Lions Park Shelter

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 full kitchen is included in the rental to meet all your meal/catering needs.  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.

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

All times slots include your set-up and clean-up time.

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.

When can I rent for 2019?

Residents of Urbandale began making reservations  on October 1, 2018.  Non-residents may reserve the facilities beginning January 2, 2019.  Contact the Urbandale Parks and Recreation office at 515-278-3963 if you have any questions.


A large indoor shelter in a wooded area of a city park
A large open room next to a kitchenette area of an indoor rental facility
A kitchenette area of an indoor rental facility
Tables and chairs resting against the wall of a large indoor open room