Mayor Warren announces Cool Sweep program

June 24, 2016 03:46 PM

On Friday Mayor Lovely Warren announced this year’s Cool Sweep program, the season of which will begin Monday and go until August 27, according to the City of Rochester.

The City of Rochester says that Cool Sweep operations take place when temperatures are expected to get up to, at least, 85 degrees. During these operations there are cooling sprays at fire hydrants, as well as extended hours at places such as Durand Eastman Beach, and City spray parks and pools.

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The City says that Cool Sweeps are not held on Sundays. They are also not held on July 4. 

“Cool Sweep enhances quality of life by providing relief from the heat for those who need it,” the Mayor said. “Kids and families can beat the heat and have fun doing it at our many swimming sites, spray parks and hydrants. As we work to create safer and more vibrant neighborhoods, more jobs and better educational opportunities for our children, we’ll continue to provide programs such as Cool Sweep to help keep our residents safe and healthy this summer.” 

The City of Rochester says that both Avangrid Foundation and RG&E will be presenting this year’s Cool Sweep program. 

Below is a list provided by the City of Rochester on the various Cool Sweep locations:

Hydrant Locations (noon to 4 p.m.):

#41 School parking lot, 279 W. Ridge Rd.

Baden Park gateway, Vienna Street

Spray Parks (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.):

Carter Street R-Center, 500 Carter St. 

Edgerton R-Center, 41 Backus St. 

Humboldt R-Center, 1045 Atlantic Ave.

David F. Gantt R-Center, 700 North St.

Thomas P. Ryan R-Center, 530 Webster Ave. 

Roxie Ann Sinkler R-Center, 75 Grover St.

Spray Features - not a full spray park (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.):

Fourth and Peck Playground, Corner of Fourth Street and Peck Street  

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park (playground area), 353 Court St.

Troup Street Park, Troup and Van Auker Streets (between Reynolds and Ford Streets)

Swimming Opportunities and Hours of Operation:

Adams Street R-Center Pool (noon to 9 p.m.), 85 Adams St.

Avenue D R-Center Pool (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.), 200 Avenue D

Durand Eastman Beach (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.), Lakeshore Boulevard 

East High School Pool (Monday to Friday only, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), 1801 E. Main St.

Flint Street R-Center Pool (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.), 271 Flint St.

Genesee Valley Park Pool (noon to 9 p.m.), 131 Elmwood Ave. 

Jefferson High School Pool (Monday to Friday only, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), 1 Edgerton Park

Northeast/Northwest High School at Frederick Douglass Campus (Monday to Friday only, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), 940 Fernwood Pk.

The City also has provided the following list of locations for the program when a Cool Sweep Heat Emergency is called, which will happen whenever the temperatures reach at least 90 degrees.

Heat Emergency Cooling Locations: 

Carter Street R-Center gym (Monday to Friday, closes at 9 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.), 500 Carter St.

Arnett Branch Library (Monday to Friday, closes at 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), 310 Arnett Blvd.

Lincoln Branch Library (Monday to Friday, closes at 9 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.), 851 Joseph Ave.

Maplewood Branch Library (Monday to Friday, closes at 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), 1111 Dewey Ave.

Winton Road Branch Library (Monday to Friday, closes at 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.),  611 N. Winton Rd.

They say that at the above locations, residents can remain in buildings that are air-conditioned.

You can find more information on the Cool Sweep by visiting You may also call the Genesee Valley Park Pool, which can be reached at 428-7888.

We also have gotten some tips from the Canandaigua Emergency Squad on how people can stay safe in the extreme heat. Below we have posted the list they compiled and sent to us:

1.  Wear sunscreen. Be sure to protect your skin from the intense and harmful rays. 

2.  Stay hydrated. Water makes up more than half of your body weight. You lose water when you sweat and even faster in very hot weather. 

3.  Check on the elderly. Check on older neighbors and family members, especially those who live alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control, extreme heat kills more Americans each year than hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes and floods.

4.  Take breaks if working in heat. Over exposure to heat can result in a number of heat-related illness. It’s important to regulate your body temperature to maintain hydration.  

5.  Don’t forget Fido. Keep pets inside in air conditioning if possible and make sure they have plenty of water. The heat impacts them just as quickly as people. 


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