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Posted on: July 25, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Cooling Center to Open Wednesday Through Friday This Week

Sunny sky with a hot son and a thermometer showing a high temperature.

The Town will be opening a cooling center on Wednesday, July 26th, Thursday, July 27th, and Friday, July 28th from 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM at the Bangs Community Center due to the anticipated heat. 

The Bangs Community Center is located at 70 Boltwood Walk in Amherst, MA.

Stay Cool:

  • Groff Park Splash Pad is open, located at 83 Mill Lane in Amherst 
  • Mill River Pool & War Memorial Pool Hours for open and lap swims plus more info can be found at

Tips & Reminders for Periods of Excessive Heat: 

  • Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle. Even with the windows cracked open, interior temperatures can rise almost 20°F within 10 minutes.
  • Slow down and avoid strenuous activity, especially during the hottest parts of the day. 
  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Light colors reflect heat and sunlight, and help maintain normal body temperature.
  • Drink plenty of water — even if you are not thirsty.
  • Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun. Do not leave pets outside for extended periods of time.
  • If you must be outdoors, limit your outdoor activity to the morning and evening hours. Try to rest often in shady areas so your body temperature will have a chance to recover. Use sunscreen with a high SPF and wear a wide-brimmed hat.
  • If you do not have air conditioning, stay on your lowest floor, out of the sun. Use fans to stay cool and avoid using your stove and oven. Consider spending time in air-conditioned public spaces. 
  • Know the symptoms of and watch out for heat-related illnesses. Call Amherst Public Safety at 9-1-1 to report any emergencies right away. 
  • Be a good neighbor. Check on family, friends, and neighbors, especially the elderly, those who live alone, those with medical conditions, those who may need additional assistance, and those who may not have air conditioning.

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