Three community centers to open as cooling centers

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) will open the following three community centers to help residents stay cool. These centers have air-conditioning, restrooms, and water fountains available. Community members are welcome to drop by during open hours to get out of the sun and keep cool.  

  • International District/Chinatown Community Center (IDCCC) will be open Sunday, June 27 and Monday, June 28 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Rainier Beach Community Center will be open on Saturday, June 26 and Sunday, June 27 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Northgate Community Center will be open on Saturday, June 26 and Sunday, June 27 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Although they may be crowded due to the heat wave, here’s a list of wading pools and sprayparks in Seattle; they open Saturday June 26. And swimming beaches will open on the same day – listed here.

Additionally, the City of Seattle has put together more than 30 centers and opportunities to stay cool during this historic heatwave. Please visit this link for a full list with details.

Stay safe and bring water bottles, sun protection and hats if you are outside; watch for signs of heat exhaustion or illness especially in elders, or those who are health-compromised. Seattle Parks and Recreation has staff working overtime to turn on all the drinking fountains in parks, which had been shut down due to the pandemic, by the end of next week.