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Cooling centers, splash pads set up to help residents cool off

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After the temperature has hit 90 degrees two days in a row, several towns and cities have opened cooling centers to help residents beat the heat. 

An air quality alert was issued for the whole state Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Here is a list of cooling centers. They can also be found here.


  • Avon Senior Center, 635 West Avon Rd., Wednesday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Rd., Wednesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


  • Canton Town Hall, 4 Market St., Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Canton Library Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.


  • Cheshire Public Library, located at 104 Main St., open daily from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Cheshire Senior Center, located at 240 Maple Ave., open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


  • North End Senior Center, 80 Coventry Street, Time: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • South End Wellness Center, 830 Maple Avenue, Time: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Parkville Senior Center, 11 New Park Avenue, Time: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • All of the Hartford public libraries are available for residents and visitors

East Hartford 

  • South End Senior Center, 70 Canterbury St., 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday 
  • Wickham Library, 656 Burnside Ave., 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday 
  • Public Safety Complex, 31 School St., 24 hours per day 


  • Town offices, 55 Main St., Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.


  • Mansfield Public Library, 54 Warrenville Rd., Tuesday, Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
  • Mansfield Community Center, 10 South Eagleville Rd., Monday through Friday 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Mansfield Senior Center, 303 Maple Rd., Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


  • Senior Center, 9 Jepson Dr., Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • CT Post Mall, 1201 Boston Post Rd., Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

New Haven

  • New Haven Free Public Library Main Building is located at 133 Elm Street; Open Mon-Thurs 10-8, Fri & Sat 10-5
  • Fair Haven Branch Library is located at 182 Grand Avenue; Open Mon & Tues 10-6, Thurs 12-8
  • Mitchell Branch Library is located at 37 Harrison Street; Open Mon 12-8, Wed & Thurs 10-6
  • Stetson Branch Library is located at 200 Dixwell Avenue in the Dixwell Plaza; Open Mon & Tues 10-6, Wed 12-8
  • Courtland Seymour Wilson Branch Library is located at 303 Washington Avenue; Open Tues 12-8, Wed & Thurs 10-6


  • Simsbury Public Library, located at 725 Hopmeadow St., Wednesday and Thursday from 9:30 am – 8:30 pm and Friday from 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
  • Eno Memorial Hall, located at 754 Hopmeadow St., Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm and Friday from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm


  • Southington Library, 255 Main St., Wednesday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.; Friday from 9 a.m. through 4:45 p.m.
  • Calendar House, 338 Pleasant St., Wednesday through Friday 9:30 a.m. through 3:30 p.m.


  • Stamford Government Center, 888 Washington Blvd., weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., weekends as needed.
  • Glenbrook Community Center, 35 Crescent St., weekdays 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., weekends 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Jewish Community Center, 1035 Newfield Ave., Monday through Thrusday 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., F 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., weekends 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Chester Addison Community Center, 245 Selleck St., weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Malloy provided this website with tips on how to safe safe under extreme heat.

    Also, there are splash pads throughout the state for people looking to beat the heat. Here is a full list: 


    • Rockwell Park, Jacobs Street and Dutton Avenue, open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


    • Spray Park, 215 Old Hebron Rd., is self-operated and unsupervised, 



    • Colt Park Pool, 106 Wethersfield Avenue, 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

    • Goodwin Park pool, 1130 Maple Avenue, 12:00 p.m.- 6:00 .p.m.

    • Keney Park Pool, Woodland Street entrance, 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

    New Britain

    New Haven    

    • Lighthouse Point Park, 2 Lighthouse Rd. 
    • South Genesee Park, located on South Genesee Street
    • Cedar Hill Playground, located at View Street and Rock Streets
    • Edgewood Park located, located on the corner of Chapel Street & Ella T. Grasso Blvd
    • Kensington Street Park, located between Edgewood Ave & Chapel Street
    • Jocelyn Square Park, located on the corner of Humphrey & East Streets
    • Ann Street Park, located between Kossuth & West Streets
    • Trowbridge Square Park, located at Cedar & Portsea Streets
    • Galvin Park, located at Greenwich Avenue & First Street
    • Scantlebury Park, located at Ashmum Street & Bristol Street
    • Edgewood Park, located at Ella T. Grasso Blvd & Stanley Street
    • Dover Beach, located on Front Street

    West Hartford

    • Fernridge Park, 567 Fern St., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  
    • Wolcott Park New Britain Ave., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  
    • Kennedy Park 160 Oakwood Ave., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 


    Gov. Dannel Malloy sought to remind people that cooling centers can be found by dialing the state's 211 hotline.

    “A few simple steps can greatly reduce heat-related issues, especially for the elderly, the very young, and people with respiratory ailments who are more susceptible to the effects of high temperatures,” Malloy said.  “Many towns have opened cooling centers across the state. Any resident looking for a place to cool off should call 2-1-1 to find out where their closest cooling center is located.”

    “We are expecting air quality that will impact all of our citizens especially the most vulnerable residents - children, the elderly and those with respiratory disease such as asthma,” said Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Robert Klee. 

    “It will also impact healthy adults working or exercising outdoors – to minimize health impacts while working outdoors avoid prolonged strenuous activity and best if you exercise before noon or after 8 p.m.,” he continued.

    “On poor air quality days, people with respiratory conditions should avoid prolonged periods of time outdoors by staying in cool, air conditioned indoor environments," said Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Raul Pino. 

    How to be prepared for extreme heat conditions

    • Have the phone number of your family doctor clearly posted next to your phone (and stored in your cellular phone).
    • Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink. Warning: If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask him/her how much you should drink while the weather is hot.
    • Don’t drink liquids that contain caffeine, alcohol, or large amounts of sugar–these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.
    • Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the movies, shopping mall, public library, or a friend’s house/apartment with air conditioning–even a few hours spent in an air conditioned environment can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat .(See listing of designated cooling centers below)
    • Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.
    • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
    • NEVER leave any person or pet in a closed, parked vehicle.
    • Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Infants and young children need much more frequent watching.
    • If you must be out in the heat, limit your outdoor activity to early morning and evening hours. Cut down on exercise. If you must exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, nonalcoholic fluids each hour. A sports beverage can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat. Warning: If you are on a low-salt diet, talk with your doctor before drinking a sports beverage.
      Try to rest often in shady areas.
    • Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat (also keeps you cooler) and sunglasses and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher (the most effective products say "UVA/UVB protection" on their labels).

    Signs/Symptoms of heat stroke

    • Body temperature greater than or equal to 105 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Skin that is hot and dry with red spots
    • Mental confusion
    • Loss of consciousness
    • Convulsions

    “The weather’s turning very hot and humid, and I urge residents to stay indoors as much as possible, stay cool, drink plenty of water, and feel free to make use of the cooling centers located across the city,” said Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin. “Along with our libraries and outdoor pools, the cooling centers are available to any resident who needs to find some relief from the heat.”

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