Cooling centers, pools, spray parks open during heat wave

Jul 2 2018

Communities across the state have been opening cooling centers, spray parks and pools early to help people cope with a heat wave that is supposed to last all week.

The hot spot in the state is the Connecticut River Valley area where temperatures are expected to feel as high as 105 degrees in Springfield, Amherst, Greenfield and surrounding towns on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

The heat wave is not expected to break until Friday or Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

Here are cooling centers, spray parks and pools open to help people beat the heat:

Agawam:

The Senior Center, 954 Main St., will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. On Monday, the Agawam Library and Senior Center will be available as a cooling center during regular hours.

Boston:

The 30 Boston Centers for Youths and Families will serve as cooling centers. People who are not members have to fill out a form before visiting. Pools and spray parks will also be open throughout the city. Locations of the cooling centers and water features can be found on the City of Boston website.

Chicopee:

The RiverMills Senior Center on 5 West Main St. will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday and staffed by the Department of Emergency Management staff and volunteers. On Monday the Chicopee Public Library and the RiverMills center will also be open for anyone looking to beat the heat.

The pool in Ray Ash Park will also open from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday and every day after that except for July 4, the cost is $2 for residents and $3 for non-residents. Spray parks located in a variety of parks are free and open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Holyoke:

The Senior Center, Holyoke Public Library and Holyoke Community College Library will all be open at 8:30 a.m. on Monday through Friday with the Senior Center closing at 4 p.m., the public library closing at 6 p.m. most days and the College library closing at 8:30 p.m.

Spray parks are open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily in the following parks: Carlos Vega Park, Pulaski Park, Community Field, Springdale Park, South Chestnut Street Park and Pina Park.

Monson:

There are no cooling centers in the town but anyone who needs help in the upcoming days can call the police dispatch ceter at 413-893-9500 and public safety staff will make a location available.

Northampton:

The Senior Center, 67 Conz St., will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and the Lilly Library will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday people can gather in the lobby of the public safety complex, 29 Center St.,  between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.at 29 Center St.

Pittsfield:

The Ralph J. Froio Senior Center at 330 North St. will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday as a cooling shelter today for anyone seeking relief from the heat.

Springfield:

Neighborhood libraries will be open from 1-5 p.m. Monday. The locations are: Brightwood, 359 Plainfield St.; East Forest Park, 122 Island Pond Road; East Springfield, 21 Osborne Terrace; Forest Park, 380 Belmont Ave.; Liberty Express at Pine Point, 204 Boston Road; Mason Square, 765 State St. and Sixteen Acres, 1187 Parker St.

Neighborhood libraries will be open from 1-5 p.m. Monday. The locations are: Brightwood, 359 Plainfield St.; East Forest Park, 122 Island Pond Road; East Springfield, 21 Osborne Terrace; Forest Park, 380 Belmont Ave.; Liberty Express at Pine Point, 204 Boston Road; Mason Square, 765 State St. and Sixteen Acres, 1187 Parker St.

Other centers: Clodo Conception Center, 1187 Parker St., Sunday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Hungry Hill Senior Center, 733 Liberty St., Raymond A. Jordan Senior Center, 1476 Roosevelt Ave, Sunday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Monday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Riverview Center, 122 Clyde St., Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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