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Jester Amphitheater and Mini Shelter

12130 NW 128th Street
Ph: 515-323-5300
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 has electricity; 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 7 days in advance of the date of reservation. For reservations within 7 days, please contact our office. 


Park Address: Jester Park 12130 NW 128th St., 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 12130 NW 128th St., Granger. From the main entrance, go past the nature center to the stop sign. Turn right. You will come to a Y intersection approximately one mile into the park.  At the Y intersection go left.  The Amphitheater will be on your left.


Park Map Link: Park Maps 


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
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Table


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 7 days in advance. For reservations within 7 days, please contact our office. 

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 to 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.