Ways to beat the heat this week

CREATED Aug. 26, 2013 - UPDATED: Aug. 27, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - Because of the heat wave hitting Milwaukee, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele will be reopening two wading pools and one splash pad.

The wading pool at Humboldt Park, 3000 S. Howell Ave., will be open daily from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The wading pool at Smith Park, 5462 N. 33 St., will be open daily from noon-4 p.m. The splash pad at Gordon Park, 1321 E. Locust St., will be open daily from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

For more information on the pools, go to countyparks.com or call (414) 257-8098.

The wading pools and splash pad will now be open through Labor Day.

You can also beat the heat at MSOE’s Kern Center. The center will offer free ice skating and rentals in the Kern Center Ice Arena. Tuesday, Aug. 27, 1 to 4 p.m. at the MSOE Kern Center, located at 1245 N. Broadway.

Xiomara Mitchell says she loves visiting the splash pad at Gordon Park. She’s been here several times, and it's her last chance to beat the heat wave before she's back in class.

“I'm trying to get wet and stay hydrated and not worry about school tomorrow," explains Mitchell.

But adults also enjoy splashing around. This grandmother admits even she was splashing around with the kids earlier.

“It is so much fun for them,” shares Maria Ortiz. “They really enjoy it and I’ve been here several times. So I like that they can get wet and they bring snacks for them."

Another water option is the wading pool at Humboldt Park. It’ll be open from 10-2. You can visit the pool at Smith Park from noon to four daily. Christopher Anderson of Bell Ambulance recommends kids and adults use sunscreen and drink lots of water. He typically sees a 20% increase in ambulance calls from people starting to feel sick from the heat.

Anderson adds that there's normally 25 to 30 Bell ambulances out there. But on an especially hot day like Monday, there could be as many as 40.

“It's nice that they're not all serious illnesses and things like that,” says Anderson. “But we do plan for an increase."

Paramedics often respond to calls from the elderly and those with medical conditions. They should especially try to stay in air conditioning or at least use a fan. Maria Ortiz says she intends to stay cool this Labor Day by going back to this splash pad.

“I think Monday will be a great day to come here and the kids can have fun before they really get back to serious business," says Ortiz.

She and the grandkids are looking forward to the pad's extended holiday hours.

The splash pad at Gordon Park will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Labor Day.

The Splash Pad at Gordon Park is open through Labor Day.

 

Baby Isabel splish plashed with her family. Her dad often brings her and big sis Elena to Gordon Park.

 

“We’re definitely enjoying it,” says Dad Juan Blasquez. “It’s a very hot day, so we wanted to take a drive and cool down and it’s just perfect.

But with the sweltering temps, some people wish there were more splash pads open.

“Sometimes we come and it’s closed and it’s disappointing. So I think it’d be good if they’re open for all the families,” adds Blasquez.

Jeff Baudry from Parks Marketing explains that staffing is always a challenge. This splash pad, and the wading pools at Humboldt and Smith Park are staffed by seasonal workers. A lot of them are college kids who are now back in school.

“We were able to pull together some people and open up some opportunities for people to go out and have fun, get wet, and really enjoy the end of summer,” says Baudry.

If you’re looking to stay cool you can also visit the wading pools at Humboldt Park and Smith Park. They’ll also be open through Labor Day.