9:15AM UPDATE: Beacon Hill is now closed.
Due to the unprecedented heat wave in the Pacific Northwest, a number of Launch programs are closed today. Our Highland Park, Madrona, Maple, and Miller Community Center Annex programs will be closed. For now, our Beacon Hill, Hawthorne, and John Muir locations will remain open. All of our programs have air conditioning, and we are continually monitoring the temperature to ensure that we can safely operate. If we are unable to maintain a reasonable temperature at those programs, we will close. We will keep families posted throughout the day.
A few helpful reminders
Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center Opens as 24/7 Shelter
The Human Services Department (HSD) today confirmed the planned opening of an emergency 24-hour emergency cooling shelter at Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center (305 Harrison St) to provide relief from the elements for individuals experiencing homelessness. This is in addition to the current shelter open at Exhibition Hall at Seattle Center. This emergency shelter will be open from the morning of Saturday, June 26, through the morning of Tuesday, June 29. The shelter will be operated by the Salvation Army with capacity for 73 individuals. Meals will be provided to guests by Operation Sack Lunch.
Seattle Parks Community Center Cooling Center Hours
The following libraries offer air-conditioned public space and can be used as a place to cool off when outdoor temperatures are high. The Central Library and several neighborhood branches are reopening this week during peak hours. Masks are still required regardless of vaccination status, and physical distancing remains in place. Please be sure to check Library hours online at SPL.org, or by calling our Ask Us line at 206-386-4636, before visiting.
Pools and Water Areas
Wading pools will open to the public on the schedule below and spray parks will open to the public on Saturday, June 26.
Wading pools (starting Saturday, June 26, noon-7pm unless otherwise listed)
Spray Parks (starting Saturday, June 26, 11am-8pm everyday)
Lifeguarded Beaches (starting Saturday, June 26, noon to 7 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays):
Lake City Community Center (15321 28th Ave NE), has been serving as a day center, will be open this weekend and Seattle Parks and Recreation has arranged for evaporative cooling at that location. Extended hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.
Seattle Center Armory will reopen to the public on July 1 and is equipped with air conditioning and filtration. View the campus map PDF.
You can also text the word “Cool” to (206) 448-4545 for more information and resources.
Warning signs and symptoms of heat-related illness from the CDC
Stay cool and safe!