City offers cooling options to help residents deal with heat

City offers cooling options to help residents deal with heat

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The City of Columbia is offering residents several options to help avoid heat-related illness in this record heat wave.

The City is offering misting stations starting Wednesday at several locations throughout the city. They will be open from 12 p.m. - 7 p.m.

  • Owens Field, 1351 Jim Hamilton Blvd.
  • Rosewood Park, 901 South Holly St.
  • Hyatt Park, 950 Jackson Ave.
  • Martin Luther King (MLK) Park, 2300 Greene St (corner of Greene & Pendleton Streets)
  • Finlay Park, 930 Laurel St.
  • Riverfront Park, 312 Laurel St.

Splash pads and public pools are open throughout the summer. Splash Pad Locations (Operates Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 4 p.m. - 7 p.m., through Labor Day, September 7, 2015):

  • *Mays Park, 4100 Trenholm Rd.
  • Sims Park, 3500 Duncan St.
  • Heathwood Park, 800 Abelia Rd.
  • Emily Douglas Park, 2500 Wheat St.
  • *Roy Lynch Park, Lincoln and Abbeville St.
  • Pinehurst Park, 2300 Pinehurst Rd. (Open Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.)
  • Lorick Park, 1600 Lorick Ave. (Open Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.)
  • Edisto Discovery Park, 1914 Wiley St.
  • *Pacific Park, 200 Wayne St.
  • St. Anna's Park, 1315 Liberty Hill Ave.
  • Hampton Park, 117 Brandon Ave.
  • Melrose Park, 1500 Fairview Rd.
  • Drew Park - 2101 Walker Solomon Way (Operates Monday – Saturday from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.)

All splash pads are free of charge and closed on Sundays. Splash pads that are unmanned (Mays, Roy Lynch and Pacific) will be turned on/off upon request by calling 545-3100.

Maxcy Gregg Pool is open at 1655 Park Circle Monday through Thursday from 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Recreational Swimming at Maxcy Gregg is $3 youth (ages 12 & under), $4 for adults (ages 13 & over). Season tickets: $80 (ages 12 & under), $120 (ages 13 & over). Group passes: $75 (child), $100 (adults)

Fan the Heat

Chief Skip Holbrook and the City of Columbia Police Department kicked off the Fan the Heat program in May, and since its inception has assisted more than 7,000 Columbia citizens. The program is primarily designed for senior citizens, residents with medical concerns/disabilities and families with small children.

Eligibility requirements include:

• Citizens must be 55 years-old or older

• Citizens must provide name, address, telephone number (to ensure that the fan or air conditioner is delivered to the correct address)

Exception:

• If person has respiratory problem or a major illness, he or she can bring in a doctor's statement regardless of age to receive assistance.

If a citizen needs assistance from the Fan the Heat program, they can call the Crime Prevention Unit at 545-3555; or CPD's Telephone Response Unit at 545-3500.

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