With schools out, Tampa opens rec centers early
With schools closed, the city of Tampa is opening its recreation centers early starting today to give kids and a parents a break, officials said.
Normally, the rec centers would not offer programmed activities until the afternoons after school, city spokeswoman Ashley Bauman said. But they will be open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. today through Friday.
“Thousands of residents in the city are still out of power. It’s hot and uncomfortable. We are hoping by opening up the parks and pools, families will be able to get out, cool off, and make the best of the next couple days,” Mayor Bob Buckhorn said in announcing the openings. “Our work didn’t stop after the sun came out. We are out in neighborhoods cleaning up debris, fixing traffic signals and addressing issues in every corner of our city. Be patient with us and be kind to your neighbors. We are all in this together.”
In 2015, the city opened its recreation centers late to give children and teens a place to go during the summer. The move came after an unusually deadly spate of shootings. Since then, the city’s Stay & Play program has seen tens of thousands of young people come for the opportunity.
The facilities open early are:
Benito Playground Activity Center, 10065 Cross Creek Blvd.
Copeland Park Center, 11001 N 15th St.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Complex, 2200 N Oregon Ave.
Fair Oaks Center, 5019 N 34th St.
Forest Hills Center, 724 W 109th Ave
Grant Park Activity Center, 3724 N 54th Ave.
Gwendolyn Miller Center, 6410 N 32nd St.
Henry & Ola Center, 502 W Henry Ave.
Kwane Doster Center, 7506 S Morton St.
Loretta Ingraham Complex and Community Center, 1615 N Hubert Ave.
Friendship Center, 4124 W Bay to Bay Blvd.
NFL YET Jackson Heights Center, 3310 E Lake Ave.
Oak Park Center, 5300 E 14th Ave.
Springhill Center, 201 E Eskimo Ave.
Williams Park Center, 4362 E Osborne Ave.
Cyrus Greene Park, 2101 E Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd.
Copeland Park, 11001 N 15th St.