Beat the Heat at a City of Kirkland Cooling Center
Originally published here: Beat the Heat at a City of Kirkland Cooling Center – City of Kirkland (kirklandwa.gov)
Published on June 24, 2021
KIRKLAND, Wash. – With temperatures expected to reach the 90s and 100s over the weekend and into next week, the City is activating cooling centers to help prevent heat-related illness. Starting Saturday, June 26, and extending through Monday, June 28, an air-conditioned cooling center will be available as a safe space for any community member who needs to get out of the heat.
Please help spread the word! Cooling centers will be set up with socially distanced seating, tables and water. The cooling center will rotate between two locations:
10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, June 26 at the Peter Kirk Community Center (352 Kirkland Ave)
10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, June 27 at the North Kirkland Community Center (12421 103rd Ave NE)
10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, June 28 at the Peter Kirk Community Center (352 Kirkland Ave)
Guidelines for City Cooling Centers
- Cooling center guests must complete a COVID-19 screening before entering City facilities.
- Facial coverings will be required indoors.
- Guests will be asked to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet between themselves and people outside of their household.
- Leashed dogs and crated cats are permitted, however, pets must be under owner control at all times and any pet-related “accidents” must be cleaned up by the pet owner.
UPDATE: Cooling Center at the Holy Family Catholic Church
The Holy Family Catholic Church is opening its doors to community members who need a cool, safe place to stay on Monday, June 28, when temperatures are expected to reach the 100s. The church is located at 7045 120th Ave. N.E. in the South Rose Hill neighborhood. This cooling center will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is open to anyone. Please enter through the front doors off 120th Avenue Northeast and check in at the front desk. For more information, contact the church at: 425-822-0295.
Community members are also encouraged to seek relief from the heat at local restaurants, stores, malls and movie theaters and in shady areas in parks. Additionally, the Kirkland Library is open limited hours on Saturday with limited capacity.
To cool off in the water, open swim is available at the Peter Kirk Pool at reduced capacity due to COVID-19 restrictions. Kirkland’s swimming beaches at Houghton Beach, Waverly Beach and Juanita Beach will have lifeguards on duty starting Monday, June 28. Please use caution: Washington waters are often cold enough to cause muscles to not work or cause cold water shock, even on the hottest summer day.
Remember to stay cool, stay hydrated and always be alert to the signs of heat exhaustion, which include heavy sweating, clammy skin, weak pulse, fainting and vomiting. For more information about how to stay safe in the hot weather, visit the Public Health – Seattle & King County webpage at: https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/emergency-preparedness/preparing-yourself/hot-weather.aspx.