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Frequently Asked Questions about Brenton Skating PlazaFrequently Asked Questions

Here is a list of frequently asked questions about renting Brenton Skating Plaza. If you have more questions, please call (515) 284-1000 or email brentoninfo@downtownDSMUSA.com.

What is The Canopy at Brenton Skating Plaza?

The Canopy at Brenton Skating Plaza is installed every May through mid-October. The Canopy is 160 feet tall and is available for outdoor event rental, including reunions, business events, concerts and weddings.

Why should I rent out The Canopy?

The Canopy provides a beautiful view of Downtown Des Moines (DSM) and protection from the weather, making it the perfect venue for outdoor events during the spring, summer and fall. Brenton Skating Plaza has fully operational restrooms and is handicap accessible.

How can I rent The Canopy?

The Canopy at Brenton Skating Plaza is available for rent subject to weather and other scheduled events. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. To secure your date, you must pay half the rental fee. The balance must be paid at least 30 days prior to your rental date.

Is a contract or deposit required?

Yes, you must fill out the Brenton Skating Plaza rental agreement and pay half the rental fee to secure your date.

Do you provide tables or chairs?

Rental rates include tables and chairs for 250 guests. There is a fee to rent additional tables or chairs. Read more about our facility rental and wedding offerings.

Do I need to rent lighting?

Brenton Skating Plaza has minimal lighting onsite. The renter will need to supply lighting for evening events, and the staff can assist with coordinating the lighting. Lighting is beautiful on the canvas of the canopy! No open flames are allowed under The Canopy.

Can we decorate?

Absolutely! You can decorate the railing going around The Canopy, but no candles with flame, bird seed, glitter, rice or confetti are allowed. In addition, no decorations or signage can be attached to The Canopy.

Do we have to use a specific caterer?

Brenton Skating Plaza works with six Downtown DSM caterers — Christiani’s Catering & Events, Classic Events & Parties, Hy-Vee Catering (East Euclid location), Taste to Go and The Tangerine Food Company. Find more information about Facility Rental & Weddings.

Is alcohol allowed?

All alcohol must be purchased through Christiani’s Catering and Events or SA Presents. Christiani’s and SA Presents hold the exclusive liquor license for the Brenton Skating Plaza. For events scheduled to run until midnight, bar service must end promptly at 11:30 p.m.

Is there parking?

Find more information about our parking options and how to get to The Canopy by bike, foot or public transportation here.

Is security required?

If alcohol will be served, Des Moines Police Department or Polk County Sheriff Department security is required at the renter’s expense. Additional security may be required per event attendance, which may be provided by a licensed and bonded security company. Brenton Skating Plaza manager will make arrangements with the Des Moines Police Department or Polk County Sheriff's Department at renter’s expense.

What hours can Brenton Skating Plaza be rented?

Brenton Skating Plaza is available for rent on Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. until Midnight and Sunday through Thursday from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. Events must conclude at midnight or 11 p.m., respectively, due to the sound permit. Rental hours must take into account setup and cleanup. Please plan on cleaning up no later than 1 a.m. unless other arrangements have been made.