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Press Release: Lacey Opens Cooling Center Targeted for Seniors
LACEY, WA, June 25, 2021: In response to excessive heat temperatures forecasted this weekend and Monday, the City of Lacey in partnership with Senior Services for South Sound will open a cooling center targeted for seniors in our community:

Virgil S. Clarkson Senior Center 6757 Pacific Avenue SE, Lacey WA 98503
Thursday, August 12 and Friday August 13 from 2pm – 7pm

The cooling center will operate with the following guidelines:

    • Space is limited.
    • All guests, vaccinated or unvaccinated, are required to wear a face covering and practice physical distancing. Acceptable forms of proof of vaccination include: Vaccination card (with name of person vaccinated, type of vaccine, and date the last dose was administered) OR a Photo or digital copy of vaccination card (on a phone or electronic device).

Please note: Self-reported vaccination records, not verified by a health care provider, cannot be

  • Bring your own water and snacks. There will be limited water and no food service available on site
  • Small mammal pets (such as cats and dogs) are allowed, if crated.

For more information, contact the Virgil S. Clarkson Senior Center at (360) 407-3967 during the cooling center hours: Thursday, August 12 and Friday, August 13 from 2 to 7 p.m. During periods of high call volumes, staff may not be able to answer all calls. We appreciate your patience.


Below, we’ve compiled a list of tips and resources for you and your loved ones to stay safe and cool. Please help us share this information widely!

Tips for Staying Cool This Weekend

  • Remember the basics: drink plenty of fluids; avoid the sun and stay in the shade; use sunscreen even if you’re outside for only a few minutes
  • Don’t over-exert yourself with heavy-duty yard work or strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
    NEVER leave children or pets in a hot car.
  • Keep pets cool, too. Check on your outdoor pets frequently and make sure they have shelter from the sun and plenty of water.
  • The heat can be hard on the young and the elderly. Check on relatives and neighbors who may be more sensitive to hot weather—young children, infants, seniors and people with chronic illnesses are most at risk during extreme hot weather.
  • Find cooler air in public places (make sure to follow current COVID-19 guidelines).
  • If you don’t have air conditioning, visit a friend or family member who does.
  • Buy a bag of ice.
  • Use cooling rags – Soak a hand towel in cold water, or stick it in the freezer, and wear it around your neck. Exchange with a fresh towel every 10 – 15 minutes.
  • Find a public space that is cool and open to the public (libraries, local retail stores, parks with shade and/or water)
  • Visit a cooling station

Cooling Center Locations:
Provided by Thurston County Emergency Management Facebook page

Virgil Clarkson Lacey Senior Center
6757 Pacific Ave SE, Lacey, WA 98503
August 12 and August 13
2pm – 7 pm
Pets Welcome – see website for details

Lacey Timberland Library
500 College Street SE, Lacey, WA 98503
Monday – Thursday 9 am – 7 pm
Friday 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday 10 am – 6 pm
Closed Sundays and Holidays

Olympia Daytime Cooling Center – The Old City Fire House
201 Capitol Way North (entrance in the Olympia Center Parking Lot)
August 12 and August 13
1 pm – 6 pm
Pets Welcome

Olympia Timberland Library
313 8th Avenue SE
Monday – Saturday 10 – 6 pm
Closed Sundays and Holidays

Bucoda Community Center 
202 S. Main St.
(as needed for Bucoda residents only)
Contact the Fire Chief at 360-584-6285 for access
Well Behaved Pets Welcome

Rainier Senior Center
108 Michigan St S rainier, WA 98576
Open when temperatures are 89 or above
Beverages and snacks
10 am – 9 pm

Tenino Timberland Library
172 Central Avenue W
Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 6 pm
Closed Sunday/Monday

Tumwater Timberland Library
7023 New Market Street
Monday – Thursday 9 am – 6 pm
Friday/Saturday 9 am – 5 pm
Closed Sundays and Holidays

Yelm Timberland Library
210 Prairie Park Street
Tuesday 10 am – 7 pm
Wednesday – Saturday 9 am – 6 pm
Closed Sundays and Holidays

The Yelm Senior Center
16530 103rd Avenue SE
will be open as a cooling center during the following days/times:
August 12 – 13 from 12 noon – 8pm
Well Behaved Dogs/Cats Welcome