City opens Federal Way Community Center as cooling center amid heat wave


City opens Federal Way Community Center as cooling center amid heat wave

Free for anyone in need of heat relief.



The City of Federal Way opened the Federal Way Community Center as a cooling center amid this week’s heat wave.

Located at 876 S. 333rd Street, the facility will remain available as needed until the predicted high temperature situation has eased, according to the city.

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat advisory with humidity and high temperatures in the 90s over the next few days. During the forecast period of possible extremely hot weather, the community center is open to residents of all ages who require air conditioning.

Hours of operation weekdays are 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Weekend hours are Saturday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Common areas, including the lobby, game room, Forest Lounge and washrooms, will be available free of charge. The Splash Café, located in the main hall, will be open for the purchase of drinks and snacks. No pets are allowed, with the exception of service animals.

Special services are not available (such as use of swimming pools, exercise equipment, showers, ball diamonds and other amenities) unless a person chooses to purchase a pass of a day.

Day passes are free for children 0-2 years old; $4 for children 3 to 11 years old: and $5 for 12 to 17 year olds. Seniors 62 and older are $5 and adults 18-61 are $8.

For facility questions, please visit www.ItAllHappensHere.org or contact the Federal Way Community Center at 253.835.6900.

King County Metro does not enforce fares for anyone traveling to cooling centers. For more local resources, visit kcrha.org/severe-weather-update/ and kcemergency.com/.

Jill E. Washington