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HARTFORD, CONN (July 18, 2019) – Today Mayor Luke Bronin, Fire Chief and Director of Emergency Management Reginald Freeman, Health and Human Services Director Liany Arroyo, and Hartford Public Library CEO Bridget Quinn-Carey discussed the importance of limiting exposure to heat, staying well hydrated, and announced additional cooling centers this weekend, when temperatures are expected be around 100 degrees and more than 50,000 visitors are expected in Hartford.  Full information on cooling centers and tips to stay safe during hot weather are available here or by clicking the banner on

“We have another weekend packed with events in Hartford, and we want residents and visitors to enjoy everything going on, from the largest free jazz festival in New England to concerts and the circus,” said Mayor Luke Bronin.  “But it’s going to be very hot, and we’re encouraging everyone to stay hydrated and stay out of the heat, especially in the afternoon when it’s hottest.  We will have cooling centers open on both Saturday and Sunday, and our pools and splash pads will be available for families as well.  Our city departments, our partners at the Hartford Public Library, and our community partners will be working hard to promote a safe, healthy, and fun weekend in our Capital City.” 

“Hartford Public Library is proud to work with the city and other community partners to keep people cool during this heat wave, just as we serve as a warming center during winter,” said Hartford Public Library CEO Bridget Quinn-Carey.  “Anyone who needs to come in and cool off is welcome.  We will have ample supplies of cool water at all locations this Friday and Saturday. We may extend this service into next week, depending on weather conditions.  The library receives over 800,000 visits annually and we are equipped and ready to provide relief to those seeking an escape from this extreme heat.  For locations, hours and events visit”

The City of Hartford will be opening Parker Memorial Community Center and Samuel V. Arroyo Recreation Center on Sunday, July 21st between 12 noon – 8 PM, in addition to those same regularly scheduled hours on Saturday.  Asylum Hill Congregational Church at 814 Asylum Avenue will also be open on Sunday between 11 AM – 7 PM as a cooling center.  The Hartford Fire Department’s Special Services Unit will be passing out water bottles at bus stops, shelters, parks and playgrounds throughout the city starting at 10 AM on Saturday and 11 AM on Sunday.



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