With bitterly cold and potentially dangerous temperatures impacting Iowa City this week, community members are encouraged to take advantage of City facilities to stay warm.
The Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St., is available for people to stay warm while starting a new book or browsing a variety of materials for check out. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday - Thursday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
The Senior Center will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, and all are welcome to enjoy the warm and welcoming environment.
The Mercer Park Aquatic Center/Scanlon Gym, 2701 Bradford Dr., offers heated space as well as indoor opportunities. The facility is open Monday - Friday from 6:15 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 6:15 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sundays 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, 220 S. Gilbert St., also offers heated space and indoor activities. Normal hours are Monday - Friday from 6:15 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 6:15 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sundays 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. For program cancellation information, visit www.icgov.org/rainoutline.
Winter Emergency Shelter
Shelter House's winter emergency shelter is available to those in need at 340 Southgate Ave. The shelter is open from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. seven days a week.