Cooling Centers Available During Summer Months

Article courtesy of the Charles County Government

As the summer heat begins, it is important to stay cool and hydrated. When the National Weather issues a Heat Advisory, Excessive Heat Watch, Excessive Heat Warning, or Air Quality Alert of Orange or greater, the following public buildings are open during regular business hours for use by residents:


Capital Clubhouse 

Monday – Sunday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
3033 Waldorf Market Place, Waldorf


Richard R. Clark Senior Center

Monday – Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
1210 Charles Street, La Plata


Nanjemoy Community Center 

Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
4375 Port Tobacco Road, Nanjemoy    


Charles County Public Libraries
All branches: Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m; Friday 1-5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

  • La Plata Branch, 2 Garrett Avenue, La Plata
  • P.D. Brown Memorial Branch, 50 Village Street, Waldorf
  • Potomac Branch, 3225 Ruth B. Swan Drive, Indian Head
  • Waldorf West Library, 10405 O’Donnell Place, Waldorf

Outdoor Pools 

(Monday – Friday, Noon-8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Noon-6 p.m.)

  • La Plata High School, 6035 Radio Station Road, La Plata Thomas Stone High School, 3785 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf
  • McDonough High School, 7165 Marshall Corner Road, Pomfret

Indoor Pools
Monday – Sunday, Noon-5 p.m.

  • Donald M. Wade Aquatic Center at St. Charles High School, 5305 Piney Church Road, Waldorf
  • North Point High School, 2500 Davis Road, Waldorf

Monday – Friday, Noon – 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Noon-5 p.m.

  • Lackey High School, 3000 Chicamuxen Rd, Indian Head

To avoid heat-related issues, take additional precautions if you work or spend time outside during extreme heat. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.  Visit online for the latest list of cooling centers.

Citizens should call 9-1-1 in the event of any emergency, heat-related or otherwise.  For additional preparedness information, visit: