Mecklenburg County Offers These Ways To Stay Cool
Heat advisories have been in effect in Mecklenburg County, so officials are ramping up ways for residents to stay cool. Thanks to a number of partnerships, providers are working together to support the community.
Partners working with the county include the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management Office (CMEMO), the City of Charlotte, and several homeless service providers. A special team is monitoring weather forecasts on a regular basis to communicate. Other partners are making additional resources available to beat the heat. They include the Charlotte Area Transit System; Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library locations, the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Centers, Senior Centers, and spraygrounds.
Here are some of the resources available:
Mecklenburg County’s Roof Above homeless shelter is offering its Day Services Center as a cooling station for anyone who is homeless in the county.
The Day Services Center
945 North College Street
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Monday – Friday)
9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Weekends and holidays)
Misting stations, fans, water fountains, and chairs are also available. If needed, outreach staff will visit homeless encampments to provide information about relief, cooling station locations, and water.
Park and Recreation Centers
The following Recreation and Senior Centers are open to residents seeking relief from the heat:
- Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center, 2921 Tuckaseegee Road, Charlotte
- David B. Waymer Recreation Center, 14008 Holbrooks Road, Huntersville
- Eastway Regional Recreation Center, 3150 Eastway Park Drive, Charlotte
- Ivory/Baker Recreation Center, 1920 Stroud Park Court, Charlotte
- Mallard Creek Recreation Center, 2530 Johnston Oehler Road, Charlotte
- Northern Regional Recreation Center, 18121 Old Statesville Road, Cornelius
- Revolution Park Sports Academy, 1225 Remount Road, Charlotte
- Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte
locations and hours of operation are available online. Park and Recreation: Spraygrounds The following spraygrounds in Charlotte are also available for use from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily:Recreation and Senior Center
- Clarks Creek Community Park, 5435 Hucks Road
- Captain Jack, Elizabeth Park, 1100 East Trade Street
- Cordelia Park, 600 East 24th Street
- First Ward Park, 301 East Seventh Street
- Latta Park, 601 East Park Avenue
- Nevin Park, 6100 Statesville Road
- Romare Bearden Park, 300 South Church Street
- West Charlotte Recreation Center, 2401 Kendall Drive
- Veterans Park, 2136 Central Avenue
Park and Recreation: Pools
Pools are open weekends— 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Labor Day weekend.
Double Oaks Family Aquatic Center
2014 Statesville Avenue
2100 North Davidson Street
Ramsey Creek Beach
18441 Nantz Road, Cornelius
Free Fans For Seniors
Seniors and adults receiving disability income in Mecklenburg County can get free box fans, thanks to the Department of Social Services. Residents 60 years and older and adults 18 to 59 who are disable can pick up a fan while supplies last. Residents will have to show a valid driver’s license or state ID when picking up their fan. There is a limit of one fan per person. For more information, call Mecklenburg County Child, Family and Adult Services at 980-314-6800.