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Prince George's County, Maryland

Prince George’s County Collaborates with The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) by Designating Park and Planning Recreation Facilities as “Cooling Centers” for County Residents

For Immediate Release: 7/16/2013 10:35 AM

Contact: Scott L. Peterson / 240-619-9400

Upper Marlboro, MD – In response to extreme summer temperatures this week, Prince George’s County announces a partnership with The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s (M-NCPPC) by designating their Department of Parks and Recreation facilities as “Cooling Centers” for County residents. The Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) warns that extreme heat can be dangerous and even deadly, if citizens do not take precautionary measures to protect themselves and their families.

“We are encouraging citizens who are in need of relief from the heat to visit their local Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) recreational facility,” said Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III. “These neighborhood facilities have been identified as cooling centers for all County residents.  If a M-NCPPC facility is not available in your community, residents are encouraged to seek relief in other air-conditioned locations such as theatres, shopping malls, grocery stores or one of our 19 public libraries.” 
“We are pleased to continue our partnership with Prince George’s County by designating the use of our community centers as neighborhood cooling centers,” said Elizabeth M. Hewlett, Chairman of M-NCPPC’s Prince George’s County Planning Board.  “Community centers and senior activity centers are conveniently located in neighborhoods, so they are accessible and require little travel time to seek relief from the heat.  I hope that residents who visit these facilities will be able to see the healthy programs and activities provided by the Department of Parks and Recreation while they cool off.”
“As we move into the summer months, it is very important that our residents take the steps necessary to stay safe and prevent heat related illnesses,” said Ronald E. Gill Jr., Director, Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management. “Stay hydrated and drink water often, minimize outdoor activities and remember to check on your neighbors, especially the elderly, and on your pets to ensure that they do not fall victim to the heat.”

Permanent M-NCPPC Cooling Center Locations open to the General Public:
Weekday Hours of Operation (10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.); Weekend Hours of Operation - Residents are encouraged to call the facility to obtain weekend hours or check www.pgparks.com.

  • Baden Community Center - 13601 Baden-Westwood Road, Brandywine

     301-888-1500; TTY 301-203-6030

  • Beltsville Community Center - 3900 Sellman Road, Beltsville

    301-937-6613; TTY 301-445-4512

  • Bladensburg Community Center  - 4500 57th Avenue, Bladensburg

    301-277-2124; TTY 301-445-4512; Información en español: 301-445-4509

  • Bowie Community Center - 3209  Stonybrook Drive, Bowie

    301-464-1737; TTY 301-218-6768

  • Camp Springs Senior Activity Center, 6420 Allentown Road, Camp Springs – 301-449-0490; TTY 301-446-3402

  • Cedar Heights Community Center - 1200 Glen Willow Drive, Seat Pleasant

    301-773-8881; TTY 301-218-6768

  • College Park Community Center - 5051 Pierce Avenue

    College Park - 301-441-2647; TTY 301-445-4512

  • College Park Youth Services Center  - 4912 Nantucket Road, College Park

    301-345-4425; TTY 301-445-4512

  • Deerfield Run Community Center - 13000 Laurel-Bowie Road - Laurel

    301-953-7882; TTY 301-445-4512

  • Glassmanor Community Center  - 1101 Marcy Avenue, Oxon Hill 

    301-567-6033; TTY 301-203-6030

  • Glenarden / Theresa Banks Complex - 8615 McLain Avenue, Glenarden,

    301-772-3151; TTY 301-218-6768

  • Glenn Dale Community Center - 11901 Glenn Dale Boulevard (Rte. 193)

    Glenn Dale - 301-352-8983; TTY 301-218-6768

  • Good Luck Community Center  - 8601 Good Luck Road,  Lanham,

    301-552-1093; TTY 301-445-4512

  • Hillcrest Heights Community Center  - 2300 Oxon Run Drive, Temple Hills


  • John E. Howard Community Center and Senior Activity Center - 4400 Shell Street, Capitol Heights

    301-735-3340; TTY 301-218-6768

  • Kentland Community Center - 2411 Pinebrook Avenue, Landover

    301-386-2278; TTY 301-445-4512

  • Largo/Perrywood/Kettering Community Center - 431 Watkins Park Drive

    Upper Marlboro - 301-390-8390; TTY 301-218-6768

  • Lake Arbor Community Center - 10100 Lake Arbor Way, Mitchellville

    301-333-6561; TTY 301-218-6768

  • Langley Park Community Center - 1500 Merrimac Drive, Hyattsville

    301-445-4508; TTY 301-445-4512

  • Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center – 7120 Contee Road, Laurel – 301-206-3350; TTY 301-446-3402

  • Marlow Heights Community Center - 2800 St. Clair Drive,  Marlow Heights

    301-423-0505; TTY 301-203-6030

  • North Brentwood Community Center - 4012 Webster Street, North Brentwood

    301-864-0756; TTY 301-445-4512

  • North Forestville Community Center – 2311 Ritchie Road, Forestville – 301-350-8660

  • Oakcrest Community Center - 1300 Capitol Heights Boulevard,

    Capitol Heights - 301-736-5355; TTY 301-218-6768

  • Patuxent Community Center - 4410 Bishopmill Drive, Upper Marlboro

    301-780-7577; TTY 301-203-6030

  • Peppermill Village Community Center - 610 Hill Road, Landover

    301-350-8410; TTY 301-218-6768

  • Prince George's Plaza Community Center - 6600 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville

    301-864-1611; TTY 301-445-4512

  • Rollingcrest/Chillum Community Center - 6120 Sargent Road, Chillum

    301-853-2005; TTY 301-445-4512

  • Seat Pleasant Activity Center - 5720 Addison Road, Seat Pleasant

    301-773-6685; TTY 301-218-6768

  • South Bowie Community Center - 1717 Pittsfield Lane, Bowie

    301-249-1622; TTY 301-218-6768

  • Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex -

    7007 Bock Road, Fort Washington - 301-749-4160, TTY 301-203-6030

  • Suitland Community Center - 5600 Regency Lane, Forestville, MD

    301-736-3518; TTY 301-203-6030

  • Temple Hills Community Center - 5300 Temple Hill Road, Temple Hills

    301-894-6616; TTY 301-203-6030

  • Upper Marlboro Community Center - 5400 Marlboro Race Track Road

    Upper Marlboro - 301-627-2828; TTY 301-203-6030

  • Vansville Community Center - 6813 Ammendale Road, Beltsville

    301-937-6621; TTY 301-445-4512

  • Designated areas in these facilities have been identified to accommodate those seeking relief from the heat. We ask that all residents check in with the Department of Parks and Recreation facility’s front desk upon arrival.

    Residents may call 3-1-1 to obtain information about cooling center locations in Prince George’s County.  In addition, residents are encouraged to sign up for Notify Me Prince George’s Alerts or by texting 412912. Registered subscribers will receive critical, real-time information on situations ranging from weather- related emergencies to traffic alerts.