Park Shelter Reservation
Welcome to the Des Moines Park and Recreation On-line Reservations System
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We are excited to offer you this on-line reservation site, which allows you to not only search for the facility and location that meet your needs, but also to record and pay for your reservation. Maps, photographs and details regarding the amenities of various parks will help you make the selection that works best for your event.

Des Moines Parks and Recreation has many additional types of facilities available for private rental . . . amphitheaters, wading and swimming pools, ball fields, community center facilities . . . the list goes on. We will soon be offering on-line rental of these facilities too, but in the meanwhile, our friendly staff will be happy to assist you on the phone or in person in reserving them.

The City of Des Moines also wants you to know that we do not save or keep anywhere in our systems a copy of your credit card number.

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About Our Parks and Shelters

The City of Des Moines has 72 beautiful parks on over 3200 acres of parkland that is available for the enjoyment of its citizens, residents of neighboring communities and visitors to the city. Experience their beauty and many amenities first-hand, through outings and events with friends and family.

Our 45 open-air and enclosed shelters provide great locations for family reunions, birthday parties, baby showers, and school outings. All seven of the enclosed and 30 of the open-air shelters are available to reserve in advance for your private event, with a nominal fee ranging from $30-240.  Our traditional wading pools are also available for after-hours events at the rate of $25/hour, with a 3-hour minimum.

Open-air shelters rent for $30 for the entire day, with the exception of the Pioneer West and Pete Crivaro large open-air shelters which may be rented for two sessions daily; 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for  $60 per session.  Enclosed shelters at Birdland, Grandview, Greenwood, MacRae, Pioneer and Union Parks may be rented daily from 10:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.  The Martin L. King Enclosed Shelter is available to rent on weekdays from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  

Martin L. King enclosed shelter has a 2 hour minimum rental  for $70; then $20 per hour for each additional hour (i.e., 3 hours=$90; 4 hours=$110; 5 hours=$130...)

Ding Darling Enclosed Shelter is $200 Monday through Thursday, and $240 on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  The cost for the Grandview Enclosed Shelter is $160 Monday through Thursday, and $200 Friday through Saturday.  Greenwood, MacRae, Pioneer, and Union Enclosed shelters are $80 Monday through Thursday, and $100 for Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.


Overlook Terrace and Trail Events at Gray's Lake Park

Plan your next event at Gray's Lake Park.  The Overlook Terrace is a great place to have an event.  The Overlook Terrace is made up of seven sections.  Three of these sections are shaded structures which are available to rent in three (3) hour time blocks at $50 per section.  Rentals of the designated open spaces throughout Gray's Lake Park are available in six (6) hour time blocks (per half day) for $250. 

Organized trail system events which charge fees or collect donations and have more than 100 participants are charged a $250 event fee.  Event planner may reserve the parking lot south of the Terrace in three (3) hour blocks of time for $50.

New Shelter

Included in the rental of the Martin L. King shelter is use of the main community room with tables and chairs for approximately 85 people, restrooms, use of the kitchen which includes a refrigerator, warming hutch, sink, counter and electricity. Helium-filled balloons are not allowed inside this shelter.

To reserve this shelter, please call our office at 237-1386.