Boston Beats the Heat with Free Cool Down Events Tues 7/16
Ice cream parties, water giveaways, free parks events, to take place throughout City today and tomorrow
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For Immediate Release
July 16, 2013
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Rather than just weathering the heat, Mayor Menino today announced a set of free Cool Down events to take place throughout the City today and tomorrow. Boston Police Department’s “Operation Hoodsie Cup” will team up with Boston Centers for Youth & Families and Boston Parks and Recreation to host free ice cream parties at community center pools and playground spray features. The City Hall to Go Truck will convert into a cooling caravan for the day, with employees handing out free water to visitors at its normally scheduled Back Bay and South Boston stops this afternoon.

 

Today’s Cool Down Events:

 

City Hall to Go Truck – Cooling Caravan

WHEN:      1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

WHERE:    700 Boylston St., outside Boston Public Library main branch

WHAT:       The City Hall to Go Truck will serve as a cooling caravan, handing out free water to visitors in addition to providing basic City services. In addition to rehydrating with an ice cold water donated by Poland Spring 100% Natural Spring Water, residents can pay or dispute parking tickets, request birth, death or marriage certificates, and pay property and excise taxes, among other services.

 

Ice Cream Party – BCYF Flaherty Pool

WHEN:      1:30 p.m.

WHERE:    BCYF Flaherty Pool, 160 Florence Street, Roslindale

WHAT:       The Boston Police Department’s “Operation Hoodsie Cup” will team up with Boston Centers for Youth & Families to host a free ice cream party outside the BCYF Flaherty Pool, newly re-opened following a nine month, $5.4 million dollar complete renovation.

 

City Hall to Go Truck – Cooling Caravan

WHEN:      4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

WHERE:    460 West Broadway, South Boston

WHAT:       The City Hall to Go Truck will serve as a cooling caravan, handing out free water to visitors in addition to providing basic City services. In addition to rehydrating with an ice cold water donated by Poland Spring 100% Natural Spring Water, residents can pay or dispute parking tickets, request birth, death or marriage certificates, and pay property and excise taxes, among other services.

 

Ice Cream Party – BCYF Mildred Avenue

WHEN:      5:00 p.m.

WHERE:    BCYF Mildred Ave, 1-5 Mildred Ave., Mattapan

WHAT:       The Boston Police Department’s “Operation Hoodsie Cup” will team up with Boston Centers for Youth & Families to host a free ice cream party at the BCYF Mildred Avenue Community Center.

 

Gertrude Howes Playground Cool Down Event

WHEN:      6:00 p.m.

WHERE:    Gertrude Howes Park, 33 Fairland Street, Roxbury

WHAT:       Boston Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting a free chess workshop at the Gertrude Howes Playground in Roxbury. Visitors can learn to play chess in the shade, splash around in the playground’s spray feature, and get a free ice cream from Boston Police Department’s “Operation Hoodsie Cup” truck.

All Boston Centers for Youth & Families sites are open today during normal operating hours: http://www.cityofboston.gov/bcyf/.

Boston Parks Department operates several water spray features throughout the city from mid-June to mid-September from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. unless otherwise posted. View the Water Spray List in a larger map.

Heat related illness such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke can be fatal if untreated and need to be taken seriously, particularly for elderly and younger populations. Residents should follow heat safety precautions and pay attention to the warning signs such as nausea, dizziness, and headaches. If symptoms persist, call 9-1-1 immediately. Family, friends and neighbors are also urged to check in frequently with elderly residents who may need assistance during the hot weather.

For questions about heat-related city services, residents should call the Mayor's 24-Hour Hotline at 617-635-4500.  Comprehensive heat safety tips and resources are available on the city website at www.cityofboston.gov/heat.

Follow @NotifyBoston and #becoolboston on Twitter for heat related updates.

 

 

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