QUEENS — The city is in the middle of another heat wave, with temperatures soaring all week. We visited some of the best places to cool off in Jackson Heights and Elmhurst.
Travers Park, 77th Street and 34th Avenue
The sprinklers at Travers Park are surrounded by swings, handball courts, a playground and plenty of trees for shade.
Matt Skopek brought his 3-year-old son, Finn, to cool off in the middle of a heat wave in June. He said the city will also sometimes open up a fire hydrant in the play street adjacent to the park for more spaces to cool off.
Northern Playground, Northern Boulevard between 93rd and 94th Streets
Diana, 12, was in the middle of a water fight last week with her friends at Northern Playground, on Northern Boulevard. She said it's her favorite park.
"What I like about the park is, on a hot day we can get wet and have a water fight with water guns," she said. The park has big swings and one large sprinkler, where kids were filling bags, water balloons and water guns for playing.
Her friend Pedro, 10, said he also liked to get wet at the park. Kids flock to the ice cream man and ices cart, which take up shop in the park.
Gorman Playground, 30th Avenue and 84th Street
At Gorman Playground, water shoots out of a playful hippo, creating a fun place to cool off. The park also features swings, benches, and trees for shade.
In addition, the park has handball courts, and a great view of airplanes landing at nearby LaGuardia Airport.