This weekend’s hot temperatures will trigger operation of the first City of Fresno Cooling Centers for 2009. Now in its fourth year, the City has refined its cooling center process and will provide free swimming, bus transportation and extended hours at six community centers all summer when temperatures reach 105 or higher. The City’s Cooling Centers are being supported this year by a $15,000 donation from PG&E.

When the National Weather Service (NWS), forecasts a high of 105 degrees or hotter, the City will activate six Cooling Centers strategically located throughout the City. The Cooling Centers will be available from noon - 9 p.m. In addition, the City’s FAX bus system will provide free transportation along normal routes to and from the Cooling Center sites. To ride free, residents must indicate they are traveling to a Cooling Center. Individuals should refer to the FAX schedule to determine the final evening departure time for buses providing service near Cooling Center locations.

The City of Fresno PARCS department will also provide free swimming from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at all City operated pool locations. The City will be operating 4 standard pools, 3 high school pools and 5 learner pools for youth ages 3-12 (learner pools are free regardless of the temperature but like high school pools, are closed on Sundays).

When the forecast is below 105 degrees, City officials will monitor conditions throughout the day and may call for activation at any time if urgent public health and safety issues arise. Additionally, the City is working closely with the National Weather Service to ensure that the public advertised forecast is consistent with the forecast used to determine Cooling Center status. The public can refer to the City’s website ( or call 621-CITY to confirm Cooling Center activations.