Renting an enclosed or open-air shelter at one of our eight beautiful park locations is the perfect spot for your next special occasion! Please see details and our photo gallery below.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Alcohol is not permitted without prior approval from the DeKalb Park District. Please contact us for more information.
  • Shelters are not heated or air-conditioned and can only be rented from April 1- October 31 every calendar year.
  • An additional $100 CASH deposit is REQUIRED when keys are picked up. Your deposit will be returned after inspection & key return. 
  • Your shelter rental is only for the day and times indicated on your contract (which includes setup and breakdown).
  • Must be cleaned up and out by 10:00 pm.

General Rental Information

When to Apply

DeKalb Park District shelters are available for rent by individuals and groups from April 1 through October 31 each year (park shelters are not heated).

Rentals are made on a first-come, first-serve basis. All shelters can be booked up to one year in advance (ex: May 7, 2025 can be booked on May 7, 2024). Rentals must be booked no less than one week in advance to the event date.

You may call the Administration Office (815) 758-6663 to check availability.

Where to Apply

Contact Jenny Anderson at accounting@dekalbparkdistrict.com, call (815) 758-6663 ext. 7280, or visit us in-person at:


Hopkins Park Community Center
Administration Office (2nd floor)
1403 Sycamore Road, DeKalb

Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Payment Procedures

Full payment is required to secure your reservation. Payment accepted includes cash, check, and Visa or MasterCard. Payments must be made in person or over the phone, depending on which method you are using to reserve.

Key Pick-up

Renters may pick up a key for their rental date at the Hopkins Community Center Admininstrative Offices (2nd Floor), Wednesday through Friday the week of your event between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm. You may not enter the facility until 8:00 am the day of your rental unless prior arrangements have been made with the Park District.

Key Security Deposit

An additional CASH security deposit of $100 is required at the time you pick up the key. This deposit is returned to you when you return the key as long as the shelter house and area, inside and outside, is returned to equal or better condition than it was found. If the shelter is found otherwise, the Park District reserves the right to retain all or part of the deposit. Damages in excess of the $100 deposit will be billed to the renter.

Rental Documents

Shelter Rental Types & Rates

Shelter Rental Agreement

Special Event Application

Hopkins Shelter

shelter - hopkins1Built in 1935, the Hopkins Shelter has been a fixture in the park for generations. The shelter was renovated in 2008 to include new bathrooms, a new roof, new windows, new kitchen area and family restrooms.

Located in the center of Hopkins Park, the Hopkins Shelter is great for reunions and large family picnics. It is in close proximity to the playground and swimming pool.

Address: 1403 Sycamore Road

Shelter Seating (inside): Comfortably Seats 90 (Fifteen 6' round tables, 120 chairs, plus four 8-foot and two 6-foot rectangular tables)

Enclosed: Yes Kitchen: Yes Bathrooms: Yes Electricity: Yes BBQ Grills: Yes

Playground: Yes Basketball Court: Yes Ball Field: No

Hopkins Shelter Rental Rates Capacity 2024 Rate
Basic Rental 100 or less $260
Large Group Rental (indoor seating capacity is 100) 100-150 people $300
Non-Prime Rental Rates - all day 100 or less

$200/all

day

Non-Prime Rental Rates - two hours 100 or less $125/two hours

Basic rentals includes the shelter house, attached bathrooms and a designated area adjacent to the shelter. Also included are designated grills and picnic tables.

Large group rentals includes the shelter house, attached bathrooms, and a designated area adjacent to the shelter to accommodate a larger group. Also included are designated grills and picnic tables.

Non-prime rental rates are reduced fees for rentals Monday-Friday. Non-prime dates may also be rented for shorter durations.

Special Events (Hopkins Park Only) Non-profit 501c3 organization fundraisers and events exceeding 150 people are required to submit a Special Event Application. Additional information may be required during the approval process. Prices for these events are individually quoted based on impacts, costs, and involvement of the Park District. Failure to provide necessary information may result in the cancellation of an event. Due to the impact on the Hopkins Park and the shelter, the number of these types of events are limited to eight (8) per year.

An additional CASH security deposit of $100 is required at the time you pick up the key. This deposit is returned to you when you return the key as long as the shelter house and area, inside and outside, is returned to equal or better condition than it was found. If the shelter is found otherwise, the Park District reserves the right to retain all or part of the deposit. Damages in excess of the $100 deposit will be billed to the renter.

The Band Shell at Hopkins Park

The Band Shell, formally named the Dee Palmer Band Shell, is the home of the DeKalb Municipal Band, which is the longest continuously performing band in the country, having been originally formed in 1854. Many special events and seasonal concerts are held at this location throughout the year.

Address: 1403 Sycamore Road

Enclosed: No Kitchen: No Bathrooms: Yes, portable nearby

Electricity: Yes BBQ Grills: Yes, nearby

Playground: Yes Basketball Court: Yes, nearby

Tennis/Pickleball Courts: Yes, nearby

The Band Shell at Hopkins Park Rental Rate Capacity 2024 Rate
Basic Rental 708 or less $250

Lions Shelter

lions park shelterLocated on West Taylor Street, Lions Shelter offers a private setting for picnics and gatherings. There is plenty of open space and a playground in the front of the park.

Address: 700 W. Taylor Street

Shelter Seating (inside): Comfortably Seats 72 (Twelve 6-foot rectangular tables, 100 chairs, plus one 8-foot and two 6-foot rectangular tables) 

Enclosed: Yes Kitchen: Yes Bathrooms: Yes

Electricity: Yes BBQ Grills: Yes Playground: Yes

Basketball Court: Half court Ball Field: No Sand Volleyball: Yes

Horseshoe Pits: Yes Bags: Yes

Lions Shelter Rental Rates Capacity 2024 Rate
Basic Rental 75 or less $260
Large Group Rental (indoor seating capacity is 75) 76-100 people $300
Non-Prime Rental Rates - all day 75 or less $200/all day
Non-Prime Rental Rates - two hours 75 or less $125/two hours

Basic rentals includes the shelter house, attached bathrooms and a designated area adjacent to the shelter. Also included are designated grills and picnic tables.

Large group rentals includes the shelter house, attached bathrooms, and a designated area adjacent to the shelter to accommodate a larger group. Also included are designated grills and picnic tables.

Non-prime rental rates are reduced fees for rentals Monday-Friday. Non-prime dates may also be rented for shorter durations.

An additional CASH security deposit of $100 is required at the time you pick up the key. This deposit is returned to you when you return the key as long as the shelter house and area, inside and outside, is returned to equal or better condition than it was found. If the shelter is found otherwise, the Park District reserves the right to retain all or part of the deposit. Damages in excess of the $100 deposit will be billed to the renter.

Welsh Shelter

shelter - welsh1Located on Russell Road, Welsh Shelter is an open air shelter with a playground, basketball courts, pickleball courts, a ball field, seasonal splash pad, chess tables (bring your own pieces), and plenty of open space nearby.

In close proximity to NIU, Welsh shelter is great for small university gatherings and picnics. Please note that the seasonal splash pad is on a timer that runs from 10:00 am - 7:00 pm.

Address: 651 Russell Road

Shelter Capacity: Seating for 46 under shelter

Enclosed: No Kitchen: No Bathrooms: Yes Electricity: Yes

BBQ Grills: Yes Playground: Yes Basketball Courts/Pickleball Courts: Yes

Ball Field: No Splash Pad: Yes

Welsh Shelter Rental Rate Capacity Rate
Basic Rental 50 or less $100

Basic rentals includes the shelter house, attached bathrooms and a designated area adjacent to the shelter. Also included are designated grills and picnic tables.

An additional CASH security deposit of $100 is required at the time you pick up the key. This deposit is returned to you when you return the key as long as the shelter house and area, inside and outside, is returned to equal or better condition than it was found. If the shelter is found otherwise, the Park District reserves the right to retain all or part of the deposit. Damages in excess of the $100 deposit will be billed to the renter.

Katz Park Shelter

Located on Dresser Road, Katz Park Shelter is an open air shelter with a playground, ball fields, a dog park, skate park and plenty of open space nearby.

Address: 393 W. Dresser Road

Shelter Capacity: Seating for 75 under shelter Enclosed: No

Kitchen: No Bathrooms: Yes Electricity: Yes BBQ Grills: Yes

Playground: Yes Basketball Court: No

Ball Field: Yes Dog Park: Yes Skate Park: Yes

Katz Shelter Rental Rate

Capacity

Rate

Basic Rental

75 or less

$100

Basic rentals includes the shelter house, attached bathrooms and a designated area adjacent to the shelter. Also included are designated grills and picnic tables.

An additional CASH security deposit of $100 is required at the time you pick up the key. This deposit is returned to you when you return the key as long as the shelter house and area, inside and outside, is returned to equal or better condition than it was found. If the shelter is found otherwise, the Park District reserves the right to retain all or part of the deposit. Damages in excess of the $100 deposit will be billed to the renter.

McCormick Park Shelter

Located on 7th Street, McCormick Shelter is an open air shelter with a playground, ball fields and plenty of open space nearby.

Address: 1700 S. 7th Street

Shelter Capacity: Seating for 25 under shelter

Enclosed: No Kitchen: No Bathrooms: Yes Electricity: Yes

BBQ Grills: Yes Playground: Yes Basketball Court: No

Ball Field: Yes

McCormick Shelter Rental Rate

Capacity

Rate

Basic Rental

50 or Less

$100

Basic rentals includes the shelter house, attached bathrooms and a designated area adjacent to the shelter. Also included are designated grills and picnic tables.

An additional CASH security deposit of $100 is required at the time you pick up the key. This deposit is returned to you when you return the key as long as the shelter house and area, inside and outside, is returned to equal or better condition than it was found. If the shelter is found otherwise, the Park District reserves the right to retain all or part of the deposit. Damages in excess of the $100 deposit will be billed to the renter.

Rotary Park Shelter

The City of Dekalb created the ponds at Rotary Park for storm water detention purposes in the industrial area between Peace Road and 14th Street. The area surrounding the pond was maintained as open space for several years by the Park District via a lease agreement with the City in which the Park District maintained the grounds and the City maintained the water. In 1993, the DeKalb Rotary Club approached both the City and the Park District about collaborating to turn this space into a park. Between 1994 and 1999, the various amenities, including 3/5-mile loop path, fishing pier, and open air shelter were added.

Address: 1504 E. State Street

Enclosed: no Kitchen: no Bathrooms: portable toilet on site

Electricity: no BBQ Grill: yes Playground: no Basketball Court: no

Ball Fields: no Fishing Pier: yes

Rotary Park Shelter Rental Rate Capacity Rate
Basic Rental 30 or less $50

Sweet Park Shelter

Address: 600 E. Roosevelt Street

Enclosed: No Kitchen: No Bathroom: No Electricity: No Playground: No Basketball Court: No Ball Field: No BBQ Grill: Yes

Sweet Park Shelter Rental Rate Capacity Rate
Basic Rental 30 or less $50

Annie's Woods Shelter

Address: Woodley Avenue & Miller Avenue

Enclosed: No Kitchen: No Bathroom: No Electricity: no, BBQ Grills: Yes Playground: Yes Basketball Court: Yes, plus baggo, foosball, and ping pong (provide your own bags, balls, paddles or rent from District) Ball Field: No

Annie's Woods Shelter Rental Rate Capacity Rate
Basic Rental 22 or less $50