UPDATE: Cooling Centers Open with Warnings about Heat, Power Outages

And Your Pets, Too!

July 16, 2019

The heat is on and we are feeling it all around the listening area. Governor Tony Evers declared a State of Emergency for the City of Madison and Dane County on Friday. It allows the state to provide support during the power outage across the city following fires at M G & E's downtown plant and sub-station near the University. The fires cut power to many residents and businesses. Concerns are high as electricy is still out, on what is forecast to be, one of the hottest weekends of the summer.

Here is the Governor's statement:  "“We are grateful that no one has been injured as a result of the explosion and fires, and I want to thank emergency personnel who responded quickly to contain the situation,” said Governor Evers. “With the power outages and the extreme heat, I have directed all state agencies to provide assistance and authorized Major General Don Dunbar, Wisconsin’s adjutant general, to activate the National Guard to assist local authorities if needed. Keeping folks safe remains our top priority as we continue to manage and respond to this situation.”

Please find more information about power outages related to the M G & E fires, here.

Dane County Health officials also issuing an order to close all hotels, restaurants, stores, etc. under the department's watch, unless the particular business has power. You can read more about the order, here.

Officials also say the number one thing to do to beat the heat? Stay hydrated, even if you are in the pool! See more tips below, along with ideas to keep your pets safe in this weather, too. You'll also find additional info from the state department of health, here.

Meantime, there are hundreds of community centers, libraries, and churches designated as official cooling centers around the state. Call 211 to find the cooling center nearest you, however, if you feel you are experiencing an emergency situation, call 911.

  • The Red Cross will be opening an overnight cooling shelter at 5p Friday at the Alliant Energy Center. The Kohl Center is open as a cooling station until 6p.

First, here are the places to find pools, splash pads, and more:


Aquatic Center: Located at 626 West Main Street. It is operated by Belleville High School. Open swim is available at select times.


Krueger Pool: Located at 1700 Hackett Street.

Blue Mounds 

Blue Mound State Park Pool and Splash Park: Located inside the state park at 4350 Mounds Park Road. The pool is equipped with an ADA lift chair for those in need of assistance.In addition to the pool there is an outdoor themed splash pad that features a tent, trees and a campfire.


Aquatic Center: Located at 1049 Park Avenue. The facility features a tot slide, a drop vortex slide, and geysers.


Splash Park:Located at Conservancy Commons Park. The address is 6822 Yellowwood Lane. It is open daily from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.


Splash Park: There are three zones: Toddler, with soft mists and gentle streams; Pre-teens, with high-energy, team-building activities; and Families, with dumping buckets and water tunnels. The splash pad is open from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. It is located at McKee Farms Park on Chapel Valley Road.


Lions Beach: Located at 1400 Palmer Drive. There is no lifeguard on duty. People are able to swim in Lions Park Pond.

Palmer Park Wading Pool:Located at 2400 Palmer Drive. There is a daily $1 fee per child. Supervising adults are free. The pool is for children ages 8 and under. Lifeguards are on duty, but adult supervision is required. The pool is open daily from Noon - 7 p.m.

Riverside Park Splash Pad: Located at 2600 Parkside Drive.The splash pad replaced the wading pool at the park.The design depicts the Ice Age Trail and river with a color pallet of neutral colors, blues and greens, reflective of Riverside Park's natural setting.

Rockport Pool: Located at 2801 Rockport Road. It features a diving well and baby pool.


Goodman Pool: Madison's first municipal swimming pool is located at 325 West Olin Avenue.

Splash Parks: Madison Parks offers three splash parks that are always free to use from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. They are located at Cypress, Elver, and Reindahl Parks.

Beaches: Seasonal lifeguards are at select beaches. Keep an eye on the water quality, by checking out Public Health Madison & Dane County's websites.


Wisconsin Heights Community Splash Pad: Located in Mazomanie Lions Park at 318 Park Street.

Lions Park Swimming Pool: Located at 318 Park Street.


Aquatic Center:The Walter R. Bauman Aquatic Center is an outdoor facility.It includes zero-depth pool entrance, an eight lane competition pool, as well as a diving well. Other attractions at the center include two 134-foot run water slides, interactive water play equipment, sand playground, and a concession area.

Splash Park: Kids will enjoy the splash pad at Lakeview Park.This water playground is fully accessible and safe for all ages. Hours of operation are from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.


Community Pool: Located at 1013 Nichols Road. The pool features a water slide, two diving boards and a wading pool.

Mount Horeb

Aquatic Center: Located at 204 Park Street. It features a 35-meter pool, zero-depth baby pool, water slide, and wet sand play area. .


Goodyear Park Splash Pad: Located at 920 DeWitt Street. The splash pad is open from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Sun Prairie

Dolphin's Cove:Located at the Prairie Athletic Club off Bird Street.It includes more than 30 interactive play water
options, including high speed slides and a lazy river. PAC members have first priority, but guests should inquire ahead to find out if there is enough availability.

Family Aquatic Center The Aquatic Center is located on Linnerud Drive. It features zero-depth entry, 2 water spray features, water slides, and sand volleyball courts. Hours vary/


Fireman's Park Beach & Splash Park:Located at Paoli and Bruce Streets. The beach is staffed with lifeguards from 12 p.m. - 7 p.m. The splash park is open from 10 a.m - 7 p.m. daily.


Splash Park:Located at Cradle Hill Park. The address is 4361 Cradle Hill Drive. It is open daily from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. A second splash park will open later this summer in the Bear Tree subdivision

And to keep your pets safe and healthy in the heat, here are a few great tips from our friends at the Dane County Humane Society. You can find more, here.

  • Watch for heatstroke: Symptoms include panting, lethargy, drooling, fever, vomiting and collapse. If you think your dog may have heatstroke, call your veterinarian right away. Breeds with shorter noses, as well as very young and senior dogs are especially vulnerable.
  • Give extra water: Refill your pet's water bowl more often than usual on hot days.
  • Never leave your pet alone inside a car: Even with windows cracked, the inside of a car can heat up to 120 degrees in a matter of minutes. Leaving the air conditioning on is no guarantee your pet will be safe.
  • Avoid hot sidewalks: Paws can become burned on hot surfaces.Brush your pet regularly: A clean coat can ward off summer skin problems and help your pet stay cool.
  • Be alert for coolant leaking from your vehicle: Dogs are attracted to the sweet taste of coolant, and a small amount can make them sick. If you believe your dog ingested coolant, take them to the vet right away.