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Fort Des Moines Shelter 3

Constructed in 2016, Fort Des Moines Shelter #3  is an open air, ADA accessible shelter  with a wood burning rustic stone fireplace will comfortably seat 140 people. Firewood is not provided. The shelter is nestled among oak trees and within walking distance to lake and over 1 miles of hiking trails. Modern restroom with water is located next to the shelter.  An outdoor classroom and hiking trails are nearby.


Reservations may be made up to 2 years but must be made a minimum of 5 days in advance of the date of reservation. For example, to make a Saturday reservation, you must reserve the facility no later than Tuesday of that week.

Location

Park Address: Fort Des Moines, 7200 SE 5th Street, Des Moines

 

Directions: Take Army Post Road to SE 5th. Turn South to arrive at Park Entrance which is west of Southridge Shopping Mall. Shelter #3 will be the last shelter you see as you drive through the park.

 

Park Map Link: PARK MAPS

Amenities

Capacity: 140

Area: full sun

Electricity/Lights: yes

Water Hydrant: yes

Grills:   One large double grill and one small grill (ADA)

Picnic Tables: 14  

Parking Spaces: 32 plus 2 ADA vehicles 

Restroom: modern ADA

Restroom location: near parking lot

Playground: no

Sand Volleyball Court with Net (ball not provided): no 

Horseshoe Pit: yes

Dumpster Location (no trash cans are provided): nearby

Other Amenities: Hiking trails nearby

Stone fireplace-no firewood provided, renter will need to bring their own

Outside gathering area (outdoor classroom) near shelter​

Carry in/carry out refuse
Electricity
Fireplace
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Table
Pressurized water
Restroom

Fees

Reservation Fee: $75

  • Only one reservation is allowed per day, per shelter.

Advance Booking Requirement:

  • Reservations may be made up to TWO YEARS to date in advance.
  • Reservations must be made at least 5 days in advance.

Alcohol/beer/wine Restrictions:

  • If beer or wine is present at the facility, rental must be in the name of a person who is 21 years of age or older who will be present at the facility for the full term of the reservation. No other type of alcoholic beverage is allowed. 
  • Any renter having keg beer is required to pay a $100 deposit to the Ranger on the day of the event and prior to the beginning of the event.

Youth Group Discounts: An organized youth group may reserve shelters at a discounted rate.  Please contact the Polk County Conservation Office at (515) 323-5300 for more information on how to receive the discount.

Hours of Operation & Seasons

April 15 through October 15

  • Reservations allowed.
  • One may utilize the shelter from 10:00 AM to sunset.
  • If the shelter is not reserved for a particular date, it is available on a first-come basis.
 

Closures

October 16 through April 15 

  • No reservations allowed. Exceptions will be made for those events with a Special Event Permit. More information can be found on the facilities tab of our website: www.leadingyououtdoors.org.
  • All shelters may be used free of charge on a first come, first serve basis during park hours.

Permits

Alcohol/beer/wine:

  • Any renter having keg beer or an equivalent quantity of beer, wine and/or champagne is required to pay a deposit of $100 by marking box at check-out. A check made out to Polk County Conservation will need to be given to Park Ranger on the day of the event.

Special Events: 

  • Special Event Permit Application must be completed for things such as dunk tanks; carnivals; erecting large tents; horse-drawn carriages; generators; power saws; chain saws; power tools of any kind; public address system whether fixed, portable or vehicular-mounted; inflatable bouncers; smoker grills; extra picnic tables; extra parking; or weddings.
  • Polk County Conservation Board's liability insurance excludes the use of aircraft on park property including hot-air balloons, planes, helicopters, ultra-lights, and parachutes.
  • Special events require a 45-day prior approval.
  • Special Event Permit Application can be found visiting the Polk County Conservation Board website: SPECIAL EVENT PERMIT
  • For more information on special events please call the Parks Superintendent at (515) 323-5366, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.