With excessive heat forecasted through July 21, the City of Cedar Falls is encouraging the community to take precautions and utilize cooling stations set up throughout the city.
- Cedar Falls Public Library, 524 Main Street
- Hours: Monday –Wednesday, 10 am – 9 pm, Thursday – Friday, 9 am – 6 pm, Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm, and Sunday, 1 pm – 5 pm. Drinking fountain, air-conditioning, and internet access available.
- The Hearst Center for the Arts, 304 W. Seerley Boulevard
- Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 10 am – 9 pm, Wednesday and Friday, 10 am – 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday, 1 pm – 4 pm. Air conditioning, drinking fountain.
- Cedar Falls Visitor Center, 6510 Hudson Road
- Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm, Saturday, 9 am – 4 pm, Sunday 12 pm – 4 pm. Air conditioning, drinking fountain. The Visitor Center is also conveniently located for those needing a break while driving or need help finding a destination.
The community can also enjoy the public pools available in Cedar Falls:
- Holmes Pool, 505 Holmes Dr.
- Open Rec Swim Hours: 1 pm – 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm – 8:45 pm daily. Air conditioned hallway, humidity controlled pool area, drinking fountain. Admission is included with Cedar Falls Rec or swim passes, otherwise $5 admission for public.
- The Falls Aquatic Center, 3025 S. Main Street
- Hours: Monday – Saturday, 12 pm – 8:30 pm, Sunday 1 pm – 8:30 pm. Admission: Ages 2 and under, $3.00 and youth and adults, $7.00.
Heat Safety Tips
The Cedar Falls Public Safety Department also urges the community to take the following measures in extreme heat:
- Always check the front and back of your vehicle before locking the door and walking away to ensure no children or pets are inside the car. Heat can cause car temperatures to rapidly rise to dangerous levels.
- Children and seniors are at increased risk of heat stroke and should avoid prolonged outdoor activity.
- Limit outdoor time with pets and make sure they always have access to shade and drinking water.
- Keep yourself and your family hydrated.
- Be familiar with the signs of heat exhaustion which include symptoms such as headache, lack of perspiration, cramps, and vomiting. To decrease your risk, dress in loose, lightweight clothing, avoid extraneous exercise, stay hydrated, minimize caffeine and alcohol intake, and take frequent breaks in the shade or air conditioned spaces.
If you are concerned that a child or animal is in distress in a hot car, please call the Cedar Falls Public Safety Department at (319) 273-8612.