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Wading pools, ice rinks, libraries: 6 ways to beat the heat this week

Posted at 6:56 PM, Jul 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-17 16:49:15-04

MILWAUKEE — With the hottest weather of the year barreling down, Milwaukeeans are looking for cool ways to cool down this week. Here are a few ways to find relief from the heat and humidity:

1) "Beat the Heat"
MSOE is offering free open skate at the Kern Center is this Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Kern Center (1245 N. Broadway Ave.) is kept at 50 degrees, which offers some relief to community members who may need a break from the heat. The event is free for all ages.

Skaters can bring their own skates or rent a pair for free. There is a limited amount of youth skates available.

2) Public Libraries
Milwaukee Public Libraries are air-conditioned and full of resources and activities open to the community. Check out the events being offered at your local library.

3) Milwaukee County Water Parks
A seasonal favorite for parents and families, there are four water parks in the County that are sure to be busy this week:

  • Cool Waters in Greenfield Park, 2028 S. 124th St., West Allis, WI 53227
  • David F. Schulz Aquatic Center in Lincoln Park, 1301 W. Hampton Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53209
  • Pelican Cove in Kosciuszko Park
  • Tosa Pool at Hoyt Park (managed by Friends of Hoyt Park and Pool)

4) Wading Pools

  • Burnham, 1755 S. 32nd
  • Enderis, 2938 N. 72nd
  • Holt, 1716 W. Holt
  • Merrill Park, 461 N. 35th
  • Modrzejewski, 1020 W. Cleveland
  • Ohio, 974 W. Holt

5) Cool Spots
The Milwaukee Water Works provides water from a nearby hydrant to a giant sprinkler at Milwaukee Recreation supervised playgrounds during a citywide heat advisory. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for southeast Wisconsin from noon Thursday through 11 p.m. Friday.

These Cool Spots will be open from noon - 4:00 p.m. on Thursday and 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Friday.

  • Ben Franklin School, 2308 W. Nash
  • Carmen Playfield, 7320 W. Carmen
  • Franklin Square, 2643 N. 13th
  • Green Bay, 3818 N. 8th

6) Salvation Army Cooling Centers
Two Salvation Army worship and community centers are opening as cooling centers for anyone who needs a break from the heat this week.

Citadel Corps Church and Community Center
4129 West Villard Ave
Open Monday - Friday: 9 a.m to 4 p.m.

Coldspring Church and Community Center
2900 W. Coldspring Rd.
Open Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There are designated cool sites with air conditioning, like Senior Centers and City of Milwaukee Housing Authority Sites.

For tips on how to take care of yourself and pets during this heat, click here.