DETROIT - The city of Detroit has opened four recreation centers to offer air conditioning and relief from the heat that's swamped the region the past week. Six public library branches will also offer their spaces to anyone who needs to get away from the high temperatures.
The four recreation centers, which are currently used for food distribution, will be co-opted as cooling centers until such time as the current heat advisory is lifted.
Temperatures have hit 90 degrees multiple times this week and could do so again this weekend. Any relief won't arrive at least until early next week.
Mask and social distancing rules will be required for anyone that enters the cooling centers. So will temperature checks.
The locations will be open from 12 - 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday:
- Butzel Family Center, 7737 Kercheval
- Farwell Recreation Center, 2711 E. Outer Drive
- Lasky Recreation Center, 13200 Fenelon
- Patton Recreation Center, 2301 Woodmere
The public library options will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday - Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday.
Capacity is limited to 50% and visitors will be limited to two hours for safety concerns:
- Campbell Branch 8733 W. Vernor Highway
- Edison Branch, 18400 Joy Road
- Jefferson Branch, 12350 E. Outer Dr.
- Parkman Branch, 1766 Oakman Blvd.
- Redford Branch, 21200 W. Grand River Avenue
- Wilder Branch, 7140 E. Seven Mile Road