Temperatures in the triple digits can be a bit much to take, especially if you do not have air conditioning or a place to cool off. In fact, for many people the Central Valley summer heat can be extremely dangerous. The City of Riverbank has a few cooling zone options for the public to help those that need to beat the heat and maintain good health.
Riverbank City Council Chambers, 6707 Third St., are open as a cooling zone in Riverbank, Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and alternating Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call for more information, 209-863-7122.
The Riverbank Library, 3442 Santa Fe, (209-869-7008) serves as a designated public cooling zone spot on Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.
Senior Meals and Activities are held at the Riverbank Community Center, 3600 Santa Fe, 209-863-7150, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
In June, the Riverbank Teen Center, 209-869-7026, for youth ages 11 to 18 is open Monday through Friday from 2:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. and in July, Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
All in the community are also encouraged to visit the Riverbank Community Pool, with an entry fee of $2, on the corner of Seventh Street and Stanislaus Street. The pool is open Monday through Thursday from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.; call 209-863-7150 for more information.
Along with the multiple ‘cooling zone’ areas in the city, in times of extended heat local police also typically check up on the elderly and shut-ins. Residents are also asked to keep an eye on neighbors they know that might not have adequate cooling systems in their home and help get them to a cooling center if necessary. Forecasters are calling for high temperatures primarily in the mid to upper 90s for the bulk of this week.