BOISE, Idaho — As temperatures in the valley soar, the Boise Parks and Recreation Department is getting ready to open a day shelter for homeless families.

The Pioneer Neighborhood Community Center will reopen Saturday, July 13

Temperatures are expected in the mid to high 90s this weekend. Officials say the center will be cool spot for people to escape the heat.

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“We are proud to provide this important community resource for families in need when the weather warms up,” said Boise Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway. “The Pioneer Day Shelter is a safe place for parents with children to get out of the heat.”

The day shelter will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer.  The shelter is located at located at 500 S. Ash Street in Boise.

There are a variety of educational opportunities at the shelter including art and recreation activities for families. The Pioneer Center has books, games, art supplies and a large collection of toys.

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Boise Parks and Recreation says the shelter is accepting donations of snack foods, summer clothing or cash donations for new toys and youth activities. Call 208-608-7688 for more information.