In this extreme heat, one Maryland city is offering locations to cool off at…for free!
When the temperature or heat index is above 95 degrees or when a code red air quality alert is issued, locals can visit four different cooling centers in Rockville.
The community buildings offer seating, drinks, and of course, air-conditioning.
Rockville’s Director of Communication, Marylou Berg says it’s an especially great resource for people without access to air-conditioning, but everyone is welcome.
“When the temperatures rise outside, we allow anyone to come in, get water, rest, get some cool air, and use the restrooms,” said Yvette Yeboah-Schools, Lincoln Park Community Center Supervisor.
The cooling centers are free, but if you’re interested in using the amenities, you do have to pay for a daily pass, which typically ranges between five and seven dollars in the summer.
Cooling Center Locations:
Lincoln Park Community Center, 357 Frederick Ave.
Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Drive
Thomas Farm Community Center, 700 Fallsgrove Drive
Twinbrook Community Recreation Center, 12920 Twinbrook Parkway