It’s summer, it’s hot. Where can you go to cool off?
When the National Weather Service issues an “excessive heat warning,” cooling centers open throughout Wyandotte County.
Today, with temperatures expected to reach 88, the area is not expected to be under an excessive heat warning, so those centers that automatically open when there is an excessive heat warning are not activated today.
There are still places to go to cool off, however.
The public libraries are open during regular hours to the public, who are expected to use the library’s resources during the time they are there. Those activities could include reading books and publications, or attending a library program. See list below for more information on locations.
Parkwood Pool, 950 Quindaro Blvd., noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 2 to 8 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $1 per person.
Turner Aquatic Center, 2211 S. 55th St., noon to 5:45 p.m., open swim, Monday to Friday. Admission is $3 for Turner adult residents and $5 for nonresidents. If the heat index reaches 103 or higher, there is free admission to the Turner Aquatic Center for Turner residents and a $1 admission for non-Turner residents. For information, see www.turnerrec.org/Aquatics.html.
When there are storms, usually the pools are closed.
Spray parks are open at EIsenhower Park, behind Eisenhower Middle School, 2901 N. 72nd St.; Pierson Park, 1800 S. 55th; and Heathwood Park, 10th and Parallel Parkway. The spray parks and free and open to the public.
In the event of extreme heat, the Unified Government recreation centers will open to the public as cooling centers. For more information, call 913-573-8327. See list of cooling centers below for information.
Many stores throughout Wyandotte County are air-conditioned.
Where can you go to cool off?
Cooling center list (Activated when “excessive heat warning” is issued by the National Weather Service)
Kansas City, Kan., Public Libraries
Those in the libraries are asked to participate in normal library activities, such as reading books and publications, and sleeping is not allowed.
Main Branch, 625 Minnesota Ave., 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
South Branch, 3104 Strong Ave., 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
West Wyandotte Branch Library, 1737 N. 82nd St., 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Turner Community Library, 831 S. 55th St., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday.
Bonner Springs City Library, 201 N. Nettleton, Bonner Springs, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Bonner Springs Community Center, 200 E. 3rd St., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Unified Government Parks and Recreation
Eisenhower Community Center, 2901 N. 72nd, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Joe E. Amayo Argentine Community Center, 2801 Metropolitan, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Armourdale Community Center, 730 Osage, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Turner Recreation Commission, 831 S. 55th St., 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday.
Kansas City, Kan., City Hall lobby, 701 N. 7th St., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Willa Gill Center, 645 Nebraska, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and holidays.
Wyandotte Towers high rise, cafeteria area, 915 Washington Blvd., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
Juniper Gardens Community Center, 1980 N. 2nd St., 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.
Mt. Carmel Church of God in Christ, south wing, 2025 N. 12th St., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Salvation Army, 6723 State Ave., 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Three Wyandotte County YMCAs are open as cooling centers when there is an "excessive heat warning" from the National Weather Service for Wyandotte County.
YMCAs of Greater Kansas CIty will be open to the public as cooling centers from 1 to 4 p.m. when the National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning. Anyone may come to cool off at the Y during those hours. Persons should bring a photo ID with them and check in when they arrive. Children 15 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older. Teens 16 and older may be unaccompanied by an adult. Activities vary by location. To find out about locations, call 816-561-9622 or visit KansasCityYMCA.org.
Three YMCAs participating as cooling centers in Wyandotte County include the 8th Street YMCA, 900 N. 8th St.; Providence YMCA-Ball Family Center, 8601 Parallel Parkway; and Bonner Springs Family YMCA, 2251 S. 138th St., Bonner Springs.