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Ways To Cool Off In The Heat

Power Surge Knocks Out SW Community Center's Air Conditioning

Portland Parks & Recreation:

A power surge at Southwest Community Center last night has damaged the building's compressor and caused the air conditioning system to fail. Although maintenance staff are working on the problem, the system is not expected to be working until later this evening.

Because of this situation, SWCC is not currently able to serve as a community cooling center. Fitness classes are also cancelled. However, all camps are still operating and the center's pool is still open.

Four other Portland Parks & Recreation facilities are still serving as community cooling centers, including East Portland Community Center, Multnomah Arts Center, St. Johns Community Center, and University Park Community Center.

For further information and updates on Southwest Community Center, please call 503.823.2840.


Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District:

Due to extreme heat and forecasts for more of the same, the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District has postponed Thursday night's concert at Greenway Park in Beaverton.

The free concert, featuring the Keith Greeninger Trio, was scheduled for 6-8 p.m. July 30.

THPRD staff are working on arrangements and will announce the rescheduled date as quickly as possible

Multnomah County:

The Midland Library at 805 SE 122nd Ave. is CLOSED today due to air conditioner problems. A nearby air-conditioned site open to the public is Loaves and Fishes at 740 SE 106th Ave, 10325 SE Holgate. Albina Library at 3605 NE 15th Ave. is also closed.  Full list of cooling sites:


With three days of triple digit highs in the forecast, some of us are going to need options for keeping cool.

Here are a few that have splashed in to the OPBNews mail box.


Portland Parks & Recreation

(Portland, OR) – In response to the extreme heat wave this week, Portland Parks & Recreation is encouraging the public who are without air conditioning to go to one of five community centers that are open for people to come and cool off in designated rooms or lobbies. Locations, hours, and bus line information is below.

In addition, extended wading pools hours will continue through Thursday, July 30. Further extended hours are also being considered for Friday, July 31, depending on weather conditions. Hours and locations are listed below. Visit for further information.

-Community Centers with Cooling Rooms or Lobbies-

East Portland Community Center & Pool
740 SE 106th Avenue  
Open until 10 p.m.; Bus Lines: #15 Belmont, #20 Burnside-Stark, and #27 Market-Main

Multnomah Arts Center
7688 SW Capitol Highway  
Open until 9:30 p.m.; Bus Lines: #44 PCC/Sylvania and #45 Garden Home

St Johns Community Center
8427 N Central Street
Open until 9 p.m.; Bus Lines: #4 Fessenden, #17 NW 21st, #44 Mocks Crest, and #75 39th Ave-Lombard

University Park Community Center
9009 N Foss Avenue
Open until 9 p.m., Bus Line: #4 Fessenden

-Extended Wading Pool Hours for Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday, 7/28-30-
Alberta: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Creston: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Laurelhurst: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Thursday
Lents Park: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Thursday
Montavilla: 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. through Thursday
Mt. Scott: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. through Thursday
Rose City: 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Thursday
St. Johns Park: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

-Swimming pools open late-
Most Portland Parks & Recreation swimming pools are open until 9 p.m. or later on weeknights. Visit for a full list of pools, hours, and other information.

-Spray features in neighborhood parks (available all regular park hours)-
Columbia Park, N. Lombard Street and Woolsey Avenue
Essex Park, SE 79th Avenue & Center Street
Earl Boyles Park, SE 112th Avenue & Boise Street
Grant Park, NE 33rd Avenue & US Grant Place
Kenton Park, 8417 N. Brandon Avenue
McCoy Park, N Trenton Street & Newman Avenue
Northgate Park, N Geneva Avenue & Fessenden Street
Peninsula Park, N. 700 Rosa Parks Way
Pier Park, N Lombard Street & Bruce Avenue
Raymond Park, SE 118th Avenue & Raymond Street
Woodlawn Park, NE 13th Avenue & Dekum Street


Metro offers array of alternatives to cool off

Elderly, wheelchair users and little kids can enjoy water at Blue Lake’s water spray ground

PORTLAND, Ore – During these sweltering temperatures, Metro’s “hot spots” are offering the region some unique ways to cool off while still enjoying the beauty of the outdoors. Metro’s regional parks not only offer natural wonders, but an effective way to combat the heat while enjoying them.

Located just 20 minutes from downtown Portland, Metro’s Blue Lake Regional Park has a number of cool options for all ages and abilities. Adjacent to the swim beach, the water spray ground is a convenient substitute for those who are unable to make it into Blue Lake’s swim area. The 3,500 square foot spray ground has a variety of fully automatic spray and streaming water features available for visitors who are either young or young at heart. The non-slip surface, lack of standing water and location near the restrooms make the water spray ground safe for those with limited mobility or in need of a wheelchair. Blue Lake’s natural backdrop also provides plenty of shady spots for those looking to get out of the house and stay cool at the same time. Covered picnic areas provide a place to eat a meal with friends and family.

The majesty and splendor of Oxbow Regional Park’s ancient forest is enhanced by its ability to provide cooler temperatures. Under the dense canopy, the ancient trees provide natural air conditioning for those looking to hike the trails, spot some wildlife or just get out of the sun. Wide trails, convenient parking and a helpful staff are allowing people of varying ages and abilities to soak up the shade while enjoying one of the most distinctive parks in the region. Oxbow also offers a variety of programs to learn about the forest and the Sandy River, and Saturday night programs feature songs and storytelling around the campfire. Check them out at

Entrance fees to both Blue Lake and Oxbow Regional parks is $5 per car or $7 per van/bus. Blue Lake is open from 8 a.m. to legal sunset; Oxbow from 6:30 a.m. to legal sunset. Camping at Oxbow is $15 per evening and is on a first-come, first-served basis.

From the City of Hillsboro:

Hillsboro, Oregon –Due to the extreme heat predicted for this week, the City of Hillsboro will be offering cooling stations at the following locations which are air-conditioned and will have water available.

Tyson Recreation Center
1880 NE Griffin Oaks St
Hillsboro, OR
5 pm – 9 pm (extended hours, Mon. – Fri.)

Hillsboro Senior Center
750 SE 8th Avenue
Hillsboro, OR
9 am – 9 pm (extended hours, Mon. – Fri.)

Main Library
2850 Brookwood Parkway
Hillsboro, OR
10 am – 8 pm ( Mon. – Fri.)

Shute Park Branch Library
775 SE 10th Avenue
Hillsboro, OR
10 am – 8 pm (Mon. – Wed.)
10 am – 6 pm (Thurs., Fri.)

West Police Precinct
250 SE 10th Avenue
Hillsboro, OR
3 pm – 9 pm (Mon. – Fri.)

The following Hillsboro churches will also be open this week for those needing a respite from the heat:
Sonrise Church(6701 NE Campus Dr, Hillsboro, OR)
12 pm – 5 pm (Tues. – Fri.)

Westport Church (20085 NW Tanasbourne Drive, Hillsboro, OR)
10 am – 4 pm (Tues., Thurs. & Fri.)
Everyone is welcome at any of the cooling stations but children should be accompanied by an adult.  For a recorded message regarding  the location and hours of available cooling stations, please call 503-681-5295.

Silverton Hospital:  Silverton Residents- Cooling center sites at Silver Falls Library 410 South Water St. and Silver Creek Fellowship 822 Industry Way. 10 a.m. to Dusk.

Woodburn Cooling Centers: The Community Room at Woodburn Police Department – 1060 Mount Hood Avenue (8am to 9pm), City Hall Council Chambers at 270 Montgomery Street (8am to 9pm), and the Woodlands area at Wellspring, 1475 Mount Hood Avenue (Noon to 9pm) 

Vancouver, WA: CRESA (Clark County's Emergency Services) notified C-TRAN that the National Weather Service is anticipating an extreme warming trend to commence today and continue for several days. Temperatures are climbing into the triple digits today and are expected to remain high through most of the week.

C-TRAN operators, supervisors, security officers, dispatchers and passenger service representatives are requested to be on ‘Safewatch" alert and provide assistance to passengers and others who may experience adverse health impacts including heat stroke. Providing Safewatch assistance during extreme heat includes:

•    Assisting those who are new to the system with trip planning to an air conditioned location such as the Mall;
•    Allowing passengers to take shelter on C-TRAN's air conditioned buses and ride as long as they pay the proper fare;
•    Being observant and calling for medical assistance for people who may be experiencing distress due to the heat, complications from medical problems, and any SafeWatch issue.

For a listing of locations offering air conditioned shelter and the C-TRAN routes serving those locations, log on to   or C-TRAN information and trip planning assistance are also available on the web site or by calling C-TRAN's Passenger Service Office at (360) 695-0123. For the latest weather and heat advisories, please log onto the National Weather Service at or tune to local stations in your area.

C-TRAN is the regional public transportation provider for portions of Clark County. It offers local bus service within its Clark County service area, Limited bus service to the nearest MAX light rail station, and Express commuter service to downtown Portland. It also provides Connector service within the city limits of Camas, La Center, and Ridgefield. For more information on C-TRAN please visit C-TRAN's Web site at, or call Passenger Service at (360) 695-0123.

City of Battle Ground

The City of Battle Ground is offering citizens the Battle Ground Community Center as a free cooling center today, Monday, July 27 through Wednesday, July 29th from 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm.  Citizens may beat the heat in the air-conditioned facility located at 912 East Main Street in Fairgrounds Park.  Books, magazines, board games and kids activities will be available.

For more information, please contact the City's Parks & Recreation Department at 360-342-5380


Portland, Ore. — More than 60 percent of Portland General Electric's (PGE) residential customers have some form of air conditioning (AC) to help them seek solace from summer heat. While AC units keep homes cool, they use additional electricity, increasing energy bills. Fortunately, there are many ways to reduce the cost of keeping cool as temperatures rise or staying cool without the aid of an air conditioner. Customers can stay cool and reduce summer electricity use by following these easy tips:
•    Open windows (upper stories are the safest) when it's cool outside (at nights and early in the morning). Monitor outside temperatures; when it's warming up and approaching 75 to 80 degrees, close windows and use an indoor fan (portable or ceiling). When the temperature inside your home becomes too warm, you may want to turn on the AC to keep cool.
•    Setting the central air thermostat to 75 degrees (instead of 70 degrees) results in an estimated energy savings of 115 kilowatt-hours (kwh) per month and an estimated monthly savings of $11.
•    If the temperatures stay relatively mild during the day, cooling with outside air may be all your home needs to stay comfortable.
•    Close curtains on sun-facing windows. Awnings help shade windows that face the sun, too. Use white window shades, drapes or blinds to reflect heat away from the house.
•    When cooling the whole house with an AC, be sure to keep all windows and doors closed. When cooling a single room with a window AC, be sure to close all windows and doors in that room to keep the unit running more efficiently; open windows and doors in other parts of the house to take advantage of cool breezes. Be sure to dress as coolly as possible: shorts, short sleeves, sandals (no socks), etc.
•    When using AC, avoid cooking with a stove or conventional oven as heat from these appliances reduces the ability of the unit to cool your house; instead use a microwave or barbecue outdoors.
•    Consider turning off the air conditioning and running a portable window fan overnight for 12 hours instead; for an average home with air conditioning, this results in an estimated energy savings of 335 kwh per month and an estimated monthly savings of $32.

Here are a few tips to keep an air conditioner running effectively:

•    Bigger doesn't necessarily mean cooler when it comes to room air conditioners. In fact, a unit that is too large for the room operates less efficiently than one that is properly sized.
•    Don't switch the unit off and on. Window units work best when left to run for long periods.
•    Don't keep the unit running at the coldest setting. Set the thermostat as high as is comfortable.
•    Don't put lamps or TVs that emit heat near the air conditioner thermostat.
•    Use interior fans to circulate cooled air more effectively through the house.
•    Clean or change furnace/air conditioner filter every three months.
•    Seal leaks in heating/air conditioning ducts (insulate ducts where necessary).

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