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Hillsborough County to open 'no school day camps' for students Tuesday

Posted at 8:17 PM, Sep 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-02 23:26:11-04

TAMPA, Fla. -- With Hurricane Dorian making its way up the Atlantic Coast, Hillsborough County school officials have decided to cancel school Tuesday.

If Dorian doesn't hit the Tampa Bay area, the county and the City of Tampa will open all of its 25 recreational centers for "no school day camp." Students ages 5 to 14 will be able to go for free.

Parents will have to provide lunch and the camp will open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Hillsborough County to open 'no school day camps' for students Tuesday


"It is now a strong and extremely dangerous Category 5 hurricane," said Timothy Dudley, the Director of Emergency Management for Hillsborough County.

The storm has been unpredictable from the start. Even though it looks like Tampa will won't get hit, that could change quickly. Leaders say it's important that everyone is prepared for the worst.

"We are not out of the woods yet," Dudley said. "We're waiting for that northern turn."

You need to make sure you have updated Hurricane kit with enough supplies to last seven days. Stock your cabinets with food and water. Make sure you have an updated phone list with all important phone numbers.

"We know with the past intensity of these storms we could lose power for seven days," said Dudley.

Dudely said the county is ready, and crews are on standby just in case. The school district and county have worked together to put a shelter plan in place as well.

"We have staged food and equipment," said Grayson Kamm, with Hillsborough County Schools.

Parents will be required to complete registration paperwork before dropping their children off at the community center. The paperwork will be available inside all community centers. Space is limited at certain sites which may require relocating to a different facility.

The locations participating in these free Non-School Day Camps in Tampa are:

• Benito Activity Center, 10065 Cross Creek Blvd, 33647
• Copeland Community Center, 11001 N 15th St., 33612
• Cyrus Greene Community Center, 2101 E Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,33610
• Desoto Community Center, 2617 Corrine St., 33605
• Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 2200 N Oregon Ave, 33607
• Fair Oaks Center, 5019 N 34th St., 33610
• Forest Hills Recreation Complex, 724 W 209th Ave, 33612
• Grant Park Activity Center, 3724 N 54th Ave., 33619
• Gwendolyn Miller Center, 6410 N 32nd St., 33610
• Henry & Ola Center, 502 W. Henry Ave., 33604
• Highlands Pines Center, 4505 E 21st Ave., 33605
• Kate Jackson Center, 821 S Rome Ave., 33606
• Kid Mason Center, 1101 N Jefferson St., 33602
• Kwane Doster Center, 7506 S Morton St. 33616
• Loretta Ingraham Complex, 1615 N Hubert Ave., 33607
• Marcelino “Chelo” Huerta Jr. Friendship Center, 4124 W Bay to Bay Blvd, 33629
• NFL YET Jackson Heights Center, 3310 E Lake Ave, 33610
• Oak Park Center, 5300 E 14th Ave, 33619
• Police Athletic League, 1924 W. Diana St. 33604
• Port Tampa Community Center, 4702 W McCoy St. 33616
• Rey Park Center, 2301 N Howard Ave, 33607
• Rowlett Activity Center, 2313 E Yukon St. 33604
• Springhill Center, 201 E Eskimo Ave., 33604
• Temple Crest Center, 8116 N 37th St., 33604
• Wellswood Activity Center, 4918 N Mendenhall Dr., 33603

Recreation Centers and Art studios not listed will be open normal business hours. All Recreation Centers will be closed on Monday for Labor Day.

The following pools will be open as regularly scheduled on Monday and Tuesday. Open swim hours on Tuesday will be amended to have a starting time of 12:00 pm.

• Cyrus Greene, 2101 E Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,33610
• Copeland, 11001 N 15th St., 33612
• Cuscaden, 2900 N. 15th St., 33605
• Bobby Hicks, 4201 W. Mango Ave, 33616
• Interbay, 4321 Estrella Ave, 33629
• Danny Del Rio, 10105 N. Boulevard, 33603
• Sulphur Springs, 701 E. Bird St, 33604
• Roy Jenkins, 154 Columbia Drive, 33606
• Loretta Ingraham, 1615 N Hubert Ave., 33607

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The recreation centers in Hillsborough County participating in the free Non-School Day Camps are:

  • All People's Life Center -6105 E. Sligh Ave., Tampa, FL 33617
  • Earl Simmons Park and Community Center - 5936 Connell Rd., Plant City, FL 33567
  • Egypt Lake Park and Community Center - 3126 Lambright Street, Tampa, FL 33614
  • Gardenville Park and Community Center - 6219 Symmes Rd., Gibsonton, FL 33534
  • Jackson Springs Park and Community Center - 8620 Jackson Springs Rd., Tampa, FL 33615
  • Johnson Community Center - 5855 S. 78th St., Tampa, FL 33619
  • Keystone Community Center and Sports Complex - 17928 Gunn Hwy, Odessa, FL 33556
  • Mango Park and Community Center - 11717 Clay Pit Rd., Seffner, FL 33584
  • Northdale Park and Community Center - 15550 Spring Pine Dr., Tampa, FL 33624
  • Roy Haynes Park Community Center - 1902 S. Village Ave., Tampa, FL 33612
  • Ruskin Park and Community Center - 901 6th St SE., Ruskin, FL 33570
  • Thonotosassa Park and Community Center - 10132 Skewlee Rd., Thonotosassa, FL 33592
  • Westchase Community Center - 9791 Westchase Dr., Tampa FL 33626

They will be open from 7:30 AM until 6 PM.