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Lane County opens cooling centers for the weekend

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Lane County will open cooling centers this weekend. This graphic lists the locations in Eugene and Springfield.

Extreme Heat / Calor Extremo – 

Safety information & resources / Información y recursos de seguridad

To address families and individuals who may need a place to escape the heat, Lane County is activating a cooling and heat respite center at the Lane Events Center, located in Expo Hall 2 and Convention Center rooms 3 and 4. This facility is open to anyone who needs to cool down and will open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday June 26 and Sunday June 27.

REMEMBER: Those at greatest risk for heat-related illness include young children; adults 65 and older; athletes; and people with chronic illness or who are overweight, work outdoors, or have a low income.

The best way to protect yourself from the harmful effects of excessive heat is to stay cool, stay hydrated and stay informed.

  • Wear light colored clothing and use sunscreen.
  • Schedule outdoor activities during cooler times of the day — like in the morning or evening.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Avoid alcoholic and sugary drinks.
  • Stay informed of the weather and watch the Heat Index to help you identify the most dangerous periods during the heat wave.

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Keeping Your Home Cool:

If you have an air conditioner, make sure it is installed and working. Set air conditioners to the setting most comfortable to you, preferably between 72°F and 79°F. Block the sun by using awnings or closing curtains and blinds during the day. Avoid using a fan as your main cooling source — especially when it is 90°F or more.

If you don’t have a place that is cool during the hottest parts of the day, LCPH recommends visiting a place that has air conditioning, e.g., a library, community center or shopping center, or a park with plenty of shade and/or a water feature, like a splash pad.

For a complete list of places to cool down around Lane County, please see below:


The Lane Events Center, Expo Hall 2 and Convention Center rooms 3 and 4. Will be open 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday June 26th and Sunday June 27th.

All water fountains and splash pads in Eugene are turned on for summer. Splash pads are available at:

  • Fairmount Park (E. 15th Ave. and Fairmount Blvd.)
  • Oakmont Park (2295 Oakmont Way)
  • Skinner Butte Park (248 Cheshire Ave.)
  • Washington Park (2025 Washington St.)

The Downtown Library is open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, closed on Sunday. Regular services are available. People can cool off while browsing, and 1-hour time slots are available for people to use a computer or access WiFi. The second floor of the Library will have 14 spaces marked out that are 6×6 feet and can accommodate four people per group (max of 56 people at a time).The Eugene Service Station will be open (8:30am-5pm 7 days/week) and First Place Family Center (8-5) will have water when visiting the folks in overnight and safe parking spots.
Black Thistle Street Aid will be at Washington Jefferson Park on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. distributing water and other supplies as long as they last.


Water Misters beneath City Hall, 225 Fifth Street in Springfield. Available from 2 pm to 8 pm each day starting Saturday, June 26.

Water bottle filling station beneath City Hall, 225 Fifth Street in Springfield. Available from 2 pm to 7 pm each day starting Saturday, June 26.

Splash will be open:
Saturday 11AM–3PM and 3:30–7:30PM
Sunday 11AM–3PM and 3:30–7:30PM

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