Things are heating up in Cincinnati, literally.  

If you’re looking for a nearby city pool to cool off in, you may find some closed on Wednesday, which is the official Juneteenth holiday, as well as on Sundays during the summer.  

The Enquirer spoke with the Cincinnati Recreation Commission to ask about their plans for the ongoing heat wave.  

Are pools open on Juneteenth? 

Juneteenth is a city holiday. All pools were set to be closed in observance of the holiday, but the city made the decision to keep three of them open on Wednesday in response to the heat, according to Cincinnati Recreation Commission spokesperson Chris Pike. 

Those pools are Evanston, Pleasant Ridge and Dunham, according to Pike. They will be open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Which pools are open on Sunday?

Out of 24 Cincinnati pools, only seven are open on Sundays:

  • Dunham.
  • Oakley.
  • McKie.
  • Pleasant Ridge.
  • Mount Washington.
  • Mount Adams.
  • Spring Grove Village.  

Deciding which pools open on Sundays comes down to usage. The recreation commission prioritizes opening pools that will serve the most people, Pike said.

As of Tuesday, the forecast shows the high temperature on Sunday reaching 93 degrees. The highest temperature ever recorded on June 23 in Cincinnati was 98 degrees in 1930.  

In the midst of a heat wave, Cincinnati Recreation Commission has decided to keep some pools open on Wednesday, June 19 despite holiday.

What other options are there to stay cool? 

Cooling centers are open to help communities cope with the heat.

See our list of centers here

The recreation commission announced on Monday that three cooling centers would stay open Wednesday despite the Juneteenth holiday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.:

  • Bush Recreation Center.
  • Over-the-Rhine Recreation Center.
  • Price Hill Recreation Center.

Spraygrounds around the city will also remain open daily until 9 p.m, said Pike.

Find sprayground locations here.