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Jester Park Shelter 5

12130 NW 128th Street
Ph: 515-323-5300
Granger, IA, 50109

Jester Park Shelter #5 is an open air, accessible shelter that is nestled in among the trees.  Discovery Pond is located across the road from this shelter. This shelter provides just the right amount of privacy for your event.  Water and electricity are also available at this shelter. Water is available from mid-April through mid-October.

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.


Park Address: Jester Park 12130 NW 128th St., Granger, Iowa, 50109


Directions: From the main entrance, go past the nature center to the stop sign. Turn ?left. Shelter #5 will be on your right, just after the cabins.


Park Map Link:  PARK MAPS



Capacity: 150

Area: full sun

Electricity/Lights: yes

Water Hydrant: yes

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

Picnic Tables: 10  

Parking Spaces: 20 

Restroom: pit latrine

Restroom location: 15 yards away

Playground: no

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

Horseshoe Pit: no

Dumpster Location (no trash cans are provided): in parking lot

Other Amenities: Located in wooded setting across from Discovery Pond; large grassy area

Carry in/carry out refuse
Picnic Table
Pressurized water


Reservation Fee: $60

  • 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.


 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.