Mayor Menino Declares a Heat Emergency
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For Immediate Release
August 18, 2009
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Mayor Menino Declares a Heat Emergency
Cooling Centers Open Until 10 p.m. Across the City

With temperatures topping 90 degrees this week, Mayor Thomas M. Menino has declared a Heat Emergency and reminds residents to prepare for the hot weather by taking precautions to stay healthy including taking cool showers or baths, wearing loose, light-colored clothing and drinking plenty of fluids. As part of the Heat Emergency residents are also encouraged to take advantage of cooling centers across the city which will remain open until 10 p.m. as well as pools which will be open until 9 p.m.

"Everyone should enjoy the weather but be safe while doing so," said Mayor Menino. "Children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to heat-related illnesses and injuries, but everyone should remember to limit their activities during very hot weather."

Mayor Menino also reminded those with elderly neighbors to check on them to make sure they are handling the heat safely. The Mayor's Commission on the Affairs of the Elderly has been proactively informing seniors of staying healthy during hot, humid weather through community seminars. The Commission also continues to contact homebound seniors to see if they need any help during this heat wave.

The elderly are advised to call the Elderly Commission at 617-635-4366 or the Mayor's 24 - Hour hotline at 617-635-4500 if they experience problems and to drink plenty of water and avoid outside activity. Additional information is available by calling the Elderly Commission at 617-635-4366.

BCYF Cooling Centers and Pools List

The City is prepared for the warm spell, and there are plenty of spots around Boston at which residents can cool off. The Boston Centers for Youth and Families (BCYF) is opening a number of cooling centers, and pools will also be open for those wanting a reprieve from the warmth. The elderly and young children are cautioned to pay particular attention to the high temperatures, as are those with asthma, given the predicted humidity.

Each Cooling Center is open until 10 p.m. and each pool is open until 9 p.m. Please see the list provided below for BCYF community center and pool openings.

BCYF Cooling Centers

  • Agassiz Community Center, 20 Child Street, Jamaica Plain 635-5191
  • Archdale Community Center, 125 Brookway Rd, Roslindale 635-5256
  • Blackstone Community Center, 50 West Brookline Street, Boston 635-5162
  • Charlestown Community Center, 255 Medford Street, Charlestown 635-5169
  • Cleveland Community Center 11, Charles Street, Dorchester 635-5141
  • Condon Community Center 200, D Street, South Boston 635-5100
  • Curley Community Center (L St.), 1663 Columbia Road, South Boston 635-5104
  • Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 South Street, Jamaica Plain 635-5193
  • Gallivan Community Center, 61 Woodruff Way, Mattapan 635-5252
  • Golden Age Center, 382 Main Street, Charlestown 635-5175
  • Grove Hall CC (Burke), 51 Geneva Ave, Dorchester 635-1484
  • Harborside Community Center, (Umana)312 Border Street, East Boston 635-5114
  • Hennigan Community Center, 200 Heath Street, Jamaica Plain 635-5198
  • Holland Community Center, 85 Olney Street, Dorchester 635-5144
  • Hyde Park Community Center, 1179 River Street, Hyde Park 635-5178
  • Jackson-Mann Community Center, 500 Cambridge St, Allston 635-5153
  • Kent Community Center, 50 Bunker Hill St, Charlestown 635-5175
  • Marshall Community Center, 35 Westville Ave. Dorchester 635-5148
  • Mattahunt Community Center, 100 Hebron Street, Mattapan 635-5159
  • Mildred Avenue Community Center, 5 Mildred Ave., Mattapan 635-1328
  • Nazarro Community Center, 30 North Bennet Street, North End 635-5166
  • Ohrenberger Comm. Center, 175 West Boundary Rd., West Roxbury 635-5183
  • Orchard Gardens Community Center, 2 Dearborn Street, Roxbury 635-5220
  • Orient Heights Comm. Center, 86 Boardman Street, East Boston 635-5120
  • Perkins Community Center (Lee), 155 Talbot Avenue, Dorchester 635-5146 BCNC (Quincy), 885 Washington St, Boston 635-5129
  • Roche Family Comm. Center, 1716 Centre Street, West Roxbury 635-5066
  • Roslindale Community Center, 6 Cummins Highway, Roslindale 635-5185
  • Shelburne Community Center, 2730 Washington Street, Roxbury 635-5213
  • Thomas Johnson Community Center, 68 Annunciation Road, Roxbury 635-5213
  • Tobin Community Center, 1481 Tremont St, Roxbury 635-5216
  • Tynan Community Center, 650 East 4th Street, So Boston 635-5110
  • Vine Street Community Center, 339 Dudley Street, Roxbury 635-1285
  • Walsh Community Center, 535 East Broadway, So Boston 635-5640
  • West Roxbury Community Center, 1205 V.F.W. Parkway, West Roxbury 635-5190


BCYF Centers with Pools

  • Blackstone Community Center, 50 West Brookline Street, Boston 635-5162
  • Charlestown Community Center, 255 Medford Street, Charlestown 635-5169
  • Clougherty Pool, 151 Bunker Hill St, Charlestown 635-5173
  • Condon Community Center, 200 D Street, South Boston 635-5100
  • Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 South Street, Jamaica Plain 635-5193
  • *Draper Pool, 5279 Washington St., West Roxbury 635-5021
  • *Flaherty Pool, 160 Florence Street, Roslindale, 635-5181
  • Harborside Community Center, 312 Border Street, East Boston 635-5114
  • Hennigan Community Center, 200 Heath Street, Jamaica Plain 635-5198
  • Holland Community Center, 85 Olney Street, Dorchester 635-5144
  • *Madison Park Comm. Center, 55 New Dudley Street, Roxbury 635-5209
  • Marshall Community Center, 35 Westville Ave. Dorchester 635-5148
  • *Mason Pool, 176 Norfolk Ave, Roxbury 635-5241
  • Mattahunt Community Center, 100 Hebron Street, Mattapan 635-5159
  • Mildred Avenue Community Center, 5 Mildred Ave., Mattapan 635-1328
  • Mirabella Pool, 475R Commercial St, North End 635-1275
  • *Paris Street Pool, 113 Paris Street, East Boston 635-5125
  • Perkins Community Center, 155 Talbot Avenue, Dorchester 635-5146
  • Quincy Community Center, 885 Washington Street, Boston 635-5129
  • West Roxbury Community Center, 1205 V.F.W. Parkway, West Roxbury 635-5190


  • * Are either Pool Only Sites or Pool Sites without Air Conditioning


The warning signs for heat illness include: dizziness, weakness, fainting and vomiting, stomach cramps or cramping of the legs or arms, and confusion and agitation. If anyone experiences any of the symptoms listed above, they should first stop what they are doing and, if possible, move themselves to a cooler area. If symptoms persist, they should 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.

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