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Buffalo splash pads, cooling centers now open

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With hot, humid weather in the forecast today through Thursday, kids in the City of Buffalo are now able to cool off at one of the city's splash pads. 

The city is opening the pads early this year. They usually open for the season on July 1, but with temperatures expected to hover around 90 mid-week, the city has moved that schedule up.

Eight of the city's 11 splash pads are now up and running, including Cazenovia, Centennial, Kensington, Masten, Allison, Lanigan, Schiller, and Lincoln. Three pads are under construction.

The pads will be open from 3:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.  Starting this Saturday, they'll be open every day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.  through Labor Day. They include:

·     Cazenovia (by Caz casino)

·     Centennial (foot of Porter next to pool in Lasalle park)

·     Kensington (corner of Grider and Kensington next to pool)

·     Lanigan (Fulton between Chicago & Louisiana)

·     SAllison (Reese St next to pool)

·     Cchiller (Sprenger Ave side)

·     Lincoln (end of Quincy St)

·     Masten (Best St next to JBW Stadium)

The city has also opened 17 air-conditioned "cooling centers" that will be open from Tuesday through Thursday. They include:

  • Abley Senior Citizens, 24 Ludington Street , 9AM-6PM
  • Autumnwood Senior Center, 1800 Clinton Street, 9AM-8PM
  • CAO, 422 Pratt, 9AM-8pm
  • Senior Ctr. at Richmond Street and Summer, 9AM-8PM
  • Delavan-Grider Community Ctr.-877 East Delavan, 9AM-8PM
  • Edward Saunders Community Ctr.-2777 Bailey Ave., 9AM-9 PM
  • Father Belle Center, 104 Maryland Street,  9AM-9 PM
  • Friends to the Elderly, Inc. (Dorothy Collier Center) 118 East Utica, 9AM-5:30PM
  • Gloria J. Parks Community Center, 3242 Main Street,  9AM-6:30 PM
  • North Buffalo Community Center,  203 Sanders Road, 9AM-8PM
  • Northwest Community Center, 155 Lawn Avenue, 9AM-8PM
  • Old First Ward Community Center, 62 Republic Street, 9AM-8PM
  • Schiller Park Senior Center, 2057 Genesee Street,  9AM-6PM
  • Seneca Babcock Community Center, 1168 Seneca Street, 9AM-6:30 PM
  • Valley Community Association Senior Citizens, 93 Leddy Street, 9AM-8PM
  • West Side Community Services, 161 Vermont Street, 9AM-9PM
  • William-Emslie YMCA Senior Center, 585 William Street, 9AM-8PM


Monday - Friday, 10 a.m.. - 2 p.m.