One of the less-than-great parts about living in Kansas City is the godawful summer heat. It's muggy, it's miserable and it can be deadly. By early August last year, six Kansas Citians were suspected to have died from heatstroke.
The city has just announced the hours of cooling centers and free swimming at municipal pools. At the risk of sounding like your mother: If you don't have air conditioning, please bookmark this list or print it off and stick it somewhere, because sitting and reading a book or playing Angry Birds on your phone for a couple of hours at a community center could save your life.
Brush Creek Community Center, 3801 Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard -- Sunday and
Monday: closed; Tuesday and Wednesday: noon to 9 p.m.; Thursday: 8 a.m.
to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Garrison Community Center, 1124 East Fifth Street -- Sunday and Monday: closed;
Tuesday-Friday: noon to 9 p.m.; Saturday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Gregg/Klice Community Center, 1600 John "Buck" O'Neil Way -- Sunday:
closed; Monday-Friday: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hillcrest Community Center, 10401 Hillcrest Road -- Sunday: closed;
Monday-Thursday: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday: 9
a.m. to 5 p.m.
Kansas City North Community Center, 3930 Northeast Antioch Road -- Sunday:
closed; Monday-Thursday: 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday: 5:30 a.m. to 6
p.m.; Saturday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Line Creek Community Center, 5940 Northwest Waukomis Drive -- Sunday: 7 a.m.
to 9 p.m.; Monday-Friday: 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday: 7 a.m. to 5
Marlborough Community Center, 8200 Paseo Boulevard -- Sunday and Monday:
closed; Tuesday and Thursday: noon to 9 p.m.; Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. to 9
p.m.; Friday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Southeast Community Center, 4201 East 63rd Street -- Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6
p.m.; Monday-Thursday: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.;
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tony Aguirre Community Center, 2050 West Pennway Terrace -- Sunday:
closed; Monday-Friday: 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Brush Creek Community Center Pool, 3801 Brush Creek Boulevard -- Mondays;Learn the signs of heat-related illness here, and don't forget about your pets.
Budd Pool, Esplanade Street and Denver Avenue -- Tuesdays;
The Grove Pool, Truman Road and Benton Boulevard -- Thursdays;
Swope Pool, Swope Park, 67th Street and Lewis Road -- Sundays
Free swim is offered at the following times:
Brush Creek Community Center Pool -- Mondays, 1 to 7 p.m.
Budd Pool -- Tuesdays, 1 to 7 p.m.
The Grove Pool -- Thursdays, 1 to 7 p.m.
Swope Pool -- Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m.
Spraygrounds are free and open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday. For more information on swimming pools and spraygrounds, visit the website, http://bit.ly/chdKnB.
Neighborhood Pools are free and open from June 14 through August 7, from 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, closed on Mondays:
Arbor Villa Park, 66th Terrace and Main
Ashland Park, 23rd and Elmwood
Gillham Pool, 41st and Gillham
West Terrace Park, 16th and Jarboe