Parks, After School, Recreation & Community Services
The City of Fresno Cooling Centers are brought to you by a generous contribution from our partner, the Pacific Gas & Electric Company
When it's unbearably hot in Fresno, come use one of our cooling centers or local pools to get some relief.
Please note: while you will find the City of Fresno's plan for extreme heat below, Fresno PARCS would like to remind residents the City's Community and Neighborhood Centers are operated M-F 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. regardless of the outside temperature.
2012 Cooling Center Policy
When the National Weather Service forecasts a high of 105 degrees or hotter:
- At noon, the City will activate the following four (4) Cooling Centers and will remain open until 8:00 p.m.
- For weekend activation: If temperature is projected to reach 105 degrees either day the cooling centers will be activated for both weekend days (Saturday and Sunday)
- The City’s FAX Bus system will provide free transportation along normal routes to and from Cooling Centers.
- To ride free, residents must indicate they are traveling to a Cooling Center
- PARCS will post signs at each center identifying the time of the last FAX bus departure from that location.
- PARCS will provide free swimming during scheduled Rec Swim hours (1 to 5 p.m.) at the City's four standard pool locations.
- *New in 2012* PARCS will extend swimming hours until 7 p.m. at Mosqueda, Frank H. Ball and Mary Ella Brown pools
- For information or assistance with the City Heat Relief Plan call (559) 621-CITY (2489)
If the forecast is below 105 degrees, City officials will monitor conditions and may call for activation. If it becomes apparent that the daily high will break 105 degrees, or if it has already reached that mark, PARCS will immediately notify the One Call Center (621-2489), the Webmaster (621-7123) and the FAX Dispatch office (621-1425).
PARCS will also generate an email to the Cooling Center distribution list and the City’s Communication team will assist with notification of local media.
PARCS will have the four regular cooling center facilities opened within 90 minutes following the notification of all City involved staff.
If the non-forecasted opening occurs before 5pm, the pools will also be notified and entry fees will be waived.
Additional activations may occur at any time if urgent public health and safety issues arise or the City faces prolonged periods of intense heat (i.e. 5+ days).
Don't forget your pets! Never leave your pet in a parked car. The CCSPCA‘s recommendations for animals during extreme heat:
If you or your family should have to visit one of Fresno City’s Cooling Centers we recommend that you leave your pets at home where they are content and secure and make sure that you provide plenty of SHADE and FRESH water. They will need plenty of fresh water in drowning safe containers that are out of direct sun. It is much more stress on the- animals to transport them and keep them in an unfamiliar place. Remember that the shade areas will change as the sun passes overhead and the animals should have shade through out the day. The exception to this being service animals should you need them with you at the cooling center. Thank you for caring for your animals and protecting them.
For further information on Hot Weather Tips and Help please visit www.ccspca.com or call the Education Department at 559-233-0115.