Park Shelters

park shelter

Rent a shelter

Park shelters are available on a first-come, first-served basis, unless they are already reserved. To rent a shelter, you must do so in person at the Lenexa Rec Center, 17201 W. 87th St. Pkwy., Parks and Recreation desk. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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We begin accepting rental reservations on a first-come, first-served basis for the current year at 8:00 a.m. on the first business day in January. If you arrive before 8:00 a.m., please check in at the Welcome Desk (Rec Center opens at 5:00 a.m.) and enter your name and event date(s) on the sign-in sheet to reserve your place in line. Return to the lobby by 7:45 a.m., and staff will call your name in the order listed.

You will be asked to pay applicable fees (see below) and sign a rental agreement.

  • The resident rate applies to residents and businesses who pay Lenexa property taxes. If you would like to qualify for the resident rate, please bring a valid driver’s license or a photo ID and current utility bill in your name.

To check availability, call 913.477.7100 or email [email protected].

Rental times

We offer shelter reservations in the following time blocks:

  • Half day: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Half day: 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

  • Full day: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Rental fees

When you rent a shelter, you are reserving the use of the shelter and its amenities only. This includes tables, grills, cement pad, deck area and fire pit. Playgrounds, restrooms, open areas, courts and parking lots remain open to be used by other park guests.

Oak Shelter (Black Hoof Park) AND
Grand Pavilion (Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park)
Half Day  Full Day
 Lenexa resident discount $150  $300
 Regular rate $200 $400
Gazebo (Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park) 
Two-hour maximum between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.

 Lenexa resident discount  $50
 Regular rate

All other shelters

Half Day 
Full Day
 Lenexa resident discount  $50  $100
 Regular rate  $75  $150

Special event permit

A Special Event Permit will be required for events that need more space than the shelter area can provide, e.g. walk-a-thons, large private events, etc. LPRD must approve the Special Event Permit, and an additional fee may apply.

Special Event Permit Application

Please adhere to the parking lot capacity when you are planning larger events. 

Alcohol policy

Shelter alcohol permits are $25 and only apply to beer and wine.

  • You must be the renter and at least 21 years old.

  • The permit will cover all guests at the shelter.

  • You must complete a Shelter Alcohol Permit application when you make your reservation.

  • If you are having 250 or more guests at one time and would like beer and/or wine at your event, you are required to have an off-duty Lenexa police officer on duty.

  • Alcohol is prohibited at Craig Crossing Park.

Other policies

  • Restrooms: Our park restrooms are open from mid-April through the end of October, depending on freezing temperatures. From November through mid-April, you will have access to portable toilets (exception: Ad Astra and Matt Taylor Parks). We unlock restrooms starting at 5 a.m. and lock them starting at 9 p.m.

  • Electricity Outlets: Maximum of 20 amps for the entire shelter. If too many items are plugged in and the breaker is tripped, issue will not be resolved until the next business day. Please rely on batteries and generators when exceeding 20 amps.

  • Lights: From mid-April to end of October, shelter lights will turn on automatically at 6 p.m. unless it is still light out. The timer will be overridden if it’s still light out and lights will not turn on until it is dark enough. Lights will not turn on before 6 p.m. From end of October to mid-April, lights will turn on around 4:30 p.m. Shelter lights are dim, and guests are welcome to bring LED lanterns (no flames).

  • Noise: Amplified music or sound is prohibited beyond the shelter area.

  • Decorations are allowed as long as they are tied with twine or zip ties. Nails, staples, screws, cellophane, Command hooks, or any other adhesive material are prohibited.

  • Following your event, please make sure your shelter is clean and cleared of trash on the tables and ground. Please remove all decorations. Our staff will empty the trash and clean the grills after your event.

  • If you need to cancel your reservation, you must email [email protected] at least 31 days before, or you will forfeit your fees.

  • We do not give refunds due to inclement weather. However, you can move your reservation date if a new date is available.