Cooling Centers

The City of Fresno Cooling Centers are brought to you by a generous contribution from our partner, the Pacific Gas & Electric Company.

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When it’s unbearably hot in Fresno, come use one of our cooling centers or local pools to get some relief.

Cooling Center Policy During the COVID-19 Pandemic
When the National Weather Service forecasts a high of 105 degrees or hotter:

 In order to reduce the risk of transmission, the cooling centers will not allow the use of any recreational equipment or games while the cooling center is open to the public. 

While masks are not required in the cooling center, the City of Fresno encourages following the Fresno County Health Department guidelines for social distancing, sanitation, and health screenings. Protective facial coverings will be available for all visitors. Visitors who are ill or have visible symptoms of illness, will be asked to return home or to seek appropriate medical care. 

 The City recommends that members of the public limit interaction and close contact with others, avoid  touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, and stay home if you are sick. 

  •  At 12 p.m., the City will activate the following four Cooling Centers and will remain open until 7:00 p.m., in accordance with State guidelines.

    • Frank H. Ball, 760 Mayor – Map to Frank H. Ball 

    • Ted C. Wills Community Center, 770 N. San Pablo – Map to Ted C. Wills 

    • Mosqueda Community Center, 4670 E. Butler – Map to Mosqueda Community Center 

    • Pinedale Community Center, 7170 N. San Pablo – Map to Pinedale Community Center 

    • For weekend activation: If the 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 
    • • For information or assistance with the City Heat Relief Plan call (559) 621-CITY (2489) 

Non-Forecasted Activation

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, the Webmaster and the FAX Dispatch office. 

  • 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.

CCSPCA‘s recommendations for animals during extreme heat: 

Pets are allowed in cooling shelters. Pets should be leashed and under the careful attention of the owner at all times. Pets may be crated (crates available) and must be well behaved. Owners and pets will be asked to leave if a pet is aggressive toward staff or other animals. If possible, we recommend that you leave your pets at home where they are content and secure with plenty of SHADE and FRESH water. Water should be in drown safe containers that are out of direct sun. It is stressful on the animals to transport them and keep them in an unfamiliar place. Remember that shade areas will change as the sun passes overhead and the animals should have shade throughout the day. Thank you for caring for your animals and protecting them. 

For further information on Hot Weather Tips and Help please visit or call the Education Department at (559) 233-0115.