Cooling the community

Cooling the community

How cool is your park?

Do you want to enjoy the outdoors but think it’s too hot?

Do you want the kids outside but concerned about the heat?

This interactive map will help you discover the best locations to keep cool. With live temperature readings at each location you will be better informed of how cool you will be.

Why some areas are cooler than others

Parks that are watered regularly reduce the temperature of the local area.  Your local council provides open spaces for you to enjoy and this map shows the benefits in relation to air temperature.

See if you can find the “coolest” park near you, or search for a new park you may not have been to before.

How to use this map

Click on the map and move around to navigate. You can zoom in to your current location to see the temperature, and select a dot to find out the features of the park, such as:

Heat map icons

Our map works best when opened in Google Chrome. Please use this link for full screen viewing on mobile phones.

Find a fountain with our BYOB app

SA Water’s BYOB app enables you to search for nearby drinking fountains and bottle filling stations wherever you are in South Australia. Whether you need a quick drink, to fill your bottle, or quench your dog’s thirst, the app will help you find the fountain you need – and get you there with clear directions via an interactive map. To find out more and download the app check our BYOB: Bring your own Bottle page.

Further information

Did you know that well irrigated spaces are cooler than non-irrigated spaces? Some of the parks on the maps are irrigated more than others and that’s why you may notice temperature differences. In fact, dry ground can be just as hot as bitumen and fake grass can be even hotter.

To find out more tips on how to keep cool, check out our Cooling Living in your garden page.

We are working together with Adelaide airport to use water for cooling around the runway. This exciting trial has shown temperature reductions can reduce the cost of running cooling towers, and fuel used for aeroplanes to take off. You can apply the same cooling principles at home. Check out the video, below.

For more information about staying safe during hot weather check out the Department of Health website

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