Pawtucket announces cooling centers

Pawtucket announces cooling centers

PAWTUCKET – Mayor Donald Grebien has announced cooling centers that will help the residents of Pawtucket keep cool and safe during the anticipated heat wave this weekend. With a high of 100 degrees expected Saturday, cooling centers are available to members of the public who may lack access to air conditioning.

“We want to ensure that our residents, especially the elderly population and our children, have free places to go during the heat wave that will keep them safe and cool. We thank the Police Department, the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, the Leon Mathieu Senior Center, and the Housing Authority for their collaboration in making sites available,” said Grebien. “We urge everyone to take the necessary precautions to stay cool and hydrated.”

“It is important to not underestimate how quickly excessive heat can cause heat related injuries to individuals. It is vital that you remain hydrated and limit you time in the heat if possible,” said Pawtucket Central Falls Emergency Management Agency Director David Deloge. “Please also do not forget that pets are affected by the heat just as humans are and take the necessary steps to keep them safe.”

Hot and humid weather can be especially concerning for senior citizens. The city will be providing special weekend hours for the Senior Center to serve as a cooling center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The locations of the cooling centers are:

• The Leon Mathieu Senior Center, 420 Main St., open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• The Blackstone Valley Visitor Center, 175 Main St., open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• The Pawtucket Police Department headquarters lobby, 121 Roosevelt Ave., available 24 hours every day.

• The Pawtucket Public Library, 13 Summer St., open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8:45 p.m., and on Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. The Library is also a free summer meal site for children from Monday to Friday, noon to 1 p.m.

• Kennedy Manor 175 Broad St., open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

• St. Germain Manor, 401 Mineral Spring Ave., open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Additionally, the pool located at Veterans Park will be open for extended hours from 11: a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday through Sunday. The entrance fee for use of the pool is $1. All senior residents 65 and older will be allowed entrance free of charge. The pool is a free summer meal site for children from Monday to Friday, noon to 1 p.m.

The Payne Park Splash Pad is also open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.