Heat, Pools, Summer Safety Tips

In a press conference on July 3, 2012, Mayor Heartwell reminded citizens that “Grand Rapids is a community of neighbors.” In this extreme heat, please take care of the vulnerable – children, elderly, shut-in and homeless. If someone needs assistance with food, water, shelter, or just to keep cool, please have them call United Way’s 211 emergency assistance hotline. 911 should be called for all medical emergencies.

For summer fun, the City’s Outdoor Pools are now open. Martin Luther King, Richmond and Briggs Parks pools are open at 12:30 p.m. today through August 17th. Closed on July 4th. Fees for GR residents: Youth under 1 – free, Youth 1 -17 – $1.00, Adults – $2.00.  Water playgrounds (Aberdeen, Mulick Park, Alger Middle, Gerald R. Ford, Joe Taylor Park, Heartside Park and Mary Waters Park) are all open and free. Wading Pools (Campau Park School, Cherry Park, Garfield Park, Westown Park and Wilcox Park) open and free. Salvation Army’s Kroc Center has free waterslide activities on Saturday, July 7th.

In addition, please exercise these Summer Safety Tips: 1. Don’t leave children in enclosed vehicles.  2.  Children should have sunscreen on while outside. 3. Drink plenty of water even if you do not feel thirsty. 4.  Wear loose-fitting and lightweight/colored clothing. 5. While swimming, operate on a buddy system and children should always be supervised.  For more information, go to www.redcross.org or  www.usa.safekids.org.