City Of Detroit Opens Recreation Centers To Provide Relief From Extreme Heat


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

With temperatures forecast to exceed 90 degrees this week, the City of Detroit is offering residents relief by expanding the use of four recreation centers, currently open for food distribution, 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 is a list of cooling centers open today and tomorrow from 12PM – 8PM:

  • Butzel Family Center, 7737 Kercheval
  • Farwell Recreation Center, 2711 E. Outer Drive
  • Lasky Recreation Center, 13200 Fenelon
  • Patton Recreation Center, 2301 Woodmere

The Detroit Public Library has six 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:                                                                                                                                        

  • Campbell Branch 8733 W. Vernor Highway
  • 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

For additional details, go to the Detroit Public Library: Reopening with Care page

“Excessive heat tops the list of weather-related deaths in the United States. 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 ensure all residents have a safe place to go to escape the extreme heat,” says Chief Public Health Officer Denise Fair. “I encourage all Detroiters to do what they can to protect themselves, their family, neighbors and pets from the heat.”

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, visit the Cooling Centers page.