Milwaukee Common Council
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Milwaukee Recreation Keeps it Cool

On weekdays when the temperature is predicted to be above 85 degrees (or when the city issues a heat advisory), the Milwaukee Department of Public Works attaches industrial-strength sprinklers to the fire hydrants at seven Milwaukee Recreation playgrounds.

By - Jul 16th, 2012 05:31 pm

On weekdays when the temperature is predicted to be above 85 degrees (or when the city issues a heat advisory), the Milwaukee Department of Public Works attaches industrial-strength sprinklers to the fire hydrants at seven Milwaukee Recreation playgrounds. This is known as Milwaukee’s Cool Spots program. Seven outdoor wading pools provide additional relief from the summer heat. The public is encouraged to call Milwaukee Recreation at (414) 475-8811 for more information.

The following playgrounds are Cool Spot locations: Auer Avenue (2221 W. Auer Avenue), Carmen (7320 W. Carmen), Columbia (1354 W. Columbia St.), Green Bay (3872 N. 8th St.), Franklin Square (2643 N. 13th St.), Gwen T. Jackson (2121 W. Hadley St.), and Starms Discovery (2035 N. 25th St.). The Cool Spots will open from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. on hot weather weekdays through August 10. The program, designed for children aged 6-17, is a partnership between Milwaukee Recreation, the city of Milwaukee, and the Milwaukee Fire Department.

The wading pools are located at these facilities: Burbank (6035 W. Adler St.), Burnham (1755 S. 32nd St.), Enderis (2938 N. 72nd St.), Holt (1716 W. Holt Ave.), Merrill (461 N. 35th St.), Modrzejewski (1020 W. Cleveland), and Ohio (974 W. Holt Ave.). The wading pools are open from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. every weekday through August 12. The Enderis wading pool closes at 4:00 p.m. on weekdays, but is also open every Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The pools are designed for children aged 8 and under.

“Milwaukee Recreation is pleased to be part of these programs because they help to ensure the safety of city residents,” says Molly Barrett, Milwaukee Recreation’s Director. “It is dangerous for children to be opening fire hydrants and playing in the streets. Our Cool Spots and wading pools give kids a break from the heat in a controlled, supervised environment.”

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