SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The City of Springfield has announced that in anticipation of the expected heat, cooling centers will be open Wednesday, August 3 through Friday, August 5.

Mayor Sarno states, “Health and Human Services Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris and I want to remind residents to be mindful and take the necessary steps to seek relief during these excessive hot days of summer.  Stay hydrated, check on your elderly neighbors, be mindful of your pets, and please take advantage of our wonderful park facilities that offer the resources for staying cool during these hot summer days.”

For those wishing to enter one of the cooling centers, a mask advisory will apply.

Cooling Center Sites include:

SiteAddressDay and Hours
Raymond A. Jordan Senior Center1476 Roosevelt Ave, Springfield, MA 01109Wednesday, August 3 – Friday, August 5
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
 
Senior Center in the North End310 Plainfield St., Springfield, MA 01107Wednesday, August 3 – Friday, August 5
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Hungry Hill Senior Center773 Liberty Street, Springfield, MA 01104Wednesday, August 3 – Friday, August 5
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Mason Square Library Community Room765 State Street, Springfield, MA 01109Wednesday, August 3 – Friday, August 5
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Myrtle Street Park
117 Main St., Springfield, MA 01151
Wednesday, August 3 – Friday, August 5
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Clodo Concepcion (Greenleaf) Community Center1187 ½ Parker St., Springfield, MA 01129Wednesday, August 3 – Friday, August 5
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
South End Community Center99 Marble St., Springfield, MA 01105Wednesday, August 3 – Friday, August 5
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Cooling Centers in the Springfield area.

Aside from cooling centers, residents can also visit neighborhood libraries, senior centers and malls to escape the heat.

“Not all of us are capable of having air conditions or even fans and frankly the fans aren’t doing their jobs cause the heat has been so intense. So we’ve offered opportunities for them to come to cooling centers and all of the senior centers in the city are now open for these three days,” said Sandy Federicho, Executive Director of Elder Affairs for the City of Springfield.

Federicho says the centers are open to everyone and they will provide plenty of food and water. 22News also spoke with someone from Springfield who says its important to take care of ourselves when it get this hot,
especially for those with preexisting health conditions like asthma.

“Most of the time, I stay inside my home with the air conditioning. And if I go outside, I try to be in the shade. I carry water and just take care of yourselves, so that heat doesn’t harm anyone,’ said Angel Gonzalez of Springfield.

And taking care of yourself includes staying hydrated. Experts suggest eight to ten glasses of water to do that.