Park Shelter Reservations

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Make your next party or family outing special by having it in one of West Des Moines' beautiful parks. Shelter rental reservations can be made beginning on the first business day of January each year.

NEW IN 2018!

You can now view shelter availability and submit requests for a shelter reservations online.
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Information needed for rental requests:

  • Start time for event set-up
  • End time for event clean-up
  • Number of guests anticipated
  • Additional permit applications needed (if applicable)
  • Contact person/payor
    • Name, Birthdate, Address, Phone and Email
  • Payment method

Shelter reservations can also be made by phone with Visa, Mastercard or Discover by calling 515-222-3444 or in person with cash, check, or credit card at the West Des Moines Parks and Recreation Administrative Office at 4200 Mills Civic Parkway. Office hours are 8am-5pm Monday-Friday.

Open-air shelters that can be reserved, weather permitting, between April 15 and October 15, are located at the following parks:

Park Shelter


American Legion Park

75 people

Brookview Park

40 people

Crossroads Park

(Rental of Crossroads Park shelter includes reservation of the adjacent open playfield.)

60 people

Fairmeadows Park

50 people

Pearson Park

60 people

Raccoon River Park

Biddle Rotary Shelter

Coneflower Shelter A

Coneflower Shelter B

Coneflower Shelter C


75 people

50 people

50 people

50 people

When not rented, the shelters listed above are available for use on a first-come, first-served basis.  

All other park shelters are non-reservable but are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 
Click here for a matrix comparing all West Des Moines' parks and their amenities

Rental Rates: $10 per hour, four hour minumum - rental time must include setup, event and clean-up. 

  • Shelter reservation fees are non-refundable. There are no refunds for cancellations.
  • Changes in event date, time or location are subject to availability and will result in a $10 change fee.
  • Events impacted by inclement weather must contact the Administrative Office at 515-222-3444 for rescheduling options within 3 business days of the event. 
  • Changes due to inclement weather will still result in a $10 change fee.
  • Additional permits are subject to availability and additional fees apply.  Additional permits are needed for amplified sound (DJ, band, karaoke, etc.) or tent/inflatable (bounce house, etc.)
  • The Park Shelter Rental Agreement serves as proof of your rental and event details. Please have it available during your rental.

For more information call 515-222-3444 or email