City of Vancouver offers opportunities for area residents to escape the heat
VANCOUVER — The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Tuesday and Wednesday, but Vancouver has cool places where residents of all ages can seek some relief.
The Firstenburg Community Center is closed all this week for maintenance, but here are some other options where area residents can keep cool.
Visit the Marshall Community Center, 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd. to cool off, meet up with friends, or take part in programs to play, swim or get fit. The center is fully air conditioned, except for the gymnasium, and its Wi-Fi-enabled lobby is open to the public, free of charge. The fitness center and swimming pool are available to members or by paying a drop-in fee during operating hours.
Youth ages 11-18 also have free access to The SPOT and the gymnasium at the Marshall Center from 2:30-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The SPOT is a supervised game room and hangout lounge in the lower lobby of the center. Teens just need to have their Marshall Center pass or a valid school ID.
Marshall Center hours are 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/MCC.
Vancouver Public Works’ Water Resources Education Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way, along the Columbia River and waterfront trail, is a free, air-conditioned oasis for exploring our natural resources, from salmon to toads, and enjoying hands-on exhibits. Currently, visitors can also view the winning entries from the 2019 Washington Federal Junior Duck Stamp Competition.
Water Center hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. The center is closed on Sundays. For Water Center information or directions, please visit www.cityofvancouver.us/watercenter.
There are other air-conditioned options around Vancouver, too, including restaurants, theaters and shops, as well as Fort Vancouver Regional Library District locations.
The city of Vancouver reminds residents that it’s important to stay hydrated during heat advisories. Where possible, stay indoors in an air-conditioned or cooled building. If swimming outdoors, be aware of river temperatures and currents and take precautions to be safe, including the use of flotation devices.
Children and pets should never be left in a closed, parked vehicle for any period of time, no matter how short. Pet owners are also encouraged to provide cool shelter for animals and plenty of water. Please note that pets are not allowed in the city’s community centers, except for service animals.
Information provided by city of Vancouver.