Splash pads, cooling centers open around western Massachusetts

Hampden County

Several Hampden County communities have opened cooling centers and splash pads due to the extreme heat expected Monday.

Weather Alert: Dangerous heat & strong storms possible Monday

According to the Town of Agawam Mayor’s Office, the Agawam Library and the Agawam Senior Center will serve as cooling centers. 

The library on 750 Cooper Street will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and the senior center on 954 Main Street will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

According to the Holyoke Public School website, Holyoke will have several spray pads open for public use on Monday.

The pads are located at Community Field, Carlos Vega Park, Pina Park, Pulaski Park, and Springdale Park. They are scheduled to be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno also announced Saturday the splash pads in Springfield would be opened two weeks earlier than scheduled due to the heat.

Sarno said nine of the splash pads opened Saturday and all of the pads would be opened Monday by 12 p.m. Four of the pads, however, are being renovated or painted and will open by mid July.

The City of Springfield also announced several cooling centers for the city on Monday. The Brightwood, East Springfield, East Forest Park, Forest Park, and Sixteen Acres libraries will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday.

The following senior centers will also be open as cooling centers in Springfield: 

  • Concepcion Greenleaf, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Hungry Hill Senior Center, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Raymond Jordan Senior Center, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Riverview Senior Center, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Rivers and Fairview Spray Parks have been opened in Chicopee, according to Special Projects Manager Nathan Moreau. He told 22News he expects the rest of the spray parks to be turned on by 3:00 p.m. Monday.

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