Linden Neighborhood Conversation

Robin Davis
Director of Media Relations

Melanie Crabill
Communications Manager

Media Advisory
News Date: January 29, 2019

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther Announces Extended Hours for Community Recreation Centers During Extreme Cold Weather

As extreme cold weather approaches the central Ohio, Mayor Andrew J. Ginther reminds Columbus residents that Columbus Recreation and Parks Department community recreation centers remain open, and five community centers will have extended hours of operations on Wednesday, January 30.

 “The safety of our residents is our highest priority,” said Mayor Ginther. “I encourage anyone who needs relief from the cold to visit one of their neighborhood community centers and for those residents who are able, please check on your neighbors to ensure their well-being.”

On Wednesday, January 30, 2019, Columbus Recreation and Parks Department will extend the hours of five centers throughout Columbus. The following centers will include hours of operation from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.:

  • Barnett Community Center, 1184 Barnett Rd. | 614-645-3065
  • Beatty Community Center, 247 N. Ohio Ave. | 614-645-3218
  • Marion Franklin Community Center, 2801 Lockbourne Rd. | 614-645-30612
  • Westgate Community Center, 455 S. Westgate Ave. | 614-645-3264
  • Whetstone Community Center, 3923 N. High St. | 614-645-3217

A complete list of centers, their locations and contact information can be found online at

To stay healthy and safe in extremely cold weather, Columbus Public Health suggests:

  • Try to stay indoors. If you must go outdoors, make trips brief, dress in several layers of loose clothing and wear a hat and gloves.
  • Stay dry and out of the wind.
  • Cover your mouth to protect your lungs from extreme cold.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia such as slurred speech, confusion, uncontrollable shivering, stumbling, drowsiness and body temperature of less than 95°. Get immediate medical attention if you think someone has frostbite or hypothermia.
  • Keep emergency supplies in your car.
  • Check on elderly family, friends and neighbors.
  • Bring pets indoors. 

Additionally, the Community Shelter Board has provided a list of Winter Warming Stations.