Via a July 6 email from the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board:
Friday Heat Update: Recreation Centers Close, Programs Cancel as Heat Index Reaches 105
With the heat index reaching 105 degrees once again Friday afternoon, recreation centers without air conditioning have been closed and their programs have been canceled as of approximately 3 p.m. Park visitors are encouraged to cool off at one of 18 air-conditioned recreation centers, 12 beaches, 65 wading pools and two water parks within the Minneapolis Park System.
When heat indices rise above 100 degrees, recreation centers and programs within Minneapolis parks are monitored and closed or canceled, if needed, for public safety.
For beach, pool and water park locations and information, visit the Water Recreation page online.
To learn more about activities, events and facilities that may be impacted by the weather, sign up to receive Park Board email updates.
The park system has 18 recreation centers with air conditioning. For the public’s safety and per its policy, the Park Board closes and cancels programming at 29 recreation centers when the heat index reaches 105 degrees.
- Recreation Centers with Air Conditioning: East Phillips, Farview, Folwell, Kenwood, Longfellow, Lynnhurst, North Commons, Phillips, Powderhorn, Windom NE, Bottineau, Elliot, Matthews, Windom South, Lake Hiawatha, Loring, Northeast and Webber.
- Recreation Centers without Air Conditioning: Armatage, Audubon, Brackett, Bryant Square, Central, Corcoran, Creekview, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Fuller, Harrison, Hiawatha School, Keewaydin, Kenny, Linden Hills, Logan, Luxton, Lyndale Farmstead, McRae, Morris, Nokomis, Painter, Pearl, Peavey, Pershing, Sibley, Stewart, Waite, Whittier and Van Cleve.
Rec Plus Childcare
The Park Board’s childcare program at 14 recreation centers is expected to continue with site hours modified as needed and activities moved as needed to buildings or field trip locations that are air conditioned. All outdoor trips have been modified, cancelled or rescheduled. Rec Plus families will be notified of changes.
When the heat index reaches 105 degrees, the Park Board cancels youth sports games and notifies teams of cancellations.
The Park Board does not cancel adult sports games, however, teams can choose to forfeit at their discretion. Adult sports teams and players are advised to take caution and follow heat safety guidelines when playing.
Outdoor Music and Movies in the Parks
At this time, outdoor concerts and movies have not been canceled. Visit http://www.mplsmusicandmovies.com/ or the Music and Movies in the Park facebook page for updates.
Other Park Facilities
Trails, golf courses, playgrounds, picnic areas, gardens, etc. remain open during exceptionally hot days. Park patrons visiting these facilities are advised to take caution and follow heat safety guidelines.
Heat Safety Tips
The Park Board encourages park users to continue to use parks and trails safely in the excessive heat. To stay safe during exceptionally hot days, follow these safety tips:
- Stay Hydrated – drink more water than usual and don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink more. Avoid alcohol, caffeinated beverages, or liquids containing high amounts of sugar.
- Stay Informed – Check local news for extreme heat alerts and forecasts. Learn the symptoms of heat sickness. Sign up to receive Park Board email updates about activities, events and facilities that may be impacted by the weather.
- Signs of Heat Sickness – Seek medical care immediately if you or someone you know experiences symptoms of heat sickness. Heat exhaustion symptoms include: heavy sweating, weakness, weak pulse, fainting, vomiting, and cool, pale, clammy skin. Heat stroke symptoms include: body temperature 103 degrees or higher, rapid and strong pulse, possible unconsciousness, and hot, dry skin.