Need A Break From The Heat?

by Categorized: Neighborhoods, Pedro Segarra, Planning Date:

Newsflash: It’s been hot this week.

The city is stepping up its efforts to help residents beat the heat. Below is a complete list of hours and locations for cooling services (courtesy of the Mayor’s Office): Amended by Courant staff at 5:50 p.m.



(July 18, 2013) — The City of Hartford will host several large events over the next few days, and with high humidity and temperatures expected to be in the mid-90s, Mayor Segarra has announced additional measures to ensure residents and visitors are safe and comfortable.

“Hartford will have large crowds attending outdoor events such as tonight’s Riverfest or this weekend’s Greater Hartford Jazz Festival. We’re collaborating with all event partners including Global Spectrum and Riverfront Recapture to ensure folks have access to care and services if the heat becomes too much. It’s also important that everyone take simple precautions and prepare to be outside for long periods of time during the heat.”

Mayor Segarra has implemented the following measures in response to the continued heat:

  • City cooling center hours extended; all locations now open from 8:30am to 5:00pm
  • Free water available during the Riverfest fireworks display
  • Cooling tents at the Greater Hartford Jazz Festival this weekend
  • Cold water stations placed outside the XL center for tonight’s Justin Bieber concert
  • All seniors have access to free, air-conditioned transport to cooling centers by contacting the City’s Dial-a-Ride program at (860) 251-8261

The following Hartford locations will remain open as cooling centers through Friday, July 19:

  • North End Senior Center, 80 Coventry Street, Time: 8:30am-5:00pm
  • South End Wellness Center, 830 Maple Avenue, Time: 8:30am-5:00pm 
  • Parkville Senior Center, 11 New Park Avenue, Time: 8:30am-5:00pm
  • Hispanic Health Council, 175 Main Street, Time: 8:30am-5:00pm

Additional areas where residents can cool off include: 

  • Parker Memorial Community Center, 2621 Main Street,  8:00am-8:00pm
  • Arroyo Center @ Pope Park,  30 Pope Park Drive, 8:00am-8:00pm
  • All outdoor pools; Pope, Keney, Goodwin and Colt – Family Swim; 12pm-8pm

Hartford Public Library branches are available for residents and visitors.

Residents are reminded to take the following steps throughout the heat wave:

  • Drink water regularly and often, avoid large amounts of caffeine and alcohol as it causes dehydration
  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, clothing
  • Stay indoors as much as possible. Avoid the sun and use SPF of 30 more if you have to be outdoors
  • Go somewhere to get relief from the heat such as libraries, malls, movie theaters, or places with air conditioning during the hottest parts of the day
  • Never leave children, seniors, or pets inside a closed vehicle. Do not leave pets outside for long periods of time
  • Cover windows that get direct sunlight


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