Media Release: Columbus Recreation and Parks to Help Neighborhoods Beat the Heat

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Important Update from Columbus Recreation and Parks Department

June 20, 2022


Dominique Shank, Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, 614-512-0049 (cell)
Kerry Francis, Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, 740-504-5892 (cell)


Columbus Recreation and Parks to Help Neighborhoods Beat the Heat

Columbus, OH–With extreme temperatures forecasted again this week, Columbus Recreation and Parks is helping residents find a place to cool off.

  1. Cooling centers will be open at seven regional community centers from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 21-Thursday, June 23: Barnett, Beatty, Dodge (American Red Cross Site), Douglas, Glenwood, Linden and Marion Franklin. 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
  2. The department’s pools are open extended hours, and admission is free. Dodge, Driving Park, Glenwood, Lincoln and Tuttle pools will have three open swim blocks:  11 a.m.-2 p.m., 2:30-4:30 p.m. and 5-8 p.m.  Capacity is limited; to secure a pool spot, pre-register online at
  3. The Blackburn, Linden, North Bank and Scioto Southland spraygrounds will be open for extended hours of 11-8 p.m. on Thursday; capacity limits will be monitored at the spraygrounds.

Please note: The Department is partnering with the Columbus Division of Police, and police will be present at all cooling centers and pools. 

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 thirsty.
  • 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. (If you are not fully vaccinated, please wear a mask.),
  • 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.