Are you looking for a promising venue to host your wedding events and festivities?

Look no further, Brenton Skating Plaza is the ideal location! The Plaza is located in the heart of Downtown Des Moines, with a one of a kind canopy.

Call Robbin today at 515-286-4914 for your questions about reserving your special date.





  • An open air facility approximately 120 feet long and 60 feet wide, with adjacent restroom facilities.
  • One of a kind canopy allowing for rain and sun protection while enjoying panoramic views of downtown.
  • Ideal for music and dancing on our unique floor.
  • Fully operational men and women’s restrooms.
  • Free parking for your guests evenings and weekends.
  • Capacity: standing 1,880 – seating at tables 430 guests


Additional Information:


Brenton Skating Plaza is located at 520 Robert D. Ray Drive in Des Moines, Iowa.

The Brenton Skating Plaza is conveniently located along The Principal Riverwalk, in the heart of Des Moines. The center is easily accessible along the waterfront and just blocks away from the city’s other downtown attractions, including the Science Center of Iowa, Principal Park, the East Village, the Historical Building, the State Capitol, and a number of dining and entertainment venues.



Rental Rates Up to 4 hours Each addt’l hour Daily max
Monday – Thursday
Free Public Event $500 $115 $950
Fee Based or Private Event $650 $130 $1,200
Friday – Sunday
Free Public Event $650 $130 $1,200
Fee Based Event or Private Event – Friday & Sunday $850 $150 $1,700
Fee Based Event or Private Event – Saturday $1,000 $175 $2,000

Non- profit organizations receive 15% discount on rental fees – Must provide proof of 501(c)3 or 501(c)6. Multiple date rentals (for different events) within a calendar year receive a 10% discount on rental fees.




  • Free street parking available on Robert D. Ray Drive and throughout the Historic East Village on Saturdays and Sundays and after 6 p.m. on weekdays.  Parking in the lot behind the Argonne Armory Building north of Brenton Skating Plaza or in the Iowa Workforce Development parking lot northeast of Brenton Skating Plaza after 5 p.m. on weekdays.
  • On weekdays before 6 p.m., metered street parking is available.
  • Valet parking at Embassy Suites located at 101 E Locust St, 1 block south of rink. $8 for up to 4 hours and $15 thereafter.

*Parking will be limited by the construction of the Grand Avenue Bridge and the City Parking Lot. Download a parking map


Request more information or check date availability for YOUR wedding!


For additional information on use of the PLAZA or to inquire about a PUBLIC event at The PLAZA:

Call or email: 515-284-1000 or

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    520 Robert D Ray Dr
    Des Moines, IA 50309-1824
    (515) 284-1000

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