & Gazebo, Walker Johnston, South Karen Acres, Rocklyn (portable), Murphy (portable), Bishop (portable), Walnut Creek Regional park (portable) and Charles Gabus (at Urbandale Library during library hours). Please note that restrooms are public and are made available for all park users. Restrooms are opened and closed for the year based on weather. Please note that restrooms may or may not be available if you rent in April or October, depending on weather.

Monday - Sunday Rental Rate:

  • 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. [$50 - residents / $70 - nonresidents]

How Do I Rent - NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

Questions?  Call Urbandale Parks and Recreation at 515-278-3963

The full rental fee, plus a $50 refundable deposit is required at the time of reservation. The deposit is refunded 2 weeks after the rental through the mail, 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. 

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 make your reservation online, or pay by check or cash in office. Watch our website for further updates. Thank you!

Ashleaf Park Shelter - (see below pictures)

(3934 Mary Lynn Drive)

A picnic shelter with 3 picnic tables in a city park
A picnic shelter with 3 picnic tables in a city park

Bestland Shelter - (see below pictures)

(90th Street and Oakwood Drive) 

Bestland Shelter 2 (1)
Bestland Shelter 2 (2)

Bishop Family Shelter - (see below pictures)

(Mary Lynn Drive and Sherry Lane, Dunlap Arboretum) - Available to rent - Virtual Tour!

Bishop Shelter August 31 2016 (7)
Bishop Shelter August 31 2016 (2)

Charles Gabus Memorial Tree Park and Gardens Shelter - (see below pictures)

(3520 86th Street, south of Urbandale Library) - Available to rent - Virtual Tour!

A picnic shelter and picnic table in a city park
A picnic shelter and picnic table in a city park

Coronado Park Shelter - (see below pictures)

(Eula Drive & Sandler Drive)

A picnic shelter with picnic tables in a city park
A picnic shelter with picnic tables in a city park

Days Run Park Shelter - (see below pictures)

(124th Street & Tanglewood Drive)

Days Run Park (1)
lions centennial

Hallbrook Park Shelter - (see below pictures)

(14747 Dellwood Drive)

Hallbrook shelter (2)
hallbrook shelter

Lakeview Park Shelter - (see below pictures)

(80th Street & Aurora Avenue)

A picnic shelter with picnic tables in a city park
A picnic shelter with picnic tables in a city park

Lions Park Gazebo - (see below pictures)

(72nd Street & Aurora Avenue) - Available to rent - Virtual Tour!

Photo of the gazebo at Lions Park
A gazebo in a wooded area of a city park

Lions Centennial Shelter - (see below pictures)

(4151 72nd Street) - Available to rent - Virtual Tour!

Lions Open Shelter
Lions Open Shelter

Murphy Park Shelter - (see below pictures)

(67th Street & Urbandale Avenue) - Available to rent - Virtual Tour!  **WILL BE RECONSTRUCTED Summer 2021

A picnic shelter with picnic tables in a city park
A picnic shelter with picnic tables in a city park

Rocklyn Park Shelter - (see below pictures)

(70th Street & New York Avenue) - Available to rent - Virtual Tour!

A picnic shelter with picnic tables in a city park
A picnic shelter with picnic tables in a city park

South Karen Acres Park Shelter - COMING SOON

(2809 77th Street)

Walker Johnston Park Shelter - (see below pictures)

(3720 86th Street, south of Urbandale Police Station) - Available to rent - Virtual Tour!

A picnic shelter with picnic tables in a city park
A picnic shelter with picnic tables in a city park

Walnut Creek Regional Park Shelter - (see below pictures)

(4400 Walnut Creek Regional Park Access Road) - Available to rent

WCRP Shelter
WCRP Shelter