Dayton warming centers see light activity

Warming centers seeing light use (WDTN Photo/Eric Pointer)
Warming centers seeing light use (WDTN Photo/Eric Pointer)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – With temperatures dropping, the City of Dayton has opened warming centers.  So far, the centers have only seen a slight increase in people, but the dangerously cold weather will hit the next two nights.

One recreation center said it has a lobby where people can come and watch television.  They also have a track people can walk around on and a game room for them to play pool and cards.

They already provide free lunches daily for senior citizens, but Wednesday they had even more people stop in to keep warm.

“I saw on Channel 2 this morning where they had the warming stations.  So, I came to the Roosevelt Rec Center to enjoy myself with the senior citizens today,” said Teri Smalls. “”It is a great benefit for people who don’t have shelter. This is a safe environment for them to come on any cold days. They always know that they are welcomed here.”

People are allowed to go into the rec centers to get warm free of charge, but there is a fee if they want to use the pool or workout equipment.

The warming centers are the Greater Dayton Recreation Center, Northwest Recreation Center and the Lohrey Recreation Center. They are open during regular business hours, 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  They will be open through Thursday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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