Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation

Cooling Centers

Prince George’s County Standard Operating Procedures
For Cooling Center Activations Air Quality Rating

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When the air quality heat index is predicted to be in the CODE ORANGE range for unhealthy or temperatures are expected to exceed 90 degrees, Prince George’s County residents may seek comfort in air-conditioned Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission community centers and senior centers, Public Libraries and local malls to achieve relief from the heat.  Individuals with health problems and who have no ready access to a cool environment--and particularly those at risk for heat-related illness--should take advantage of the County’s publicly operated facilities during 90+ degree or CODE ORANGE days. The following facilities will be available during normal business hours.

Permanent M-NCPPC Cooling Center Locations open to the General Public
Weekday Hours of Operation: 10 am-8 pm)
Weekend Hours of Operation - Residents are encouraged to call the facility to obtain weekend hours. 

TTY (Text Telephone) for customers who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability.
Información en español: 301-445-4509

Baden Community Center
13601 Baden-Westwood Road, Brandywine 20613
301-888-1500; TTY 301-203-6030

Bladensburg Community Center
4500 57th Avenue, Bladensburg 20710
301-277-2124; TTY 301-445-4512;

Cedar Heights Community Center
1200 Glen Willow Drive, Seat Pleasant 20743
301-773-8881; TTY 301-218-6768

College Park Community Center
5051 Pierce Avenue, College Park 20740
301-441-2647; TTY 301-445-4512

Glassmanor Community Center
1101 Marcy Avenue, Oxon Hill 20745
301-567-6033; TTY 301-203-6030

Glenarden / Theresa Banks Complex
8615 McLain Avenue, Glenarden 20706
301-772-3151; TTY 301-218-6768

Hillcrest Heights Community Center
2300 Oxon Run Drive, Temple Hills 20748
301-505-0897; TTY 301-203-6030
John E. Howard Community Center & Senior Activity Center
4400 Shell Street, Capitol Heights 20743
301-735-3340; TTY 301-218-676
Kentland Community Center
2411 Pinebrook Avenue, Landover20785
301-386-2278; TTY 301-445-4512

Largo/Kettering/Perrywood Community Center
431 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro 20774
301-390-8390; TTY 301-218-6768

Langley Park Community Center
1500 Merrimac Drive, Hyattsville 20783
301-445-4508; TTY 301-445-4512

Marlow Heights Community Center
2800 St. Clair Drive, Marlow Heights 20748
301-423-0505; TTY 301-203-6030
North Brentwood Community Center
4012 Webster Street, North Brentwood 20722
301-864-0756; TTY 301-445-4512

Oakcrest Community Center
1300 Capitol Heights Boulevard, Capitol Heights 20743
301-736-5355; TTY 301-218-6768
Patuxent Community Center
4410 Bishopmill Drive, Upper Marlboro 20772
301-780-7577; TTY 301-203-603
Peppermill Village Community Center
610 Hill Road, Landover 20785
301-350-8410; TTY 301-218-6768
Prince George's Plaza Community Center
6600 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville 20782
301-864-1611; TTY 301-445-4512
Rollingcrest-Chillum Community Center
6120 Sargent Road, Chillum 20782
301-853-2005; TTY 301-445-4512

Southern Regional Technology & Recreation Complex
7007 Bock Road, Fort Washington 20744
301-749-4160; TTY 301-203-6030

Suitland Community Center
5600 Regency Lane, Forestville 20747
301-736-3518; TTY 301-203-6030

Temple Hills Community Center
5300 Temple Hill Road, Temple Hills 20748
301-894-6616; TTY 301-203-6030

Vansville Community Center
6813 Ammendale Road, Beltsville 20705
301-937-6621; TTY 301-445-4512

NOTE: Senior centers that will be available as Cooling Stations are:
Camp Springs Senior Activity Center
6420 Allentown Road, Camp Springs, MD 20748
open until 4:30 pm weekdays and Saturday from 9am-1pm closed Sunday
Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center
7120 Contee Road, Laurel, MD 20707 
closed Sundays
John E. Howard Senior Activity Center
4400 Shell Street, Capitol Heights, MD 20743 
open until 3:30 pm weekdays and closed weekends

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 Park and Planning facility’s front desk upon arrival. Questions about M-NCPPC facilities or programs should be directed to the Park and Planning Help Desk at 301-699-CALL(2255); TTY 301-699-2544.

Prince George’s County will activate Special Cooling Centers for residents, as needed, when the Metropolitan Council of Governments (MCOG) / Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) issues a CODE RED air quality alert for the National Capital Region. In the event of a CODE RED alert residents may call 301-883-3300 or go to the county’s web page  to find the location of a cooling center or public pool facility located closest to them. Prince George’s County will open regionally positioned Special Cooling Centers as needed to provide residents relief from an extreme heat wave.

• In the event of a Major Power Outage, Special Cooling Centers closest to the impacted area will be activated to provide residents with a cool and safe facility to seek relief from the heat. The hours of operation for special cooling centers will vary depending on the event and weather conditions.

• Any time Prince George’s County makes the decision to open Cooling Center(s) a news release will be issued listing the location and times of all Cooling Center sites. A news release will be coordinated with the Director of Communications for the County Executive’s Office, who will handle final distribution to the appropriate media outlets.

• The Department of Homeland Security, Office of Emergency Management shall be responsible for monitoring all air quality heat indexes to ensure proper steps are taken to assist citizens with health problems and to help those who have no ready access to a cool environment during dangerous high temperatures and air quality alert situations.