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Detroit Rec Centers Keep Cool Amid Financial Heat

May 29, 2013

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“I know we do have an Emergency….Manager here and I know what his charge is. But I know Mayor Bing has been very supportive of recreation. We’ve been able to continue operate our buildings within the community. We’re still moving ahead with our plan to make it happen.”

—Alicia Minter, Director of the Detroit Recreation Department

Temperatures could come close to 90 degrees Thursday in Metro Detroit. Last summer was the warmest on record for the region, including six straight days of at least 90 degrees at the end of June and early July. Detroit uses some of its recreation centers as cooling centers on the hottest days. But one might wonder whether the city can afford to keep them open this summer with the threat of bankruptcy looming. Alicia Minter is the director of Detroit’s Recreation Department. WDET’s Pat Batcheller asked her how many cooling centers the city typically operates in the summer.

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Here's a list of Detroit's recreation centers, locations, and hours.

Wednesday is Heat Awareness Day. Here's more info from the National Weather Service page