With Seattle under an ‘Excessive Heat Watch,’ Capitol Hill wading pools and sprayparks ready to serve

Volunteer Park's wading pool (Image: Peter Allen Clark for CHS)

Volunteer Park’s wading pool (Image: Peter Allen Clark for CHS)

The National Weather Service has Seattle under an EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH this weekend:

…EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH
SUNDAY EVENING…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SEATTLE HAS ISSUED AN EXCESSIVE
HEAT WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH
SUNDAY EVENING.

* TIMING…THE WEEKEND WILL BE QUITE WARM. HIGH TEMPERATURES NEAR
90 WILL CONTINUE AFTER THE WEEKEND AS WELL…POSSIBLY UNTIL AT
LEAST MID WEEK.

* TEMPERATURE…HIGHS ON BOTH SATURDAY AND SUNDAY WILL BE IN THE
UPPER 80S TO LOW 90S. OVERNIGHT LOWS WILL LIKELY NOT FALL MUCH
BELOW 65 DEGREES.

CHS is issuing a HOT BABY ALERT. The best protection against HBAs are the various sprayparks and wading pools in the area. They’re open!

  • Volunteer Park wading pool through 9/1, 11a-8p, Daily
  • Cal Anderson Park wading pool through 8/17, 12p-6:45p on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays
  • Miller Community Center spray park through 9/1, 11a-8p, Daily

As an element of the City’s water conservation effort, we’re encouraging people to use public wading pools and sprayparks rather than fill their home “kiddy pools” or run backyard sprinklers. In accordance with state law, we fill, chlorinate, supervise, and empty each wading pool every day, which requires a substantial amount of water. With a bit of analysis, we learned that filling home wading pools uses more water than a public community wading pool. For example, if 50 families used the East Queen Anne wading pool at 160 Howe St., rather than filling their home wading pools, the water saved would equal that needed to fill the public wading pool, which would serve a lot more than 50 kids!

Meanwhile, if you’d like to dive all the way in and go for a swim in a public pool, there are a few options for “open swim” not too far from the Hill or you can visit the nearby Capitol Hill Riviera.

6 thoughts on “With Seattle under an ‘Excessive Heat Watch,’ Capitol Hill wading pools and sprayparks ready to serve

  1. Let’s not forget about our furry friends. Dogs, cats and the like will need to be looked after and kept well hydrated. We need doggy wading pools!!

  2. This is pretty funny. Only in Seattle is 90 an “excessive heat watch”. Other parts of the country would call this a cool stretch at this time of year.

    • Jim, other parts of the country have homes equipped with air conditioning. Few homes in Seattle are equipped with A/C. If it’s 90 outside, it can easily be 90+ inside. Its nice to know where the options to get out and cool off are. :)

        • Even in places of the country that get really hot, there are always people w/o AC (I’ve lived in 2 of them). Even in those places, my experience is they’ve usually not checked in on elderly and infirm people before it gets well into the 90’s.

          Yeah, it’s time to break out that window unit air conditioner. But every year it’s the same– if you don’t have one now, I guarantee you most places are already sold out. Same for fans. Remember that when September rolls around, and you find stacks of AC’s at Home Depot or Lowe’s. You have to buy them BEFORE you need them. When the heatwave hits, it’s too late.

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