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Tampa opens child care sites after threat of Ian closes schools

Tampa families can bring students who are in kindergarten through 12th grade to the camps on Monday and Tuesday.
This graphic shows when forecasters expect tropical storm force winds to arrive in the Tampa Bay area from Hurricane Ian.
This graphic shows when forecasters expect tropical storm force winds to arrive in the Tampa Bay area from Hurricane Ian. [ National Hurricane Center ]
Published Sep. 26|Updated Sep. 26

The city of Tampa on Monday morning announced that it was opening 16 child care sites at parks and recreation centers for families with students affected by the closing of Hillsborough County schools due to Hurricane Ian.

Later Monday, the city said three of the sites — the Port Tampa Park Community Center, Loretta Ingraham Recreation Complex and Kate Jackson Community Center — will be closed Tuesday because they are located in evacuation zones A and B. The city added a new location at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Recreational Complex that will be open Tuesday.

The child care camps will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and are available to students between kindergarten and 12th grade.

Hillsborough schools officials announced Sunday that public schools would be closed from Monday through Thursday because of the pending threat from Hurricane Ian.

To attend the camps, families must live in the Tampa city limits. Families should pack a lunch and provide snacks for children who will attend. And those who don’t have a “rec card” must see a Parks and Recreation department staff member to complete a registration form, city officials said.

The city said all other parks and recreation programs will be canceled until further notice.

The locations for Tuesday are as follows:

Spring Hill Community Center

1000 E Eskimo Ave.

Rowlett Activity Center

2313 E Yukon St.

Forest Hills Community Center

724 W 109th Ave.

Copeland Community Center

11001 N 15th St.

Jackson Heights Community Center

3310 E Lake Ave.

Cyrus Greene Center

2101 E Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Grant Park Community Center

3724 N 54th St.

Fair Oaks Community Center

5019 N 34th St.

Gwen Miller Community Center

6410 N 32nd St.

Benito Community Center

10065 Cross Creek Blvd.

DeSoto Park Center

2617 Corrine St.

P.A.L. (Police Athletic League)

1924 W. Diana St.

Wellswood Community Center

4918 N Mendenhall Drive

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Complex

2200 N Oregon Avenue

Times staff writer Sam Ogozalek contributed to this report.

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