Tampa Opened Doors of Recreation Centers for Hurricane Hermine and Saw Great Success

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In an effort to provide an alternate location for Tampa residents, including kids and seniors, to go because of closures due to the storm, the City of Tampa opened all Recreation facilities from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 1st and Friday, September 2nd .

It is the first time the City has opened recreation centers during a severe weather event and in sheer numbers of participants, the program proved to be a success. 697 teens and kids and 206 seniors found a safe haven at the city’s facilities over the two-day course of Hurricane Hermine. The centers were opened free of charge for ages 5 and up. Kids engaged in sports activities, computer labs, art classes, music and dance and more.

“During these storms families can be put in very difficult situations. Many parents need to work and finding childcare can be an impossible task when schools close,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “Residents participating in such large numbers shows there was a need there and I am grateful that we were able to provide a solution for families who needed it and a safe place for our kids and seniors during this very serious storm.”