James City County Invites Public to Cool Off in Rec Center, Libraries

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The James City County Recreation Center
The James City County Recreation Center

James City County officials are inviting the public to drop by the county’s recreation center or its libraries to escape the blistering heat that has shown no signs of letting up for more than a week.

The recreation center, the Williamsburg Regional Library and the James City County Library are all air conditioned and open during the hottest hours of the day.

The area will see some relief through Saturday, when the high is not predicted to rise above 90 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures have reached the upper 90s for the past several days, leading to head index values of more than 100 degrees.

To stay safe in the heat, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management recommends several steps that include avoiding strenuous outdoor activities, drinking plenty of water, eating light meals, wearing light and loose-fitting clothing, never leaving children or pets in closed vehicles for any amount of time and avoiding the outdoors during the hottest time of the day.

The James City County Department of Social Services is also accepting cooling assistance applications.

That program provides resources to help homes featuring at least one vulnerable person over 60 or under 6. Its services include the purchase and repair of cooling equipment or payment for electricity to operate the equipment.

The deadline to apply for the program is Aug. 17. County residents can apply online or complete a paper application at the Department of Social Service’s building at 5249 Olde Towne Road. For more information, call 259-3100.

The Williamsburg Regional and the James City County libraries are open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The Williamsburg Regional Library is located at 515 Scotland St. in Williamsburg, and the Croaker Road Library is located at 7770 Croaker Road.

The recreation center, located at 5301 Longhill Road, is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday.