City of Detroit Opens Cooling Centers to Provide Relief from Extreme Heat

City of Detroit Opens Cooling Centers to Provide Relief from Extreme Heat

  • Seven recreation centers to provide air-conditioned comfort, and protection from extreme temperatures
  • Seven Detroit Public Library branches also open to provide relief from heat
  • Safety protocols will be in place to protect against COVID-19

With extremely high temperatures in the forecast, the City of Detroit is offering residents relief by expanding the use of seven recreation centers to serve as cooling centers for residents effective immediately until such time as the current heat advisory is lifted.

Residents and staff are required to wear a face mask and observe social distancing. Staff will also conduct temperature checks. High-touch areas and restrooms will be disinfected every two hours, and maximum capacity limits at each site have been lowered. PPE and bottled water will also be provided.

The following centers are open to provide residents relief from the heat:

  • Adams Butzel Complex, 10500 Lyndon (M-F, 8 AM-9 PM; Saturday 10 AM-6 PM)
  • Farwell Recreation Center, 2711 E. Outer Drive (M-F, 11 AM – 7 PM; not open Saturdays)
  • Lasky Recreation Center, 13200 Fenelon (M-F, 1 PM – 9 PM; not open Saturdays)
  • Patton Recreation Center, 2301 Woodmere (M-F, 8 AM – 9 PM; Saturday 10 AM – 6 PM)
  • Kemeny Recreation Center, 2260 S. Fort (M-F, 8 AM-9 PM; Saturday 10 AM-6 PM)
  • Crowell Recreation Center, 16630 Lahser (M-F, 1 PM – 9 PM; not open Saturdays)
  • Heilmann Recreation Center, 19601 Crusade (M-F, 8 AM – 9 PM; Saturday 10 AM – 6 PM)


The Detroit Public Library has seven branch locations to offer relief from extreme temperatures.  All branches are open 10AM – 8PM Monday through Thursday and from 10AM – 6PM Friday. Capacity is limited to 50% and visitors are limited to two hours to slow the spread of COVID-19:                   

  • Main Library, 5201 Woodward Avenue
  • Campbell Branch, 8733 W. Vernor Hwy.
  • Edison Branch, 18400 Joy Road
  • Jefferson Branch, 12350 E. Outer Dr.
  • Parkman Branch, 1766 Oakman Blvd.
  • Redford Branch, 21200 W. Grand River Avenue
  • Wilder Branch, 7140 E. Seven Mile Road


“The City of Detroit is taking steps to protect Detroiters from extreme heat with the opening of cooling centers in neighborhoods across the City,” said Chief Public Health Officer Denise Fair Razo. “Young children, older adults, and those living with chronic medical conditions are especially vulnerable. The Detroit Health Department is working closely with Parks & Recreation Department to provide a safe space that is accessible to all residents. I encourage all Detroiters to protect themselves from the heat. Check on your neighbors, and don’t forget to take care of pets.”

The Detroit Health Department recommends the following to stay safe during times of extremely high temperatures: drink more water, limit outside activities during the hours 11AM to 4PM, be on the lookout for signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke such as nausea, confusion, rapid or slowed heart rate. For further tips and a list of all cooling centers with hours, go to:

https://detroitmi.gov/departments/homeland-security-emergency-management-detroit/shelters-warming-and-cooling-centers/cooling-centers  

The Detroit Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management has further tips and resources regarding extreme heat:

https://detroitmi.gov/departments/homeland-security-emergency-management-detroit/severe-weather-warnings-safety-tips-and-resources/severe-weather-hazards-safety-tips/heat-heat-stroke