Cooling Centers Open throughout Thurston County to Help Beat Record Heat

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Twanoh State Park, located on Hood Canal, provides a wide variety of outdoor activities.


Submitted by Thurston County

The heat is on in the Puget Sound region, and the Thurston County Emergency Management Division has gathered a list of cooling centers that will be available this weekend as record-setting temperatures soar into the 90s. The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for June 26, 27 and 28.

The following list of cooling centers is available on the Thurston County Emergency Management Division’s website:

First Christian Church – Olympia
701 Franklin Street SE, Olympia 98501
Saturday 10 a.m.—5 p.m.
Sunday 9 a.m.—2 p.m.

Lacey Timberland Library
500 6th Ave SE, Lacey 98503
Monday 10 a.m. —6 p.m.
Tuesday 10 a.m. —6 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m.—7 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m.—7 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m.—5 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m.—5 p.m.
Sunday Closed

Lacey Senior Center
6757 Pacific Avenue SE, Lacey 98503
Regular hours Monday—Friday, 8 a.m.—4 p.m.
Call (360) 407-3967 for more information

McLane-Black Lake Fire Station 91
*open as cooling center at 95 degrees or above
125 Delphi Road NW, Olympia 98502
1—9 p.m.

Olympia Senior Center Lobby
222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia 98501
Regular hours Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Call (360) 586-6181 for more information

Olympia Timberland Library
313 8th Avenue SE, Olympia 98501
Monday/Tuesday 11 a.m.—8 p.m.
Wednesday/Thursday 11 a.m.—7 p.m.
Friday/Saturday 10 a.m.—5 p.m.

Tenino Quarry Swimming Pool
*Opens July 5 at noon
300 W Park Avenue, Tenino 98589
Shaded porch area and some shade at pool
Admission: $3.50/person general admission; $1.50/person for individuals living within Tenino School District
Wednesday-Sunday, noon—7 p.m.

Tenino Fire District 12
187 S Hodgden Street SE, Tenino 98589
Daily 8 a.m.—5 p.m.

Tenino Timberland Library
172 W Central Avenue, Tenino 98589
Tuesday/Wednesday 10 a.m.—6 p.m.
Thursday/Friday 10 a.m.—5 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m.—4 p.m.
Closed Sunday/Monday

Tumwater Timberland Library
7023 New Market Street SW, Tumwater 98501
Monday/Tuesday 10 a.m.—7 p.m.
Wednesday-Friday 10 a.m.—6 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m.—5 p.m.
Closed Sunday

Tumwater Old Town Center
215 North 2nd Avenue SW, Tumwater 98512
Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.—6:30 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m.—2:30 p.m.

Yelm Timberland Library
210 Prairie Park Street, Yelm 98597
Tuesday—Thursday, 10 a.m.—8 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m.—6 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m.—5 p.m.
Sunday Closed

Yelm Public Safety Building
206 McKenzie Avenue SE, Yelm 98597
Monday—Friday, 7:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m.

When a cooling center is not available, there are still a few tips that can help you beat the heat at home and stay safe.

Keep a cool head and remember the basics: drink plenty of fluids; avoid the sun and stay in the shade; use sunscreen even if you’re outside for only a few minutes.

Find cooler air in public places. Shopping centers, movie theaters, libraries and community centers are typically air conditioned, so go out, have fun and find some cooler air.

Take it easy and avoid heatstroke. Don’t over-exert yourself with heavy duty yard work or strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.

NEVER leave children or pets in a hot car.

Keep pets cool, too. Check on your outdoor pets frequently and make sure they have shelter from the sun and plenty of water.

The heat can be hard on the young and the elderly. Check on relatives and neighbors who may be more sensitive to hot weather—young children, infants, seniors and people with chronic illnesses are most at risk during extreme hot weather.

For additional safety tips on how to beat the heat, download the Thurston County Medic One pamphlet at
The high temperatures and dry conditions also increase the risk of wildfires, and Thurston County residents are reminded that a countywide outdoor burn ban is currently in place. For more details about the burn ban restrictions, go to the county’s homepage and click on the “Countywide Burn Ban” link.

County officials also remind residents that there are restriction on the sale and discharge of fireworks in the county. But with the current heat and dry conditions, residents are urged to keep this holiday season safe and sane and enjoy the region’s professional fireworks shows this year instead. To learn more, go to the county’s homepage and click on the “Fireworks restrictions and safety tips” link.

As temperatures climb this weekend, keeps tabs on weather conditions and hot weather tips and information with the Thurston County Emergency Management Division social media—find us on Facebook at ThurstonEM, or on Twitter at @ThurstonEM.

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