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:
- Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center, 2921 Tuckaseegee Road, Charlotte
- Eastway Regional Recreation Center, 3150 Eastway Park Drive, Charlotte
- Ivory/Baker Recreation Center, 1920 Stroud Park Court, Charlotte
- Mallard Creek Recreation Center, 2530 Johnston Oehler Road, Charlotte
- Revolution Park Sports Academy, 1225 Remount Road, Charlotte
- Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte
- David B. Waymer Recreation Center, 14008 Holbrooks Road, Huntersville
- Northern Regional Recreation Center, 18121 Old Statesville Road, Cornelius
Spraygrounds: Open from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. :
- Clarks Creek Community Park, 5435 Hucks Road
- Captain Jack, Elizabeth Park, 1100 E. Trade St.
- Cordelia Park, 600 E. 24th St.
- First Ward Park, 301 E. Seventh St.
- Latta Park, 601 E. Park Ave.
- Nevin Park, 6100 Statesville Road
- Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Church St.
- West Charlotte Recreation Center, 2401 Kendall Drive
- Veterans Park, 2136 Central Ave.
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.