PHOTOS: Community members find ways to beat the heat


PHOTOS: Community members find ways to beat the heat
Stavro rides his bike through the sprinklers. He and his mother Dalia traveled from Upton to get to the splash pad at Assabet Park due to the heatwave on June 19. (Photo/Laney Halsey)

REGION – A record-breaking heat wave struck Massachusetts June 17-20, leaving residents desperate for relief from the sweltering temperatures.

One of the ways that people are staying cool is by visiting local splash pads. 

On June 19 in Northborough, the splash pad at Assabet Park was teeming with kids and parents finding refuge from the heat. The splash pad is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Others went to the beach. One option is Lake Chauncy in Westborough, which is swim at your own risk this summer. 

Some community members also took advantage of the various cooling shelters offered throughout the region at libraries and senior centers.

A Northborough Free Library librarian spoke to the value of the building during periods of intense heat. 

“[The library is] air conditioned for one thing. It’s a quiet, welcoming space with entertainment and education. Those are standard,” the librarian said.

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