Columbus Recreation and Parks is Helping Neighborhoods to Beat the Heat
With temperatures forecasted to be in the high
90s this week, Columbus Recreation and Parks will open cooling centers at five
regional community centers today through Thursday, June 16, to give residents a
place to cool off during this week’s extreme heat. Barnett, Beatty, Whetstone,
Glenwood and Marion Franklin will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the heat
event. The department will continue to provide regular activities at community
centers during regular hours from 9 a.m.to 6 p.m. For a complete list of
centers, visit ColumbusRecParks.com/CommunityCenters.
In addition, Dodge, Driving
Park, Glenwood, Lincoln and Tuttle pools will have extended hours today through
Thursday, June 16, and have two open-swim blocks: 1-4 p.m. and 4:30-8 p.m.
Capacity is limited; to secure a pool spot, pre-register online at ColumbusRecParks.com/pools.
The Blackburn, Linden, North
Bank and Scioto Southland spraygrounds will be open for extended hours of 11
a.m. to 8 p.m. today through Thursday, June 16; capacity limits will be
monitored at the spraygrounds.
Columbus Public Health
reminds residents of ways to stay healthy and safe in hot weather:
- Drink plenty of water. Do not wait until you are
- Stay in air conditioning whenever possible. If you do
not have an air conditioner, use movie theatres, malls, libraries and other
public places that are cool.
- Avoid beverages with alcohol, caffeine and sugar
because they will dehydrate you.
- Eat light meals.
- Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.
- Avoid strenuous activities and limit them to morning
and evening hours.
- Learn the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses and how to treat them.
- Check on family members, friends and neighbors.
- Never leave people or pets in a closed car.