Keep warm during Polar Vortex at 5 community centers open late

Columbus Recreation and Parks Department community recreation centers will be putting in the extra hours during the Polar Vortex, expected to bring sub-zero temps into the capital city.

Mayor Ginther announced that the following five community centers will extend their hours of operation on Wednesday, January 30 from 9am- 9pm:

  • Barnett Community Center, 1184 Barnett Rd. | 614-645-3065
  • Beatty Community Center, 247 N. Ohio Ave. | 614-645-3218
  • Marion Franklin Community Center, 2801 Lockbourne Rd. | 614-645-30612
  • Westgate Community Center, 455 S. Westgate Ave. | 614-645-3264
  • Whetstone Community Center, 3923 N. High St. | 614-645-3217

“The safety of our residents is our highest priority,” said Mayor Ginther. “I encourage anyone who needs relief from the cold to visit one of their neighborhood community centers and for those residents who are able, please check on your neighbors to ensure their well-being.”

As extreme cold weather approaches the central Ohio, Mayor Andrew J. Ginther reminds Columbus residents that Columbus…

Posted by Columbus Recreation and Parks Department on Tuesday, January 29, 2019


A complete list of centers, their locations and contact information can be found online at https://www.columbus.gov/recreationandparks/recreation-centers/All-Community-Centers/

To stay healthy and safe in extremely cold weather, Columbus Public Health suggests:

  • Try to stay indoors. If you must go outdoors, make trips brief, dress in several layers of loose clothing and wear a hat and gloves.
  • Stay dry and out of the wind.
  • Cover your mouth to protect your lungs from extreme cold.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia such as slurred speech, confusion, uncontrollable shivering, stumbling, drowsiness and body temperature of less than 95°. Get immediate medical attention if you think someone has frostbite or hypothermia.
  • Keep emergency supplies in your car.
  • Check on elderly family, friends and neighbors.
  • Bring pets indoors. 


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