Spraygrounds, Cooling Stations, and Free Rides: Here’s What Charlotte Is Doing to Protect People from The Heat

First Ward Park in Charlotte, NC

First Ward Park in Charlotte. (Shutterstock)

By Leah Sherrell

August 24, 2023

Mecklenburg County, home to NC’s largest city, is offering a lot of programs to protect people from the brutal heat. 

On Tuesday, Aug. 15, Mecklenburg County announced they are providing free transportation to the county’s “cooling stations” to help residents get out of the summer heat. 

Here’s what they’re doing.

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The Charlotte Area Transit System will drop passengers off at any Charlotte-Mecklenburg library, designated  spraygrounds, recreation and senior centers, and the Roof Above Day Services Center.

The Roof Above Day Center is a resource for those without shelter during the day. There will be misting stations, fans, chairs, and water fountains. They are located on 945 North College Street and open from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays. 

Mecklenburg County libraries are open from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. 


Recreation Center Cooling Stations: 

Spraygrounds: Open from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. :

Free Box Fans 

Mecklenburg County is offering free box fans, while supplies last,  to seniors 60 years and older, and adults 18-59 who receive disability income. To receive a box fan you will need an ID that shows your age and a Mecklenburg County address. Call Mecklenburg County Child, Family, and Adult Services at 980-314-6800 or email [email protected].  

Energy Bill Assistance 

Beating the heat isn’t just about cooling off outside. If you or someone you know is facing an energy bill emergency, the Crisis Intervention Program may be able to help. This year-round program assists those with heating and cooling crises, health related emergencies, and with final notice or past due utility bills. 


  • Leah Sherrell

    Leah Sherrell is a multimedia reporter for Cardinal & Pine. A graduate of UNC-Wilmington, she's a resident of Kernersville with a background in video production and communication. Leah uses many forms of media to explore the multifaceted lifestyles and cultures present in North Carolina.

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