Cooling Resources Available During Predicted Extreme Heat

City Accepting Donations for Cooling Spaces

Brian Walker, 509-625-6765

Wednesday, July 19, 2023 at 5:50 p.m.

All residents are reminded that cooling resources are available to help them chill out in Spokane during the predicted heat waves, including the one predicted by the National Weather Service Thursday through Sunday.

Cooling areas

Six Spokane Public Library locations throughout the city and the Trent Resource and Assistance Center (TRAC) are available to provide indoor cooling areas for anyone seeking relief from hot daytime temperatures being forecast.

Library locations include: Central (906 W. Main St.), Shadle Park (2111 W. Wellesley Ave.), Liberty Park (402 S. Pittsburg St.), Hillyard (4110 N. Cook St.), South Hill Library (3324 S. Perry St.) and Indian Trail (4909 W. Barnes Road). Libraries are open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday; noon-4 p.m. Sunday; and 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday. The library locations have the capacity to serve 2,118 adults and children throughout the City.

TRAC, 4320 E. Trent Ave., offers cool space with industrial fans, three meals a day, supplemental hydration resources and snacks for those seeking shelter during heat waves. TRAC also offers wrap-around services for those in need. Shelters throughout the city report their occupancy data on the website, where resources are also listed. Capacity at TRAC can be flexed to serve as many as 400 people during hazardous weather.

Cool spaces, hydration resources, restrooms, and wi-fi connectivity are available in all spaces serving as cooling areas. In addition, libraries offer books, interactive play areas, programs and neighborhood accessibility.

City code states cooling areas for homeless individuals should be available when temperatures are forecast by NWS to reach 95 degrees or higher for two or more days, but anyone is welcome to access the resources. Heat was the leading weather-related cause of deaths in the nation in 2022, according to NWS. City emergency responders will check on people who are outside during hazardous weather.

How you can help

The City is seeking donations of bottled water, Gatorade/Powerade, other caffeine-free hydration drinks, mini sunscreen products and single pack snacks for current and future extreme weather events. Powder that is mixed with water goes farther than pre-mixed hydration drinks. Those interested in donating can email Director of Emergency Management Sarah Nuss at to arrange for pick-up. Donations are being accepted throughout July and August.

Meals on Wheels Spokane, 1222 W. Second Ave., is accepting new or unopened fans for homebound senior citizens.

Check on your neighbors, friends, and family during heat waves. If you can help someone, please do.

Public transportation options

Spokane Transit Authority will offer fare exceptions to riders going to and from a cooling space when the temperature is 95 degrees or above.  If a passenger boards a bus and indicates they do not have fare payment, and that they are traveling to a cooling area, STA will allow them to ride for free. This practice remains in effect for same-day return trips during evening hours even after the temperature drops below 95 degrees. Cooling areas are accessible by most Spokane Transit routes.

Additionally, The Salvation Army offers vans that can meet people where they are at and help them connect to local shelters. Call 509-280-6860 or 509-280-6894 for a ride.

Other cooling options

Spokane Parks & Recreation splash pads and malls are other great places to cool down for free. The splash pads are operational daily from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. at 19 parks. Most parks also have drinking fountains to access water. The public amenities in Riverfront Park can offer indoor places to cool down while visiting. For daily hours, visit the Riverfront calendar.

The City is in conversations with other community organizations regarding additional resources during heat waves.

Heat wave resources

Gonzaga University’s Center for Climate, Society and the Environment lists regional cooling resources, including an interactive map of drinking fountains, cooling areas, splash pads, parks and pools.

Additional resources and information are available through:

Taking precautions

Residents are urged to drink water, wear light-colored clothing, apply sunscreen and to not leave kids or pets in vehicles.

The City continues to monitor National Weather Service Spokane information and will respond according to the level of severity designated in its Emergency Management protocols as conditions change.

All residents are reminded that cooling resources are available to help them chill out in Spokane during the predicted heat waves, including the one predicted by the National Weather Service Friday through Sunday.