Columbia offers cool places to escape the heat

Tuesday, July 13, 2010 | 5:02 p.m. CDT

Boone County is expected to see a heat index as high as 107 on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Recognizing the dangers of extreme heat, Columbia has the following cooling centers available to its residents.


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These locations will operate during each of the facility's regular business hours:


  • 1701 W. Ash St.
  • 874-7700
  • Monday-Friday: 5:30 a.m.- 9:30 p.m.; Saturday: 8 a.m.-8  p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Street Armory Sports and Community Center

  • 701 E. Ash St.
  • 874-6378
  • Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Columbia Public Library

  • 100 W. Broadway
  • 443-3161
  • Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday: 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Columbia Mall

  • 2300 Bernadette Drive
  • 445-8458
  • Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Columbia/Boone County Health Department

  • 1005 W. Worley St.
  • 874-7355
  • Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. -5 p.m.

Oakland Senior Center

  • 805 Old 63
  • 449-8000
  • Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Paquin Tower

  • 1201 Paquin St.
  • 256-8199
  • Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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