With temperatures around the Chicago area projected to be in 100s, Forest Park is offering a cooling center and adjusting garbage pickup schedules.
In an e-blast released on the morning of Aug. 23, the village recommended “that people stay hydrated, avoid sun exposure, wear light, loose fitting clothes and avoid outdoor exercise and strenuous activity.”
Here’s what officials are doing so far:
- Mohr Community Center at 7640 Jackson Blvd. will function as a cooling center for most of its regular operating hours between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
- Forest Park Public Library opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 9 p.m. on all days except Fridays, when it closes at 6 p.m. Patrons can cool off there.
- The Forest Park Aquatic Center, 7501 Harrison St., is operating under late summer hours, so it is open to public swimming between 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on weekdays and noon to 9 p.m. on weekends.
According to Rachell Entler, administrative assistant to Mayor Rory Hoskins, ComEd has extra crews to assist with any power outages and other electrical issues.
On Thursday, garbage trucks will pick up refuse an hour earlier than usual, at 6 a.m., because the heat may affect the pavement.
This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.