SPRINGFIELD, Mo -- The Springfield Greene County Park Board is taking steps to help people having trouble beating the heat. We are about to have a long stretch of hot weather that includes at least three days of heat advisories.
"There is a lot of suffering and misery out here." said Shawn Griffith. He has been living on the streets of Springfield for seven months. He said the heat of the summer is brutal on the homeless population.
"We try to stay up under a bridge or under a tree or something and stay cool." Griffith added.
The Springfield Greene County Park Board is trying to help by opening up cooling centers.
"Which are basically just the front lobbies of our family centers. Doling, Chesterfield, and Dan Kinney." said Jenny Fillmer Edwards, with the Park Board. She says those lobbies are open to the public and have restrooms, water fountains, and usually a TV. And the park board keeps one of their public pools open late during heat advisories.
"We are committed to keeping our pools open because we know that our community relies on our pools as a cool place to go in the summer, especially during these heat advisories." Edwards added.
For Wednesday, Westport pool will stay open until 8pm, and on Thursday it is Silver Springs pool. After 5:30pm admission is only a dollar or a canned food item which goes to the Ozarks Food Harvest.
Then for the weekends...
"Grant Beach, Westport, and Silver Springs are open until 8pm already throughout July and that is every Saturday and Sunday throughout the month. And Fassnight is open until 10pm on Saturday nights throughout July." Edwards said.
Other places to beat the heat are the mall or public libraries where Shawn says he and his friends will go sometimes to get out of the sun.
"When it is hot and muggy and no air flow it really is miserable." he added.
For more information on the park board's cooling centers Click HERE