Thursday, July 7, 2016

City of Detroit announces 'cooling centers' for summer heat

Posted By on Thu, Jul 7, 2016 at 3:53 PM

With extreme heat being a staple of Michigan’s summers, many are left without proper shelter during these unbearable conditions. As a result, the city of Detroit announced that cooling centers will be available to those who need them throughout the summer.

According to a press release, “When the summer heat reaches extreme temperatures, it is critical to take steps to keep cool and prevent heat illness."

The Detroit Parks & Recreation Department and the Detroit Public Library have cooling centers available that provide air-conditioned comfort and protection from the heat.  The cooling centers are open throughout the summer during excessively hot days.


Knowing that children as well as the elderly are most susceptible to heat related ailments, the release also gives proper instruction for preventing and treating emergencies.

  • Stay indoors if possible. Stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air-conditioning, go to a public place that does, including the City of Detroit cooling centers. If outside, stay in the shade.
  • Drink water. Even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which dehydrate the body.
  • Wear light-colored clothing. (Avoid wearing black clothes, especially if you're in direct sunlight.) Loose fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing reflects heat. Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
  • Never leave a person, especially children or the elderly, or a pet in a closed, parked vehicle. The temperature inside the car can become 30 to 40 degrees hotter than the outside temperature.
  • Slow down and avoid strenuous activity. If you must work outside, take frequent breaks.
  • Visit at-risk people twice a day and watch them for signs of heat illness.
  • Speak with your doctor about any medications you are taking to learn whether they may interfere with your body’s ability to regulate temperature.
  • Do not use salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.

The full list of cooling centers can be found below.


Crowell Recreation Center
16630 Lahser Road | 313) 628-2050
Monday – Friday from noon - 8 p.m.            

Coleman A. Young Recreation Center
2751 Robert Bradby Dr. | (313) 628-0995
Monday – Friday from noon - 8 p.m.

Farwell Recreation Center
2711 E. Outer Drive | (313) 628-2028
Monday – Friday from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Patton Recreation Center
2301 Woodmere | (313) 628-2001
Monday – Friday from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.         

Main Library - 5201 Woodward Avenue, near Warren | (313) 481-1300
T, W: Noon - 8 p.m. | Th, F, Sa: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Campbell Branch - 8733 W. Vernor | (313) 481-1550
M, W: Noon - 8 p.m. | T, Th, F: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Chaney Branch - 16101 Grand River, near Greenfield | (313) 481-1570
M, W, F: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. | T, Th: Noon - 8 p.m.

Chase Branch - 17731 W. Seven Mile, near Southfield | (313) 481-1580
M, W, F: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. | T, Th: Noon - 8 p.m.

Conely Branch - 4600 Martin, near Michigan | (313) 481-1590
M, W, F: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.  | T, Th: Noon - 8 p.m.

Edison Branch - 18400 Joy Rd., near Southfield | (313) 481-1720
M, W: Noon - 8 p.m. | T, Th, F: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Elmwood Park Branch - 550 Chene, near Lafayette | (313) 481-1730
M, W, F: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. | T, Th: Noon - 8 p.m.

Franklin Branch - 13651 E. McNichols, near Gratiot | (313) 481-1740
M, W, F: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. | T, Th: Noon - 8 p.m.

Hubbard Branch - 12929 W. McNichols, near James Couzens  | (313) 481-1750
M, W: Noon - 8 p.m. | T, Th, F: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Thomas Jefferson Branch - 12350 E. Outer Drive, near E. Warren | (313) 481-1760
M, W: Noon - 8 p.m. | T, Th, F: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Knapp Branch - 13330 Conant, near E. Davison | (313) 481-1770
M, W: Noon - 8 p.m. |  T, Th, F: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Parkman Branch - 1766 Oakman Blvd., near Linwood | (313) 481-1810
M, W: Noon - 8 p.m. | T, Th, F: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Redford Branch - 21200 Grand River, near W. McNichols | (313) 481-1820
M, W: Noon - 8 p.m. | T, Th, F: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sherwood Forest Branch - 7117 W. Seven Mile, near Livernois | (313) 481-1840
M, W, F: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. | T, Th: Noon - 8 p.m.

Skillman Branch - 121 Gratiot, near Library Street | (313) 481-1850
M, T, W, Th, F: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m

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