Local News Headlines: June 14, 2024

Stay Cool Bloomington Initiative provides free pool admission during extreme heat
The City of Bloomington will offer “Stay Cool Bloomington Days at City Pools”—free access to the city’s two outdoor pools when the National Weather Service (NWS) HeatRisk is at Category 2 or higher. Bryan Park Pool, 1020 S. Woodlawn Ave. and Mills Pool, 1100 W 14th St., are open daily during the summer from 11am-7pm.

The NWS HeatRisk indicator is a forecasting system that takes into account how unusual the heat is for the time of the year, the duration of the heat including both daytime and nighttime temperatures, and whether the temperatures pose an elevated risk of heat-related impacts. When the NWS HeatRisk is at Category 2 or higher, that day is designated a “Stay Cool Bloomington Day at City Pools”.

Parks and Recreation’s Aquatics Hotline (812-349-3741), Facebook page (City of Bloomington, IN – Parks and Recreation) and the pools website will all be updated with the Stay Cool Bloomington Day at City Pools announcement by 11 a.m. on designated days. There is no charge for admission to the pools on designated Stay Cool Bloomington Days at City Pools as long as funding for the program is available.

Aquatics Manager Chris Hamric, Parks & Recreation, said, “Swimming is a low-impact, full-body workout that is beneficial for cardiovascular health, muscle strength, and mental well-being. Access to swimming pools can provide essential exercise opportunities, and opportunities to learn the vital skill of swimming.”

Convention Center in Bloomington to head east
The Monroe County Capital improvement Board, the group charged with overseeing the convention center expansion, has voted to direct the project east. There were 4 options on the table, but the cost and infrastructure challenges were more than the Board were willing to accept to send the project North, South, or West.The land in between Walnut and College will be the host of expansion, which will also allow the current center to remain open throughout construction. The Board hopes to select a Hotel from competitive bids by early September.

Food Truck Friday
11am-9pm today. Food Truck Friday. 17 food trucks this week and evening music performances by The Honey Iced Tea Trio as well as Ramon Jackson. The event is held weekly at Bloomington’s Switchyard Park off of Rogers Street.

Garage Sale
Today and tomorrow from 8am-430pm we have the 43rd annual Garage Sale hosted by the Monroe County History Center. They are known for having all sorts of everything. Check it out . . . 4015 profile Parkway on Bloomington’s West side, just North of the Curry Pike and 3rd Street intersection.

Weekend Water Activity
A Great weekend for water activities. Griffey Lake, Lake Lemon, Fairfax and Paynetown Beaches all open. Karst Farm Park and Switchyard Park Splash Pad .

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