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Washington County locations to beat the heat

Several locations in Washington County will offer relief from the record heat that is forecast Saturday and Sunday.

“Find a place to stay cool. Consider visiting a library or indoor shopping mall to get away from the heat,” says Dr. Christina Baumann, the deputy health officer. “This is especially true for older adults, as they are particularly vulnerable in this kind of heat.”

Among other vulnerable groups are infants and children under age 4; people with chronic medical conditions, people who are poor or homeless, and people who work or exercise outdoors.

The county Health and Human Services Department lists these locations and hours.

Boys & Girls Aid Safe Place for Youth will serve as a cooling center for youth ages 12-19 from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. -- or later if necessary -- on both Saturday and Sunday. Food and water provided. Youth may participate in daily programming and recreational activities. The facility is at 454 SE Washington St., Hillsboro, right on the MAX line.

Shute Park Aquatic and Recreation Center lobby area will be available 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday. The center is at 953 SE Maple St., Hillsboro.

Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District facilities:

o Elsie Stuhr Center: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday. 5550 SW Hall Blvd.

o Athletic Center: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. 15707 SW Walker Road

o Cedar Hills Recreation Center: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. 11640 SW Parkway

o Conestoga Recreation & Aquatic Center: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. 9985 SW 125th Ave.

o Garden Home Recreation Center: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. 7475 SW Oleson Road

Tualatin Public Library will be open extended hours from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Family activities will be available. The library is at 18878 SW Martinazzi Ave.

Washington County offers additional advice for coping with hot weather at this webpage:

www.co.washington.or.us/HHS/hot-weather.cfm

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