The Latest – Tuesday, June 15
Sacramento will now open the two cooling centers on Wednesday after the National Weather Service updated its excessive heat warning to begin a day earlier.
Original story below:
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — City leaders in Sacramento are opening two cooling centers Thursday in response to the National Weather Service’s excessive heat warning this week.
The cooling centers will be located within the Hagginwood Community Center at 3271 Marysville Boulevard and within the Hart Senior Center at 915 27th Street.
Both cooling centers will be open Thursday through Saturday from noon to 8 p.m.
“It’s our responsibility as a city to do what we can to alleviate the suffering of people living outdoors during hot and cold weather,” said Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg in Monday’s release.
NWS officials say the excessive heat warning is in effect beginning Thursday, June 17 at 11 p.m. and will last through until 9 p.m. Saturday, June 19.
Temperatures are expected to reach highs between 100 F and 113 F over the three-day period, according to NWS officials.
In addition to opening the cooling centers, the Sacramento Office of Emergency Management will work with the Department of Community Response, Sacramento park rangers and other groups to hand out water to people in need, according to the release.
Water spray parks throughout Sacramento will also be open to help people stay cool during this week’s heat wave.
The following list of water spray parks will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Magnolia Park – 251 Greg Thatch Circle
- Witter Ranch Park – 3795 Saintsbury Drive
- Golden Poppy Park – 5765 Tres Pieza Drive
- Valley Oak Park – 2780 Mabry Drive
- Wild Rose Park – 5200 Kankakee Drive
- Natomas Regional Park – 2501 New Market Drive
- Jefferson Park – 1990 Roma Court
- Shasta Community Park – 7407 Imagination Parkway
- McClatchy Park – 3500 5th Avenue
- Oki Park – 2715 Wisseman Drive
- Artivio Guerrero Park – 6000 61st Street
- John Muir Childrens Park – 1515 C Street
“It is unacceptable that human beings are living in disparate, squalid tent encampments all over our city,” Steinberg said in the release. “That’s why we’re driving toward completion on our master siting plan for homeless housing solutions that will identify a path to get thousands off the street.”