Thursday, 18 July 2019 14:14

Akron "Cooling Centers" Open to Beat the Heat Featured

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The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning and an Air Quality Warning ahead of the heatwave that is going to cover the Akron area, and most of Northeast Ohio this weekend. Heat index values are expected to reach 107 degrees by Friday and 110 degrees by Saturday. 

Below is the release from Mayor Dan Horrigan's office and also the Salvation Army regarding the extended hours for all of our area cooling centers throughout the sweltering heat: 

Due to forecasted high temperatures, Mayor Dan Horrigan has announced that the City of Akron will extend hours at four community “cooling centers” this week.  The community centers will be open for extended hours on Thursday, Friday and Saturday (July 18-20), from 8:30 AM to 9:00 PM. 

“During this heat wave, families in need are invited to stop by and cool down in any of our community centers,” Mayor Horrigan said.  “We are extending hours at four locations to ensure residents of all ages can escape the heat, even in the evening.  We also encourage all our residents to check in on their neighbors and family members who may be vulnerable to these high temperatures, and take steps to keep children and pets well hydrated, rested, and out of the sun.” 

Cooling Centers open from 8:30 AM – 9:00 PM (July 18, 19 and 20):

Lawton Street Community Center

1225 Lawton Street

Akron, OH 44320


Mason Park Community Center

700 E. Exchange Street

Akron, OH 44306


Patterson Park Community Center

800 Patterson Avenue

Akron, OH 44310


Summit Lake Community Center

380 W. Crosier Street

Akron, OH 44311



The Salvation Army of Summit County and the Barberton Corps will be opening their doors to serve as cooling centers and a place to provide shelter from the 90+ degree temperatures throughout the area.With excessive temperatures expected over the next week, The Salvation Army offers a safe place for community members looking to get out of the heat.

Days and Times for Cooling Centers

Akron Citadel, 190 South Maple Street, 330-762-8481

Thursday, July 18th, 2019 12pm-3pm
Friday, July 19th, 2019 10am-3pm

Barberton Corps, 560 Wooster Road West, Barberton, 330-745-2836

Thursday, July 18th, 2019 12:30pm-3:30pm
Friday, July 19th, 2019 12:30pm-3:30pm

For more information on relief from high temperatures, or to make a donation to help The Salvation Army serve affected families, call Major Steven Stoops at the Akron Citadel at 330-762-8481 or visit

For Barberton inquiries, call 330-745-2836 or visit

Haven of Rest

With the extremely high temperatures expected for the next few days, Haven of Rest Ministries wants to remind our neighbors who may be experiencing homelessness, and/or without adequate water, that our Men’s and Women’s dayrooms are open and give a break from the heat.  Haven of Rest is located at 175 E. Market Street, downtown Akron.  


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