News Release -- Mayor Warren Declares Heat Emergency for Weekend

 City of Rochester 

News Release


(Friday, June 29, 2018) – Mayor Lovely A. Warren has initiated a Cool Sweep Heat Emergency operation for Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1, in anticipation of forecasted temperatures exceeding 90 degrees. Cool Sweep — presented by Avangrid Foundation and RG&E — is the City’s annual public safety and customer service program that is triggered when the forecast calls for excessive heat.

During a Cool Sweep heat emergency, R-Centers and libraries are opened to serve as cooling centers, hydrants are opened, and hours at Genesee Valley Park Pool and Durand Eastman Beach are extended.

While Cool Sweeps typically don’t take place on Sundays, the forecast of excessive heat necessitated the opening of the Carter Street R-Center, the Phyllis Wheatley Library and the hydrants at School #41 and Baden Park to provide relief to residents.

If outside, residents are reminded to stay safe by drinking plenty of fluids, wearing loose fitting clothes, and taking frequent breaks while working. Please bring pets inside and do not leave them in hot vehicles for any amount of time.


Cool Sweep Heat Emergency operations take place at the following locations and times:


Heat Emergency Cooling Locations:

• Carter Street R-Center gym (Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 8 p.m.), 500 Carter St.

• Arnett Branch Library (Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), 310 Arnett Blvd.

• Lincoln Branch Library (Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.), 851 Joseph Ave.

• Maplewood Branch Library (Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), 1111 Dewey Ave.

• Winton Road Branch Library (Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), 611 N. Winton Rd.

• Phillis Wheatley Library (Sunday, 2 to 6 p.m.), 33 Dr. Samuel McCree Way


Hydrant Locations (noon to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday):

• #41 School parking lot, 279 W. Ridge Rd.

• Baden Park, Vienna Street gateway


Spray Parks (10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday):

• Carter Street R-Center, 500 Carter St.

• Campbell Street R-Center 524 Campbell St.

• Edgerton R-Center, 41 Backus St.

• Humboldt R-Center, 1045 Atlantic Ave.

• David F. Gantt R-Center, 700 North St.

• Thomas P. Ryan R-Center, 530 Webster Ave.

• Roxie Sinkler R-Center, 75 Grover St.


Spray Features – (not a full spray park, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday):

• Fourth and Peck Playground, Corner of Fourth and Peck Streets • Martin Luther King Jr. Park playground, 353 Court St.

• Troup Street Park, Troup Street and Van Auker Street (between Reynolds Street and Ford Street)


Swimming Opportunities and Hours of Operation: 

• Avenue D R-Center Pool (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), 200 Avenue D (Saturday Only) • Durand Eastman Beach (11 to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday), Lake Shore Blvd. & Kings Highway N.

• Flint Street R-Center Pool (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), 271 Flint St.(Saturday Only) • Genesee Valley Park Pool (noon to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday), 131 Elmwood Ave.


Cool Sweep and Cool Sweep Heat Emergency details may be found at, or by calling the Genesee Valley Park Pool at 428-7888.


News Media: For more information, contact Press Officer Jessica Alaimo, 428-7135.