City Opens Recreation Centers to Help Residents Cope with Temperatures, Provide Relief to those without power


City Opens Recreation Centers to Help Residents Cope with Temperatures, Provide Relief to those without power

  • Facilities open September 2 and 3 for residents to charge devices and get relief from the heat

The City of Detroit will open recreation centers this weekend to give residents relief from the extreme heat and ongoing power outage. Centers were scheduled to be closed on these days for annual cleaning, but officials decided to keep them open to the community given the expected high temperatures. 

Seven Centers will open September 2, to provide air-conditioned comfort and protection from the heat and provide relief to residents who are still without power. Those without power will have access to charging stations set up in the recreation centers.

The seven recreation centers, which are open September 2-3 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., are:

  • Adams Butzel Recreation Center, 10500 Lyndon
  • Butzel Family Center, 7737 Kercheval
  • Kemeny Recreation Center, 2260 S. Fort St.
  • Patton Recreation Center, 2301 Woodmere St.
  • Crowell Recreation Center, 16630 Lahser Rd.
  • Clemente Recreation Center, 2631 Bagley
  • Heilmann Recreation Center, 19601 Crusade 

These recreation centers will be open during normal hours on Friday, September 2 and Saturday, September 3 when temperatures are expected to reach 90 degrees. A complete list with hours can be found here.

Tips to Stay Healthy During Extreme Heat

  • During periods of extreme heat, the Detroit Health Department recommends that residents:
  • Drink plenty of water, and avoid alcohol and caffeine.
  • Eat well-balanced, light, and regular meals. Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.
  • Reduce outdoor activities and stay inside in air-conditioned locations.
  • Never leave children, seniors, or pets alone in closed vehicles—even for short periods of time. The temperature inside the car can become 30–40 degrees hotter than the outside temperature.
  • Check on family and neighbors who are older, sick, or with special needs that may need help responding to the heat.
  • Watch out for signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, which include: confusion; hot, dry, flushed skin; cool and clammy skin; lightheadedness; headache; dizziness; and nausea. Call 911 immediately if any of these symptoms occur.
  • Choose loose fitting, lightweight clothing, and opt for light-colored fabric, as it reflects heat. Avoid wearing black clothes, especially if you’re in direct sunlight. Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • If you must work outside, take frequent breaks and drink plenty of water.
  • PETS: To avoid heat-related illnesses in your pet, make sure they have protection from the sun and cool drinking water. Avoid leaving them outside during excessively hot and humid days, and monitor them regularly.

For more information, please contact the Detroit Health Department at (313) 876-4000.