Jun 2021


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

  • Stay hydrated, drink plenty of fluids
  • Stay out of the sun and in an air-conditioned room if possible
    • Take a cool shower or bath
    • Use your stove and oven less to remain a cooler temperature in your home
  • Check on your relatives and neighbors
  • Do not leave pets and young children in vehicles under any circumstances
  • Reschedule any strenuous activity to early morning or evening
  • Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing
  • Wear Sunscreen, wide brimmed hat and sunglasses if you must go outside
    • Sunscreen should say “broad spectrum” or “UVA/UVB protection”


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

  • International District/Chinatown Community Center (Sunday and Monday 2pm-8pm)
  • Northgate Community Center (Saturday and Sunday 2pm-8pm)
  • Rainier Beach Community Center (Saturday and Sunday 2pm-8pm)



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, or by calling our Ask Us line at 206-386-4636, before visiting.

  • Ballard Branch
  • Beacon Hill Branch
  •  Broadview Branch
  • Central Library
  • Delridge Branch
  • Douglass-Truth Branch
  • Greenwood Branch
  • High Point Branch
  • International District/Chinatown Branch
  • Lake City Branch
  • Magnolia Branch
  • Rainier Beach Branch
  • South Park Branch


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)

  • Volunteer, 1400 E Galer St, Sat/Sun/Mon/Tues
  • East Queen Anne, 160 Howe St., Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun
  • Powell Barnett, 352 Martin Luther King Way, Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun
  • Dahl, 7700 25th NE, Sat/Sun/Mon/Tues
  • Soundview, 1590 NW 90th, Sat/Sun/Mon/Tues
  • Bitter Lake 13035 Linden Ave. N, Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun
  • Green Lake (opens 7/2), N 73rd and E Green Lake Dr. N, Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun
  • Van Asselt, 2820 S Myrtle St., Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun
  • Delridge, 4501 Delridge Way SW, (12pm to 5:30pm), Sat/Sun/Mon/Tues
  • South Park, 8319 8th S, Sat/Sun/Mon/Tues
  • Lincoln, 8600 Fauntleroy Ave. SW, Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun

Spray Parks (starting Saturday, June 26, 11am-8pm everyday)

  • Beacon Mountain at Jefferson Park, 3901 Beacon Ave. S
  • John C. Little, 6961 37th S
  • Lower Judkins, 2150 S Norman St.
  • Georgetown Playfield, 750 S Homer St.
  • Highland Park, 1100 SW Cloverdale
  • Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave. N
  • Miller Community Center, 330 19th E
  • Northacres Park, 12800 1st NE
  • Yesler Terrace Park , 917 Yesler Way

Lifeguarded Beaches (starting Saturday, June 26, noon to 7 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays):

  • Matthews, 9300 51st Ave. NE through September 5
  • Madison, 1900 43rd Ave. E through September 5
  • Baker, 2301 Lake Washington Blvd. S through September 5
  • Seward, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S through September 5
  • West Green Lake, 7312 W Green Lake Dr. through September 5
  • Magnuson, park entrance at NE 65th and Sand Point Way NE through August 28
  • Madrona, 853 Lake Washington Blvd. through August 28
  • Pritchard Beach, 8400 55th S through August 28

Outdoor Pools

  • “Pop” Mounger Pool, 2535 32nd W, daily, 9 a.m. to 5: 30 p.m., visit here for public swim times.
  • Colman Pool, 8603 Fauntleroy Way SW, daily, noon to 7 p.m., visit here for public swim times.

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
Seattle Center Armory will reopen to the public on July 1 and is equipped with air conditioning and filtration. View the campus map PDF.

  • Seattle Center Armory Food & Event Hall, opening July 1, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
  • International Fountain, opens July 1, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
  • Fountain of Creation (Dupen Fountain), closed for renovation


Additional Resources

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!