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Why not plan your next event at one of the 75 beautiful parks in the Des Moines park system?  A city park is a great location for family reunions, birthday parties, baby showers and school outings.  Our park system provides 9 enclosed and 38 open-air shelters, most of which 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 Park Shelters

Open-air shelters rent daily from 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. during the regular park season for $40. 

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.

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Enclosed Park Shelters

Enclosed park shelters are available for rent in the following parks: Birdland, Grandview, Greenwood, MacRae, ML King Jr, Pioneer and Union. 

During the regular park season, enclosed shelters at Greenwood, MacRae, Pioneer and Union rent daily from 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. for $80 Monday - Thursday and $100 Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Year-round rentals are available at Ding Darling, Grandview, Jay Spence, MacRae and ML King Jr enclosed shelters, except for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.  Ding Darling enclosed shelter rents from 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. for $200 Monday - Thursday and $240 Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Grandview enclosed shelter rents from 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. for $160 Monday - Thursday and $200 Friday, Saturday and Sunday. MacRae W.C. Walker is available to rent other than Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday - Thursday for $80 and Friday-Sunday for $100. ML 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.

Click here to rent a facility online.

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Take a virtual tour of the following enclosed shelters (360 tour not available in Internet Explorer) : 'Ding' Darling, Bob Mahaffey Shelter at Grandview, Jay Spence Shelter at Greenwood, MacRae W.C. WalkerMartin Luther King, Pioneer, Bill/Nellie Ritchie Shelter at Union, Margaret Swanson Shelter at Union


View photos of the insides of the following enclosed shelters: 'Ding' Darling, Bob Mahaffey Shelter Grandview, Jay Spence Shelter GreenwoodMacRae, MacRae W.C. WalkerMartin Luther KingPioneer, Union East-Bill/Nellie Ritchie, and Union West-Margaret Swanson.