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Communities open cooling stations amid record heat

A 1909 Sandus fan --with an iron base and rotor and a brass guard -- is shown on Aug. 25, 2014, (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)

(WISH) — Tuesday could be the hottest day in Indiana since September 2013, and communities on Monday announced they’re opening cooling centers and stations.

In Hendricks County, the Emergency Management Agency on Monday announced these cooling stations: Guilford Township Public Library in Plainfield, the Danville Public Library, the Avon-Washington Township Public Library, and Northview Christian Church.

In Henry County, a number of cooling stations will be available. Locations in bold are not staffed and people wishing to use them must call ahead.

  • Cadiz Volunteer Fire Department, 1430 N. CR 525 W., New Castle | 765-533-6212
  • Chicago Corner Church, 405 E. State Road 38, New Castle | 765-332-2376
  • Dunreith Volunteer Fire Department, 203 W. Washington St., Dunreith | 765-987-7331
  • Harris Chapel, 10450 S. CR 544 E., Selma | Pastor Jim: 765-748-0276
  • Henry Co. Memorial Park (Smith Building), New Castle | 765-529-4890 (after hours)
  • Liberty Township Volunteer Fire Department, 488 S. Wilbur Wright Rd., New Castle | 765-529-4890
  • Mooreland Town Hall, 308 N. Broad St., Moreland | 765-766-5056
  • New Lisbon Volunteer Fire Department, 6629 E. 500 S., New Lisbon | 765-332-2016
  • Prairie Township Volunteer Fire Department, 104 W. Main Street, Mt. Summit | 765-836-4711
  • Shirley Volunteer Fire Department, 212 Main St., Shirley | 765-738-6590
  • Shirley Christian Church, 202 N. Meridian St., Shirley | 765-738-6365

Indianapolis announced Tuesday that residents can access 17 splash pads and any Marion County resident can sign up for free pool access, with six pools to choose from. Indy Parks is opening 10 family centers to serve as cooling centers.

  • Bethel Park Family Center, 2850 Bethel Avenue | M-F 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. | Sat 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Brookside Park Family Center, 3500 Brookside Parkway South Drive | M-F 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Sat 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Christian Park Family Center, 4200 English Avenue | M-F 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Sat 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Garfield Park Burrello Family Center, 2345 Pagoda Drive | M-F 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. | Sat. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Municipal Gardens Family Center, 1831 Lafayette Road | M&W 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Tu&Th 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. | Fri. 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Sat. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Riverside Park Family Center, 2420 North Riverside East Drive | M-F 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. | Sat. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Thatcher Park Family Center, 4649 West Vermont Street | M,W,F 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. | Tu&Th 1 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Sat. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Washington Park Family Center, 3130 East 30th Street | M-F 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. | Sat. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Watkins Park Family Center, 2360 Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Street | M-F 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Sat. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Windsor Village Family Center, 6510 East 25th Street | M-F 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. | Sat. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Richmond is opening a number of cooling centers across the city, including at Morrisson-Reeves Public Library, IU East Library, and Richmond Senior Recreation Center. Find a full list of locations and hours online.

Noblesville opened a cooling center at Forest Park Inn, 701 Cicero Road from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday this week. There will be air conditioning, restrooms, seating and bottled water.

Statewide

Evansville has opened a cooling center in the lobby of the CK Newsome Community Center. It’ll be open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. until further notice.

Fort Wayne will have the lobby of the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory open as a cooling station from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday. Also, The Salvation Army at 2901 N. Clinton St. in Fort Wayne will serve as a cooling station from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday.

When the temperature is 88 degrees or higher, the Gary emergency preparedness coordinator will open will activate a cooling center from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Ambridge Mann Pavilion, 2822 W. Fourth Ave. in Gary.

South Bend Police Department says city community centers will be open for residents to cool off during the hot weather streak. Find locations and hours of the Sound Bend locations online.

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