The City of Terrace is expecting temperatures in the mid-30s over the weekend and Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for our area. To help our community beat the heat, we are setting up a cooling centre from Saturday, June 26, through Monday, June 28, at which point we will re-evaluate pending heatwave conditions. Available for anyone who can’t escape the heat, the cooling centre will be located at the main arena at the Sportsplex from 11 am to 7 pm each day. Access is available through the doors closest to the Aquatic Centre, and it will be marked with signage.
This is an interagency effort with Northern Health, the Ministry of Social Development & Poverty Reduction, Kermode Friendship Society, TDCSS, and Ksan Society. We thank these groups and other community partners for donating their time and resources to make this happen!
In accordance with current public health orders, the capacity of the cooling centre will be limited to 50 people at a time, and people will be required to wear masks and practise physical distancing while inside the facility. Please be considerate of others who may also need a reprieve from the heat.
Cold drinks and snacks will be provided, and we’ll have sunscreen on hand when you’re ready to head back outside. We have a few games set out for kids and a screen set up for movies. The Splash Park is another option for cooling off this weekend. As usual, it’s open 11 am–8 pm.
Continued high temperatures put many vulnerable populations at risk of heat-related illnesses, including the elderly, infants and young children, pregnant women, people with chronic illness, and people experiencing homelessness. Residents are encouraged to check on neighbours and loved ones who may be unable to leave their homes or whose judgement may be impaired. Remember to also take care of your pets!
Please stay safe this weekend!