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Cooling center is for canine cooling too (and other pets)

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To address families and individuals who may need a place to escape the heat, Lane County is activating a Cooling & Heat Respite Center located at the Lane Events Center in the Main Performance Hall of the Convention Center.  This will allow for over 600 people,  with accommodations for pets,  to safely seek relief while maintaining ample distance and is open to anyone who needs to cool down. Hours of operation are from 9 am to 10 pm Saturday June 26th and Sunday June 27th.  Those wishing to utilize the cooling center can enter through the main doors of the Convention Center located under the glass roof portion of the building.

The Red Cross of Lane County has graciously agreed to help provide staffing, water, and snacks for the facility. 

Carry It Forward provided the following updates on where to find help to beat the heat:

CAHOOTS vans will have coolers and extra water.

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.

The Alluvium at 810 W 3rd Ave, Eugene will open Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 10 pm. They’ll have a bunch of gatorade, coconut water, and water for anyone who is in need. Thanks to Whiteaker Community Council, Waste To Taste, and all the kind folks who have volunteered to help out.

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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.

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.Hilyard Community Center at 2580 Hilyard St, will be available as a cooling center on Sunday from noon-7 p.m. Space is limited, and face masks are required indoors.

LTD will provide free bus service during the weekend for people traveling to and from a designated cooling center. Passengers will need to inform the bus operator they are going to a cooling center so they are not charged a fare. All other passengers will need to pay fares to travel to and from their desired destinations.

New Roads at 941 W. 7th Avec we’ll be open Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. so youth will have a space to cool down. They’re also doing popsicle and Gatorade outreach Saturday.

Youth Era Cooling Center, 12pm to 7pm at 44 West 7th Ave, for ages 14-24 only; water, snacks, cooling towels, AC

Bent Spoke Outreach and Regeneristas will be delivering supplies along the bike paths in Eugene and Springfield on Saturday and Sunday.

Carry it Forward outreach teams are dropping supplies to folks in need in Springfield and East Lane County.

Everyone Church is serving water and popsicles along Owens Loop and West 11th.


  • 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 Sunday 11AM–3PM and 3:30–7:30PM

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