Friday, July 6, 2012
City offers resources during Excessive Heat Warning
The City of Kansas City, Mo., is in the midst of an Excessive Heat Warning placing some residents at risk for heat exhaustion and possible death.
Residents seeking relief from the heat can call 2-1-1 to learn of all open cooling centers, City and non-City operated. During Excessive Heat Warnings, individuals needing transportation to a cooling center may call the City’s 3-1-1 Action Center at 311 or 816-513-1313 to request transportation to the nearest City cooling center (see location/schedules information further down). This service is provided by Kansas City, Mo., Fire Department personnel. Service animals will be transported, but household pets will not be accepted for transport.
In the event of heat exhaustion or life threatening heatstroke, call 911 for emergency medical care.
Throughout this heat event, residents are encouraged to check on neighbors, friends and family who are at high risk for heat exhaustion – residents without access to air conditioning; senior citizens; infants; young children; and residents with mental or physical illness, especially those with heart disease or high blood pressure. If possible, please help residents without air conditioning find a cool place to stay and remind them of the importance of drinking plenty of cool fluids slowly.
Residents seeking relief from the heat may go to the City’s community centers. Community center addresses and schedules, as well as open City swimming pools and spraygrounds, are listed below.
Brush Creek Community Center – 3801 Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd., Sunday: closed, Monday, Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.,
Garrison Community Center – 1124 E. 5th St.., Sunday and Saturday: closed, Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m
Gregg/Klice Community Center – 1600 John "Buck" O'Neil Way, Sunday: closed, Monday-Thursday: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5: p.m.
Hillcrest Community Center – 10401 Hillcrest Road, Sunday: closed , Monday-Thursday: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Kansas City North Community Center – 3930 N.E. Antioch Road, Sunday: closed, Monday-Thursday: 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday: 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Line Creek Community Center – 5940 N.W. Waukomis Drive, Sunday: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday-Friday: 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Saturday: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Marlborough Community Center – 8200 Paseo Blvd., Sunday and Saturday: closed, Monday- Friday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.,
Southeast Community Center – 4201 E. 63rd St., Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Thursday: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tony Aguirre Community Center – 2050 West Pennway Terrace, Sunday: closed, Monday-Friday: 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Westport-Roanoke Community Center – 3601 Roanoke Road, Sunday: closed, Monday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
City Swimming Pools:
Brush Creek Community Center Pool, 3801 Brush Creek Blvd.
Budd Park Pool, Esplanade Street and Denver Avenue
The Grove Park Pool, Truman Road and Benton Boulevard
Swope Park Pool, Swope Park, 67th Street and Lewis Road
The Springs Aquatics Center, 9400 N. Congress Ave.
The Bay Water Park, 7101 Longview Road
Free swim is offered at the following times and locations:
Brush Creek Community Center Pool, Mondays, 1-7 p.m.
Budd Park Pool, Tuesdays, 1-7 p.m.
Swope Park Pool, Sundays, 1-5 p.m. and Wednesdays, 1-7 p.m.
The Grove Park Pool, Thursdays, 1-7 p.m.
Spraygrounds are free and open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For more information on swimming pools and spraygrounds visit the website at http://bit.ly/chdKnB.
Neighborhood pools are free and open from 1-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, closed on Mondays
Arbor Villa Park, 66th Terrace and Main Street
Ashland Park, 23rd and Elmwood streets
Gillham Pool, 41st and Gillham streets
West Terrace Park, 16th and Jarboe streets
Please note: it is against City ordinance for residents to swim in any of the City’s fountains.
For more information about heat-related illnesses, visit the CDC’s webpage about extreme heat: http://www.cdc.gov/Features/ExtremeHeat/.
Heat information also can be found at www.kcmo.org/heat.
For general information on signs and symptoms of heat-related illness, call the 3-1-1 Action Center at 311 or 816-513-1313. For heat information and community resources, call the Health Department's community partner United Way 2-1-1, at 211 or 816-474-5112.