Pawtucket –Mayor Donald R. Grebien has announced cooling centers that will help the residents of Pawtucket keep cool and safe during the anticipated heatwave this weekend. These cooling centers are available to members of the general 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 heatwave 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 Mayor 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 Fall 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 our senior citizens. The City will be providing special weekend hours for the Senior Center serve as a cooling center from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
The locations of the cooling centers are:
Additionally, the pool located at Veterans Park will be open for extended hours from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The entrance fee for use of the pool is $1 dollar. 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 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The Payne Park Splash Pad is also open 7 days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
For Immediate Release
July 17, 2019
Contact: Wil Arboleda
401-728-0500 Ext. 358
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- Mayor Donald R. Grebien