Thursday, June 22, 2017

Escape the heat at City recreation, water education centers


News Release from City of Vancouver
Posted on FlashAlert: June 22nd, 2017 4:14 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- Temperatures are heating up, but Vancouver has cool places where residents of all ages can seek some relief. Here are some options where you can splash, learn or simply chill.

Visit Vancouver Parks and Recreation's Community Centers to cool off, meet up with friends or take part in programs to play, swim or get fit. Marshall Community Center is fully air conditioned. Most of the open areas at Firstenburg Community Center are ventilated with moving air, but are not air conditioned. The swimming pool at the Marshall Community Center is closed for renovation until August, but the indoor pool at the Firstenburg Community Center is open.

At both Firstenburg and Marshall centers, the Wi-Fi-enabled lobby areas are open to the public, free of charge. Fitness centers and pools are available to members or by paying a drop-in fee. Hours, schedules and other information can be found online at: (click on Community Centers at the top of the page).

Vancouver Public Works' Water Resources Education Center, along the Columbia River and waterfront trail, is an air-conditioned oasis for exploring our natural resources, from the aquaria to hands-on exhibits to toddler-size learning at Puddles Place. The Water Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Admission to the Water Center is free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For Water Center information or directions, please see

There are other air-conditioned options around Vancouver, too, including restaurants, theaters and shops, as well as Fort Vancouver Regional Library District locations. Visit the Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency's (CRESA) website to view a list of Clark County cooling centers at

The City of Vancouver reminds residents that it's important to stay hydrated during heat advisories. Where possible, stay indoors in an air-conditioned or cooled building. If swimming outdoors, be aware of river temperatures and currents and take precautions to be safe, including the use of flotation devices.

Children and pets should NEVER be left in a closed, parked vehicle for any period of time, no matter how short. Pet owners are also encouraged to provide cool shelter for animals and plenty of water. Please note that pets are not allowed in the City's community centers, except for service animals.

For more hot weather safety tips from CRESA, please visit

Firstenburg Community Center
700 N.E. 136th Ave.

Monday-Thursday: 5:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday: 5:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Marshall Community Center
1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd.

Monday-Thursday: 5:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday: 5:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Water Resources Education Center
4600 S.E. Columbia Way

Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: Noon - 5 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

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