Washington County extends cooling center locations, hours
In response to the high forecasted temperatures, cooling centers will be available in the coming days across Washington County.
An updated list of places to stay cool around the county is available at staycoolwashingtoncounty.com, and TriMet will not turn away anyone unable to pay for a ride to a cooling space.
Beaverton activated an overnight cooling center through at least Thursday, July 28, at the Beaverton Community Center.
The space, located at 12350 S.W. Fifth St., will be open from 9 p.m. to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 27, Thursday, July 28 and Friday, July 29, though Saturday morning. The city will keep it open for additional nights if the extreme heat continues.
Walk-ins are welcome, and the community center can be accessed by TriMet routes 52, 76 and 78.
There will be snacks provided, masks are required and pets are welcome at the overnight cooling center. No one will be turned away, the city said.
There is also an after-hours — not overnight — cooling center at the Beaverton City Library through Friday, July 29.
The main library — located at 2375 S.W. Fifth St. near TriMet routes 52 and 88 and the Beaverton Transit Center — will be open regular hours, plus 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday and 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, and Friday.
Both the main library and Murray Scholls locations are open to everyone as places to cool off during normal operating hours, as is the City Park fountain.
Community members can also charge devices, use Wi-Fi, get a drink of water and use restrooms at the libraries.
In Hillsboro, the Salvation Army location at 1440 S.E. 21st Ave. will serve as a cooling center open 24 hours through at least Saturday, July 30. Pets are welcome, and the facility is accessible via bus route 57.
People can also head to libraries to cool off, as well as the Shute Park Aquatic & Recreation Center, or the Hillsboro Community Senior Center during normal hours of operation to take a break from the heat. The city also has splash pads families. Most are open until 8 p.m. daily.
The Brookwood Library at 2850 N.E. Brookwood Parkway and the Shute Park Library at 775 S.E. 10th Avenue will be open during extended hours from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, through Sunday, July 31.
The Shute Park Aquatic & Recreation Center at 953 S.E. Maple Street will be open 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
The Hidden Creek Community Center at 5100 N.E. Hidden Creek Drive will be open 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday and from 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday.
Hillsboro also has three free water dispensers available 24/7 through Sunday morning at Northeast Second Avenue and East Main Street, across from Dairy Creek Park next to WinCo and at Shute Park. The tap downtown is always available.
Hillsboro's website has more information about the cooling resources around town.
Hours and locations of places to stay cool will be updated throughout the week. The county's website, staycoolwashingtoncounty.com,will be regularly updated during the severe weather.
Washington County urges people to call 9-1-1 if they see someone outside whose life appears to be in danger. Otherwise, residents can request a welfare check on someone whose life isn't in danger by calling the police non-emergency number, 503-629-0111.
Editor's note: This story has been updated to include a 24-hour cooling center at the Salvation Army in Hillsboro open through Saturday and extended days for the Beaverton Community Center.
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