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Mayor Greg Fischer Newsroom

Abramson: City Will Open ‘Cooling Centers’ This Weekend To Help Residents Cope

Friday July 16, 2004

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Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that the city is making available this weekend four government centers to serve as “cooling centers” and 32 other government and park facilities to help residents cope with the aftermath of this week’s storms.

Abramson said the centerpiece of the effort is Louisville Metro Government’s four government centers, which will be available starting today and through the weekend for people to come in to cool off, read a book or magazine, watch TV or eat some nutritious food. (A list of all the facilities and the hours they will be open for residents is attached. See the Map of Cooling Center Locations.)

The government centers – located throughout the county – will be open today from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“As we head into the weekend, we realize that several days without power is wearing on people,” Abramson said during a briefing today about the storm cleanup efforts. “We want to do what we can to help people ‘keep their cool’ literally and figuratively.”

At the centers, the following will be provided:
· Dare to Care and Whole Foods Market will provide refreshments

 · Louisville Water Company is providing bottled water

· The American Red Cross will provide toys and games
· Louisville Free Public Library will provide books
· Other metro government agencies will staff the centers to answer questions
· TARC also will provide free transportation to and from the government centers (People who get on the bus should simply pay the fare. When a resident arrives at the center, they will get a ticket for the return trip, with reimbursement for the fare.)

In addition, Abramson said 32 other government locations throughout the community are available to help people cool off. Admission to the community’s 11 outdoor pools is being waived. And 17 library locations are open today and Saturday for people to cool off in. On Sunday, Abramson said seven of those locations will be open.

Four community centers and parks facilities, open on Saturday and Sunday, will also be available as places to cool off.

“We’re seeing the true spirit of Louisville as neighbors help neighbors cope by taking them into their homes, helping clear debris and providing freezer storage for food,” Abramson said. “We’re all doing our part to keep our community together and strong during a challenging time.”

Louisville Metro Government
“Cooling Centers”

Government Centers
· Urban, 810 Barrett Ave.

· East, 200 Juneau Dr.

· Southwest, 7219 Dixie Highway
· Central, 7201 Outer Loop
Hours: Friday – Noon-5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday – 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Dare to Care and Whole Foods Market will provide refreshments and to-go packs of nutritious snacks
 Louisville Water Co. will provide bottled water
American Red Cross will provide games and toys
Louisville Free Public Library will provide books
 Louisville Metro Human Services, Facilities Management and volunteers will provide staff
TARC will provide free transportation to and from government centers
Outdoor Pools All 11 outdoor pools open with free admission on Saturday and Sunday. Hours: Saturday, Noon-8 p.m. Sunday, 1-6 p.m.

· Algonquin Park, Cypress & Burwell Sts.

· Breslin Park, Lexington Ave. & Payne St.

· Fairdale Pool, Nelson Hornbeck Park, 709 Fairdale Road

· Hazelwood Elementary School Pool, 4251 Hazelwood Ave.

· LaPorte Park, 25th & Bank Sts.

· Norton Pool, Camp Taylor Park, Poplar Level Road & Taylor Ave.

· Shelby Park, 600 E. Oak St.

· Sun Valley Park, 6505 Bethany Lane

· Watterson Elementary School Pool, 3900 Breckinridge Lane

· Western High School Pool, 2501 Rockford Lane
· Wyandotte Park, Taylor Blvd. & Beecher St.

Community Centers and Parks Facilities Open with water, seating, televisions, etc.

· Douglass Community Center, 2305 Douglas Boulevard Hours: Saturday, Noon-4 p.m.

· Sun Valley Community Center, 6505 Bethany Lane Hours: Saturday, Noon-5 p.m.

· Jefferson Memorial Forest welcome center, 11311 Mitchell Hill Road Hours: Saturday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sunday 1-4:30 p.m.
· Farnsley-Moremen visitor center, 7410 Moorman Road Hours: Saturday, 8:30a.m -4:30 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


All 17 libraries open Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. In addition, 7 libraries open Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday
· Crescent Hill, 2762 Frankfort Ave.
· Fairdale, 10616 W. Manslick Road

· Fern Creek, 6768 Bardstown Road
· Highlands-Shelby Park, 1250 Bardstown Road

· Jeffersontown, 10635 Watterson Trail

· Middletown, 200 North Juneau Drive

· Portland, 3305 Northwestern Parkway

· Shively, 3920 Dixie Highway
· Western, 604 South Tenth Street

· Westport, 8100 Westport Road Friday, Saturday and Sunday

· Main Library, 301 York St.

· Bon Air Regional, 2816 Del Rio Place

· Iroquois, 601 West Woodlawn

· Okolona, 7709 Preston Highway

· St. Matthews-Eline, 3940 Grandview Ave.
· Shawnee, 3912 West Broadway

· Southwest Regional, 10375 Dixie Highway