Places where you can beat the DC heat

(PHOTO: MGN Online)

As temperatures continue to rise throughout the area government officials are encouraging District residents and visitors to stay cool. When the temperature of heat index reaches 95 degrees, residents are encouraged to take extra precautions to beat the heat. District spray parks, cooling centers, recreation facilities, senior centers and other air conditioned-buildings can provide relief to those who do not live in air-conditioned buildings.

If residents have more questions or are in need of assistance, they may call the following numbers:

  • Senior resources, cooling centers and information: (202) 724-5626
  • Location of public cooling centers: (202) 727-6161
  • Seniors needing energy cost assistance: 311
  • Hyperthermia hotline for the homeless and persons at risk: 1 (800) 535-7252

To help residents and visitors beat the heat, extended spray park hours will be in effect from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays until Friday, July 29. Here is a list of spray parks throughout the District:

Ward 1:

  • 14th & Park Road Plaza – 14th St. & Park Rd., NW
  • Harrison Recreation Center – 1330 V St., NW
  • Westminster Playground – 911 Westminster St., NW

Ward 2:

  • Stead Recreation Center – 1625 P St., NW

Ward 3:

  • Chevy Chase Recreation Center – 5500 41st St., NW
  • Macomb Recreation Center – 3409 Macomb St., NW
  • Palisades Community Center – 5200 Sherrier Pl., NW

Ward 4:

  • Lafayette Recreation Center – 5900 33rd St., NW
  • Petworth Recreation Center – 801 Taylor St., NW
  • Riggs LaSalle Recreation Center – 501 Riggs Rd., NE
  • Takoma Community Center – 300 Van Buren St., NW

Ward 5:

  • Joseph H. Cole Recreation Center – 1299 Neal St., NE
  • Turkey Thicket Recreation Center – 1100 Michigan Ave., NE

Ward 6:

  • Kennedy Recreation Center – 1401 7th St., NW
  • King Greenleaf Recreation Center – 201 N St., SW

Ward 7:

  • Hillcrest Recreation Center – 3100 Denver St., SE
  • Marvin Gaye Recreation Center – 6201 Banks Pl., NE

Ward 8:

  • Fort Greble Recreation Center – Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. & Elmira St., SW

Pool and recreation center hours will also be extended on Saturday, July 23. Below is a list of the effected pools and recreation centers:

Ward 1:

  • Banneker Pool, 2500 Georgia Ave., NW (12 pm – 9 pm)
  • Banneker Community Center, 2500 Georgia Ave., NW (10 am – 9 pm)

Ward 2:

  • Francis Pool, 2435 N St., NW (12 pm – 9 pm)
  • Stead Recreation Center, 1625 P Street, NW (10 am – 9 pm)

Ward 3:

  • Wilson Aquatic Center4551 Fort Drive, NW (9 am – 9 pm)
  • Chevy Chase Community  Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave., NW (9 am – 9 pm)

Ward 4:

  • Upshur Pool, 4300 Arkansas Ave., NW (12 pm – 9 pm)
  • Upshur Recreation Center,  4300 Arkansas Ave., NW (10 am – 9 pm)

Ward 5:

  • Langdon Park Pool,2860 Mills Ave., NW (12 pm  –  9 pm)
  • Langdon Park Community Center, 2901 20th Street NE (10 am – 9 pm)

Ward 6:

  • Rosedale Pool,1701 Gales St., NE (12 pm – 9 pm)
  • Rosedale Community Center, 1701 Gales St., NE (10 am – 9 pm)

Ward 7:

  • Benning Park Pool,5100 Southern Ave., SE (12 pm – 9 pm)
  • Benning Park Community Center, Southern Ave. & Fable St., SE (10 am – 9 pm)

Ward 8:

  • Fort Stanton Pool,1800 Erie Street, SE (12 pm – 9 pm)
  • Fort Stanton Recreation Center, 1812  Erie Street, SE (10 am –  9 pm)

DC Water and DC Fire and Emergency medical Services officials want to remind the public that unauthorized fire hydrant use is unlawful, dangerous and damaging.

For additional information and resources visit the DC Heat Emergency Information website.