A number of communities and organizations are opening air-conditioned cooling centers where area residents can escape the heat Friday and into the weekend.
In Buffalo, Mayor Byron W. Brown announced in a press release that residents on Friday can seek relief at:
• Autumnwood Senior Center, 1800 Clinton St., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• The Belle Center, 104 Maryland St., 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
• Delavan-Grider Community Center, 977 E. Delavan Ave., 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
• Dorothy J. Collier Community Center, 118 E. Utica St., 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• Edward Saunders Community Center, 2777 Bailey Ave., 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
• George K. Arthur Community Center, 2056 Genesee St., 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Gloria J. Parks Community Center, 3242 Main St., 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Also open will be:
• Hennepin Community Center, 24 Ludington St., 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Hispanics United of Buffalo, 254 Virginia St., 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
• Northwest Buffalo Community Center, 155 Lawn Ave., 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
• Richmond-Summer Senior Center, 337 Summer St., 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Schiller Park Senior Center, 2057 Genesee St., 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• William-Emslie YMCA Senior Center, 585 William St., 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Several of the centers will stay open through the weekend. City pools and splash pads also will be open.
Amherst Supervisor Brian J. Kulpa released a list of air-conditioned town venues that will be open to the public:
- Northtown Center, 1615 Amherst Manor Drive, open from 7 a.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday and again from 7 a.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday.
- Clearfield Recreation Center, 730 Hopkins Road, open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.
- Center for Senior Services, 370 John James Audubon Parkway, open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Additional locations may open over the weekend, according to the town.
Also, the Town of Tonawanda Public Library said it is opening its Kenmore branch, 160 Delaware Road, for extra hours from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday to provide relief from the heat.
Supervisor Joseph Emminger said the Town of Tonawanda is opening up its Senior Center, 291 Ensminger Road, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday as a cooling station. Also, all town pools will be open extra hours until 8 p.m. Friday.
And Niagara Falls is opening pools and splash pads in the city for extended hours from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. This includes Center Court, D'Amelio Park, 91st Street and the Hyde Park Splash Pad.
Further, the air-conditioned John Duke Senior Center, 1201 Hyde Park Blvd., will have extended cooling hours from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday.