City of Dubuque Implementing New Pavilion Rental Fees

The City of Dubuque Leisure Services Department is adjusting the rental fees and advance reservation schedule for the department’s park pavilions. The changes will become effective on Monday, April 8, 2019.

Most pavilion fees will be increasing due to a new standardization of fees based on seating capacity groupings. Park pavilions have been categorized into four seating capacity groups: 1-25, 26-50, 51-100, and 100+.

The increase in rental fees was recently approved by City Council as a part of the Fiscal Year 2019 budget process. Rental fees for pavilions were last increased in the early 1990s, when fees were based on per-seat capacity and rates increased from $0.50 to $0.60 per seat. Operating expenses to maintain these facilities have increased over time, requiring an increase in funding to maintain the infrastructure of the Dubuque’s park system. The new fee structure was developed after a review of park pavilion rental fees and pavilion types and amenities in other Iowa cities.

The maximum advance reservation is being reduced from 23 months in advance of an event to 11 months in advance. The reduction allows for more accurately tracking revenues for the fiscal year versus multiple years. Additionally, some pavilions will no longer be available for rent due to complaints of crowding issues or lack of reservations for specific areas. New rental spaces for the Bee Branch Creek Greenway and the Bergfeld Recreation Area have been added to the department’s offerings and are available for rent beginning this season.

Park pavilions are available to rent from the first Saturday in May through the fourth Saturday in October. To reserve a park pavilion, please visit or call (563) 589-4263 for more information.

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