The City of Tampa is extending the opening of its cooling centers at Parks and Recreation locations in response to the excessive heat warning and heat advisories projected to affect the city through Wednesday, August 16, 2023. Cooling centers will be staffed by City of Tampa employees, AmeriCorps service members, and Red Cross volunteers.
The cooling centers reopened at 11:00 am on Monday, August 14, 2023, after approximately 140 residents took advantage of the service during the first three-day period. Cooling centers will remain open through Wednesday, August 16, 2023, from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm daily.
Cooling centers are free and open to the public to ensure the safety of residents who are exposed to extreme heat conditions. Light snacks and water supplies will be available.
Cooling center locations and addresses will include the following:
David M Barksdale Active Older Adult Center at Macfarlane Park
1801 N Lincoln Ave
Tampa, FL 33607
2900 N 15th St
Tampa, FL 33605
Cordelia B Hunt Community Center at Al Lopez Park
4810 N Himes Ave
Tampa, FL 33614
In addition to cooling centers, residents are encouraged to take advantage of the 12 pools and 9 splash pads that are operated by the City of Tampa and located throughout the city. Open swim hours at the City of Tampa’s pools are now free through the month of August with no Rec Card required. Locations, hours, and open swim schedules can be found on the Pool Facilities and Schedules webpage on the City of Tampa website.
To opt into text messages related to heat advisories, cooling center, and tips to stay cool, residents can text HEATSAFE to 888-777.