Columbus Recreation and Parks to Help Neighborhoods Beat the Heat
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~ As temperatures continue to rise above 90 degrees this week, Columbus residents are being urged to take precautions and stay cool. In response to the extreme heat, Columbus Recreation and Parks has announced the opening of cooling centers at five regional community centers.

Beginning on Wednesday, June 19, the following community centers will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. until the extreme weather subsides: Dodge Community Center, Driving Park Community Center, Glenwood Community Center, Linden Community Center, and Marion Franklin Community Center.

Residents are encouraged to visit these centers during their regular hours for scheduled activities or simply to cool off. A complete list of community centers and their operating hours can be found on

In addition to the cooling centers, Columbus Recreation and Parks has also extended the hours of their pools and spraygrounds. Beginning on Wednesday, June 19, all outdoor pools will be open from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., with the usual $1 admission fee waived until the extreme weather subsides. However, capacity limits may be enforced and visitors are reminded to follow all rules and staff instructions for their safety.

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The Blackburn, Linden, North Bank, and Scioto Southland spraygrounds will also be open daily from noon to 8 p.m., with free admission for all visitors.

For seniors in need of fans during this heat wave, LifeCare Alliance can be contacted at 614-278-3130.

Columbus Public Health is reminding residents of important ways to stay healthy and safe in hot weather. These include drinking plenty of water even before feeling thirsty, staying in air-conditioned spaces whenever possible (such as movie theaters or libraries), avoiding alcohol and caffeine which can dehydrate you further, eating light meals, wearing lightweight clothing in light colors, limiting strenuous activities to morning or evening hours if possible, learning how to recognize and treat heat-related illnesses, checking on family members, friends, and neighbors, and never leaving people or pets in a closed car.

This press release serves as a reminder for all Columbus residents to take necessary precautions during this week's extreme heat. Stay cool and stay safe.

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