Public Cooling Stations Open During Extreme Temperatures
Temperatures are predicted to rise into the mid-90s in the coming days. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity is expected to create a dangerous situation where heat illnesses are possible. It is important to stay hydrated and avoid prolonged time outside and in other non-air conditioned spaces.
These Cooling Centers are open to the public in our area:
Bronson Wellness Center will remain open as a public cooling station through Wednesday, July 24, or further notice. Anyone living in or visiting the area can come to the club free of charge and cool off in the air conditioned lobby and conference rooms. The club will supply cold water for everyone inside the club. Non-members cannot use the fitness areas during this time.
Club hours are:
- Monday-Thursday: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Friday: 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Saturday-Sunday: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Bronson Wellness Center is located at 950 S. Bailey Ave. in South Haven. If you have questions, call (269) 639-2949.
Kalamazoo (Information provided by City of Kalamazoo)
First Congregational Church, 345 W. Michigan – Thursday and Friday Only
Hours of Operation: Noon – 8 p.m.
Douglass Community Center, 1000 W. Patterson – Saturday Only
Hours of Operation: Noon – 5 p.m.
Battle Creek (Information provided by City of Battle Creek)
**Willard Beach Park, on George B Place off Capital Avenue SW, has free admission Thursday and Friday, July 18 and 19. Gates are open 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; pedestrians can walk in from 5:30 a.m. until a half-hour after sunset.
The Battle Creek Transit 4S route – SW Capital Ave – stops near George B Place.
**Kellogg Arena downtown, open to the public from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Please enter through Festival Market Square, at the corner of McCamly and Jackson. There will be no concessions during these hours.
The arena is walking distance from Battle Creek Transit’s downtown transfer center on McCamly Street; all bus routes stop at this location.
**Second Missionary Baptist Church, at 485 N. Washington Ave., will open to those in need of a place to cool off from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday and Friday.
The 3W Kendall-Goodale bus stops on Washington Avenue.
**Neighbors also can get air conditioning, restrooms, and shopping at Lakeview Square Mall, on Beckley Road, during opening hours. The mall is open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday. The 4S SW Capital Ave bus also stops at the mall – the stop is at the northeast corner of the mall, near Dunham’s in the flag poles.