Pools, cooling centers open to help W. MI beat the heat

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP/WOOD) — Officials in Grand Rapids are encouraging people to use the city’s pools and water playgrounds as a way to stay cool amid high temperatures and humidity.

The city says pools and water playgrounds at the following locations are ready for visitors:

  • Briggs Park, Lafayette and Knapp NE
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Park, Fuller and Franklin SE
  • Richmond Park, Richmond and Tamarack NW

The pools are open daily during the following hours:

  • Sunday and Monday, 12:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday through Saturday, 12:30 p.m.- 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday through Saturday, 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Grand Rapids city pool admission is free to children under a year old.  Rates range from $1 to $4 depending on age and residency.

Water playgrounds throughout the city are open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Temperatures will be in the 90s in parts of Michigan through the weekend, but Storm Team 8 says conditions outside could feel like it’s above the triple-digit mark.>>Storm Team 8: Heat wave hits West Michigan

The National Weather Service issued heat advisories for the southern half of the Lower Peninsula. Severe thunderstorms are possible in places, including the Upper Peninsula.

Officials want people to find ways to stay cool. In Kalamazoo, an emergency cooling center will be open if needed at the Douglass Community Center, located at 1000 West Paterson Street.  The cooling center’s hours are noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services says the center will also be open on weekends when the area is under a heat advisory.

In Battle Creek, emergency management officials say residents can cool off at the following places:

  • Salvation Army, 400 Capital Ave NE | Thursday and Friday, noon – 8 p.m.
  • Community House, 104 Calhoun Street | Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Lakeview Square Mall | Normal business hours

In southeastern Michigan, the public school district in Detroit planned to close many schools by 11 a.m. on Thursday due to the heat.


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