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LIST: Here's where to find a cooling center in DC during heat emergency

Each ward has designated places where you can escape the heat wave this week.

WASHINGTON — As the jheat index in the region approaches triple digits, D.C.'s heat emergency plan has been activated until at least Wednesday, according to the city's Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEMA) agency

According to the VERIFY team, historically, heat has led to the most weather-related deaths in the U.S. The city's heat plan addresses these concerns by designating several sites across the city as cooling centers where residents without access to adequate air conditioning can stop by to cool off. 

If you need a place this week to escape the heat, here's a list of all the city's designated cooling centers across D.C.'s eight wards, from spray parks to libraries with AC. 

Scroll down to the middle of the article (above ward 4) for a detailed map of all the listed locations. 

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.

1480 Girard Street NW

Mount Pleasant Library

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

3160 16th Street NW

LeDroit Apartments 

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

2125 4th Street NW

Banneker Pool

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

2500 Georgia Avenue NW

Park View Children's Pool

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

693 Otis Place NW

Spray Parks

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

Ward 2

Low Barrier Shelters

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. 

1313 New York Avenue NW

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.

1555 34th Street NW

Georgetown Library

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

3260 R Street NW

Marion Barry Building

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

441 4th Street NW

West End Library

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

2301 L Street NW

MLK Jr. Library

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

901 G Street NW

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

Indoor and Outdoor Pools

  • 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

Spray Parks

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

  • 1119 10th Street NW  
  • 1625 P Street NW

Ward 3

Chevy Chase Library

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

5625 Connecticut Avenue NW

Cleveland Park Library

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.

5200 Sherrier Place NW

Palisades Library

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

4901 V Street NW

Tenley-Friendship Library  

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

4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Regency House

Open to senior citizens without access to air conditioning.

5201 Connecticut Avenue NW

Indoor Pools

  • 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

Spray Parks

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

Petworth Library

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

4200 Kansas Avenue NW

Shephed Park Library 

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

7420 Georgia Avenue NW

Emory Recreation Center

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

5701 Georgia Avenue NW

Indoor and Outdoor Pools

  • 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

Spray Parks

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

Low Barrier Shelters

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

Adams Place Day Center

Homelessness resource center open 24 hours.

2210 Adams Place NE

Woodridge Library

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

1801 Hamlin Street NE

Fort Lincoln

Open to senior citizens without access to air conditioning.

2855 Bladensburg Road NE

Indoor and Outdoor Pools

  • 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

Spray Parks

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. 

425 Second Street NE

Northeast Library

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

330 7th Street NE

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.

1701 Gales Street NE

Shaw Library

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

1630 7th Street NE

Southeast Library

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

403 7th Street SE

Southwest Library

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

900 Wesley Place SW

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

Indoor and Outdoor Pools

  • 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

Spray Parks

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

Benning Library

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

3935 Benning Road NE

Capitol View Library 

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

5001 Central Avenue SE

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.

1350 49th Street NE

Francis A. Gregory Library

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

3660 Alabama Avenue SE

Indoor and Outdoor Pools

  • 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

Spray Parks

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

801 East Shelter

Shelter for men open 24 hours.

2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE

Anacostia Library

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

1800 Good Hope Road SE

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.

1200 Summer Road SE

Bellevue Library

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

115 Atlantic Street SE

Knox Hill

Open to senior citizens without access to air conditioning.

2700 Jasper Street SE

Outdoor Pools

  • 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

Spray Parks

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

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Ave & Elmira Street SW

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