Cooling centers opening to help combat heat

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA)- The City of Shreveport is announcing that it's opening cooling centers to help prevent heat-related health issues.

Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover held a news conference Monday afternoon to announce that 15 SPAR recreation centers will serve as "cooling centers" for those citizens that do not have air conditioning.

"We are attempting to be proactive in allowing our citizens, who do not have the luxury of air conditioning, a chance to sit down and enjoy a bottled water in a cool, climate-controlled environment in an attempt to thwart any medical emergencies that this heat wave might produce," says Glover.

Here is a list of the cooling centers:

A. B. Palmer Community Center, 547 E. 79th Street
Airport Park & Community Center, 6500 Kennedy Dr.
Andrew Currie Community Center, 1600 Norma Street
Bilberry Park Community Center, 1902 Alabama Avenue
Bill Cockrell Metro Park & Community Center, 4109 Pines Road
Chris Hays Community Center, 4300 Illinois Avenue
David Raines Community Center, 2920 Roundgrove Lane
Hattie Perry Community Center, 4300 Ledbetter Street
Hollywood Heights Community Center, 4815 McDaniel Drive
Lakeside Park and Community Center, 2200 Milam Street
Mamie Hicks Park and Community Center, 200 Mayfair Drive
Querbes Park and Community Center, 3500 Beverly Place
Southern Hills Park and Community Center, 1002 Bert Kouns Loop
Sunset Acres Community Center, 6700 Quilen Road
Valencia Park and Community Center, 1800 Viking Dr.

The centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. beginning Tuesday, August 3, 2010. Glover said that all of the centers will be equipped with chairs and tables for citizens to use to relax.

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