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As heat indices today are expected to top 104 today, the Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management and City of Springfield offer the following advice for places to seek relief from the heat:
Public spaces, such as Springfield-Greene County libraries, City facilities and Springfield-Greene County facilities, as well as private property opened to the public, such as the Battlefield Mall are recommended.
The Springfield-Greene County Park Board adjusts schedules at outdoor pools and the Springfield Skate Park, and offers cooling center options.
If scheduling allows, the Park Board strives to keep at least one outdoor pool open late during National Weather Service Heat Advisories, including:
Splash & Sizzle discount swimming events continue every weekend in July. Grant Beach, Westport and Silver Springs pools are Fridays in July until 8 p.m. Grant Beach, Westport, Silver Springs and Meadow pools are open Saturdays in July until 8 p.m. A rare opportunity for night swimming takes place at Fassnight Pool, open Saturdays in July until 10 p.m. After 5:30 p.m., admission to all pools is $1, or free with a canned food donation. Food donations benefit Ozarks Food Harvest.
For information on pool locations, schedules, swim lessons and more, visit ParkBoard.org/Aquatics or call the Aquatics Hotline at 417-864-2099.
All three Springfield-Greene County Park Board Family Centers, as well as Mediacom Ice Park, open their lobbies as free public cooling centers during Heat Advisories. All lobbies have seating, restroom access and air conditioning. No formal programming is planned. (Media advisory: cooling centers are available, but are seldom busy. Please contact Jenny Fillmer Edwards before arriving.)
Family Center locations and lobby hours are:
Monday-Friday, 5 a.m.- 10 p.m.
Saturday, 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Chesterfield Family Center, 2511 W. Republic Road, 417-891-1616
Dan Kinney Family Center, 2701 S. Blackman Road, 417-891-1500
Doling Family Center, 301 E Talmage Ave., 417-837-5900
Mediacom Ice Park’s location and lobby hours vary, but are generally:
Daily 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
735 E. Trafficway, 417-866-7444
SPRINGFIELD SKATE PARK
To ensure patron safety, the Springfield Skate Park operates on a modified schedule during Heat Advisories and anytime the facility’s indoor temperature reaches 95 degrees. The indoor portion of the Skate Park is not air conditioned, and the outdoor portion is not shaded. High-temperature operating hours are:
Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 5-9 p.m.
Friday, 7-11 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 7-11 p.m.
The Springfield Skate Park is at 945 W. Meadowmere St., 417-868-8158
For more information, visit ParkBoard.org/Skatepark.
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For more information, please contact Cora Scott, Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement, at 417-380-3352 or firstname.lastname@example.org.