County Executive

Prince George's County, Maryland

Prince George’s County and The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

For Immediate Release: 7/19/2013 12:00 PM

Contact: Barry L. Hudson / 301-952-5980

(M-NCPPC) Remind Resident to Use Designated Park and Planning Recreation Facilities as “Cooling Centers”


Residents are Reminded to Prepare for Summer Heat

Upper Marlboro, MD – Today Prince George’s County and The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s (M-NCPPC) remind residents that there are a number of Parks and Recreation facilities that have been designated as “Cooling Centers.”  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.”

“During the summer months, it is very important that our residents take the necessary steps 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.”

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

·         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, 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
·         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 Hill Drive, Temple Hills
301-505-0897 TTY
·         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
·         North Brentwood Community Center - 4012 Webster Street, North Brentwood
301-864-0756; TTY 301-445-4512
·         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
301-736-3518 TTY 301-203-6030
·         Temple Hills Community Center - 8300 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.