Mecklenburg Co. offering resources to stay cool in high heat

There are several locations around the county to help residents keep their cool.
A Heat Advisory is in effect for our area from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday with heat indices climbing to about 105 degrees.
Published: Jun. 13, 2022 at 10:11 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 14, 2023 at 10:39 AM EDT
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MECKLENBURG COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) – As high heat remains in the forecast, the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County are offering the use of multiple facilities to help the community stay cool.

Knowing the difference between heat stroke and heat exhaustion.
Knowing the difference between heat stroke and heat exhaustion.(Source: WBTV)

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The Charlotte Area Transit System will provide free transportation to the Roof Above Day Services Center, any Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library location, and the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Centers, Senior Centers, and spraygrounds, which are designated as cooling stations, according to officials.

In collaboration with Mecklenburg County, Roof Above is offering its Day Services Center as a cooling station for anyone experiencing unsheltered homelessness in Mecklenburg County.

The Day Services Center is located at 945 N. College St. It is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, according to the county.

Misting stations, fans, water fountains, and chairs are also available. In addition, outreach staff will visit homeless encampments to provide information about relief, cooling station locations, and water if needed.

Some of the additional resources available, according to the county, include:

Park and Recreation - Spray Grounds:

The following Park and Recreation spray grounds are also available for use from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily:

  • Clarks Creek Community Park - 5435 Hucks Road
  • Captain Jack, Elizabeth Park - 1100 E. Trade St.
  • Cordelia Park - 600 E. 24th St.
  • First Ward Park - 309 E. Seventh St.
  • Latta Park - 601 East Park Ave.
  • Nevin Park - 6100 Statesville Rd.
  • Romare Bearden Park - 300 S. Church St.
  • West Charlotte Recreation Center - 2401 Kendall Drive
  • Veterans Park - 2136 Central Ave.

Park and Recreation - Pools:

The Double Oaks Family Aquatic Center is open 12 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Cordelia Pool is open 12 to 6 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Double Oaks is at 2014 Statesville Ave. in Charlotte. The Cordelia Pool is at 2100 N. Davidson Street in Charlotte.

Park and Recreation - Centers:

The following Park and Recreation Centers and Senior Centers are open to the public seeking relief from the heat. Please visit here for all center locations and hours of operation.

  • Bette Rae Thomas, 2921 Tuckaseegee Road
  • David B. Waymer, 14008 Holbrooks Road
  • Eastway Regional, 3150 Eastway Park Drive
  • Mallard Creek, 2530 Johnston Oehler Road
  • Ivory/Baker, 1920 Stroud Park Court
  • Northern Regional Recreation Center, 18121 Old Statesville Rd., Cornelius
  • Revolution Park Sports Academy, 1225 Remount Road
  • Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Libraries:

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library locations are generally open to the public from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Monday to Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Visit the library system’s website to get more information.

Mecklenburg County Fan Initiatives:

The Department of Social Services is also providing fans to individuals ages 60 and older, and those ages 18 to 59 who receive disability income. Individuals are required to show a valid driver’s license or State ID providing proof of age and a current Mecklenburg County address when receiving a fan. Limited delivery and supplies are available. Fans are limited to one per household. Please call 980-314-7018 to reserve and to pick up the fan at the Valerie C. Woodard Center, Building B, Charlotte, N.C.

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