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UPDATE: Cooling centers are closing because the most recent heat wave has passed.

PMG FILE PHOTOS - A cooling center that was opened during the late June heat wave.With cooling centers closing because the most recent heat wave has passed, TriMet is offering free rides home from the them.

Fivg centers opened in Portland and Gresham when the temperature was forecast to hit 100 degrees on Friday. Only two remained open on Saturday — the Portland Building and the Sunrise Center — and they are scheduled to close at 6 p.m. on July 31.

"With cooling centers closing by this evening, anyone needing to get home from those centers who can't afford the fare can ride TriMet without paying through 9 p.m. tonight. They won't be denied a ride or get a citation if going home from a cooling center and can't pay fare. We ask that they let the bus operator know they're heading home from a cooling center," TriMet said Saturday afternoon.

Multnomah County and Portland officials announced the openings of the cooling centers on Wednesday. They were open from noon to 9 p.m., Thursday and Friday, at:

• The Portland Building, 1120 S.W. Fifth St., Portland.

• The Matt Dishman Community Center, 77 N.E. Knott St., Portland.

• The Charles Jordan Community Center, 9009 N. Foss Ave., Portland.

• Multnomah County East Building, 600 N.E. Eighth St. Gresham.

• Sunrise Center, 18901 E. Burnside St, Portland.

Multnomah County libraries also extended their hours at the following locations:

• Capitol Hill, 10723 S.W. Capitol Highway, Portland, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Fairview-Columbia, 1520 N.E. Village St. Fairview, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Gregory Heights, 7921 N.E. Sandy Blvd., Portland, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

• Gresham, 385 N.W. Miller Ave., Gresham, Thursday noon to 8 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Hillsdale, 1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd., Portland, Thursday noon to 8 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Holgate, 7905 S.E. Holgate Blvd., Portland, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

• Hollywood, 4040 N.E. Tillamook St., Portland, Thursday noon to 8 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Kenton, 226 N. Denver Ave., Portland, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Midland, 805 S.E. 122nd Ave., Portland, Thursday noon to 8 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• North Portland, 512 N. Killingsworth St., Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Northwest, 2300 N.W. Thurman St., Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Rockwood, 17917 S.E. Stark St., Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

• St. Johns, 7510 N. Charleston Ave., Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

• Troutdale, 2451 S.W. Cherry Park Road, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

• Woodstock, 6008 S.E. 49th Ave, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The City of Portland also is opening outdoor misting centers at:

• Glenhaven Park, N.E. 82nd Ave. and Siskiyou St., Portland.

• Mount Scott Park, S.E. 72nd Ave. and Harold St., Portland.

• Knott Park, N.E. 117th Ave. and Knott St., Portland

To limit the spread of COVID-19 and its variants, all guests and staff will be required to wear masks throughout their stay regardless of their vaccination status.

More information can be found here.


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