It might seem more like something out of last month's news rather than just last week, but temperatures got so hot last Thursday that the Kent County YMCA temporarily reopened its spray park to accommodate families trying to escape the blazing temperatures and high humidity at no charge.
"The schools are hot, not all of them have air conditioning. Not all homes have air conditioning, and this is a heck of a scorcher we're having," said Kate Messier, vice president of program quality for the Kent County YMCA. "This is us trying to do what we can to help families beat the heat."
The park was open from 2 p.m. until dusk, and YMCA administrators said that the park may be reopened if there are any more lingering heat wave days left in the season before cold weather commences in the state.
“Scorching temperatures continue to hit Rhode Island, so we want to offer the public an opportunity to cool down at the Kent County Y’s spray park,” said Steven G. O’Donnell, CEO, YMCA of Greater Providence in a release. He added later as families played in the spray park that, "It's something we thought was the right thing to do in a community that wants to use it."
Later on in the day the rest of Rhode Island had the chance to enjoy a free public drenching, as the skies opened up and a heavy thunderstorm swept through the region.