Take precautions during heat, take advantage of Metro Parks facilities
August 1, 2017With high temperatures predicted this week, Metro Parks Tacoma is extending hours for its outdoor pools through Friday, Aug. 4, and encouraging residents to take advantage of its spraygrounds and air conditioned community centers.
Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department advises drinking plenty of fluids, dressing appropriately, avoiding strenuous activity and staying indoors if possible to avoid heat-related illness. The department also advises frequently checking children and adults who are at risk. Symptoms include headache, fatigue, muscle cramps, nausea or vomiting and dizziness or fainting. Learn more on the department’s website.
The Metro Parks locations below can be great places to avoid the heat. Tacoma Fire Department also has information about cooling centers such as libraries; visit the Tacoma Fire’s News and Information site for details and more tips.
Ten Spraygrounds – all locations operate from 10 am to 8 pm:
- Franklin Park - 1201 S. Puget Sound Ave.
- Jefferson Park - 801 N. Mason Ave.
- Kandle Park - 2323 N. Shirley St.
- Norpoint Park - 4818 Nassau Ave. N.E.
- SERA Campus, next to STAR Center
- South Park - 4851 S. Tacoma Way
- Titlow Park - 8425 6th Ave.
- Verlo Playfield - 4321 McKinley Ave.
- Wapato Hills Park - 6231 S. Wapato St.
- Wright Park - 501 South I St.
Outdoor Swimming Pools
Full Session 12-5 pm daily
Half Session 2:30-5 pm daily
Evening 5:30-7:30 pm daily
Each of our community centers offer a space where community members are welcome to gather with other community members and escape the heat. Bring a book, deck of cards or board games to play at tables and chairs in our community spaces.
Hours vary by location – visit website for more information
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