Cooling centres help residents beat the heat
London Community News
The city is trying to help residents chill out during the heat wave currently engulfing London.
Cooling centres are available during the extreme heat alert that has been issued by the Middlesex-London Health Unit. Community centres, spray pads and public library locations are open for anyone who needs to beat the heat.
The public is invited to drop in at any of 10 community centres that are open during the alert.
Byron Optimist Recreation Centre
1306 Norman Ave
Tuesday 5:30 p.m - 8:45 p.m.
Wednesday - closed
Thursday 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Boyle Community Centre
530 Charlotte Ave.
Tuesday - Wednesday 9 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Thursday - 8:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Friday – closed
Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre (CHOCC)
656 Elizabeth Street
Tuesday - 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Wednesday - 7 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 21 thru Thursday, June 28 - closed for shutdown
Hamilton Road Seniors Centre and Community Centre
525 Hamilton Road
Tuesday - Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday - 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Kiwanis Seniors Community Centre
78 Riverside Drive
Tuesday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Kinsmen Recreation Centre
20 Granville Street
Tuesday & Thursday - 7 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday - 7 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Friday - 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Medway Community Centre
1119 Sherwood Forest Square
Tuesday & Thursday - closed
Wednesday - 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Friday - 8 a.m. – noon
South London Community Centre
1119 Jalna Blvd.
Tuesday - Wednesday - 7 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Thursday - 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday - 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Stronach Community Recreation Centre
1221 Sandford Street
Tuesday - Wednesday - 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Thursday - 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday - 8 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Springbank Gardens Community Centre
205 Wonderland Road South
Tuesday - 10 a.m. - noon, 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Wednesday - 8:45 a.m. - noon
Thursday - 6:30 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.
Friday - 8:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
North London Optimist Community Centre (NLOCC)
1345 Cheapside Street
Closed for shutdown until Saturday, June 23, 9 a.m.
For more information, please call 519-661-5575.
London Public Library locations are deemed cooling stations and everyone is welcome to cool off in any of the branches. Please call 519-661-4600 or visit www.londonpubliclibrary.ca/locations for locations and hours.
Spray pads are open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at 12 locations in the city, including Gibbons, Rowntree, Lambeth, Forks of Thames, Kiwanis, West Lions, Bonaventure, Jesse Davidson, South East Optimist, Oakridge, Ed Blake Park and Medway. The wading pool in Springbank Park is also open 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Emergency shelters will be making special arrangements to provide cooling spaces and hydration. Outreach teams, including London CAReS will be extra vigilant to spot and assist individuals suffering in the heat.
For complete information on heat-related illness, or the effects of smog and humidity please contact the Middlesex-London Health Unit at 519-663-5317 or visit www.heathunit.com.
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