August 15, 2022

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Extreme heat resources in DC, Maryland, Virginia

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The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for dangerous heat across the D.C. region.

WASHINGTON — Temperatures continue to climb throughout the week before topping off near 100 degrees on Sunday. As extreme, dangerous heat hits the D.C. region, the National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a heat advisory for D.C. and parts of Virginia because of high heat index values that will make it feel like it’s 105 degrees in some areas.

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If you need a place to escape the heat, here’s a list of some ways to stay cool including cooling centers, spray parks and libraries with air conditioning.

DC

Ward 1

Columbia Heights Recreation Center

Open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

Open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 

Open to senior citizens without access to air conditioning. Open 24 hours. 

Outdoor pool open every day except Thursdays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Park View Children’s Pool

Children’s pool for ages 12 and under, open weekdays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

These spray parks remain open daily from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.:

  • 14th & Girard Street NW
  • 14th Street & Park Road NW 
  • 1480 Girard Street NW 
  • 1330 V Street NW
  • 319 Oakdale Place NW
  • 911 Westminster Street NW

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Ward 2

The following shelters are open 24 hours:

  • For Men: Patricia Handy Legacy at 810 5th Street NW
  • For Women: Patricia Handy Place Extension at 1009 11th Street NW

Downtown Day Services Center

Homelessness resource center that is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. during weekends only when a heat emergency is active. 

Volta Park Recreation Center

Open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Public facilities building open weekdays from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Senior Citizens Cooling Facilities

The following locations are open to senior citizens without access to air conditioning:

  • Horizon House at 1150 12th Street NW
  • James Apartments at 1425 N Street NW
  • Marie Reed Aquatic Center is an indoor pool open on weekdays from 6 a.m. until 12 p.m. and from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. 2200 Champlain Street NW
  • William H. Rumsey Aquatic Center is an indoor pool open on weekdays from 6 a.m. until 12 p.m. and from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. 635 North Carolina Avenue SE
  • Francis Pool is an outdoor pool open every day except Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 2435 N Street NW

These spray parks remain open daily from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.:

  • 1119 10th Street NW  
  • 1625 P Street NW

Ward 3

Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

5625 Connecticut Avenue NW

Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

3310 Connecticut Avenue NW

Palisades Recreation Center

Open weekdays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Tenley-Friendship Library  

Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Open to senior citizens without access to air conditioning.

5201 Connecticut Avenue NW

  • Wilson Aquatic Center is an indoor pool open on weekdays from 6 a.m. until 12 p.m. and from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. 4551 Ft. Street NW
  • Takoma Aquatic Center is an indoor pool open on weekdays from 6 a.m. until 12 p.m. and from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. 300 Van Buren Street NW

These spray parks  remain open daily from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.:

  • 5500 41st Street, NW
  • 4500 Van Ness Street NW
  • 3600 Calvert Street, NW
  • 3409 Macomb Street NW
  • 5200 Sherier Place NW


Ward 4

Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Open weekdays from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

  • Wilson Aquatic Center is an indoor pool open on weekdays from 6 a.m. until 12 p.m. and from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.  4551 Ft. Street NW
  • Takoma Aquatic Center is an indoor pool open on weekdays from 6 a.m. until 12 p.m. and from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. 300 Van Buren Street NW
  • Upshur Pool is an outdoor pool open daily, except Mondays, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. 4300 Arkansas Avenue NW

These spray parks remain open daily from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.:

  • 1327 Van Buren Street, NW
  • 5900 33rd Street NW
  • 801 Taylor Street NW
  • 501 Riggs Road NE 
  • 300 Van Buren Street NW

Ward 5

The following shelters are open 24 hours:

  • For Men: Adams Place Shelter at 2210 Adams Place NE
  • For Men: New York Avenue Shelter at 1355-57 New York Avenue NE

Homelessness resource center open 24 hours.

Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Open to senior citizens without access to air conditioning.

  • Turkey Thicket is an indoor pool open on weekdays from 6 a.m. until 12 p.m. and from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Recreation center open on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.   1100 Michigan Avenue NW
  • Theodore Hagans Pool is an outdoor pool open everyday except Mondays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. 3201 Fort Lincoln Drive NE
  • Langdon Park Pool is an outdoor pool open everyday except Thursdays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. 2860 Mills Avenue NE
  • Harry Thomas Sr. Pool is an outdoor pool  open everyday except Tuesdays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. 1743 Lincoln Road NE

These spray parks remain open daily from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.:

  • 1299 Neal Street NE
  • 3rd & Evarts Street NE
  • 2860 Mills Avenue, NE
  • 1100 Michigan Avenue NE 

Ward 6

Community for Creative Non-Violence 

Shelter for both men and women open 24 hours. 

Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Rosedale Recreation Center

Open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Senior Citizens Cooling Facilities

The following locations are open to senior citizens without access to air conditioning:

  • Carrol Apartments at 410 M Street SE
  • Sibley Plaza at 1140 North Capitol Street NW
  • William H. Rumsey Aquatic Center is an indoor pool open on weekdays from 6 a.m. until 12 p.m. and from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. 635 North Carolina Avenue SE
  • Randall Pool is an outdoor pool open everyday except Mondays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. 25 I Street SW
  • Rosedale Pool is an outdoor pool open everyday except Wednesdays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. 1701 Gales Street NE
  • Lincoln Capper Children’s Pool is to ages 12 and under weekdays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. 555 L Street SE

These spray parks remain open daily from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.:

  • 701 Pennsylvania Avenue SE
  • 1401 7th Street NW
  • 201 N Street SW
  • 1216 Potomac Avenue SE
  • 420 12th Street SE

Ward 7

DC General Building 9 Harriet Tubman

Shelter for women open 24 hours.

1900 Massachusetts Avenue SE

Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Deanwood Recreation Center and Library

The recreation center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The library is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Francis A. Gregory Library

Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

  • Kelly Miller Pool is an outdoor pool open everyday except Mondays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.4900 Brooks Street NE
  • Randall Pool is an outdoor pool open everyday except Wednesdays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. 1300 44th Street NE
  • Ridge Road Pool is an outdoor pool open everyday except Thursdays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. 830 Ridge Road SE

These spray parks remain open daily from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.:

  • 100 Stoddert Place SE
  • 1400 41st Street SE
  • 3100 Denver Street SE
  • Division & Foote Streets NE
  • 6201 Banks Place NE

Ward 8

Shelter for men open 24 hours.

2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE

Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Barry Farm Recreation Center

Open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Open to senior citizens without access to air conditioning.

  • Anacostia Pool is open every day except Mondays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. 1800 Anacostia Drive SE
  • Oxon Run Pool is open every day except Mondays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. 501 Mississippi Avenue SE
  • Douglass Pool is open every day except Wednesdays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. 1921 Fredrick Douglass Court SE
  • Ridge Road Pool is open every day except Thursdays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. 1800 Eerie Street SE

These spray parks remain open daily from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.:

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Ave & Elmira Street SW

Fairfax County

In Fairfax County, Virginia, libraries along with some community and recreation centers serve as cooling centers during periods of extreme heat. 

Check the county’s community center website, rec center website and library website to confirm any changes to hours.

  • Burke Centre Library: 5935 Freds Oak Rd, Burke, VA 22015
  • Centreville Regional Library: 14200 St Germain Dr, Centreville, VA 20121
  • Chantilly Regional Library: 4000 Stringfellow Rd, Chantilly, VA 20151
  • City of Fairfax Regional Library: 10360 North St, Fairfax, VA 22030
  • Dolley Madison Library: 1244 Oak Ridge Ave, McLean, VA 22101
  • George Mason Regional Library: 7001 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003
  • Great Falls Library: 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, VA 22066
  • Herndon Fortnightly Library: 768 Center St, Herndon, VA 20170
  • John Marshall Library: 6209 Rose Hill Dr, Alexandria, VA 22310
  • Kings Park Library: 9000 Burke Lake Rd, Burke, VA 22015
  • Kingstowne Library: 6500 Landsdowne Centre Dr, Alexandria, VA 22315
  • Martha Washington Library: 6614 Fort Hunt Rd, Alexandria, VA 22307
  • Oakton Library: 10304 Lynnhaven Pl, Oakton, VA 22124
  • Patrick Henry Library: 101 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA 22180
  • Pohick Regional Library: 6450 Sydenstricker Rd, Burke, VA 22015
  • Reston Regional Library: 11925 Bowman Towne Dr, Reston, VA 20190
  • Richard Byrd Library: 7250 Commerce St, Springfield, VA 22150
  • Sherwood Regional Library: 2501 Sherwood Hall Ln, Alexandria, VA 22306
  • Thomas Jefferson Library: 7415 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22042
  • Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library: 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043
  • Woodrow Wilson Library: 6101 Knollwood Dr, Falls Church, VA 22041

Community and Rec Centers:

  • Bailey’s Community Center: 5920 Summers Ln, Falls Church, VA 22041
  • Gum Springs Community Center: 8100 Fordson Rd, Alexandria, VA 22306
  • Herndon Neighborhood Resource Center: 1086 Elden St, Herndon, VA 20170
  • James Lee Community Center: 2855 Annandale Rd, Falls Church, VA 22042
  • Mott Community Center: 12111 Braddock Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030
  • David R. Pinn Community Center: 10225 Zion Dr, Fairfax, VA 22032
  • Sacramento Neighborhood Center: 8792 Sacramento Dr # E, Alexandria, VA 22309
  • Southgate Community Center: 12125 Pinecrest Rd, Reston, VA 20191
  • Willston Multicultural Center: 6131 Willston Dr, Falls Church, VA 22044
  • Providence RECenter: 7525 Marc Dr, Falls Church, VA 22042
  • Mount Vernon RECenter: 2017 Belle View Blvd, Alexandria, VA 22307
  • Fairfax County Government Center: 12000 Government Center Pkwy, Fairfax, VA 22035

Maryland

Contact information for Maryland cooling centers can be found here

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