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THPRD opens six 'cooling centers'

A new heat watch prompts district to let people soak up their air conditioning to stay safe.

With the arrival of another heat wave, the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District already has opened six of its s Beaverton-area facilities as “cooling centers” through the weekend.

For families and individuals who have no escape from the heat, the district welcomes them at the following locations during regular business hours:

• Cedar Hills Recreation Center, 11640 S.W. Park Way, Portland, 503-629-6340.

• Conestoga Recreation & Aquatic Center, 9985 S.W. 125th Avenue, Beaverton, 503-629-6313.

• Elsie Stuhr Center, 5550 S.W. Hall Blvd., Beaverton, 503-629-6342.

• Garden Home Recreation Center, 7475 S.W. Oleson Road, Portland, 503-629-6341.

• Tualatin Hills Athletic Center, 50 N.W. 158th Ave., Beaverton, 503-629-6330.

• Tualatin Hills Nature Center, 15655 S.W. Millikan Way, Beaverton, 503-629-6350.

The hours of operation vary at each facility. Call or check THPRD's website for details.

“As many people know, a heat watch is in effect Friday through Sunday, with temperatures reaching as high as 100 degrees,” said Doug Menke, THPRD's general manager. “No food will be served at our cooling centers, but we will provide shelter from the heat during our normal hours of operation for those people who need it.”

Meanwhile, Menke said residents who work or do other strenuous activity outside should drink plenty of water, wear a hat, apply sunscreen and take frequent breaks. The American Red Cross has more advice at its website, redcross.org.


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