Updated: 01/27/2014 5:08 PM
Created: 01/23/2014 5:34 PM KSTP.com
By: Tom Durian
Many parents across the metro were left looking for a place to send their kids Thursday after it was announced that many schools would be closed due to extremely cold temperatures.
The Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board decided to open many of its facilities early to give kids a place to go and parents some relief.
Lynnhurst Recreation Director Ann Heath says parents were happy they could take their kids to the center so they could go to work. "They're happy that we are here and providing the service. We've heard a lot of thank you, I appreciate this... This has saved me from a lot of stress today" said Heath.
Parks and Recreation Director of recreation programs Al Bangoura says the department plans for days like this, "release days" as they are known throughout the system. That means there is no strain on the budget.
Parents pay $38 a day for services at the center.