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Jester Amphitheater and Mini Shelter

11407 NW Jester Park Drive
Granger, IA, 50109

This area is perfect for small outdoor weddings, church services and ceremonies. The amphitheater with small shelter is nestled in a hillside of mature oaks. A modern restroom and playground  are within walking distance from this shelter. Two tiers of block wall provide the seating structure, along with a stage and arbor that accommodate a speaker or performer. The amphitheater site does have electricity, however, the small shelter does not. 

 

The amphitheater/mini-shelter area is available daily for reservations from 8:00 AM - 10:30 PM.


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: Jester Park 11407 NW Jester Park Drive, Granger, Iowa, 50109

 

Directions: The amphitheater and mini shelter are located east of the showerhouse and across the road from the playground and Shelter #3. Jester Park is located at 11407 NW Jester Park Drive, Granger.  You will come to a Y intersection approximately one mile into the park.  At the Y intersection go right.  The Amphitheater will be on your left.

 

Park Map Link: Park Maps 

Amenities

Capacity: 150

Area: partially shaded

Electricity/Lights: yes

Water Hydrant: no

Grills:   A large double grill near mini-shelter

Picnic Tables: 6  

Parking Spaces: 16 

Restroom: modern ADA

Restroom location: modern showerhouse next to amphitheater

Playground: within walking distance

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

Horseshoe Pit: no

Dumpster Location (no trash cans are provided): nearby; shelter 3 parking area

Other Amenities: Roadside parking for an additional 20-30 vehicles is available.  The stage is approximately 12’ x 24’.

Carry in/carry out refuse
Electricity
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Table
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 10:30 p.m.
  • 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.