Renton Community Center to become cooling center as heatwave approaches

Cooling center will be open from 2 to 9 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, July 26-28.

The City of Renton will host a cooling center at Renton Community Center to help residents, especially seniors, cope with the forecasted heatwave.

The community center, at 1715 Maple Valley Hwy, will be open from 2 to 9 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, July 26-28. Capacity will be limited to 100 people. Temperatures are forecast to reach the mid-to-upper 90s on all three days.

If conditions continue, the city says additional days may be added.

Face coverings are recommended for all who enter the facility. City staff will have a supply of masks and water. People are encouraged to bring personal entertainment devices, including headphones and books and relax in an air-conditioned and quiet environment. Connection to the city’s Wi-Fi will be available. Pets will be allowed if in carriers or on at least a 6-foot leash. Pets must be non-aggressive and continually supervised.

King County Library System branches are available as cooling shelters during regular business hours.

The Renton branch at 100 Mill Avenues S is open from 1 pm to 8 pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and from 10 am to 5 pm on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. The branch is closed on Mondays and Sundays.

The Renton Highlands branch at 2801 NE 10th Street is open from 10 am to 5 pm on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays and from 1 to 8 pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The branch is closed on Saturdays and open from 11 am to 6 pm on Sundays.

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study showed seniors are more prone to heat stress. The CDC recommends making plans to move those at risk in a hot home, especially older adults who live alone or have limited mobility, to a cooler location during the day.