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Denver, Lakewood activate additional overnight shelters during snow, freezing temps

An arctic cold front will drop the low temperature to -4 degrees in Denver on Thursday morning.

DENVER — Denver and Lakewood will open additional overnight shelters while an arctic cold front delivers snow and sub-zero temperatures to the Rocky Mountain region.

Denver’s Department of Housing Stability (HOST) said it will activate Rude Recreation Center overnight on Wednesday, as well as Thursday.

Rude Recreation Center at 2855 W. Holden Place will be converted to an overnight shelter providing accommodations from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.

The center will be closed to regular recreation from 7 p.m. to 9 a.m.

Denver said those in need of shelter should be directed to the city’s “front door” access points and will be transported to other shelter facilities as needed.

All currently operating Denver Recreation Centers and Denver Public Libraries are also available during regular operating hours on Wednesday and Thursday for anyone who needs a place to get warm during the day.

The city said an area in each recreation center will be staffed, with access to drinking water, restrooms and a place to sit. 

In Lakewood, the city is opening its Extreme Weather Overflow Shelter Wednesday and Thursday nights. 

Fifty beds are available, the city said. The shelter is designed to supplement other shelters already available in Lakewood as part of the Severe Weather Shelter Network

More information about cold weather resources in Lakewood can be found here

The Extreme Weather Overflow Shelter will be available from 7 p.m. Wednesday to 7 a.m. Thursday and again from 7 p.m. Thursday to 7 a.m. Friday. The shelter is located in a portion of Lakewood’s Whitlock Recreation Center, which will be temporarily closed to recreational purposes.

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