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Lexington opens heat relief center

With a heat wave expected to settle into the Bluegrass by the weekend, Lexington officials announced Wednesday the opening of a cooling center.

Pool prices will also be cut.

The Dunbar Community Center at 545 North Upper Street will be open beginning Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Those without air conditioning are invited to the cooling center, which will be open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Lexington residents who need a ride to the center can use LexTran for free. Officials suggest if you are coming to the center, bring a blanket, pillows and bottled water.

"The building is open to them, we have staff here, we will have little water stations set up in the kitchen and tables if they just want to come in and sit down for awhile and watch TV while they cool off," explains Recreation Manager Angie Green.

Meanwhile, the city’s pools and aquatic centers are offering reduced admission through Monday. Admission to the aquatic centers will be $2 for children ages 15 and under and $2.50 for youth and adults ages 16 and up. At Lexington’s regular pools, admission will be $1.50 for those 15 and under and $2 for adults 16 and up.

For information on locations of the pools and aquatic centers, go to Lexington.gov/parks, or call LexCall at 311 or 859-425-2255.

The Lexington Fire Department has placed a ban on all burn permits. Because of the hot and dry conditions, firefighters are trying to prevent grass fires, which can cause serious damage to homes and property.

"People can still grill and things like that, but you can't have any open fires that aren't in approved containers. Now those little patio things and grills and things like that, those are still legal and that's not an issue," says Battalion Chief Ed Davis.

Fireworks are still currently allowed.

"If we see something that leads us to believe that it's gonna lead to a dangerous situation then we could possibly institute a ban on fireworks. That'd be a very difficult thing to do and very difficult to enforce and we're hoping people just use common sense and use them safely," notes Chief Davis.

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