NYC Parks Releases Plan to Keep New Yorkers Cool this Summer
Enjoy fountains and splash pads at NYC Parks this summer!
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If you want more information about Cool It! NYC, visit the NYC Park's website for an interactive, color-coded map that points out the locations of all of the spray showers and drinking fountains in the city, as well as the leafiest blocks, the parks with the most tree cover, and the areas with the highest heat vulnerability. You can also download a spreadsheet of all NYC Parks water feature locations.
The city is continuing to take precautions for COVID-19. While they do not present a higher risk of virus transmission, water features can get overly crowded during the summer, especially with children around. Drinking fountains in particular can lead to a spread in disease if they are not properly cleaned, according to the CDC. Maintain proper social distancing when you are using spray showers or other cooling amenities. Also, make sure that you monitor your children and help them maintain a proper social distance when out.
You can request a fire hydrant spray cap at NYC 311 to help keep your neighborhood cooler. In addition, the city is working with the DOT to add cooling elements to their Open Spaces.