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Northeast Ohio cities activate warming centers during winter storm

Winter Weather
Posted at 11:07 AM, Feb 01, 2022

AKRON, Ohio — Akron, Canton and Cleveland have opened warming centers to protect residents who don't have a place to go in from the cold during this week's winter storm.

Akron has activated the following warming centers for Friday and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Lawton Street Community Center
1225 Lawton Street
Akron, OH 44320

Mason Park Community Center
700 E. Exchange Street
Akron, OH 44306

Patterson Park Community Center
800 Patterson Avenue
Akron, OH 44310

Summit Lake Community Center
380 W. Crosier Street
Akron, OH 44311

Additionally, the emergency overnight shelter located at 111 East Voris St. will be open Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m.

The following COVID-19 protocols are in place, according to the city:

  • Limited attendance based on maximum occupancy of the facility rooms.
  • Stay in family groups.
  • Use social distancing and maintain at least six feet between individuals in all areas of the facility.
  • Wear a mask or face covering while in the facility. If a visitor has a temperature or exhibits signs of illness, the visitor will immediately be referred to an EMT for off-site medical attention.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the facility including the entrance and exit areas.
  • Community center spaces will be cleaned and sanitized

The city said it will monitor the weather and outside temperatures and adjust warming center schedules accordingly.


The City of Canton, in partnership with Refuge of Hope, is offering warming centers through Feb. 6. at 8 a.m.

SARTA will offer transportation and the American Red Cross will provide cots and blankets.

The Edward “Peel” Coleman Community Center, known as South East Community Center, located at 1400 Sherrick Road SE in Canton, will open as a warming center. Guests must enter through the west door. Masks are required and available on site if needed. Cots and blankets will be available.

  • Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. through Friday, Feb. 4 at 8 a.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. through Saturday, Feb. 5 at 8 a.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. through Sunday, Feb. 6 at 8 a.m.

Refuge of Hope, located at 715 Second Street NE in Canton, will open as a warming center and offer hot beverages and food.

  • Thursday, Feb. 3 – Friday, Friday 4 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (No overnight stays).
  • Saturday, Feb. 5 from 9 a.m. to Noon (No overnight stay).

SARTA will provide transportation to a warming center from any regular stop to the Cornerstone Transit Center on Cherry Avenue SE. Once at the Cornerstone Transit center, utilize route #110 for transportation to the Coleman Community Center.

Please let the bus driver know you are in route to the warming center and there will be no fee.

Return transportation will be provided from the Coleman Community Center to Cornerstone Transit Center on Cherry Ave SE free of charge by utilizing route #110.


The City of Cleveland is opening four warming centers across the city Thursday evening due to the cold temperatures and wind chill, each open from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. Thursday through Friday.

  • Michael Zone Recreation Center- located at 6301 Lorain Ave.
  • Zelma George Recreation Center- located at 3155 Martin Luther King Jr Dr.
  • Collinwood Recreation Center- located at 16300 Lakeshore Blvd.
  • Sterling Recreation Center MidTown- located at 1380 E. 32nd Street.

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