Cool off! How and where to chill in Eugene

Via NWS Portland

EUGENE, Ore. - Forecasters predict record-setting heat this week

Ways to beat the heat

  • Wear loose fitting comfortable clothes.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink lots of water and make sure animals have access to plenty of water as well.
  • If you are headed to the river, lake or pond to cool down, be sure to wear a life jacket!
  • Make sure pools have dedicated adult supervision.
  • Keep a close eye on children and they are more susceptible to the effects of heat.
  • Check in on older family, friends or neighbors.
  • Exercise early in day before it heats up.
  • Stay indoors or seek a public cooling place during the hot afternoon.

Fire danger

The hot, dry conditions increase the risk of fires starting. It also increases the hazards to those called upon to fight them.

  • Do not use any spark producing equipment. If you must mow or trim, early in the day is best.
  • Be VERY careful with smoking materials! Make sure items are fully extinguished and disposed of in noncombustible containers.
  • Follow ALL restrictions in recreation areas.
  • Do not drive or park on dry grass.
  • Wet down dry grass and bark areas.
  • Have your emergency kit ready.

Places to cool off

As temperatures rise this week, the City of Eugene invites people to cool off in air conditioned libraries, community centers, swimming pools and parks.

All three Eugene Public Library locations are air conditioned. The current hours of operation are:

The Downtown Library, 100 West 10th Ave., is open 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., M-Th, and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. F-Su

The Bethel Branch Library, 1990 Echo Hollow Rd., and Sheldon Branch Library, 1566 Coburg Rd., are open 12 p.m - 8 p.m. Tues, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. M,W,Th,F & Sa; closed Sundays.

The City operates five communities centers that are air conditioned. The hours of operation and locations of those centers are:

  • Amazon Center, 2700 Hilyard St., 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., M-F
  • Campbell Center, 155 High St. 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F
  • Hilyard Center, 2580 Hilyard St., 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., M-F
  • Petersen Barn Center, 870 Berntzen Rd., 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., M-F
  • River House Center, 301 No. Adams St., Noon - 4 p.m., M-F

In addition, a swim in one of the City's three pools is a good way to cool off. Sheldon and Echo Hollow Pools are open for lap and recreational swimming most days, and Amazon Pool is open for lap swimming every day. For more information on pool schedules and fees, go to or call the numbers below. The pool locations and phone numbers are as follows:

  • Amazon Pool, 2600 Hilyard St., 541-682-5350
  • Echo Hollow Pool, 1655 Echo Hollow Rd., 541-682-5525
  • Sheldon Pool, 2443 Willakenzie Dr., 541-682-5314

Spray play areas in City parks are a cooling resource as well. Spray play areas are located in the following parks:

  • Fairmount
  • Oakmont
  • Skinner Butte RiverPlay Playground
  • Washington
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