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Why not plan your next event at one of the 72 beautiful parks in the Des Moines park system? With 45 park shelters, a city park is a great location for family reunions, birthday parties, baby showers and school outings. All 7 enclosed and 30 open-air shelters can be reserved for your private event. Seating capacity varies from 12 to 125, depending on the shelter. For other park amenities, please see our complete list of parks and click on the park of your choice.
Open-air shelters rent daily from 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. during the regular park season for $40, double fees on holidays. LARGE open-air shelters at Pioneer Park and Pete Crivaro Park offer two rental sessions daily; 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., for $60 per session, double fees on holidays.
Enclosed park shelters are available for rent in the following parks: Birdland, Grandview, Greenwood, MacRae, Pioneer and Union. During the regular park season, Greenwood, MacRae, Pioneer and Union enclosed shelters rent daily from 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. for $80 Monday - Thursday and $100 Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Holidays. Year-around rentals are available at Birdland, Grandview and ML King Jr enclosed shelters, except for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Birdland enclosed shelter rents from 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. for $200 Monday -Thursday and $240 Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Holidays other than Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Grandview enclosed shelter rents from 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. for $160 Monday - Thursday and $200 Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Holidays other than Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Martin L. King Jr enclosed shelter is available for rent other than Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day, between 4:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. Monday - Friday and between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; a 2-hour minimum rental fee is $70 with additional hours for $20 each.
Traditional Wading Pools are also available for weekend events at a rate of $25 per hour, with a 3-hour minimum.
Overlook Terrace in Gray's Lake Park is a popular event space for weddings and other large events. It is made up of 7 sections with shade structures over sections 1-3 at the east end. Your reservation for 5 sections of terrace, beginning from the east end, costs $200 for the minimum 3-hour time block with each additional hour at $67 each. Designated open spaces throughout Gray's Lake Park are available for rent in 6-hour time blocks for $250. A cancellation fee of $25 will be charged with a 60 day notice.
Organized trail system events which charge fees or collect donations and have more than 100 participants are charged a $250 event fee.
View photos of the insides of the following enclosed shelters:
Ding Darling Grandview Greenwood MacRae Pioneer Union East Union West