City to open cooling centers Wednesday-Saturday to assist residents during this week’s heat wave

UPDATE: The National Weather Service has updated its excessive heat warning to begin Wednesday, June 16.  As such, the City of Sacramento will adjust the activation of its cooling centers to begin on Wednesday as well.

With the National Weather Service issuing an excessive heat warning for Wednesday, June 16, through Saturday, June 19, the City of Sacramento will open two cooling centers to help residents cope with the high temperatures.

The cooling centers, at Hagginwood Community Center (3271 Marysville Blvd.) and Hart Senior Center (915 27th St.), will operate from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

In addition, the City’s Office of Emergency Management will work with the Department of Community Response, City park rangers, community partners and others to hand out water to people in need. The City’s Safe Ground sites also will be used as water-distribution locations.

“It’s our responsibility as a city to do what we can to alleviate the suffering of people living outdoors during hot and cold weather,” said Mayor Darrell Steinberg. “Ultimately, the answer to such a deplorable condition is to have enough beds and safe spaces to protect people from the elements all year long and to provide them the services they need to find longer-term housing. It is unacceptable that human beings are living in disparate, squalid tent encampments all over our city. That’s why we’re driving toward completion on our master siting plan for homeless housing solutions that will identify a path to get thousands off the street.”

The City will continue to monitor the weather closely and is prepared to extend operations if they are needed, said Daniel Bowers, director of the Office of Emergency Management. The cooling centers will operate in accordance with the State’s mask guidance.

For those looking for a way to cool off in water, these City spray parks are open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.:

  • Magnolia Park – 251 Greg Thatch Circle
  • Witter Ranch Park – 3795 Saintsbury Drive
  • Golden Poppy Park – 5765 Tres Pieza Drive
  • Valley Oak Park – 2780 Mabry Drive
  • Wild Rose Park – 5200 Kankakee Drive
  • Natomas Regional Park – 2501 New Market Drive
  • Jefferson – 1990 Roma Court
  • Shasta – 7407 Imagination Parkway
  • McClatchy – 3500 5th Ave.
  • Oki – 2715 Wisseman Drive
  • Artivio Guerrero – 6000 61st St.
  • Muir – 1515 C St.

The City’s Clunie Pool (601Alhambra Blvd.) and Doyle Pool (2827 Mendel Way) currently are open as well. Other City pools will be opening in the coming days as part of the City’s Summer Kick-Off Weekend. As part of the kick-off, pool admission for all ages will be $1 June 18-20 (normally $2 for youth and $4 for adults). The schedule for each pool can be found here.

Sacramento Public Libraries, including the Library Galleria downtown, also are open during normal business hours. Check the library website for details.

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